A woman’s review of the FitBit Alta HR

If you missed it check out my review of the Apple watch here.

After thinking of getting a new phone other than the new overpriced iPhone X, I started looking into fitness trackers that I could use with a different operating software. Here’s my review of the Fitbit Alta HR after trying it for a week.

IMG_5319Key Features:

Fitness tracker – auto tracks most cardio workouts.

Sleep tracker – auto tracks.

Nutrition tracking on the easy to use app

Why I did I choose it?

Having looked at the huge range of fitness trackers available on the market now, I narrowed it down to a few criteria’s. I wanted a watch with a face that would show the time, track my fitness when I do a workout and sync to an Android phone. The bonus is if it tracks my sleep too, as I’ve always wanted to try it out.

In the end I chose the Fitbit Alta HR model because of the physical customisation capabilities. It is the newer model of it’s fashionable counter part; the Fitbit Charge that is also waterproof, and you can pop the tracker out of it’s band and hang it around a necklace accessory or bling bracelet (separately purchased) It loses it’s waterproof properties and possibly does not track any workouts as well with it being looser from the body. But for the intentions of it looking great, it’s perfect to jazz up to wear for an evening outfit but still be able to track your steps as you boogie away! The Charge does not have a screen, so I finally decided on the Alta HR but the Charge was a close second.

The great thing about the Fitbit I have found is that you don’t have to manually select anything to tell it when to track your workout or sleep. With the Fitbit it automatically senses you’re working out at the gym after an adjustable amount of time and cleverly knows when your sleeping or awake.

All of the data that it collects periodically syncs to the app on your phone when it is close by, making it so that you don’t have to have your phone on you at all times. Apple has jumped on this feature in the new iWatches but you need a cellular connection to make it entirely independent to the phone. The Fitbit app is super easy to use and the layout and user experience is a delight. It clearly displays my activities, water hydration tracking, and nutrition in neat tiles. The nutrition tracking has a vast database to chose from with barcode scanning abilities to easily add what you’ve eaten for the day. Unfortunately, the barcode scanning only worked 1 of the few times that I tried scanning my food, and most Chinese dishes aren’t ready available. However, you can manually input the food data, but I did not use this feature because you need an idea of the weight of each portion you ate so it was more hassle.

Another great feature was that it automatically tracks your sleep and gives you a brilliant graph of the different sleep stages that you had; deep, light and REM sleep. This is great if you’re looking to improve your sleep and it’s interesting seeing the quality of sleep that you get each night.

What did I think of the Fitbit after trying it for a week?

Honestly, if I had any other phone it would be my go to fitness tracking wearable. However, as an iPhone user Apple knows their market and how to keep their customers happy in their eco system. All of their products works in perfect sync and harmonies together when you own more than one of their devices. For example, I can use enabled fitness apps on my series 1 iWatch such as the AutoSleep App that syncs with the app on my phone to see all of the details that my watch has tracked. This is typical of most fitness trackers, but the information available on the watch is more detailed than the limited 8-bit like Fitbit screen. I love the personalisation available for the Fitbit, the Tom Ford accessories collection calls my name! The prices of them are similar to the lower budget iWatches, but I would be more inclined to spend the money on gold Fitbit hardware than a different colored strap. Ultimately, being the tech giant that Apple is, there is always an app for everything. Although it wont be all in one place, they all work with each other and I can connect them all up. So I will stick with my iWatch for now whilst I still have my iPhone and maybe I will end up unwilling shelling out the extra dosh for an upgrade, so all of my devices are more personalised.

Do you have a fitness tracker? Let me know all of your favourite ones in the comments!

Check out my review of the Apple Watch 1st Series here and see all my wearable tech posts here.

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A woman’s review of the FitBit Alta HR

10 Confessions of a Gymbunny

I’m a self confessed gymbunny because I aim to go to the gym daily and I bloody love it. Even when I’m away from my home gym I hunt down the closest chain and pop in after a days work. So here a few things I’ve picked up after almost half a year of enjoying a healthier lifestyle.

10 Confessions of a Gymbunny1) Gymbunnies sweat – so you gotta wash everything more reguarly. This includes your hair! All that talk about stripping your hair of its natural oils go out the window. When you work out you sweat from every pore, even more so from your scalp because of all of that hair. So avoid the hairline pimples and give it a clean!

10 Confessions of a Gymbunny exercise workout fun motivation self help top tips lifestyle rinniboo love health healthy blog blogger lblogger manchester gym2) You need two yoga mats – the gym floors tend to be super hard being solid floorboards, so double up your yoga mat. It gets uncomfortable real quick if your rolling on your back in Pilates or holding poses that put a lot of pressure on your knees/arm joints, so a little extra padding goes a long way. You can concentrate more on the routine at hand than the pain going through your knees during a Sun Salutation.

10 Confessions of a Gymbunny exercise workout fun motivation self help top tips lifestyle rinniboo love health healthy blog blogger lblogger manchester gym3) Always have a hair tie handy – There’s nothing chic about sweaty hair for a gymbunny! I throw a few extras in my gym bag for the days I forget, but a large hair clip doesn’t quite do it when you’re jumping around. I normally use a huge clamp clip to avoid the kinks when I whack my hair back, but it doesnt hold your hair when you’re doing a stint of cardio or hanging onto the barre in body barre.

10 Confessions of a Gymbunny exercise workout fun motivation self help top tips lifestyle rinniboo love health healthy blog blogger lblogger manchester gym4) Keep the flip flops handy – the thought of walking around barefoot around the pool and shower areas grosses me out, so reduce your chances of getting a varruca and keep a pair of flip flops handy. I wear mine and leave them with my towel by the pool when I fancy a swim.

10 Confessions of a Gymbunny exercise workout fun motivation self help top tips lifestyle rinniboo love health healthy blog blogger lblogger manchester gym5) You probably need to take a step further back for lunges – I started off quite meek with my strides for my lunges and realised I wasn’t working the right muscles and just putting pressure on my knees. So now I always keep a check on my form and take a bigger stride. If they’re not at 90 deg when you bend down, you’re not doing it right!

10 Confessions of a Gymbunny exercise workout fun motivation self help top tips lifestyle rinniboo love health healthy blog blogger lblogger manchester gym6) If it hurts, stop – a work out should be challenging and tiring, not painful in the sense that you’re hurting. That means you could be doing something wrong or you need to take it easy. Tune in with how your body is before you start a workout, are your joints feeling okay today? If not take it easy, you don’t want to aggravate an injury.

10 Confessions of a Gymbunny exercise workout fun motivation self help top tips lifestyle rinniboo love health healthy blog blogger lblogger manchester gym7) It’s okay to miss a day – motivation is hard at first but you need to make it easier for yourself to love the gym in the first place, check out my last gym post for a pep talk here. If I’m not feeling it one day because a favourite class isn’t on that day and the thought of running brings tears to my eyes, I just say I’ll take that day off. Simple as! There’s always another class I can choose to go to the next day thankfully.

10 Confessions of a Gymbunny exercise workout fun motivation self help top tips lifestyle rinniboo love health healthy blog blogger lblogger manchester gym8) But don’t be a lazy gymbunny – take a rest when you need one, but don’t make excuses. If you’re down and out with the flu then recover before you smash it at the gym again!

10 Confessions of a Gymbunny exercise workout fun motivation self help top tips lifestyle rinniboo love health healthy blog blogger lblogger manchester gym9) Cheat your brain into running for longer – when I’ve missed the cardio classes for the week I’d have to bribe myself to have a quick run by watching a Youtube video. Distracting your attention from just starting at the gym wall  when you run will make you focus less on how boring it is and make you more likely to run for a little bit longer.

10 Confessions of a Gymbunny exercise workout fun motivation self help top tips lifestyle rinniboo love health healthy blog blogger lblogger manchester gym10) Have fun – another way of gathering some motivation to hit the gym is to enjoy your workouts. Everyone has their own little fun bits in the day so make it yours!

 

I also tried to subtly get that Easter bunny in there, could you tell??

Let your inner gymbunny shine!

-Rinniboo

 

Do you have any great tips and advice for enjoying the gym more? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter @RinnibooUK

10 Confessions of a Gymbunny

What they don’t tell you about the gym – 10 fun facts

Okay so the gym themselves aren’t lying, they’re pretty transparent. You just need to do your research before hand and quiz them before you join! It helps to be in the know of all the deals they have done previously, as joining mid-month in a quiet period can work out a lot cheaper.

Find out why I’m taking a more relaxed approach to fitness in my ‘A Flat stomach in three weeks?!‘ blog.

So I have joined Nuffield Health recently and I’m on a bit of a health kick. Turns out my metabolism still has it! Here’s a few things you find out after using it for the first time.

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10 Fun facts

  1. Your fanny will hurt after the first few times at spin class – Unfortunately, the seats don’t fit like a glove and rub in all sorts of places! But you get used to it after a few classes, just push through it!
  2. Personal trainers aren’t actually that scary – they want you to be healthier and look to encourage you!
  3. The huge tyre is heavier than it looks – it’s 60kg! I was almost moving something twice the weight of myself!
  4. The old grannies that go to step class aren’t frail – not one bit! In fact, they’d probably kick your ass! So don’t tick them off!
  5. You don’t need a protein shake – body builders will tell you that all that whey protein was a huge fad. You don’t need supplements as long as you’re getting the right amount of protein in your diet.

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    Just abs of steel or trained assassin?
  6. The gym equipment is pretty gross – everyones pretty lazy and can’t move after a full on workout. So the gym equipment probably has the sweat of everyone before you on it. Thankfully there’s readily available cleaning products handy to clean them. Yes, I did get a smelly mat that smelt like cheesy feet!
  7. Big contracts don’t necessarily mean expensive – if you use the gym everyday it works out about ÂŁ1-2 a day! Even then you get full use of all the facilities i.e. hello sauna and jacuzzi!
  8. Classes are actually a lot of fun – starting out can be a little daunting being the new person, but as with everything practise makes perfect!
  9. Gym wear is more important than it seems – it won’t just be aesthetically pleasing to motivate you more, but having sweat wicked away and the right sports bra makes a difference! Look good AND feel good whilst working out! How to chose your sports bra blog post coming next tuesday, follow us on social media to be notified
  10. You will feel a lot better – you’re less tired and have more of a drive to do things. Teamed with a healthy diet, you’ll have energy for days!

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But the gym is a fun way to stay healthy

So that’s a fun few facts for you after my first month in the gym, and my new shopping obsession is funky gear that’ll make my work outs a lot more chic! After trying out most of the classes so far I do enjoy the united feel, having peers not only motivate you but also challenge you in ways you least expect! I have always liked classes from my various dance classes from a young age, so when they started getting labelled ‘adult classes’. I bolted. No one clinging to their youth wants to admit they’re adults! So gym classes has filled that void for now. I haven’t quite gotten into solo training yet as it’s not quite my front, but I’m sure that will come in time after I pick up some routines!

Check out the heath benefits of regular exercise in my last health blog here.

Happy gym bunny :o)

-Rinniboo

What they don’t tell you about the gym – 10 fun facts

All about the menstrual cup – The winning cup?

So you’ve probably heard about the menstrual cup or Moon/Diva Cup and wondered what all the revolutionary fuss is about, here’s some facts and tips to help you decide whether or not it’s for you.

What is a menstrual cup?

A menstrual cup is a small silicon cup that you can use to collect your menstrual discharge and dispose of it discreetly. It is in the shape of a cone that fits snugly around the entrance of your vagina with an elongated ‘tail’ to help remove it easily. It has several ribs to keep it in place and small ‘breathing’ holes around the edge.

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Why should I use it?

Some women prefer it to the tampon as it works out a lot cheaper at around ÂŁ20 a year compared to ÂŁ60+ for the combination of tampons and pads! It’s also a lot more eco friendly as you will be disposing a lot less products that are difficult or dangerous in landfill. It’s been well known that you can safely wear a menstrual cup for a little longer than a tampon because there are no fibres linked to toxic shock syndrome involved, just surgical grade silicon! Read more about toxic shock syndrome on the NHS website here. If you are used to using tampons you’re halfway there already, so it’s worth trying one out!

Where do I start?

You pick the correct size based on the size of your vagina, this mostly depends on whether you have birthed naturally or not recently. So if you haven’t popped one out, go for the small; if you have created life recently, go for the next size up! Mooncup has a simple guide here.

When you see it for the first time you may be a bit taken aback on the size of it, but don’t worry; your body does amazing things! You fold the cup up once or twice and insert it like you would with a tampon. However, unlike a tampon that you put as far up as you can, the menstrual cup sits close to the entrance. This may be a new experience that may take some time and practise, but practise makes perfect! There are some great tips here. It helps to fully insert it and then gently pull down to the entrance whilst contracting to create a secure seal.

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How do I take it out?

This again takes some getting used to and finding a way that works best for you. Some people find pushing the cup to one side to release the suction and then pulling it from the tail will remove it without spillage. It can then be emptied into the toilet and rinsed/cleaned before reinserting. You shouldn’t need with change it when you’re out and about unless you have an exceptionally heavy flow, in this case you can just empty it and reinsert it. Carrying hand sanitiser around might help to clean your hands before you exit the cubicle looking like a massacre!

Ultimately, keeping calm and practise is key. Panicking will make your muscles contract and make life more difficult. So if you find yourself in that position, stop and try again later. If you find that you’re leaking whilst using it, make sure you have a secure seal by checking the holes are clear and the rim is not folded. Pantyliners can be used for insurance or a pad for the first few cycles so you can master it!

Not for you? Don’t worry, it’s not for everyone. Check out the last post on a few easy ways of being more sustainable here to cancel out your carbon footprint and keep using tampons guilt free!

-Rinniboo

All about the menstrual cup – The winning cup?

Debate | Cosmetic Surgery Special Part I : Lip Injections

You’ve probably noticed an increase in the popularity of getting cosmetic surgery to enhance your own lips in the form of lip injections after the boom of Kylie Jenners lips transformation. What she originally tried to keep under wraps and pass it off as ‘the power of make up’,  eventually admitted to a visit to her usual family cosmetic surgeon. So for part 1 I will be discussing Lip Injections.

So has society made it more accepting to have this cosmetic procedure done now?

I discovered a discussion seminar ‘Cosmetic Procedures: Routine or Necessity?’ at my local MadLab and decided to join in!

Upon entering the venue I was too worried about parking 30 mins before free parking started that I completely did not notice that I was one of the first ones to get there! (Thankfully I managed to sort my parking out!) I felt like the ol cogs in the brain was already rolling the second we all started really talking after the polite introductions and sharing how and why we are attending this event.

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Dr Jeanette Edwards starts the discussion of by outlining the types of plastic surgery we are to discuss.

So we got stuck right in

Dr Jeanette Edwards from the board of Nuffield Biometrics started the workshop off by outlining the types of cosmetic procedures we will discuss; Not touching on the topics of tattoos and piercings and the similar kinds of body modifications, but focusing on the key surgical procedures that are increasing in popularity (in no particular order):

  • Lip injections
  • Brest augmentation (implants)
  • Butt implants
  • Labiaplasty (sculpting the labia minor i.e. the fanny flaps)
  • Liposuction
  • Male body sculpting (typically defining the six pack etc)
  • Scrotal lifts
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Lip injections can give you a natural to super voluptuous look in seconds! Source – Instagram.

Lip Injections

Lip injections are made from a synthetic hydraulic acid. It’s found in the body naturally which is why it’s so accepted.

Did you know in the UK alone we have over 150 lip injection manufacturers producing numerous brands? All in which are NOT currently regulated as they are deemed ‘medical devices’ thus, they do not need to be prescribed by a medical profession. This means Laura at your local salon could get her hands on a syringe of this stuff and stick it in your face if you let her!

What could go wrong?

So you’ve probably already seen all these shock tactic programs and photos that would probably put you right off, but we’re not here to do that! We’re here to tell you straight:

  • Like all medical procedures there’s a probability that something may go wrong, so you want your professional to be able to fix it! 1 in 5 lip injection procedures may go wrong which is a 20% probability, and if we swing you back into your Maths class for a second; that’s a pretty high possibility! So make sure that sticks with you.
  • If injected wrong, it can cause serious damage and scarring. Make sure they know what they’re doing!
  • There’s a possibility that you could have an allergic reaction. If you’re putting anything new into your body, you don’t know how it will react. Can you deal with it if your lips decide to blow up to three times the size?
  • Can you maintain it? The injections are to last UP TO (but not guaranteed) 6 months until it is broken down by the body. Your body doesn’t know to break it all down evenly, so it may get lumpy and bumpy!

I’m ready

So if you’re not dumb enough to not let anyone go ahead with a syringe to your face then you’re one step closer! You need to do an extensive amount of research on it before you even let anyone near you that could potentially cause some permanent damage.

But if you’ve done your research and want to go ahead with the procedure then do this check list:

  • Has your professional had extensive experience with working with the face before? – This will include not only the studious years of qualifications but also the practical side. If they call themselves a doctor but they’ve never had a patient, I’d probably raise a red flag!
  • Does your professional care about other peoples faces? – Firstly, they would want you to be asking them questions. Having a talking relationship is important as sometimes getting to know their patients personality will determine what looks they will ultimately suit. Basically, it helps them do their job right if you’re both on the same wave length. You should also give them extra kudos if they contribute to a relevant charity or have a passion for their job. e.g are they active in Give A Child A Smile? Straight in my good books! Do they care that lip injections are currently not regulated and should be? Another brownie point for them!
  • What are their results like? – You should see examples of their work, it’s a bit of a no brainer! They should be able to work some pretty magical skills working with your unique facial structure to enhance what you already have.

Bottom line is: don’t do anything stupid!

-Rinniboo

 

Part 2 coming next Tuesday: Societies perception of cosmetic surgery.

Check out the last thinker here on Fertility: Freezing your eggs.

Debate | Cosmetic Surgery Special Part I : Lip Injections

VLOG: Laser vs IPL hair removal

New Vlog! Super late due to more technical mishaps, and yes, we’re still having beautiful weather. I start with a sneak peek at the LED light up shoes project I was working on and I update you on whitening sensitive teeth! I take you along to a laser patch test and SUSHI! Also… drive until you get lost… we find a beautiful hidden gem in the country side of Manchester.

I talk my experience with laser hair removal and why I chose to do it, I also elaborate on the pros and cons of both laser and Intense Pulse Light treatments. Don’t forget to like and subscribe!

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa-SQHslGW8

-Rinniboo.

VLOG: Laser vs IPL hair removal

Why You Need Some ‘Me’ Time

So if you’ve ever been in a long term relationship or hanging out with anyone all the time. You need a little ‘me’ time to recuperate, and that’s okay!

Get comfortable with your relationship

If you’re not comfortable with all the ‘poop’ talk yet, then get on with it! You can’t hold that shit in (literally!) It’s bad for your body and you’ll be getting stomach aches for the most horrible of reasons. If your partner cares about you enough, they would want you to do it!

Why you need ‘me’ time

I call it ‘pamper time’. It’s the time that you take to do all your maintenance: Hair removal (from everywhere), Face masks, Hair masks, all of the above that takes longer than your usual daily routine. Taking a little breath to do this so you can relax and enjoy it, is when you can take a step out of your busy schedule to rejuvenate and THEN hop straight back into it. Having a moment to yourself is refreshing, as wearing yourself out from the daily grind can really affect your health. Overworking is a real thing! Have you read ‘How Heavy Is A Glass Of Water?‘ It puts into perspective that you need to take a break every now and again before you ‘pick up that glass of water’ again. Everyone will benefit from you being in a good mood after it!

Pamper yourself

How do you let them know you want a little time for yourself? Just tell them straight up! I prefer my friends being upfront with me. None of the long winded excuses or you’ll just put me off hanging out with you in the future. Can’t say it seriously? Make it into a joke! Have a chill. Your friends will love you for who you are, and taking a few hours out to be alone is perfectly fine. You might not realise it, but at least one of your friends has turned down a plan to have their own pamper!

#Chillax

-Rinniboo.

Why You Need Some ‘Me’ Time