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Fitbit Ultra

I recently received the Fitbit Ultra from my hubby, and so far I love it!! It is small, light, and easy to carry and tracks your basic daily activity level. It has a host of online analytical tools, it tracks sleep quality, and it boasts both Android and iOS mobile apps.

Fitbit Ultra

Design
Measuring 2.1 inches tall by 0.8 inch wide and 0.6 inch thick, the Fitbit Ultra is extremely tiny. It’s about the size of a small Bluetooth headset and at 0.4 of an ounce, it’s also very light. Shaped like a clip I normally clip it onto my waistband or tank top, the Ultra also slides neatly into an included belt holster. The Ultra is so small that I forget that I am wearing it,

The Ultra’s rubberized surface is not waterproof. That’s a big drawback for anyone who sweats profusely or triathlon trainers who can’t log a long swim. A slim 2.5×1-inch OLED screen runs along the front of the device. This strip-shaped display is tiny, but it provides plenty of information. For instance, pressing the button on the Ultra’s face cycles through the number of steps you’ve walked, the calories you’ve burned, the number of stairs you’ve climbed, your equivalent distance traveled, and has a Flower icon that grows or shrinks according to your current physical activity. The Ultra also has a digital clock.

The second piece of the Ultra puzzle is a small base station that connects to PCs and Macs via a USB cable. It also serves as a receptacle to charge the Ultra’s internal battery, plus it syncs the pedometer data wirelessly to a computer within a 15-foot radius.

 

Docking Station

Other Features

At the Fitbit.com site, the company provides a wide range of analytical tools based on the information the Fitbit Ultra has collected. The main Dashboard shows the number of calories burned and steps taken in the last 30 days, current totals for the day, along with an overall activity score created against being completely sedentary. What’s new to the Ultra is an altimeter that also logs building floors climbed, also shown on the Dashboard.

 

Dashboard

One more feature from the Fitbit Ultra is tracking the length and quality of your sleep.  To activate sleep tracking, just slip the Fitbit into the pouch on the included cloth wrist band, which straps around your arm with Velcro. Pressing the button for 2 seconds starts and stops sleep mode.

Pretty cool gadget if you ask me :)

 

Who keeps a fitness journal?

Do you keep a fitness journal? I do, well kind of. I use a day planner that I got from Target (one of my favorite stores btw). I put down my exercises classes, runs (or walks), rides, etc. into the book and I started to add the food that I have eaten as well. Its good to review what was done for the week, as well as possibly gauge what has worked and what has not. I can keep track of the weight I use for BodyPump, and more. Its really a good resource to keep you in check and track progress.

Other things to track:

Supplements

Weight

Blood work

Mood

and more!

 

I also use this blog to keep track of recipes that I want to try, classes I like, maybe big runs that I want to do.

 

Good times! Enjoy!

5k Foam Fest in Jacksonville

I am so excited! I am trying to get  a bunch of friends to sign up as a team for the Jacksonville 5k Foam Fest. The 5k Foam Fest is a fun and exciting challenge for the experienced and beginner runners(like myself) alike. The 5k Foam Fest makes exercising an absolute party for you and your friends. This is very similar to the St. Luis Ruckus we did a year ago, and I had a blast even though I face planted into the mud on one of the last obstacles.

 

Everything from a mud run combined with foam, ginormous inflatable obstacles, army crawls, foam, colossal walls, mud pits, cargo net climbs, foam, body washer, moon walk, foam, slip’n slides and water obstacles (did we mention foam), who wouldn’t want to go.

 

 

The map is a great start to knowing what to look forward to. Here’s a link to the map page for Jacksonville! The good thing is that if you don’t think you can complete an obstacle you can go around and continue. This is supposed to be fun!

 

It would be great to get a bunch of people from work to go. Maybe we can have a team shirts to promote or business as a costume or something :P

Joining the gym – YMCA

You know how it is, every couple of months you feel like you would get more workouts if you joined a gym, and there are always so many specials going on. For example, the YMCA has specials every so often where they have free signups or close to it, they are having one right now. For the month of September the signup fee is the day of the month, for example if you signed up on the 3rd it would have been $3. Today it is the 28th and it would be $28 to sign up. That’s a great deal when for a family it costs $100 to sign up.

YMCA

The good thing about a gym like the YMCA is that they have a lot of classes that you can’t do at home as easily. Things like fitness yoga to circuit training, to Tae Kwon Do, there are several programs, one sure to peak your interest (I know I am interested already)

There are also a lot of great companies that help to pay for a membership. This is called the corporate wellness membership and here is an example of the discounts available. Take a look to see if your company is participating, and if not let them know of the benefits for this. Hopefully they will get on board and want to have healthier, happier employees!!.