So I have to admit, since my post about the Blacklight Run I have become a lapsed exerciser again. Not totally, I still love my high energy classes with Red Squirrels Zumba twice a week, and go to a local Pilates class with Nikki from Move Better Fitness which I love, but the running has ground to a halt.
I think this is because I am not entirely happy when I am running. I don’t enjoy it but I also worry as I run. The main reason being my total right hip replacement, which was carried out when I was 36 in 2007. In the back of my mind I know my hip has a limited lifespan, and running just feels like too high impact. Basically I don’t want to wear out my lovely titanium and ceramic hip.
My day job is very sedentary. I basically sit in front of a computer all day either bookkeeping, training or promoting my business. I need some kind of motivation to keep moving between my fitness classes.
So I am trialling a Fitbit Flex which a friend of mine is wanting to sell. I’m going to see if this piece of tech is the kick up the backside I need to get moving again, and watch my food intake more closely. I am a user of Endomondo and My Fitness Pal, and with both these apps they were very motivational when I first started to use them. I walked a huge 1300 miles in 2012 by following the 100 miles a month challenge on Endomondo, a fact I am very proud of. But the novelty has warn off and I need something new.
Setting up the Fitbit Flex
Once I realised the app wouldn’t work with my Nexus 10 tablet, it was really quick and easy to set up my Fitbit on my Nexus 4. I was able to set up my profile with ease and the first thing I did was log my first nights sleep.
You do have to remember via the app to say when you are going to sleep and when you wake up, then the fitbit tracks your restlessness and gives you a great graph to see how well you slept. Not enough is the answer at the moment!
Linking Fitbit to MyFitness Pal and Endomondo
How the apps fitted together got me scratching my head at first, but with trial end error I soon sorted it out. I had to log into my individual accounts for My Fitness Pal and Endomondo on my PC in order to set up the new link to the Fitbit.
Historically I logged my exercise on Endomondo which then fed into My Fitness Pal to ‘buy’ me extra calories I have now had to switch off this link as Endomondo feeds into the Fitbit app with my exercise, then the Fitbit app feeds this information into My Fitness Pal in the form of a Fitbit Calories Adjustment. If Endomondo also feeds the exercise into My Fitness Pal then the exercise is double counted. It makes your stats look great but won’t help much with my weight loss target! The exercise from Endomondo in My Fitness Pal was also fed back into the Fitbit double counting there too – are you still with me?
I do however love the fact that I can still log my food in My Fitness Pal and this then gets automatically fed into the Fitbit App in the form of a calorie value per meal. I’ve used My Fitness Pal for years now and I have a database of favourite meals already set up, I am a creature of habit, so I dreaded having to recreate all this in the Fitbit app. Now I don’t have to.
So early signs that having this new Fitbit will hep me get back on track with being more active are good, as I am itching to get out and increase my step count (currently at 4000 steps at 2pm in the afternoon) , I’ve drunk more water today, and I’m not snacking as I’m back to logging all my food.
Let’s see how long this new inspiration lasts.