Thursday, October 18, 2012
Today, the pool chemistry was off so we held our class in the therapy pool. The heat was off in the therapy pool so I only did the healthy back class, got cold and got out of the pool. I was in the pool for about an hour doing stretching and strengthening. Despite the short workout, my activity tracker showed that I was fairly active at home so I feel it was a good balance.
It will be interesting, when I'm finished tracking on Saturday, to see how many WW activity points I've earned for the week. I really like having the tracker measure the time and intensity of my workouts so that there isn't any guesswork involved. I'm finding that I look forward to plugging the ActiveLink into my computer just so I can see exactly what I've done during the day. Since water offers resistance, I will have to label all of my water activities so that the ActiveLink calculator can measure my calorie burn more accurately. This is really a lot of fun and very motivating!
Monday, October 15, 2012
Today is day three for using my new ActiveLink activity tracker. I'm having such a great time with this. I did 110 minutes in the pool (I attached the AL to my suit) and later did a 10 minute walk for a total of 120 minutes of activity. I didn't take it off until about 9:15p.m. tonight and logged my daily activity into the computer. Then the excitement began!!!
Saturday, when I put my Link into the computer no image popped up. I was bummed. Sunday, when I put the Link into the computer I could see hour by hour how active I was. Two bars on the graph were dark green indicating a higher intensity of activity. One bar showed a brisk 20 minute walk and the other showed me climbing stairs and walking around the yard as I toured my friends' new house.
Today, when I put my Link into the computer all kinds of activity showed up. I had dark green lines when I was working out and medium green lines when I walked and did things around the house. It looked to me like I was non stop motion from 7a.m. to about 1:30p.m. No wonder I was so tired today!
Since I'm in the process of setting up my baseline, I'm going to take SLENDERELLA61's advice and not wear my Link in the pool tomorrow when I do 3 aerobics classes. I feel that this would really set the bar way too high and since I do have a physical disability, that wouldn't work. I think that I'll just leave the device on my shirt when I lock up my clothes. I will wear it the rest of the day and maybe even take a walk later in the day just to keep the activity level going.
This is turning out to be so much fun!!! At the end of 8 days, my ActiveLink will set up a 12 week fitness challenge for me. As I progress each day, I will look to see how many of the little lights on my Link light up by the end of the day. If I can move enough to light up all of the lights around the outside of the ActiveLink, I will achieve my goal for the day. Yes, I know, I'm like a little kid with this thing. The great thing is how motivated I feel!
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Technology can be really awesome sometimes! This week I purchased an ActiveLink to track my actual activity calorie burn. It's an impressive tiny gadget that I wear daily and insert into my computer before retiring for the night. Starting today and continuing for eight days, I am setting my baseline of activity. The great thing is, that the ActiveLink is waterproof and I can wear it in the pool while I'm swimming and doing water aerobics. I was advised to limit my activity level as the base line is gearing up so the gadget won't set my workout level too high.
Why do I need one of these, you might ask? Well, I didn't think that I needed one at first but sometimes my activities show such a high calorie burn that I wondered if it was accurate. I'm hypothyroid and I have orthopedic issues so I need to know if I'm overdoing things. My Weight Watchers activity points were 88 for last week. I have trouble using the 49 flex points per week and I very much doubt that I could lose weight if I used an additional 88 points. There are days when I struggle to meet my regular daily point total. The ActiveLink looked like a viable solution for me.
How it works: It measures your body's motion going in all directions. (It is different from a pedometer which only measures activity as you move forward and back.) The measure of total body motion gives me feedback about how active I am overall during the day. You take the device off when you go to sleep at night.
My Activity Link will give me feedback on peak activity times as well as times when I don't move around to any great degree. I feel that knowledge is power. If my feedback indicates that I'm not moving around enough, then I can look for exercise opportunities throughout my day. If my feedback indicates that I'm overdoing my workouts, then I will cut back on my workout time and spread out my activity throughout my day. Either way, it's a win, win situation for me. I'm very excited about my new gadget and how I can use it to help me achieve my goals.
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