Exercise is not my thing. I have to force myself to do it. However, as my age increases and my muscle mass drastically decreases, I’m finding it is a necessity in this stage of my life.
Earlier this week, my sister called to tell me about her latest exercise gadget, the Jawbone UP24. This also happened to be the week we are working on exercise in the Made to Crave Action Plan, so I took it as a sign from God to buy one for myself…
I have been pleasantly surprised at how it entices me to move more. As I try desperately to reach the recommended 10,000 steps per day, I’m forced to get on the treadmill to help make that happen. I quickly learned this week, you cannot get even close to that number by parking farther out or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
There is nothing like getting to the end of the day and seeing you have reached your goals:
Honestly, I was more excited about the sleep tracking options than the exercise ones. I guess because I like my bed so much more than the treadmill. The picture above shows the only day I hit my 10,000 steps, but I have seen that purple sleep measuring bar reach 100% a few days.
As the week progressed, I found myself checking my steps more throughout the day. My sister and I linked up our accounts as a team. This makes her number of steps pop up on my screen, which keeps us in a healthy competition to move more.
I have been going in circles with exercise for years. I would try it for a while to lose weight, then completely stop when I approached that magical number set as my goal. It is usually all or nothing, as is typical for me.
I’m turning North…
Exercise is not something to be used only as a weight reduction tool. It helps me on so many levels — slower aging, mood issues…
My next focus is to make those 10,000 steps count as much as possible.
Exercising hard induces a stress response. Research shows this is necessary to experience the health benefits of exercise. ~Dr. Ski Chilton
Dr. Chilton recommends keeping your heart rate between 50 and 85 percent of your maximum rate. Your maximal heart rate is found by subtracting your age from 220. It’s time to dust off my heart rate monitor and put it to good use.
I’m thrilled with my new purchase. This is not a sponsored post. I have no affiliation with Jawbone, but I wanted to share my great experience with their product. If you would like to learn more or purchase one, here is a link to the UP24 on Amazon:
I am an Amazon affiliate, which means if you make a purchase through the above link, I will get a small commission, with no additional cost to you.
What helps you to exercise more? I would love to hear your tips!