Fake it Till You Make it

In today's podcast we talk about caring about yourself, liking yourself, loving yourself. What if you don't? Then fake it till you make it. You can also think of the others that rely on you and get healthy for them. So for now, you may not like exercise but let's pretend you do. I've never got done exercising and said, “I hated that.” I may wake up the next day and be a little sore, but that's just my muscles growing. My high school teacher put it this way (after I got fired from a Grocery store for being too shy), “Act the way you want to be and eventually you will be the way you want to act.”

Too Hot To Exercise – Easy Fix

I burn very easily when I get in the sun, so walking during the day is a very dangerous thing for me (I use sun block that might as well be elmers glue). I have found that if you push yourself away from the dinner table, you can catch some great sunsets and get your walk in before you go to bed. It's cooler, and many times (in Ohio) there is a breeze (and it's actualyl relaxing).

Portion Control is Key

If you look at a label you may be surprised that the one container of (insert product here) you may actually be drinking two servings (so the calories you are drinking need to be doubled).  Likewise you need to know how many calroies you are burning (see this tool). Keep in mind that a single serving of steak is 3 oz and you can order at 12 oz steak in many restaurants. This means you are eating three extra portions of steak (600 extra calories). Some tools you can use to help you with this is the portion control plate (see below) and a digital food scale so you are accurate in entering your food.

Body Media Vs Bodybugg – What's the Difference?

When I was at Blogworld NYC I came across a bodymedia booth. So I asked them what the difference was between a bodymedia and a bodybugg, and it was exactly what I thought. Bodymedia supplies the technology, and a Bodybugg handles their own software. When I used a bodybugg, I found their software a bit clunky. It worked. It did the job, but it didn't exactly scream “cool.” Body media seems to have their software a little more polished. The prices are abuot the same and you get six months free use of their software.

If you are looking for an accurate way to count how many calories you are burning, this is the system for you.


Striiv Ads Social Tools To It's Platform

I've always said the Striiv is the suped up pedometer/game for those who don't have a computer. I don't sync mine too often (no need to), but when I did I saw where they had added some new features. If someone you know has a Striiv you can race each other and watch each other's progress (via bluetooth that's built into the unit). This adds some more fun to an already fun motivational tool. Watch this video to see someone with two Stiiv units race against each other. I noticed there is a “Firends” feature in the display (that wasn't there before) so I'll be updating you on that in the future as well.

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Bodybugg Lets You Lose Weight Your Way

Note: When I originally posted this article I stated (incorrectly) that the bodybugg contained a heart rate monitor. It does not (it doesn't need it) as you will find out as you read. I apologize for any confusion (and vow to quit posting past my bed time).

Ever since I started this podcast, people have asked me to try and get a review copy of the bodybugg. Luckily (after contacting numerous people) 24hourfitness.com came to the rescue).  What's a bodybugg? Well the system I am reviewing is an arm band (created by a company called body media), a digital display (optional), and a website with software (from Apex)  where your calories burned are displayed, and you input what you have eaten during the day (and it calculates the difference).Apex recently made it possible to update to check your online account with your iphone. You get a 6 month subscription to the website for free with the purchase of the arm band. All you do is strap the bodybugg to your arm, it detects your body and turns itself on. It's that easy. The arm band can store 14 days of data, and the charge lasts about 5 days. I plug my unit into the USB while I'm in the shower (you can't get it wet), and the battery is never low.

The arm band tracks how many steps you have taken, but its much more than a pedometer. It also tracks our skin temperature, how much heat you are generating from your skin, how much sweat you are putting out. By using all of the data is takes in, it is 90% accurate and predicting how many calories you actually burn. If you know how many calories you burn, then you know how many calories you can eat (how logical is that?). This takes the guesswork out of weight loss. All you do is figure out how to make sure you burn more than you consume.

An example would be a few Fridays ago, I was driving all over town getting ready for Easter. I didn't get to go to the gym. I was in the car for four hours, and ended up hitting a fast food place. By looking at my bodybugg digital display, I could see how many calories I had burned so far, and skipped the fries, the coke, and got a chicken sandwich without the mayo.

It is often said that people overestimate how much they move, and underestimate how much t hey eat. I can say after wearing the bodybugg for a week, that is absolutely true. Or at least for me – it was…

After the first week of using the bodybugg, I lost 3 lbs. While the armband is the “machine” that starts it all, I have been really motivated by the digital display. You can clip it to your clothes, etc but I've been wearing it like a watch. Having my calories in my face has motivated me to keep moving. Monday I set a record by taking over 19,000 steps in one day. When I had to take a plane to Oklahoma, during my lay over in Memphis I walked constantly to keep my activity minutes up, my steps up, and my calories burned up.

While I'm using it for weight loss, you could use this for weight gain, or weight maintenance. Today I talk with Kim Slover who is the Bodybugg Service Manager for Apex Fitness Group. Kim Slover used it during her pregnancy to make sure she didn't gain too much, and then to help her lose the baby weight, and now maintain her weight.Kim fills us in on the different ways people are being inspired by the information they receive from wearing a bodybugg.

The one thing the bodybugg does not have is a heart rate monitor (as of this writing). However, when I asked Kim about this she pointed out that most people do not wear a heart rate monitor 24 hours a day (I've done that an it's very uncomfortable). So consequently while they know how many calories they burned at the gym, they have no clue how many calories they burn the rest of the day. Also keep in mind that if you keep doing the same exercise over and over, your body gets used to that movement and you won't burn the same amount of calories. You won't get this information from a software solution, or a chart in a book (a one size fits all). Using the bodybugg you can tell which exercises are delivering the best results.

I know after using this for a week, I'm pretty much addicted. While some may flinch at the price tag ($179 for the arm band, or the package of arm band and display for $278, plus a monthly fee to use the website), I've recently been told my blood pressure is too high, and cholesterol is too high, and I've been given a few months to get them down via exercises. If that doesn't work soon, then it will be time to put me on medication (and how much will that cost?). I'd rather spend money on something that will help develop a healthy lifestyle on my own terms than to pump myself full of drugs.

bodybugg Services Manager

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