An Overview of Fitness Trackers: Picking the Right One

Fitness trackers are the new fad, but how do you pick one appropriate for your fitness needs?  The key is to do your homework.   Each device offers many features, so make sure you pick the one that will give you the information you are looking for.  If you are looking to track specific workout statistics […]

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Fitness trackers are the new fad, but how do you pick one appropriate for your fitness needs?  The key is to do your homework.   Each device offers many features, so make sure you pick the one that will give you the information you are looking for.  If you are looking to track specific workout statistics like instantaneous heart rate, these devices are not going to provide you with that information.  However, they do offer a variety of features (depending on the device) such as sleep monitoring, calorie burns, steps taken, steps climbed, active time, and distance traveled.

 Many devices don’t have screens and require you to upload information either to your smart phone or computer to get your results.  Some of them need to be plugged directly into your devices for read outs, and others sync within certain time periods which can be frustrating when you want instant results.  Be aware that some of these devices may not be compatible certain phones (for example the Nike Fuel Band doesn’t work with an android system).  Some devices are water resistant or water proof. They can either be clipped on or can be worn as a bracelet or watch.  However, I have read reviews about the quality of the bracelets saying they may fall off or break easily; so beware. 

Another thing to keep in mind is when you start to get techy things often can go wrong. If you are like me and something like that frustrates you more than benefits you, you might be better off going old school.  So if you want to try one of these fancy gizmos do your research, read reviews, and be ready for a learning curve while using them.

 

Sophie Pratola

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Exercise and Illness: When to Workout and When to Rest

With it being cold and flu season there is a lot of misinformation about when it is and when it isn’t safe to workout.  Sometimes working out with a cold can make you feel better because it can open your nasal passages.  If you aren’t sure whether to hit the gym or not, follow these […]

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With it being cold and flu season there is a lot of misinformation about when it is and when it isn’t safe to workout.  Sometimes working out with a cold can make you feel better because it can open your nasal passages.  If you aren’t sure whether to hit the gym or not, follow these general rules of thumb to help you make the decision.  Also, as a gym courtesy, be sure to wipe down any equipment you may have touched during your workout to ensure others remain healthy.

WHEN NOT TO WORKOUT:

                                   If you have a fever

                                   If your symptoms are below the neck (hacking cough, chest congestion, or an upset stomach)

                                   If you have body aches or fatigue

WHEN TO STOP YOUR WORKOUT:

                                   If you become dizzy, lightheaded, or have a loss of balance

                                   If you find your chest tightening

                                   If you are having trouble breathing

WHEN IT IS OK TO WORKOUT:

                                   If your symptoms are above the neck (stuffy or runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing or a minor sore throat)

 

There are a few things to consider when working out while under the weather.  The first is that decongestants and other cold medicines can affect your heart rate and make your heart race.  The second is to be aware of how you feel.  If what you are doing makes you feel worse then you should stop.  Finally, remember to decrease your intensity and possibly shorten your duration of your workout.  However, with that being said, remember that working out regularly reduces the number of colds you get because it increases your body’s immune system.  The best way to feel better from a cold is to never get one!

 

Sophie Pratola

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Personally Trained By Sophie

 

Four Tips for a Healthy Start to 2014

         It’s that time of year again.  It’s time to see exactly how much damage you did to your waistline during the holidays.  Bravely step on the scale and see where your new starting point is on the road to a healthier you.  Don’t despair if things look grim.  Here are four simple personal […]

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It’s that time of year again.  It’s time to see exactly how much damage you did to your waistline during the holidays.  Bravely step on the scale and see where your new starting point is on the road to a healthier you.  Don’t despair if things look grim.  Here are four simple personal trainer tips that will help you get back on track for the New Year.

  1.  Throw away or freeze all the left over goodies and treats.  PURGE THE KITCHEN!  Those extra goodies are difficult to resist when they are staring you in the face, so get rid of them.  Chances are if they are still hanging around you either made too many, or they are the ones that aren’t your favorite anyway.
  2. Get back to your normal exercise routine.  Ditch the excuses and add in one or two days a week where you bump up the intensity in your workout for an even bigger caloric burn.
  3. Take slow steps when getting back down to your preholiday weight.  Remember losing .5-2 lbs a week is what is recommended for safe, long term weight loss.  Now is not the time to try out a quick fix, fad diet or pump yourself full of hormone shots.  Weight loss boils down to a simple math equation:  calories consumed < calories expended = weight loss!  So log your food and get moving.
  4. Create healthy lifestyle habits and stop focusing on the number on the scale.  Include in your lifestyle plan, healthy eating, proper amounts of sleep, regular exercise, stress management techniques, and daily stretching. 

Sophie Pratola
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