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February 26, 2015
by Shalama Jackson

How do you cardio?

farmers walkSlow and steady or fast with intervals?

Right now, my cardio is slow and steady in order to help me burn fat. No jumping up and down like a maniac setting my heart rate a blaze.

Cardio is a part of my daily regiment. Since I haven’t been able to get it in every morning, I walk two blocks and hit the gym at lunch. Yesterday before yoga, I went for a nice long Farmer’s Walk carrying 15 pound kettle bells for my cardio. I didn’t set the world a blaze, but I did burn some fat and calories according to my Polar Loop.

I brought my Fruit Punch Xtend with me to help me out before venturing back to the office for lunch. I’m happy things are looking better everyday! Can’t wait to peel the layers away to show my hard earned muscles!

What workout do you plan on getting in today?

February 23, 2015
by Shalama Jackson

A moving performance

I didn’t watch the Oscars last night. I had only seen one of the movies that was nominated – “Selma”. And although it was up for two awards, I wasn’t optimistic about its chances outside of the song “Glory.”

However, I am glad that “Selma” did win for Original Song.

The performance was great and moving. It moved a few people to tears and received a standing ovation from the audience. Probably received some from people at home as well.

Did you watch the Oscars? What were your favorite moments?

February 22, 2015
by Shalama Jackson

How accurate is your wearable device?

polar loop and fitbitMany of us have invested in wearable devices to tell us how many steps we’ve taken, calories we’ve burned and other information. I’m included because I wear a Polar Loop and Fitbit Flex. Yes, both. I wear them for different reasons, but I wear them none the less.

If you’re like me, you probably have wondered how accurate they are in measuring step counts. I’ve looked at the numbers side by side and was pleased with the results.

A new study, published recently in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), compared the performance of five devices including the Fitbit Flex, the Nike Fuelband and the Jawbone UP24  against five apps.

How did they measure up?

The study found that many smartphone apps and wearable devices track steps accurately, but while data from smartphones only slightly different to the official count, wearable device counts fluctuated more wildly with one device reporting a 20 percent deviation. More specifically, the Nike Fuelband didn’t do as well, consistently under counting by an average of about 20 percent. However, the Fitbit Flex slightly under counted, but with a range pretty close to what the phones reported.

What does it mean?

According to the study, smartphone apps are a better and more reliable way to go. Nearly two-thirds of all adults in the United States own a smartphone, which offers a variety of health apps that are free on iOS and Android devices.

For me, it is interesting to think about. I wear the Fitbit Flex for its connection to third party apps and websites. It’s not for the step counts because I wear a Polar Loop. The Polar Loop married with the heart rate monitor helps me really examine how many calories I burn a day versus my food intake. It also has a step counter as well, but isn’t the biggest driver for me.

 What wearable device or fitness apps do you use?