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I get bored easily, so I task switch a lot. Maybe too much at times. I do this in several areas of my life ranging from house cleaning to researching to cooking.
I'm not a personal trainer, but WebMD and others focused on healthy living suggest changing your workout. Doing so challenges the body and the mind.
Doing the same workout all of the time can result in the body adapting too much, so the muscles, the mind and the heart are not getting such a vigorous work out.
Exercise physiologist Tracy Hafen at Huffington Post points out that
"Your body becomes very efficient at what it does often and routinely. That means you burn fewer calories than you used to with the same activity. Throwing your body a surprise curve ball will charge it up to burn more calories."
Fitbit One as part of my workout routine. It's a pedometer plus.
* It measures steps taken, stairs climbed, distance covered, and calories burned.
* It also has a digital flower that grows to show my degree of activity.
* In addition, this device has a function that tracks my sleep efficiency.
My Fitbit One has helped me get another view on the various ways I pursue fitness.
I'm analyzing how many steps I'm taking around the house and while doing errands. I can also compare various forms of formal exercise.
Here are some quick observations:
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Arc Trainer: If I'm very unmotivated, this is my go-to cardio. This machine has fewer settings. I can reverse my gait or increase resistance.
Elliptical: The arc trainer and the elliptical register steps in very parallel ways. However, I can use different settings and speeds to work my heart more rigorously on the elliptical than on the arc trainer.
Treadmill: I accrue more steps if I increase my rate of speed and when I take rapid steps at a moderate speed. I'm jogging at 4 mph lately.
If I'm spending a day writing, I try to take treadmill breaks either 20 minutes or 30 minutes at a time. I have yet to attempt working while walking, but others have. Maybe I'll try it sometime.
Boot Camp: We have anywhere from 4 to 8 people participate, so it's nice to get more attention from the trainer compared to a fitness class attended by 20-30 people. I don't log a lot of steps during this weekly hour-long training. Nevertheless, I value this work out. Our group's trainer offers a lot of variety and helps correct our problems with form. I can apply this knowledge in other settings where I can be more effective while logging more steps.
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Walking the Dog: My FitBit One sees this activity as very parallel to the treadmill. However, both the dog and I enjoy getting outside where I can look at my neighbors' well-tended front yards. Despite being a midlife gym rat, I also enjoy exercising in a more natural setting.
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