01-14-2016

Exercising In The Mornings

I did it! I woke up 3 times this week to exercise in the AM! Tomorrow will be 4 since I’m signed up for an 8:30 am spin class.

On Monday, Tuesday and today I woke up at 6:30 am to get my butt to the gym or spin class. Monday I ran in the morning and did a spin class in the evening. I did a track workout on the treadmill and felt pretty strong for not having ran much recently. I really wanted to bail on the evening class but felt so great once I got started:

 

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Tuesday I did a morning spin class and took off from running. It was nice to be done for the day (workout wise) by 8:30 am.

Yesterday I ran in the evening and lifted some weights. Let me tell you, I DID NOT want to go to the gym. I ALMOST talked myself out of it, but said shut up and just do it. I told myself I’d just run for 20 minutes…and then ended up running 45 min + 15 minutes of weights.

Honestly, I have never woken up this early to exercise in my life. Because I am not a morning person at all. I definitely prefer evening workouts. I don’t know what got into me, but this week I am feeling great! I told you all that I want to lose weight, and so every workout I want to skip I remind myself of my goal, and how sitting on the couch won’t get me any closer to losing 15-20 pounds.

After the first day, I was like okay…waking up this early isn’t that bad. I feel great after my workout, though in the afternoons I do crash a bit. But once I actually begin the workout, my energy is there. It’s just dragging myself to the gym that’s the problem.

The moral of the story/this post is that when you really don’t want to exercise, just do it. Today I woke up with a sore throat and tired but told myself I’d be disappointed in myself if I didn’t get up to run. I ran 3 miles, and although my shins hurt, I’m feeling good now. Doing a spin class with yoga later today!

One last little piece of motivation…I loved this tweet from Jeanne:

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“I’m still tired and I could’ve run by now.” So true…that will be my mantra from now on ;)

I know so many of you get up way earlier than 6:30 to exercise, but for me that feels like the crack of dawn lol. 

Being a total newb to this, here is what has helped me make it a bit easier/what I do the night before:

  • Pack my gym bag and lay out gym clothes 
  • Pack my work bag 
  • Make my lunch for the next day
  • Plan out what smoothie I’ll have in the morning

I literally get up, brush my teeth, drink my morning tea while I make my smoothie and change, and am out the door. “Do it before your brain figures out what’s going on,” right?

For my morning workout peeps, what tips do you have for people new to exercising in the AM?

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01-11-2016

Does Spinning Make You Faster?

Okay, so I’ve only been doing spin for the past 2 weeks, probably a total of 6-8 classes but I already feel the difference with my running.

This morning I did a 4×800 meter workout on the treadmill and was seriously doubting I could even hold a 9:00/mile pace for a half mile. I surprised myself and felt great! I did them in 4:20 (8:40/mile pace), 4:15 (8:30/mile pace), 4:14 (8:28/mile pace) and 4:00 (8:00/mile pace). It was challenging but not THAT challenging. 

When I had talked to the owner of the spin studio I am going to (Ride + Reflect in Bernardsville, NJ in case you’re curious), she was telling me how spinning can definitely help my running and aerobic capacity. It has helped many of her clients which are also skiiers.

As runners, we constantly read about cross training and how important it is or how great it is if you’re injured. I have been skeptical about it because in my mind, in order to get faster/better at running, I figured I should just try to run more. I’m still planning on increasing my miles this year BUT I really would like to also include spin classes into that routine.

I did some googling and found a lot of great facts about how spinning can make you faster and a better runner…let’s get into it:

Does spinning make you faster? Here are a few ways how it can! | reach-yourpeak.com

Spinning is non-impact

Duh, right? Well the benefit here is that for those of us that can’t run twice a day for fear of injuries (I hate my shin problems), a spin class can be the second workout of the day that will help with cardio/aerobic endurance. As long as you’re properly situated on your bike, you should feel comfortable and no pain. I recently met a man who has had double knee surgery and is at spin everyday (and has no issues). Truly a great cross training option. If you still have your doubts, here’s what Jason Fitzgerald of Strength Running has to say about it:

Physically, I got stronger than ever. I was doing more cardiovascular exercise than I had ever done with barely any extra injury risk. If you’re injury-prone, this is exactly how you improve your personal bests.

Spinning strengthens your legs

This is key for running, right? I can’t tell you how hard my first spin class was. My quads were on fire. I was so thankful it was only a 30 minute class because I was so done.

According to Breaking Muscle:

Spinning develops the leg muscles more than running, simply because it takes more muscle power to push a pedal through different levels of resistance than it does to move the leg through a running stride, although running uphill develops considerable leg strength, too.

Spinning can be a great recovery tool

I haven’t used a spin class as a recovery session yet, though the studio I go to does offer 30 minute gentle rides. Here’s a good excerpt from this article on Runner’s World:

Cycling can benefit runners for both recovery and training. It aids in recovery by flushing the legs out. A super-easy spin has no impact, and you’re moving blood through the muscles. On the opposite end of the spectrum, cycling can be great for building high-end aerobic training doing intervals.

Spinning can increase your cadence

You’ve probably heard that you should run around 180 steps per minute. My body naturally falls into that routine (and my brother always makes fun of me saying I take quick little steps lol), but if you need help with that, spinning can help. Throughout the class your moving your legs faster and faster – and you’ll even notice improvements in each class. I now do about 2 miles more than the first class I went to 2 weeks ago. By pedaling around 90 RPMs, you’ll mimic the 180 steps per minute, and it might feel more natural when you hit the roads.

As I said in the beginning, I still feel like more running = better running. I know many who disagree, and each runner is different, so to each his own. But I do think adding in spin classes (or cycling outdoors if you like that better) can build up your leg strength and aerobic capacity. I liked this last quote by Jason of Strength Running:

To be a good runner, you have to run a lot. Alternative training can help bridge the gap, especially for injury-prone runners, but you can’t plant potatoes and harvest carrots (I love that line!).

My goal for this year is train now through March for 5K, perhaps run a spring half, and then begin marathon training in June/July. I want to have a solid base by then and also ramp up my miles during marathon training. Last year was doing average of 30. During my last NYC Marathon training I peaked at 55 (seriously how??). So my goal for this time is to also peak around 50ish. We’ll see what happens!

Do you regularly take spin classes? If you don’t mind my asking, how many miles to you get in 45 minutes? I’m currently at 17!

What is your favorite form of cross training?

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01-03-2016

My 2016 Goals

Hey everyone! I know I’ve been kind of MIA, but it was the holiday season and I just wanted to disconnect and enjoy being on break and with friends and family :)

So since I’ve been gone, I actually got a 1 month pass to a local spin studio (thanks to Dan!) so I have gone to 4 spin classes so far. They are so challenging! Here’s my pic from my first class, which was a 30 min. spin and 30 min. yoga class…my goal is to break 20 miles in a 45 min. class soon!

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I plan on going most days (trying for every day if my schedule allows it) in order to add some cross training to my running, and also to try something new and hopefully lose some weight…

Let’s just say, the holiday season was a little less exercise and a little too much eating whatever I want…

But what can you do.

Which leads me into my 2016 goals. Weight loss is my number one from now through the next 3 months, and I plan on documenting it here.

Basically, after Chicago Marathon, I just have not been running much at all (ran 1-2x a week since October), but have not been watching my diet. I need to change that asap, especially as I begin my 5K training to hopefully PR in March or April. Furthermore, I want to lose weight to help my running/marathon training when that comes around in July. Did you know for every lb. overweight you are that is about one minute extra onto your marathon time? 

So here are my goals for this upcoming year:

  • Lose 15 lbs. How? I plan on adding back in strength training to my routine, and really monitoring what I eat. I really hate putting things into the My Fitness Pal app though…isn’t there an easier way? :-P
  • 5K PR in March or April. Hopefully break 25 minutes!
  • Half marathon PR and marathon PR in November (NYC Marathon)
  • Be able to do 5 unassisted pull-ups

That’s it for now. I know it is not much, but I like to focus on a handful of goals first instead of a list of 20 and then not accomplish any. My most immediate goal is to continue with spinning most mornings, and run/lift in the evenings. I think that will help me in my plateau. 

Why is it so easy to gain weight and so hard to lose? There are 2 things I currently feel are impossible: losing 15 pounds and qualifying for the Boston Marathon :) 

What are your goals in these first few months of the new year?

Do you take spin classes? Have you found they help your running?

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12-09-2015

5 Reasons To Join a Gym

The new year is right around the corner…yikes!

Funny side story: I was reading about top resolutions that people don’t actually accomplish, and one of mine from 2015 was on there (insert laughing/crying emoji). I wanted to “learn something new” in 2015 and said I’d learn guitar or piano or take a dance class. Yeah, needless to say I did none of those things BUT I want to try in 2016! I really would love to learn any of those things OR also learn how to play tennis – random I know.

Anyway, going back to new year’s resolutions…a common one is working out more or losing weight. Many people hit the gym for the first time in the new year. Or you might be nervous about joining a gym and aren’t sure if it’s right for you. Well I’m here to give you reasons why you should join a gym.

5 Reasons Why You Should Join a Gym in 2016!

Extra Motivation

This is my number one reason. First of all, I am way more motivated to work out and lift when I am physically at the gym. A lot of people like at-home workouts but I just can not motivated myself to do them. Even though I have dumbbells at home, if I’m at the gym I am way more likely to finish my entire workout than cut it short and just plop on the couch.

Also, you’re paying for a gym membership. That is good enough motivation in and of itself! Will you feel good knowing you’re paying for something monthly that you’re not using? The same premise applies to boutique studios and fitness classes if those are more your thing. Actually paying for classes will decrease the likelihood of you skipping your workout just because “you didn’t feel like it.”

Variety of Equipment

If you work out at home, you most likely will be limited with what equipment you have (unless you have built your own at-home gym, in which case I’m jealous). You can find all sorts of equipment at the gym, ranging from kettlebells, cable machines, pull-up  bars, barbells, TRXs, and much, much more. 

We all know switching up your routine regularly will help you avoid the dreaded plateau, and having all sorts of equipment to use in your workouts is the best way to continually change things up. If you’re not sure how to use something, do not fret! I’ll talk about that in my next reason which is…

Personal Trainers

Yes, personal trainers can be a bit pricey but you’re getting someone who will create a workout plan for you, monitor your form, guide you and help you with your goals. However, if it’s not in your budget or you don’t want a personal trainer, that’s fine. You can still ask them for help during your workouts. Like I said above, if you don’t know how to use something, no problem. Simply as a trainer at your gym to show you how to correctly use something. You might feel a little embarrassed but DON’T!! Also, it is much better to feel embarrassed than have improper form using something and then injuring yourself. Trust me, the trainers want to help you and will gladly show you proper technique.

Combine Workouts

This somewhat goes along with my “variety of equipment” point but the beauty of a gym is that you have so much to work with. You can easily do a cardio + strength workout using dumbbells or kettlebells and a treadmill. Run 400 meters on the treadmill, then do 15 kettlebell swings and walking lunges. Done. Easy. Yes it is probably more fun running outside but it is also more of a pain in the @$$ to lug your weights to your local track or outside in order to do a workout like this (I’ve tried.)

Most gyms have all sorts of cardio equipment, so it also makes cross-training so much easier. Don’t feel like running? No problem, hop on a bike. Bored of your usual routine? Do 1o min. treadmill, 10 min. stairstepper, 10 min. elliptical. 30 minute cardio workout done. Want to do a hill workout? You can easily to intervals on the treadmill and “set it and forget it.”

Meet Like-Minded People

If you’re going to the gym regularly, you start seeing the same people every day. Same goes for fitness classes (or perhaps your gym also offers fitness classes which is a bonus). By joining a gym you’ll be able to meet others with similar goals as you and/or perhaps your new workout buddy! I’ve chatted with various people at my gym about running or their workout simply because we see each other a lot, or they see my race shirt so they ask me about it, etc. It is not awkward at all, in fact, if you ask someone about their workout (tip: don’t talk to them while they’re actually doing the workout), they’ll probably be flattered and will love to talk about what they’re doing. Meeting new people can be a new source of motivation and inspiration for you.

I love my gym and am glad my parents also work out at the same gym. One year ago, my dad refused to exercise at the gym because he was embarrassed. Well I know that’s the real reason despite him saying it was just easier to do it at home ;) Now, he goes to the gym every day and is more motivated than ever to lead a healthy life and exercise regularly.

Are you thinking of joining a gym in 2016?

If you’re an avic gym go-er, what are your favorite aspects of your gym?

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12-01-2015

4 Week Holiday Workout Plan!

Okay…my first ebook is done! I created a 4 week workout plan to stay fit during this holiday season. I decided to launch it today because it is Dec. 1 and we have 5 weeks until Dec. 31, so you can start it this week or next week and end 2015 with a bang! Try this 4 week workout plan to stay fit and healthy during the holiday season!

I know many of us, myself included, get to this time of the year and want to just relax, indulge and spend time with family. We say, I’ll start back up in January. Well, why wait until 2016? The workouts I have created will take you 30 minutes. You have 30 minutes in your day to do a workout. Here are the details:

  • Full-body workout
  • Combines upper and lower body exercises to burn more calories and keep your heart rate up
  • Includes a YouTube link where I show you how to do each exercise
  • All you need are dumbbells (and a step – you can use your stairs or a chair)
  • Only 30 minutes!!!

Click Here To Get The Workout!

The 4 weeks are split in half, so for each of the 2 weeks you’re doing a set of 3 workouts. Three workouts for week 1 & 2, and three different workouts for week 3 & 4. It is challenging and also includes a 5 minute “cardio blitz” at the end. If you want to make it more challenging, you can increase the weight you use or add more time to each circuit. Here is an example workout:

A killer 4 week workout plan for the holiday season!

My legs were on fire after filming my YouTube video showing all of the exercises lol…I had a lot of fun creating this and can’t wait to hear your thoughts. If you have any questions please let me know! You can also shoot me an email at patty@reach-yourpeak.com, or tweet me at @pattyrivas13.

Click Here To Get The Workout!

Feel free to leave any questions in the comments! Do you like to stay fit during the holidays? Or do you lack motivation? Let’s get fit before 2016!

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11-25-2015

Hotel Room Workout

Taking a break from my gift guides (actually takes a lot of time to make one of those lol) and writing about a new video on my channel today.

If you’re traveling for the holidays, you can still workout! All you need is a chair. My video is only a minute long, so you can give it a quick view and then start working out!

Hotel Room Workout

I’m all about effective  movements when in a time crunch. You want to focus on exercises that target large muscle groups, which will not only make you stronger, but also help you burn more calories (which is what we need during the holidays, right?).

Repeat the circuit 3-5 times through depending on how much time you have, OR if you have extra time, do the circuit 5 times through, take a 2 minute break, and then here is an add-on (also repeat 3-5 times through):

  • 10 walking lunges
  • 10 inch worms
  • 15 single leg hip raises (each leg 15x)
  • 15 burpees

Let’s do it! Here’s your hotel room workout video:

Let me know if you try it out, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

I want to continue doing more fitness videos…if you have a topic or suggestion definitely leave me a comment! I am always open for ideas on workouts. My sister texted me yesterday asking for an arm workout so perhaps that will be my next one :)

Are you traveling for Thanksgiving?

Do you have any fun holiday traditions? We usually go to NYC every year on Christmas day!

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11-24-2015

Gift Guide For Runners

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This will definitely be my favorite gift guide to write up…there are so many running related items I want! :)

Gift Guide For Runners!

If you have a runner in your life, definitely check out some of these ideas below.

Flipbelt for runningFlipBelt – $28.99

This is probably my favorite piece of running equipment. It holds so much and I have used it in multiple half marathons and marathons. It doesn’t budge and is just the perfect belt for running. I have also used it while traveling, so I can keep my stuff with me without having to carry around a purse. If you buy one thing for yourself or the runner in your life, make it this!

RoosportRoosport – $26.99

I discovered this at the Chicago Marathon expo and really want to try it. The magnetic clasp is pretty powerful, so you flip it over your waistband and it stays put. No need for a belt and supposedly doesn’t cause chafing. This is a good choice for those who aren’t fans of belts around their waist!

Sparkly Soul Headband

 

Sparkly Soul headband – $17

This was another purchase of mine at the Chicago Marathon expo. I needed a headband for the race and ended up getting this exact one but the thicker version. Cute and worked very well to keep the sweat out of my eyes! I want to get more thin ones since I’ve seen people wear them as everyday headbands as well.

yaktrax-runningYaktrax – $40

I definitely need to get a pair of these for this winter. I want to run more outdoors but am always afraid I will slip. Like this:

Do not want that happening to me! :)

Nike Running TightsNike Pro Hyperwarm Max – $70

I bought these tights a few years ago and they are still going strong. They are fleece lined so they’re perfect for winter training runs. You can also find fleece lined tights at TJ Maxx and Marshall’s!

Gu Energy Gel Vanilla BeanGU Energy Gel 24 Pack – $29.80 (currently on sale!)

If you know someone who will be training for a marathon or half marathon, this is perfect. I go through GUs like it’s my job, and vanilla bean is my favorite flavor, though I hear salted caramel is good too. PS – these fit perfectly in the flipbelt!

Other ideas include:

  • A gift certficate to get a massage
  • A gift certifcate to get a pedicure…because we all know how pretty runners feeet are ;)
  • A water bottle, both a normal one and/or a hydration belt or bottle
  • A gift certficate to their favorite running apparel store (like Modell’s, Sports Authority, TJ Maxx, lululemon, etc.)
  • A groupon to group fitness classes like yoga or spin, so your runner can cross-train
  • Pay for a running coach for them…like my coach, Marc of TrainWithMarc!
  • A notebook or running log so they can keep track of their miles
  • New running shoes…because who doesn’t want new sneakers??

If you’re a runner, what do you go through “like it’s your job” while you’re training?

What would you add to this list?

Check out these blogger’s gift guide for runners as well!

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11-18-2015

Fitness Gift Guide For Men (Apparel)

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Yesterday I wrote up a fitness gift guide for women, and today we are focusing on the men in our lives. Sadly, I don’t think Forever 21 has fitness apparel for men though… ;)

Check out this fitness gift guide for men!

Let’s jump into my fitness gift guide for men!

lululemon men's fitness apparelMetal Vent Tech Long Sleeve 2.0 (lululemon) – $78

I love lululemon tops and their “no stink” technology. I swear it does work. As much as I also love my Nike shirts, after a while there is just this sweaty stench to them. Hot, I know. Anyway, that is why this lululemon top is on my list!

Men's Fitness Apparel Gift GuideNike Men’s Short Sleeve T-Shirt – $26

You can’t go wrong with a workout shirt of his favorite team. Dan finds all of his Rutgers stuff at Kohl’s, so check them out for sports apparel (both normal stuff like cotton tees, sweatshirts etc. and also fitness/dri-fit stuff) too!

Reebok Men's Crossfit ShortsReebok Crossfit Board Shorts – $59.99 (on sale currently)

Have a crossfitter in your life? Definitely check out Reebok. Also, even if you’re not a crossfitter I’d look through their stuff. I really like some of their spandex shorts and board shorts. Their material is super comfy!

Nike Socks For MenNike Elite Crew Socks – $13.99

My brother loves these socks and so does my dad. Though he also buys the Puma version from TJ Maxx (which is just as good). I like thicker socks for working out/running, so these are a good option for that. 

Men's Lifting Gloves

 

“The Gripper” – $24.95

So I was actually searching for men’s lifting gloves but then found these. First of all, do guy wear lifting gloves or do they WANT calluses? lol. Second of all, how cool are these? I kind of want some of my own. I think they’d really help in exercises where your grip strength is lacking a bit, like pull-ups or any pulling exercise. 

And that’s all my men’s fitness apparel ideas! Stay tuned for a running gift guide and a fitness gift guide focusing on accessories (which is the one I’m most excited to write).

Did any of these ideas help you?

Are you or do you know a crossfitter?

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11-17-2015

Fitness Gift Guide For Women (Apparel)

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Can you believe the holiday season is upon us? Because I can’t! I have a few holiday related things up my sleeve for you all, starting with 6 gift guides coming at you this week and next. I figured we will all start shopping soon, and why not get inspired OR find ideas for what YOU might want to add to your own wish list ;)

Here are my topics for the gift guides after this one:

  • Fitness gift guide (apparel) for men
  • Stocking stuffers (health/fitness/running related)
  • Health and fitness gift guide (think tech, appliances, food, etc.)
  • Gift Guide for Runners
  • My Favorite Makeup Gift Guide

Today’s gift guide will focus on fitness apparel for women. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, your mom, your spouse, your sister, your BFF…you will find some ideas below.

Holida Gift Guide: Fitness Apparel For Women

Okay let’ get started…

Forever 21 Activewear - Heathered Capri Leggings

 Heathered Athletic Capri Leggings (Forever 21) – $12.90

I love that these are heathered and high-waisted. Forever 21′s activewear is actually surprisingly good, and their heathered stuff is really soft. This is perfect for winter workouts!

Forever 21 Activewear - Pullover

 Drawstring Cowl Neck Pull-Over (Forever 21) – $22.90

I love cowl neck pull-overs! So comfortable and cozy. Perfect for warming up or just day-to-day wear.

Nike Winter Running Gear

 Nike Dri-FIT Headband & Running Gloves Set – $30.00

This will probably be in my running guide as well but a headband and gloves set is perfect for anyone who plans on exercising outdoors this winter. 

Nike Pro Warm Running Gear

 Nike Pro Hyperwarm Top – $80

Nike hyperwarm tops are my favorite winter tops. They are so warm (same with their tights) and I use them for running, sitting out at football games…basically anywhere where I will be cold. They make a great base layer as well to add lighter tops over them for those bitter, cold runs.

Old-Navy-Activewear

 Burnout Racer Back Tank (Old Navy) – $10

Winter = more indoor workouts. This tank is perfect for that! PS – all Old Navy activewear is currently up to 50% off online. Check it out!

Other places I shop for activewear also include T.J. Maxx (you can find really warm fleece-lined leggings here) and Marshall’s. I’m telling you though, you can find a lot of apparel (and inexpensive at that) at Forever 21.

Where do you shop for yourself or the fitness lover in your life?

Do you prefer capris or shorts for gym workouts in the winter (or you don’t care)? I like capris so I’m not AS cold on the walk from my car to the gym lol

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11-10-2015

Which Fitness Tracker Should I Get?

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Alright, alright…I think I’m ready to jump on the fitness tracker bandwagon. I have been intrigued by FitBit’s for a while, and now Dan has one that his company gave him for inter-office “competition.” 

I have seen many bloggers review various fitness trackers, so I don’t know which to get! I was leaning towards the FitBit wrist tracker (is the the official term? The one that looks like a bracelet?). But I figured I would talk about some of the more popular trackers and their features…perhaps this will help me make a decision!

best-fitness-trackers

FitBit Charge HR - $149.99

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There are different type of FitBits, but this is the one I would want. I love that it has a heartrate monitor – I think I need that when it comes to my running. I would like to track my HR and make sure my easy runs are easy, and hard runs are hard.

Like all FitBit’s and most trackers, it measures your steps too. When I had my Samsung Galaxy, it had a built in step-tracker. I was always waaayyyy off the recommended 10,ooo steps her day. I really want to work at this because I know I sit too much throughout the day. Between blogging and my business, everything is on my computer. Sometimes I don’t want to get up just to fill up my water bottle because I’m in the zone with my work. #truestory I really need to get more steps in. 

The battery is supposed to last 5 days which is impressive. I just worry that it might be too bulky on my wrist? I have bony wrists…hmm…

Garmin VivoSmart - $129.99

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I like that this is smaller on your wrist than the FitBit, but am not sold on it due to the fact that you need the chest strap heart rate monitor to get your HR. I’m sure that might be more accurate, but I also don’t know if I want to wear one on runs since I chafe…a lot…

The Garmin VivoSmart allows you to get push notifications from your mobile device which I think is actually pretty cool! You can’t respond to them obviously, but I think it is a nice feature. It also has vibration alarms which is perfect for me. I hate waking up to alarms, it always jars me awake. I feel like a nice vibration on my wrist would be better :)

The battery life lasts about 7 hours, and it also measures steps, sleep, calories burned and active time.

Jawbone UP2 - $99.99

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Wow I love the look of the Jawbone UP2! This is exactly what I would want a fitness tracker on my wrist to look like. It is sleek and small, and not obviously a fitness tracker. The only downside is that I want one that displays info on it while you’re wearing it, as opposed to having to plug it in to my computer to get the info or opening an app (there is an app for this one).

It tracks steps, monitors sleep and has a smart alarm feature which wakes you up when it feels you’re most ready to wake up, instead of jarring you awake while you’re still in REM cycle (which can lead to grogginess). From the reviews I’ve read, the Jawbone does a great job of giving you details on your sleep…something I need because I feel like I NEVER get a good night’s sleep.

Interesting…I started writing this paaragraph thinking I wouldn’t be interested in this because of the lack of screen but as I kept typing, I kind of want to try one out now!

Misfit Flash - $24.99

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The Misfit Flash is only $24.99! Can you believe that? I honestly might go pick up one of these after work today just to try it out before I dive deeper into the fitness tracking world.

While this one does not have a screen interface, it still tracks steps and sleep AND can running, swimming and cycling. You can tell it what activity you will be doing and it will track accordingly. However, this is mainly just to track what kind of activity you did – it does not provide pace, distance, miles, etc. Also, the circular part seen above actually comes out so you can either put it into the watch strap thing or into the clip. Very cool.

Like the Jawbone, since it doesn’t have a screen, you can track using an app. Since the Misfit uses a watch battery, the battery lasts about 6 months!

Garmin Vivofit 2 – $99.99

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The Garmin Vivofit 2 comes in different colors BUT also allows you to buy the wristband separately so you can can switch it up. I believe the above photo features a Jonathan Adler wristband.

The Vivofit 2 tracks your steps, goals, distance and calories burned. It can also be paired with a heart rate monitor/strap. You can connect to the Garmin Connect app to get even more details about your day and activity. This tracker also uses watch batteries, so battery life is a year or longer! I like the look of this and it looks slim/not bulky. From what I’ve read, you can also pair it with your MyFitnessPal app.

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Ahhh, decisions, decisions. I like the FitBit Dan has, but I do think I want something more robust (hence why I like the FitBit Surge). BUT I like the look of the Jawbone and Vivofit. Help!

Do you use a fitness tracker? Which one?

Do you get in 10K steps per day? I think I was getting around 3-5K…definitely need to step it up (no pun intended).

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