The Blackstone Valley Bike Path

Today was my first walk outside on the Blackstone Valley Bike Path.  It felt so good to be back out there on the path.

Walking the Blackstone Valley Bike Path

Walking the Blackstone Valley Bike Path

I walked an easy mile with my sister and even though I felt some tightness on the inside of my ankle, I made it through and burned 149 calories in the process.  I used my Polar FT4 watch with heart rate monitor to track the calorie burn.

I missed the bike path and I hope it missed me too.  Felt right to be out in the cool sunshine along the moving water.  Everyone was cheerful and I just basked in the simplicity of an outdoor walk.

Again tomorrow for sure!

(This is from March 13th and for some reason I forgot to post it!)

Checking Out New Devices

I am a device kind of girl.  And today I checked out the Polar FT4 and the Nike Fuel Band.  I want both, but have to make up my mind.

I like to have a device that tells me how hard I’m working and something that tracks on the computer.  I like the pedometer type devices, like the Fitbit I currently have, and the Striiv pedometer.  I am using both of these right now.  But they’re lacking the added oomph I’m looking for.

So I checked out both the Polar FT4 which has been mentioned by a few folks I follow online, and the Nike Fuel band.  The Polar retails for about $65-75 and the Nike is more like $150.

The Nike is a bracelet which hopefully won’t fall off and end up in the toilet, which has happened to me in the past with pedometers that attach to your waistband.  It can be worn all the time and tracks your activity and comes with an interactive site, community, and game.

And the Polar is a watch and comes with a chest strap that you wear when exercising to track your heartbeat.  This is supposed to help you learn how to best push yourself for maximum effectiveness in your workouts.  I am assuming you don’t wear the chest strap all the time, so does the Polar track activity without the strap?  This I need to find out.

If that is the case then I will probably save up for the Nike Fuel band because I want to know my caloric expenditure for the day, in addition to when I’m exercising.

Tell me your thoughts please!