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Getting Fit with the Samsung Gear S3 Smart Watch

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I love gadgets and if they can help with fitness even better.  Last week I got a Samsung Gear S3 Classic smartwatch and already I love it and can’t imagine my day without it. However did I manage without one?

I particularly like the Samsung Health app, I can track everything from steps taken, sleep and floors climbed you know the usual fitbit type stats, I can track water and caffeine intake, heartrate, stress and spo2 levels.  It can track lots of different types of exercise, I use the walking one and it tracks my whole walk including a map of the route I have taken and gives me encouragement along the way.

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I have a desk job so my day is fairly sedentary, if I don’t move for 50 minutes my gear encourages me to get up out of my chair and either walk or do some stretching exercises.  I generally get up and do a lap of the office.  I think that has also helped my eyes.  Because I have very poor vision I suffer with eye strain and headaches, getting away from the computer every hour even for a minute or two really seems to be helping.  I probably look like a nutter just walking a lap around the office but hey it’s doing me good so who cares what anyone thinks!

The layout of the watch is very intuitive and its bright and colourful screen is easy to read and its fun to look at my stats.  I have also uploaded music and audio books to the watch so with my Bluetooth earphones I can listen to books or music on my walks without having to lug my phone along.

I have a few other apps on there like My Fitness Pal to keep a track of my macros and a few other interesting miscellaneous apps to keep me amused.  I wasn’t sure if I would use the watch to its full capabilities but now I have it I am using everything.  I really feel like I am getting good value out of it.  I really like Samsung Pay, and I love how your phone notifications, emails and texts go to it.  I was worried about reading the small screen size but it has been great, it’s really easy to read.  The other day my partner and I were in the car and my mother in law called, my phone was in the back of the car and being in my partners car it didn’t come through the Bluetooth so I answered it and spoke on my gear.  Wow it was good; it was loud and clear with no distortion.  This thing can actually take/make phone calls as long as your phone is within range.  How cool is that!

It also takes a 22mm watch band so you can change the strap to suit you and really make it your own.  This is a really good feature as most smart watches take the manufacturer’s branded bands that could cost a fortune to change.  For example I know of someone who got an Apple watch strap and it cost $200 from the apple store, I got the same type of band for $16 and it was virtually impossible to tell them apart in terms of quality.  So it’s a pretty big deal being able to shop around and use any brand of strap.

I have convinced my partner to buy one too so I am looking forward to doing some challenges together which should be fun.

Well I think you have guessed, yes I love my Gear S3, its brilliant.  It’s fairly large but that suits me with my bad vision.  Actually I don’t think it looks too big on my wrist at all, it just looks very very cool!

Well my Gear is telling me to move my butt so off I go …….

 

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Walking For Fitness

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I really enjoy walking for exercise.  After a good walk I kind of get a happy buzz and feel really good about myself.   Walking has so many great health benefits and it’s free!

I like to walk with a buddy, we walk our neighbourhood in the evenings after work and we like to hike the local Forest at the weekends.  The dog loves it too!  We strap on our Fitbits and away we go there is no stopping us!

I Am Motivated, Step Out Of My Way!

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Had a very positive meeting with my metabolic doctor this morning.  I have lost a kilo since my last visit.  Not much I know but considering I am on Prednisone I am happy with that.  I’m chipping away at it.  The important thing is I’m not gaining weight and I am exercising most days and eating better. Portion control (or lack of it) is a big deal for me but I think I have nailed it this week.  Finally I am serving my family up proper portion sizes and not over feeding them.

We discussed heart rate and the importance of being in the fat burning zone (60 – 65% of maximum heart rate) with bursts of activity in in the anaerobic zone (85% of maximum heart rate).  It was really interesting as I didn’t know anything about HR before this.

With the scleritis pain I have been wallowing in self-pity a bit, kind of grieving for my eyes, but I can feel myself moving out of that zone and into a more focussed and motivated one.  I feel I can work through the pain and keep going and really make a difference to my body and get healthier.

Today’s stats at 11am
Steps: 4,857 (a good start, well on the way to goal)
Distance: 3.43km
Stairs climbed: 12

I went for a walk this morning before my appointment and it was mostly uphill hence all the stairs climbed.  I want to get up to 25 sets of stairs today to earn another Fitbit badge so I need to find a hilly walk to do tonight.  All the badges and challenges are very motivating for me.

I feel good today, the pain is in check and I feel motivated to carry on my journey, normally I have given up by now (about 2 weeks in).

Have a good day all, happy walking!

A Motivational Tool

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A couple of weeks ago the whole family (partner, daughter and I) got a Fitbit Charge HR each.  It has really helped to get us motivated to move more and get out and go for walks almost every day.  The dog is loving it and getting fitter too.

It’s amazing how a little gadget can spur you on to do more.  So what do I like about my Charge HR?

I love how you can monitor 24 hour heart rate, that’s a really great feature not having to wear a chest strap.

I like how it automatically goes into sleep function without having to press a button.  With my old one I used to forget to take it out of sleep mode when I woke up thus ruining the whole days stats.

It has a proper watch buckle to do it up instead of those awkward pop in things that you can lose so easily.  In fact my daughter had a Charge model for only one day before she lost it, she then upgraded to the Charge HR.

I find the badges, challenges and awards really motivating.  It gives me something to work to.  I really enjoy breaking my own goals and going further that I thought I could.  I love to beat my friends too, I push that little bit harder if it is close in a challenge to try and win.

All in all I am really happy with the Charge HR, the one downside in my opinion is that it is not waterproof so you have to take it off in the shower.  That’s a pain.  I guess Fitbit are trying to get people to regularly take their tracker off after they had to recall the Force due to people getting horrible rashes under the band.  I do think though that in a market where there are so many great trackers and lots of them are waterproof Fitbit should have put this feature in too.  I would have loved the option to wear it in the pool for a swim.

Battery life has been pretty good, I have been getting around 5 days before I need to recharge.  Pretty good I think considering the HR monitor is going constantly.

Last week I achieved my Marathon badge, I walked 42km and I won a couple of challenges so it’s a good start to my fitness campaign. I would recommend the Charge HR if you are in the market for a fitness tracker.

Finally I Have Found My Groove!

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As you all know I am trying desperately to lose weight.  It’s really difficult being on prednisone and psych meds all of which have a tendency to make you gain weight.  Also struggling with chronic eye pain has made it so difficult to be motivated to exercise.  Everything is going against me right now.

I am so pleased to be able to say that I have found my groove.  I have been following a carb detox eating plan for a few days and have been walking every day too.  I feel so much better already, much less bloated and I have more energy.  I am still struggling so much with the pain but I have made a commitment to myself to walk on all or most days even when I am in pain.

Like my post said a couple of days ago I am fed up with being miserable and in pain, I’m going to be happy and in pain.  I can do this; I get up and go to work every day even when I am in pain because I have to.  So if I can do that every day I am sure I can go for a walk!

Another good motivational tool for me is my new Fitbit.  I got the Charge HR and so far I am loving it.    I have always had a Fitbit since the One came out and really like the app, the badges and emails of encouragement etc.  It all helps to motivate me.  My partner and daughter have Fitbits too so we have been walking together and the dogs absolutely love it!

Let’s hope I can keep on track and stay motivated.  It is so easy to fall off of the wagon and slip back into old habits.  I need to consider my feelings before I cave in and go for the bag of chips.  How will I feel after I have eaten them after the enjoyment has worn off, pretty lousy I would say and very disappointed in myself.  Thinking of the consequences might just be enough to keep me on the straight and narrow (I hope!).

I’m going to weigh in once a week so I will let you know how I have gone next Wednesday.  Hopefully a couple of kilos will be gone.

Have a good day all and to all of you who are struggling to find you groove keep going, you will get there!