Some of you are new to fitness, and I wanted to share some tools that I have found useful throughout my journey. At first starting a new lifestyle can be overwhelming. For me it seemed like everything I thought was right and helping me was actually wrong and affecting my progress. It takes time to learn a new way, and it is an ongoing process as things continue to change. These are 3 simple things that you can add to your daily life that will aid in your journey.
#1- Polar Heart Rate Monitor
You have to know your route to get to your destination right? Well knowing how many calories you are burning during your workout is part of that route. Your first step will be to figure out your caloric needs for your goal. Once you figure out the calorie range that you need to stay in to reach your goal, you can make a plan around that. Part of that plan is knowing how many calories you are burning. Aside from knowing how many calories I am burning, using a heart rate monitor gets me pumped up and pushes me to keep going. It helps me realize when I am in my zone, or when I am not pushing myself hard enough. The best way to see results is to be working out at the right intensity, and this helps you do that!
I use the Polar models, because it is easy to use and I feel that the calorie burn count is more accurate than others that I have used in the past. Knowing how many calories I am burning during my workout helps me adjust my meal plan to better suit my caloric needs. The Polar is also cool because it has a cake on the screen on my birthday (it's the little things).
Adding these three simple tools to my daily life has helped me to make better decisions, keep track of my journey, and be more present in the fitness process. I wanted to share them with you all so that you could do the same! Hope it helps!
If you would like to talk more about useful fitness apps, upcoming challenge groups, or how to make me your coach please send me a message at Messina1892@gmail.com!