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Tuesday
Feb052019

Which is the Best Fitness Smartwatch?

The big question I often get from Clients and in general from people online is... "Which Fitness Tracker or Fitness Smartwatch should I get?" This is really a loaded question. It's kind of like randomly asking me what vehicle is best for you when next to no information about you has been told to me. Even if I did know what your vehicle needs are, there are so many options out there to choose from. Which company, what type of vehicle, what price range... This is the same when trying to figure out the best Fitness Smart Watches to consider.

Do you want a fitness watch more for fitness or for it's smart features, may be a little bit of both? How much money do you want to spend? How integrated with other software do you want it to be? Do you want a stylish Fitness Watch or perhaps a Sporty one? Are you going to be doing basic activities or complex and diverse activities? Do you want the utmost in accuracy when it comes to heart rate, steps and GPS tracking? Do you see what I mean here?

It gets even more complicated because it seem that every watch figures things out a little bit differently then the other ones. Some count more steps and distance than others, some will give you more calories for an activity then a different fitness Smartwatch or Tracker. Some allow for external heart rate monitors which is more accurate and some will only allow you to use the built in optical heart rate monitor. And at the end of the day which one is telling you the truth? Maybe all of them are but in their own way...

I have jumped from one Fitness Tracking device to another in my quest to find the best solution for me and just when I think I have found it, someone comes out with a device that draws me in and I have to try it out. Sometimes it works out for me and sometimes I find myself taking a step back but I kind of enjoy all of this fitness tech in the end.

So which is the Best Fitness Smartwatch? Hell if I know, you're probably going to have to try a few out until you find the one best suited to you. If you have no idea where to start, take a look at some of the Garmin and Fitbit products, they have a combination of really solid software and hardware offerings for a variety of needs.

Good luck in your quest and enjoy the journey...

Friday
Feb012019

Amazfit Fitness Smartwatch Fail

I hate to be negative about a product line, I prefer to talk about the good stuff or at least focus on the good rather than the bad but but in this case of Amazfit I am really let down lately by what has been happening to me with my Amazfit Stratos and Amazfit Verge.

There is a lot I say in the video about the problems I am having but in short my Amazfit Stratos has gone mad and is giving me all kinds of bad data when it comes to my activity tracking. I have been working with Amazfit support to try and fix this problem for around a month but have decided to call it quite because we seem to be going around in circles and not getting any closer to fixing the problem.

I did purchase the new Amazfit Verge and just recently it arrived, I was hoping this new Amazfit product would solve my problems but quickly realized I would have a new set of problems with it, mainly the fact that it does not count calories even remotely close when recording and activity. Very sad when both devices are made by the same company, use the same App and have virtually the same software on them, yet both give completely different calorie counts for a similar activity.

All said and done I am sadly dropping Amazfit and moving on to a new platform for my Fitness Tracking.

Thursday
Jan172019

Smart Fitness Watch Update Video - Vivoactive 3

In this Smart / Fitness Watch Update video I talk a lot about Fitness / Smart Watches. I go over some of my experiences using them and what features I look for when I'm considering a Smart / Fitness Watch. Everyone's needs are going to be a lot different for sure! Some people are strictly looking for fitness data, some people love the SmartWatch capabilities like notifications, access to Apps and other tech, and even being able to make a till payment with your Smart / Fitness Watch. And then some people want a Smart Watch with a certain style to it that matches their personality. You may want a little bit of all these things?

I did end up buying a Garmin Vivoactive 3 mainly because my Amazfit Stratos is not working properly when it comes to tracking workouts and for me this is a huge deal breaker. I'm pretty sure something is wrong with my Amazfit Stratos since it worked flawlessly for many month and only recently decided to give me problems. I'm working with Amazfit to try and resolve this problem but so far it's not going well?

I am liking the Garmin Vivoactive 3 but I don't think I will be keeping it since I am expecting to get my new Amazfit Verge very soon and hope this will become my new daily diver Smart Fitness watch.

Tuesday
Jan082019

Tips to Help You Achieve Your 2019 Health & Fitness Goals

It's that time of year again to make those promises to ourselves that we are going to finally achieve a level of health and fitness we can be proud about! At least that's what we are hoping for yet again...

I know it's hard and many of us even though we have great intentions will ultimately fail and go back to life as it was before. So here are some tips that may help you accomplish your Health and Fitness Goals for reals this time!

Have a Game Plan on Paper:

When you right something down and post it where you can see it everyday, even in multiple locations you will be reminded of that commitment to yourself which makes it a lot harder to give in to old ways.

Be Accountable:

Telling a person you respect or have value in their opinion means not only will be letting yourself down but in a way you feel like you are letting them down. Again this will keep you on track. It can be harder to let others down than even ourselves.

Set Realistic Goals:

This is something to consider when you are figuring out your game plan, don't try and lose too much weight too quickly, or restrict your diet to the point that your feel like you starving. Also set realistic workout goals, it all takes time as long as you are progressing a little week by week you will get to your ultimate goal eventually.

Don’t go Too Big Too Fast.

If you come out of the gates to fast and too hard you will burn out losing interest. Start slow and build on your Game plan, you don"t need to start every commitment day one. Over time as you feel better and better you can add in more workouts days and a stricter diet.

Reward Yourself a Little:

It can't be all work and no play, that's just not fun at all :( Plan to give yourself a reward meal or even day when you have stuck with your diet plan all week. One meal will not blow the entire week and gives you something to look forward to. Maybe plan to go out and buy some new clothing once you lose "x" amount of pounds since your old clothing may not fit you as good any more, sounds like a great excuse to me! Or even plan a reward vacation once you make it to your ultimate Health and fitness final result.

If You Fail at First Try Again, Failure is Not an Excuses to Give Up:

You are going to have good and bad days, even weeks, you may even feel like why bother going on when you failed so hard the week before. This is the time you need to focus and get back to work more than any other time. It is only failure if you decide to stop, setbacks are not failures.

Tuesday
Dec182018

New Products Arrived - ONNIT Supplements - DJI Osmo Pocket

Some new product that I have been eagerly waiting for showed up recently and as always if I get something that I feel my viewers and subscribers may be interested in then I like to share these new toys, gadgets, supplement, fitness products or what have you with everyone.

A company by the name of Onnit reached out to me and sent me some of their supplement product line, they do carry a number of other products including food, fitness clothing and even exercise equipment. Here is a bit about Onnit from their web page:

"Our mission is to inspire peak performance through a combination of unique products and actionable information. Combining bleeding-edge science, earth-grown nutrients, and time-tested strategies from top athletes and medical professionals, we are dedicated to providing our customers with supplements, foods, and fitness equipment aimed at helping people achieve a new level of well-being we call Total Human Optimization."

I was most interested in their Alpha Brain memory and focus pills since you can never be too on the ball and alert! Onnit also sent me out some other products that I will be trying out including their Shroom TECH™ Sport energy pills, Whey Protein, Protein Bites, Creatine and Total Strength + Performance Pre-workout.

Another item I have been super excited to receive since I Pre-ordered it a few weeks ago is the DJI OSMO Pocket Camera. The  is a super tiny 4k camera with a built in three access Gimbal for super smooth video in just about any situation. The DJI OSMO Pocket supports 4k video at frame rates up to 60 frames per second and 4x Slow-motion at 1080p 120fps. And as the name suggests the DJI OSMO Pocket fights perfectly into your pocket so you have it on hand and ready to go all the time making it the perfect Blogging Camera with its face tracking selfie mode.

Now that I have these products I will try them out and see how impressive they are!

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