Maybe “Fat to Fit” is misleading, perhaps it should read “From Fat to Trying to not be so Fat and a Little Healthier” but that isn’t quite as catchy is it?
To give you a little backstory, I have recently given up smoking after 15 years and find myself for the first time in my adult life in the position of wanting to be healthier. Now don’t get me wrong I am not going to turn into a complete health nut and start just eating fruit, running 15k a day and looking like a dessicated corpse, but I do want a higher level of fitness than I have now. Also if I am being honest I have put on a fair bit of weight and would like to get back down to the level I feel confident at.
“What the hell does this have to do with Land of Technology?” I hear you cry. Well my plan is to use as many different gadgets, gizmo’s and software packages I can to help me do it and I will review them along with how its all going each week.
So far I have only really been starting out. I’m getting used to the different machines and the people who come and go as well as the different trainers who are there to help. Technology wise I started out slow as well with only 3 things I have used regularly.
1) An app called Libre. The app is a very simple weight chart. You put in your target weight and your current weight along with your height and age, then the App calculates the safe amount of weight loss per week. I am actually a bit bad at putting the weights in but as you can see from the pictures that I am currently losing weight too fast (as shown by the red line) but that tends to happen early on.
2) The Sony Smart Headset. This is basically the best headset for using in the gym. You want to use your phone as your music player but don’t want a lead trailing around the place? Got you covered. The headset is stereo Bluetooth so no wires get in your way. Oh you don’t want to use your phone? you would rather just have a small mp3 player? OK the Smart Headset has room for a 32gb sd card for you to store your music locally. For working out this thing really is a dream to use. Light weight and simple it gives me music when and where I want it. Out of the gym it will also connect to two different phones and give you twitter notifications and all sorts on its little led screen. At around £70 this is a great piece of tech.
3) Tunebelt Arm Band for Galaxy Nexus. MobileFun.co.uk were kind enough to send me one of there phone cases to try out while I work out and although I can see the benefits to the Tunebelt there are disadvantages.
Positive sides first, it is light weight and tough and when i am running never feels like it is going to fall of or slip down. The phone sits snugly in the case and you can still use it through the plastic that protects it from the sweat dripping off me (and it drips in a river).
The big disadvantage though is in the nature of my fitness program. I am mainly doing weights and some cardio work, like 10 min cycle, 10 minute jog, 5 min run/sprint then 2 mile on the rower. But because most of my time is spent building on my muscle the Tunebelt becomes increasingly constrictive and uncomfortable. I would happily recommend this for anyone out on long jogs and even long walks, as the comfort and ease of use is great.
So that’s it. This is only the first of a weekly column that will continue with until I am the fit and healthy man i wish to be. Please feel free to leave a comment about things you would like to know or if there are any products you would like me to use.
Next week will be the review of the Nike Fuel band which i have been using. along with Cardio Trainer for Android.
My trainers have a motto at the gym and I will use it to sign off. (although Ubuntubhoy thinks it sounds like a brothel motto)
GO HARD OR GO HOME!