This topic contains 20 replies, has 5 voices, and was last updated by  Brittany Foster 3 months ago.

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  • #18344
     Brittany Foster 
    Keymaster

    Something that helps me stay motivated with getting my walking in every day (when I am feeling well enough) is to have a device that tracks my activity. I have always been motivated by numbers and seeing visual signs of improvement. I have a Fitbit Versa and really love it. It allows me to track my steps, is connected to fitbit so I can also track my intake of food and water, and it allows me to track my progress. Having this type of device helps keep me self motivated and allows me doctors to also see that I am doint activity ! There is also ways to connect the device with friends that have it to hold each other accountable.

    Do you use a fitness tracker or a step tracker during your activity? Does technology like this help motivate you? What helps you stay accountable for your exercise?

  • #18348
     Jen Cueva 
    Participant

    Great idea, Brittany! I do use My Fitness Pal but I never add in my exercise. Although usually, my exercise is mostly my adaptive yoga videos ( thanks to you ). I started using my tracker mainly to track my food as my doctors wanted me to gain weight and try to eat more. It helped and I did gain 8 pounds over the last year or so. I always use the tracker for fluid intake, especially free water, since I am on fluid restrictions.

    After reading your tips, I may need to start adding in my Yoga, etc. I mean my housecleaning times with music is a workout to me, LOL

    Thanks for always inspiring myself and others!

    • #18353
       Brittany Foster 
      Keymaster

      Jen,
      Thank you so much for your great message and feedback! I know you help so many people too and will continue to do that through here and through your writing. I’m so glad that we have been able to connect. I am at the hospital now but am online in between my appointments and this just made my day better. I’m glad that you are doing those yoga videos. I know that they were very helpful for me. I even tried some meditation, there was one video that honestly put me RIGHT to sleep and that NEVER happens. It was great. I’ll have to go back and find the link to it so I can share it here. Do you do any meditation at all? And cleaning and doing “chores” around the house is also an exercise and should count as exertion! Sometimes I break a sweat doing the laundry and dishes lol. And the vacuuming too can get some serious step counts in!

      • #18365
         Jen Cueva 
        Participant

        Thanks, Brittany! You definitely need to share the meditation link. I have done one with Adrienne and it was so relaxing! Otherwise, I’ve done some guided meditations on YouTube.

        I definitely need to start tracking activity.

        @colleensteele, that would make a great gift for your son. Does he have a birthday coming up?

      • #18375
         Colleen Steele 
        Keymaster

        Jen, his birthday is in November but his transplant anniversary is in August. If he expresses and interest I might get it for him then.

      • #18401
         Jen Cueva 
        Participant

        Sounds like a great idea, Colleen!

      • #18424
         Colleen Steele 
        Keymaster

        Jen, I mentioned it to him and he said he doesn’t think he would like wearing one. I’m not surprised, he never liked his medical ID bracelet either. It’s just a comfort issue for him. I asked him to consider wearing one when he is on the treadmill just so he has something to prove to his doctors that he is getting exercise.

      • #18429
         Jen Cueva 
        Participant

        Oh, Colleen, well you tried! I think that tracking some type of activity is great for doctors. I’m sure that y’all probably already know this but my friend just told me her iPhone tracks her steps. Maybe he would do that on the treadmill, Colleen? I’m going to try and find out if my phone will. Mine is an older one.

      • #18430
         Jen Cueva 
        Participant

        This is what I found from the Apple website. I may try this after I rest and recharge. LOL

      • #18380
         Brittany Foster 
        Keymaster

        Hi Jen,
        I actually looked it up and I was able to find it. It helped me to use my oxygen when I was doing this video too because some is breath focused. I think that it really helped me and the girl’s voice in the video is just so relaxing to listen to. Here is the link from youtube:

      • #18402
         Jen Cueva 
        Participant

        Thanks, Brittany, I’m hoping to try this tomorrow. I saved it on my YouTube. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  • #18361
     Colleen Steele 
    Keymaster

    Oh my gosh, thank you for posting this topic! One thing that my son’s doctors are always after him about is getting more exercise. It’s one of the top questions they ask at each appointment, “What type of exercise are you getting each day?”. I never thought about a fitness tracker! As you mention that is a great way to prove to his doctors that he is exercising and how much he is getting in each day! I’m going to discuss with his dad that we get him one!

    • #18381
       Brittany Foster 
      Keymaster

      I’m glad I was thinking of this topic! I actually thought of it when my doctors were asking me about what exercise I was getting and how much activity I was able to do. If he is self motivated and is motivated by numbers this would be perfect for him I’m sure! Let me know if you end up finding a good one. I know a lot of people are fans of the apple watch because it is also programmed to the iphone, but personally, I like the ones that are strictly for exercise and I don’t have the distraction from the notifications on my phone. When I exercise I like to shut down everything else and just get in my own “zone”

  • #18366
     Jen Cueva 
    Participant

    Hope your appointments are going well, Brittany!

  • #18392
     Judie 
    Participant

    Hi All,
    I just purchased a Polar fitness tracker for my birthday present.
    I do Les Mills on demand exercise programs which are wonderful and broken down to 4-5 minute rounds alternating muscle groups, body pump my favorite is a barbell strength training workout. I got hooked about 10 years ago when they had a dvd series through beachbody.com. Now they have Les Mills on demand which offers at least a dozen different type of classes from body pump, step, core, kick boxing, barre, cycling, etc a huge variety everyone should check it out.
    I get it through my BCBS insurance Global fit program only costing $9.99/month.
    It’s addictive, it’s my tribe and I’m glad I found it. It is a good workout one can do on oxygen if need be as the workouts don’t require a lot of space. It’s an Australian company and I love the accents.
    Because I do les Mills I was turned on to the Polar 370A tracker which has I think 100 workout options it can track including all of the Les Mills classes.
    It tells you your high heart rate during workouts, median heart rate , how many minutes in each stage and calories burned based on you heart rate info. I’m so excited. It has awesome online platforms to track workouts, need for recovery and progress and planning of workouts generating progress reports etc. no other tracker I have seen has these functions. I bought the smart watch type which gives texts, phone alerts and email access. I’m so excited I can’t wait for it to arrive. It should be here by Monday latest and I’m excited to start working out with it.
    Check them out, they are fabulous!
    Judie

    • #18394
       Brittany Foster 
      Keymaster

      Hi Judie !
      That program sounds amazing and addictive for sure (in a good way!) It is great to find an exercise program that supports your needs and motivates you to work out and feel good. I just went for a walk around my neighborhood after a stressful few hours at appointments in the hospital and it is such a relief to just get out for a bit with the oxygen and take a walk and get the blood pumping! I have a membership for beach body too but haven’t looked at any of the workouts for it because I was recovering from a heart surgery that I had in May. Now that I am getting some stamina back this is something that I would love to try! Did you purchase the fitness tracker through the website and is it able to be connected right to the video that you are doing ? That’s pretty amazing that it has all those functions. Do you have a link you can share with us by any chance that shows the tracker? I would love to look into it especially if it is connected to the videos and program you are doing. I’m sure it is a great way to visually see your improvements and milestones you are hitting!

      • #18395
         Colleen Steele 
        Keymaster

        Wow Judie, I admire your motivation! Like Brittany I would be interested in a link to the tracker if you have one. I remember from your profile that your doctor believes PH was caught early in you. How is your breathing holding up during exercise? It’s awesome that you have found such a perfect program to fit your needs!

      • #18398
         Brittany Foster 
        Keymaster

        It’s all about finding a program that will fit your needs. Not everyone is the same when it comes to exercise. I have done barre programs and also pilates programs that are really good. They really work the muscles a lot and it’s not as “cardio” and high intensity.

    • #18403
       Jen Cueva 
      Participant

      Awesome, Judie! My daughter did Beach body for a while. It sounds like you have a good variety and for different levels. I know you’ll love your fitness tracker. I may have to check out some of those videos, eventually, too.

  • #18496
     Jimi Mcintosh 
    Participant

    Fitbit and Nike app on smart phone

    • #18503
       Brittany Foster 
      Keymaster

      Smart phones are great ! Do you also track your nutrition or is this just used for monitoring your fitness and level of activity during the day? I have friends that really liked the Nike app and were pretty motivated by it ! Technology can be great for this and holding us accountable.

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