Sunday, October 21, 2012
Drum roll, please! I plugged in my ActiveLink last night and I was surprised at my level of activity. Unfortunately, I think my baseline is too high but I'll have to live with it. I compared my activity with the Weight Watcher's average of participant's activity and mine was much higher than the average. That doesn't leave me much room to improve without hurting myself but still there is room for some improvement. I will get creative and just a little scientific.
One thing that really jumped out at me was the fact that I do deep water aerobics and water jogging at least 3 times per week. For those of you who are familiar with these activities, they are much more intense than regular water aerobics. The only label available on the ActiveLink was regular moderate intensity water aerobics. I may have to log it as lap swimming to increase the intensity level. That isn't a real big deal. I can live with this.
Another thing that jumped out at me was the fact that I do long workouts in the morning and then am over tired and have to rest later in the day. I think by decreasing the length and increasing the intensity of my morning workouts and doing more afternoon activity, I would see a larger benefit from my overall daily activity. This might increase my stamina over time and help me burn calories better over the course of the day.
The last thing that I noticed was that I do much of the same thing every day. Up until now my activity has been either water exercise or low intensity walking. Whereas both those activities give me a good activity level, I should switch it up at least once if not twice a week to use my muscles differently. Perhaps I could do high intensity walking, ride the stationary bike, do weight training out of the water or do some cardiovascular DVD workouts.
After I got over being disappointed in my baseline for weekly activity, I could see that it actually gave me some very valuable feedback. My 12 week challenge is to increase my daily activity, over time, to 4 activity points per day. On Friday, my activity level was already 4 activity points. I thought initially a daily increase would be impossible since I work out so hard already. I gave it quite a bit of thought and really, all I need to do is tweak my regular workouts a little and do some sort of activity later in the day as well. Once I reached that conclusion, I stopped being disappointed and frustrated. The ActiveLink is supposed to be a tool to help me. I may not like the reality of the data that it generates but it won't help me unless I make the decision to change. If I am honest with myself and look at the patterns shown in the data collected, there are some areas where I can improve. I'm up to this challenge!