A couple weeks ago I shared my DIY fitness journal, and I thought today I’d continue sharing tools that keep me on track with my health and fitness goals. Just like the journal, these things help keep me accountable and help me track my progress. When you record what you’re doing (or not doing) every day, it makes you more mindful for the next!
Map My Fitness
A few years ago I invested in a Polar Watch a few years ago when I was teaching Jazzercise before, and it’s been a great investment. (Mine is the FT4.) You set up the watch with your personal settings (age, sex, height, weight), strap on the heart monitor belt around your upper torso (just below bra line) and it will calculate your target heart rate and tell you when you’re within that range. I love that I can get an accurate calculation of actual calories burned during a workout. When I was having heart palpitation issues, it was also helpful to tell the doctor how high my heart rate was getting at the height of my workouts. I use this information to plug into the Map My Fitness app. Though the app calculates calories burned for you, it’s an average. Since I teach Jazzercise and tend to have a faster heart rate, I get a significantly higher calorie burn than the app estimates, and by golly I want credit for every stinkin’ one! The watch will store past workouts, too, so if you forget to go into Map My Fitness for a few days to record workouts, you can look back and get the info from the watch! The belt I have now also has Bluetooth technology so you can feed workout info directly from the watch to an app like Map My Fitness!
*I was not compensated for this post. The reviews and opinions are 100% mine.