I am a big believer that small lifestyle changes can have a huge impact on your health. This October I’ve partnered with Fitbit and I’m going to see if tracking my everyday activity, using the FitBit Surge 2, will help me to reach my goals. I have three healthy habits that I am going to track.
Walking is often under rated. When I first became a Mum, I walked every day with Jude in the pram. Walking is a great way to burn fat, improve your heart health and it’s a good way to clear your head too. Now, I walk with Jude to school and back each day as well as walking between meetings instead of getting on the tube. Set yourself a daily goal and get to stepping.
Sleep To Win
Earlier this year, whilst training for the London marathon, I really learnt the importance of sleep. I was listening to a postcast called Run To The Top and one particular episode was all about sleep. When we don’t get enough sleep, we compromise or bodies ability to recover and this has a huge impact on performance. Even if you’re not training for a race or an event, being tired also affects your concentration, mood, and your appetite too.
I’m setting myself a bedtime of 10pm.
This seems really early but it’s worth mentioning that my morning alarm goes off at 5.45am most days. Getting to bed early is also a game changer for my productivity. Not convinced? Check out my ‘6 Reasons To Get Up At 6’ post… Fitbit’s sleep insights, I can see all the data on my phone. I’m able to see how well I slept, how many hours of light, deep and REM sleep I’m getting and how that affects me the next day.
There is also a feature to help to wind down too. I never knew about the ‘Relax’ feature but I encourage you to try it. Often we spent the whole day rushing from one thing to the next, and we don’t take anytime out of the day to just chill out for a few minutes. I know that I tend to fill any spare time that I do have, for example when I’m sitting on the train, I’ll write emails, social media updates or whatsapp conversations. The Relax feature prompts you to be still for 2 or 5 minutes and to breathe deeply. Honestly, I didn’t think that I would use the feature very often but after trying it, I’ve used it every single day.
Heart Rate Training
It goes without saying that we need to exercises regularly to be as healthy as we can be. However, our bodies are incredibly good at adapting, so sometimes it’s hard to see progress. If you do the same workouts or the same running route, then after a while you’ll get used to it and it won’t challenge you as much. Monitoring your heart rate during these workouts gives you clear and simple data. I can use this data to adapt my exercises and make sue that my workouts don’t plateau.
Using the heart rate tracker on the Surge 2, I can see if I am working in the Peak, Cardio or Fat Burn zone. As well as being able to see which workouts were the most effective at burning calories. If you’re lacking in motivation, you can also set little reminders to give you a virtual nudge to get moving.
This autumn I’m going to practice my healthy habits as much as possible. Inevitably, sometimes life gets in the way of our plans and we have to be flexible and go with it. I’m not going to obsess over the stats but I am fascinated to see if the Fitbit Surge 2 will help me to keep on track.