I am slow when it comes to fitness. I need to lose the weight but don’t like working out on the regular. However, I find that I do work out more during the fall season. So, if fall is the time of year you get moving, check out some gadgets and an exercise that are fun to use and do.
A Great Toy for Your Morning Walk
I don’t go for walks outside much any time of year — allergy sufferer. However, I do have my walking fitness DVDs that I use. If you are not the type to walk around a track then you may not know how many miles you are walking a day. A pedometer is a handy gadget to have on you to keep track of your movements.
For those who tend to get competitive with fitness and have challenges with friends the Striiv Smart Pedometer may be perfect for you. Not only does it keep track of your steps but you can link it to your social networks and brag about how much you’ve walked or ran. Those who follow my blogs know I do love to save a buck whenever possible and I found a free shipping code to use on a site called The General Gazette which did a review on the Striiv.
I call these easy squats because for larger frames like mine, squatting is not the easiest exercise to do. I found a fun way to include squats into my exercise routine without hurting myself. You stand straight up with legs about shoulder-width apart. You take a 10-pound medicine ball, raise it above your head, throw it down in front of you then squat down to pick the ball back up. Repeat the movement for five to 10 reps. I learned this from a video that Doug Shepard from J and D Fitness made with plus-size model Rosie Mercado.
My Favorite Fitness App
Where would we be without our Smartphones? I am finding new uses for mine constantly. One use for my phone is to keep track of my weight loss goals. My Fitness Pal is simply perfect for me. I enter in my current weight, set my goal weight then track my food intake and exercise. At the end of the day, I complete my diary log and it lets me know how I am progressing. You also have handy charts and graphs that give you a weekly look at your food consumption. I know now that I need to up my protein level and lower my fat and carb consumption a little more. Like with the Striiv Smart Pedometer, it is social where you and friends can check on each other’s progress, give encouragement or even compete. You can find this app at the Google Play store or iTunes.
These are the three things that are easy to use and will help to make exercising seem a little less like — well, exercise. Remember before you begin any fitness routine or diet to consult with your doctor. The goal of fitness should be to get healthier. That is why I am doing it.