Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Getting Fit : Garmin VivoFit

Like most 30 somethings, one of the things on my list of New Years resolutions was to get fit. I have always had an average body type. I never had to work too hard to stay slender or think about what I was eating on a day to day basis. However, after turning 30 my body changed. First I gained 5 pounds, then 10. Now, 30 pounds up, I'm starting to realize that in order to maintain my average physique, I not only have to work out regularly but I also have to make smarter choices about what I put into my body (and as a person who is addicted to food, this is no easy feat, but that's a post for another time.) Add to that the fact that my husband talked me into riding Salt to Saint this year and I have no choice but to start thinking about my physical well being.

Now I am a total routine person. I can't possible stick to anything unless it has a time and place in my life. Changing how I eat and starting to work out, well, lets just say I've been trying and failing at this for a few years now. So, this year, the year I decided I REALLY needed to get fit (if for nothing else then self preservation, did I mention Salt to Saint?) I also decided that I needed to change my frame of mind. Instead of trying to do a total overhaul on my life, I decided to take it one step at a time.

Enter in the VivoFit. Step number 1 for me, was definitely figuring out how to get more movement in my day. For 40 hours a week, I sit at a computer for 10 hours a day. This means I have gone days at a time sitting on my ever expanding derriere. According to an article in the Washington Post, this can lead to organ damage, muscle degeneration, leg disorders and many other health concerns. None of these are worth sitting for hours at a time. The benefit of something like the VivoFit, is that you can see when you have been sitting for too long, as a red bar is indicative of sitting for more than an hour at a time. When I see that red bar light up, I know that's my que to move. For me, this little push is all I need to make sure I am getting my legs a much needed stretch. This little watch can also track your sleep and help you keep track of calories burned. The downside to the VivoFit is that if you don't notice the red bar, there's no other indication to get up and walk. Luckily for me, I've been so obsessed with this little gadget that I find myself checking a little too regularly.

This is the first step in my get fit plan, let me know if you'd like to hear more about the changes I'm making.

To find out more about the VivoFit, visit : http://sites.garmin.com/en-US/vivo/
To read more about the dangers of sitting, visit : http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/national/the-health-hazards-of-sitting/750/

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