It’s no secret that I’ve had trouble completing traditional workouts throughout this pregnancy. I really beat myself up over it in the beginning, but I’ve forced myself to look at the bigger picture. It can be extremely difficult to focus on yourself when you see other people doing things you only wish you could do. It’s especially hard for me right now, because I’m comparing myself to myself. When I was pregnant last time, I was able to continue running and lifting. Now? I’m finding that other activities like walking, toddler chasing, bodyweight moves, and stretching will (and do) suffice.
I think a great way to remind yourself just how much you actually do during the day is to invest in a fitness tracker. Yep, I said show you what you already do. I’m not forcing myself to do more right now. After checking out my data, I’m comfortable with where I’m at. As it turns out, I’m always on the move. Shout out to the Garmin vívofit 2 for showing me the light.
The following is included when you purchase the vívofit 2: the tracker itself, two band sizes, USB ANT Stick™, and instructions. I also received a second package with alternate bands. I primarily use the pink accessory band or the traditional black, but I do like having options just in case. I own zero yellow clothing, though, so if you need that band, hit me up. It’s yours.
Things I love about it:
- “Always on display” – information is available immediately
- One year (or more) of battery life – no waiting for it to charge
- Wearable in the shower or pool – seriously, it’s always on
- Stopwatch – convenient little feature, right?
- Backlight – check the time or stats in low light
- Inactivity alerts – reminds you to get moving
- Lock mechanism on the band – no losing it, you guys
Things I don’t love about it:
- Slightly bulky for my wrist – this is probably just an issue for my sensory-probz self
- Doesn’t synch automatically – but the stats are always right on the band anyway
One of my favorite aspects of the vívofit 2 is how simple the dashboards on my phone are to read and understand. I know exactly how much sleep I’ve gotten and how many steps I’ve taken on any given day. I’m trying to do my best in both areas, so it’s great to be able to see it broken down for me. What really opened my eyes was the spike in activity around dinner time. You can tell who is the short order cook around my house, y’all. I honestly never really thought about how much I’m walking around while doing things like cooking, dishes, and laundry. It also helps that I’m slightly OCD and everything must be in. its. place. by the time I hit the sack. I definitely miss being able to complete my traditional workouts, but it’s no longer a source of stress for me. That’s the beauty of knowing and understanding your currently lifestyle through the use of a tracker.
Sure, my idea of fitness might not look like it did a few months ago, but I’m still proud of what I am doing. The Garmin vívofit 2 activity tracker is the perfect tool for me right now. With one year+ of battery life, it’s always on. Just like me.