Nike Fuel Band: My husband is fond of saying we walk 10-12 km a day when we’re travelling. To test this theory, for our most recent trip I bought us both Nike Fuelbands. These nifty little numbers give four metrics (plus the time) at the touch of a little button. Set up is simple, slip the USB end into your laptop and the Nike site leads you through a questionnaire. Based on your responses, Nike suggests ‘Fuel’ goals. ‘Fuel’ is a Nike measure of energy output and a bit of a mystery to me, but the point is that you set a goal and then try to consistently attain it. Other metrics given are ‘Hours Won’ (which seems to be a measure of exercise intensity), calories expended (above and beyond your basic metabolic needs) and steps taken.
It’s an interesting psychological fact that as soon as you start to measure something, it changes your behaviour. True fact – I have found myself doing laps around a hotel room in the evening just to make sure I reach my daily goal!
I use this app for overall conditioning plus stretching and relaxation after a long time cooped up in a plane, train or automobile.
These programs can be done at a bathroom counter (with enough room to move one leg through 180 degrees). The only piece of (optional) equipment required is a Thera-band for the Pilates portion. The Pilates exercises require only enough space for the length of your body plus arm width on either side. The workouts are 22 minutes or less and have helped me to isolate and find muscles I never knew I had!
“Your clothes have some giiiiiiive.” Says the evil little voice in my head. “And right now they’re giving everything they’ve got!”
The Lose-It app also allows you to set a daily calorie goal, track exercise and keep a food diary.
I’d love to hear your 'fitness on the fly' tips. Drop me a line and I’ll put together a permanent document for this site.