You might have noticed that’s it’s been a looonnnngg time since our last blog post. Our last post was October and our post before that one was in June! What is up with us?? We talk about writing our blog all the time. We say we’re going to start up ‘next week’. We laugh about it, we plan it, but we never follow through. Well as the new year approaches we have vowed to get back on track. We plan to return to our regular blog posts to keep you entertained, provide a little information, and a lot of insight into our crazy workout, racing, and family lives.
Yes, I’m a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and run coach. But that doesn’t always mean I’ve been good about my own strength training. I talked myself into taking it easy, or did more talking than working out while at the gym – we would say we were working our jaw line. The point being, I wasn’t getting stronger or leaner from these workouts.
As most mom’s can attest, we live by the school year. Siobhan and I are no different. School in session means structure, schedule, and organization. Summer means chaos – and not all bad, but lacking all the consistency we have in the school year. You may have noticed we each only posted once this summer as travel, kids and life took over. But this week school is back and session and we are back online! We’ll call this our 3rd season of Miles with Moms and are happy to have you back following along.
Whether we admit it or not, we are all addicts – addicted to some form of social media. Facebook, Twitter, Instigram, Blogs (hopefully Miles with Moms)…there is so much good information out there, how could we not be? Some say it’s a time sucker, which it is. However, it can have some very positive influences on your training.
Spring is finally here which means it’s time for some “spring cleaning”. How does this apply to your workouts? Here are some suggestions on how to put some springtime fresh starts, growth, and change into your routine.
“Confessions of a ‘10,000 Steps-A-Day Aholic’:I admit it, I have a problem. I am a “10,000 steps-a-day aholic”! Wink, wink. I received my FitBit Charge for Christmas 2014 from my husband. I was a little hesitant to try it, but once I did, I was hooked! We also got our daughter (10 years old) the JawBone Up, a fitness tracker that looks more like a hip wrap around bracelet. I also had an old FitBit Flex that I never liked because I need to know my steps quickly!
I read about the recommendations that you should get 10,000 steps a day in and read the history on this reasoning. It seemed like it might be what I needed to help with my “life transformation”, so I decided that I would reach this 10,000 magic number at least 5 days a week. Since Christmas, I have been successful. I have also become so obsessed that some nights I realize I might be short, so I will hit the steps at my house or purposely make multiple trips doing errands. The dog has enjoyed the 10,000 step goal too! The best part now is watching my children try to hit 10,000 or even more steps a day. My 10 year old has done over 25,000 steps in a day! My 7 year old has gotten to the point that when she realizes that she is short in her steps, she does a “lap” in our house and can quickly make up those missing steps!
I decided to take charge of my life back in October and make some changes that will ultimately improve my health, as well as my family’s. Part of my change involved quitting CrossFit and going back to a boot camp workout. I also decided to start running again. I had my running group this past weekend and was happily at 10,000 steps before 10 am! A good day at boot camp is usually 3,000 – 4,000 steps. I also will purposely check my Charge throughout the day at my office and go for a walk in the halls. It may be one trip to the bathroom and back to my desk and then immediately a trip to the copy room. Every step helps meet my goal! 10,000 steps or bust…. I need to quit writing, it is 3:45 and I have 3,000 steps more needed for the day!”Shannon Praete
44 year old, full-time working, married mom of 2 kids
- “My Fitbit is an essential part of my day. I can’t imagine leaving home without it. The number one use I have for my Fitbit is for tracking my steps; I want to be sure to get a minimum of 10,000 steps every day. I also use it to be sure I cover a total of 5 miles each day and achieve at least 30 active minutes. I try to use all three of these in combination to be sure I have a minimum amount of activity. I’m quite competitive, so the challenges are perfect for me. I love competing with my friends. It help keeps me on track on even my most tired days, because I don’t want to fall behind!”
– Kristy Mitchell – full time working, married mom of 2 boys
- “I purchased the fitbit back in 2013 on sale on Amazon to give it a try after hearing about it at Planet Fitness. I have had pedometers before but they were never accurate. The original fitbit I had was the small clip on one that you couldn’t see. So I gave it a try and was impressed with how accurate it was. After washing my original fitbit I switched to the flex. Still loved it and didn’t miss the fact that it didn’t count stairs. I was surprised at how inactive I had actually become. I was convinced that I was just as active as ever but I soon found out that wasn’t the case. I used the fitbit to set goals and pushed myself to exceed the goals. Eventually more of my friends had fitbits and I friended them on the fitbit site. We use it to push and taunt each other to see who would be in first place for the week. Since that time fitbit has added challenges which helps to keep me motivated to move each day. I use fitbit mainly as a tool to make sure I’m reaching what I consider to be minimum fitness goals for each day. I look at step, miles and activity levels. I’m also able to log exercise. It helps keep me in check. Next step is the charge hr so I can use it for more than just tracking basic goals. Since getting the fitbit I’m back to my active self and have of group of fitbit friends who help keep me motivated to move.”
– Clare Kaye – full time working, married mom of 3 boys
Again, I know there are other great tracking devices out there, but I also know the success and populatrity of the Fitbit. Siobhan has the new Fitbit Charge HR (with heart rate monitor in the watch). My mom and sister have the Charge, and I’m happy with my Flex. Whatever brand or style you choose, I encourage you to join the movement and start tracking your steps!
Over the last month I have hit up several of the major chain fitness classes. I know I need to change things up if I want to see results, and have been curious about my options. Here’s my take on them: