I have to say that I am always trying to find a new way to workout these days. If it is only a 30 minute workout and I break a sweat then I know it’s a good night. I have to say that I have also has to adjust my food in take, the types of food I intake, and the amount and time I consumer water. It can be really stressful at times but I have to say that I am starting to adjust to life as a fit dad.
I was on my phone over the weekend and I happen to be looking around in the App Store. I do consider myself to be on top of my tech info and I always try to stay on track when new technology comes out. I found some really awesome fitness apps that I downloaded to help me. Here are just a few:
- Healthy Out– This app tells me the restaurants in my area, and based on my eating preferences, it gives me a list of things to eat that are good for me. No more guess-work when eating out!
- iDrated– This lets me know to drink water by alerting me when its time to fill up.
- Human– Helps and motivates me to be active for just 30 minutes a day. Anything extra is a bonus!
- Pedometer++– I love this app and it shows me how many steps a day I take a day and I can even set a goal.
- To Bed– Based on when I need to get up for work, this app tells me when to start heading to bed to get a good night sleep.
- Sleep Cycle– This app measure how I sleep.
- UP Coffee– Lets me know how much caffeine I am consuming and how it will affect my sleep.
- Six Pack Abs– My pocket ab workout.
- Gain Yoga– For those days where I can’t make it to yoga class
- Quick 4– Makes getting a last-minute workout before bed a lot easier.
I know it may seem like a lot of apps to keep up with but they are really not that hard. Most of them run in the background and make my life better. I have combined them with my usual exercise routine and I have already found a huge difference.
Last night, BrittWhitFun and I worked out together. It was fun and relaxing. We did yoga, cardio and abs together. There is nothing like working out with your wife. My wife is a champ! Tonight I hope to go for a run. I need to get back to my race training. I have been really slack on it this week and I hope it does not affect me too bad. My next race is only three weeks away!
A few weeks ago I upgraded to the new iPhone 5s. Yay! I finally got a bigger screen! Since obtaining this new phone and securing my social status of “being hip with the new tech” (That is such a “dad” thing to say.), I have learned that not only am I required to have my fingerprint scanned to unlock my phone but my phone is also tracking every movement I make. So I was told my one of my coworkers to download the Nike+Move app on my phone. I had no idea what it was but in my constant need to be cool, I downloaded it.
A few days went by and life moved along and I still had not even opened the app. I was still in awe of the new Stumble Upon app I found( Its hours of mindless fun). So one night while my wife was being distracted by an episode of Grey’s Anatomy on the DVR, I got curious and opened the app. I was floored to learn that in the past few days every movement I made was detected and recorded on this app. It showed me that I was not very active compared to the many other people around me. They must all not have a boring desk job like I do or be super human soliders like Captin America. After reviewing the data, I came to the conclusion that I might as well be a bump on the log as I move as much as my gym bag has in the last year more less the past few days.
So I closed the app and went about my business as the motionless fat guy I am. I promised myself I would never look at this app again. We all know that was a lie. The next day my wife and I took K-Dub to the pumpkin patch and afterwards I was exhausted. We got home and a crashed on a chair in the living room. While my daughter was distracted by Princess Sophia on TV I opened my phone and again like a curious cat, I opened the Nike+Move app again. This time I had doubled the daily average from yesterday.
Since that day I have been on a constant mission to move more. Yesterday I went outside on my breaks and lunches at work and walked around the building. After I left work I dusted off my gym shorts and ran 3 miles on the treadmill. So to make the story short, I have been on an eagar quest to beat myself. To move and win. Whats the prize? I have no clue. Maybe its the satisfaction of knowing that I improved myself or the fact that one day my ass won’t giggle as bad. Stay tuned.
As many of my readers know I have begun a quest to shed some pounds and I have found that this is not the easiest thing to do. My story that I am about to share after the challenge declaration a few weeks ago is both awesome and disappointing. Please still continue to come by the blog and please don’t be mad at me. I can at least I can say that confession is both true and honest.
I was so excited about this challenge and I could not wait to get started. i had the gym membership, the workout gear, and my awesome new water bottle (It’s awesome cause it has a filter. Beat that Propel!). I decided to go to the gym Monday morning at 5AM. This seemed easy to me cause that was the time I went when I was in college. I was pumped and ready!
That morning my alarm clock went off and I bounced out of bed with the quickness. I brushed my teeth and put on my shoes and workout gear and headed for the door.
Once I arrived at the gym I met my brother and his friend and decided to workout with them. I started out with a very slow jog for about 10 minutes and then I started to struggle. I could not breathe and I had to slow down.
After we finished that I was done and ready to head to bed. I felt defeated. This was going to be a lot harder than I thought. We started to weight lift. I have never done this before cause I was never that athletic in high school. We worked on our back and I sure did feel the burn.
I left the gym barely walking. I was so sore. I knew then this was going to be a challenge.
As the weeks went by I did not go to the gym as much as I should have been. I kept telling my wife I would go the next day and that turned into the next day. I was loosing my commitment that I set myself. I felt really bad about it.
I started to look on the net for some great apps to help me with both my cardio and weight lifting adventure. I found a great app called Nike+ for running. it tracks how far I run and helps me set goals and pushes me every mile. Go lift is the app I found to give me an introduction to weight lifting. It sometimes is hard cause I have to learn the proper form in order to successfully perform the exercises but i like it.
Now that i have these apps it makes completing this challenge a little easier and I can’t wait to knock this number off my list. I told you that you might be disappointed in me and I am sorry. I am new to this whole fitness thing and I have learned a lot. I am still struggling with the whole food thing. I am not always sure what to eat and how much of it to eat. Any tips you may have, please send them my way.
I was recommended this app a while back by my friend Jill and it has become one of my favorite apps for my iPhone. Its called Viggle and the way it works is that every time you check into a show it gives you points. Some shows are worth more than others. After you get a lot of points you can redeem them for free stuff. I thought it was dumb at first until I traded my points for a free $15 gift card to Chilis. It worked. If you have not got this app yet please do. It is so amazing! The other best thing about it is that it is free! My kind of app!