Fitbit Alter HR Review

“Running keeps me sane”

I used to be the girl that hated PE and would do almost anything to get out of my PE lessons. There was nothing that appealed to me about getting red and sweaty for an hour, just to get changed back into a heavy blazer and attend another lesson – make up sliding down my face and hair looking like I’ve just been dragged through a bush…I mean I’d rather not. You also always had those girls that took PE way too seriously, babe it’s not the Olympics, chill; these were my least favorite type of people at school.

Ironically I now love fitness.

About 2 years ago now I picked up running. I was going through a very dark time with my mental health, and my Dad told me all about the benefits of running, how he was 99% sure it would help me. Surprisingly, it did. 2 Years down the line, the girl who once needed her inhaler to run to the corner shop, can now run 10K in an impressive 44 minutes.

So now that I’ve started to take my training more seriously, instead of it just being a hobby, I’m now racing and constantly looking to get a new PB – I thought it was about time I got myself a Fitbit.

I had been skeptical about buying one of these mainly because I hate spending money, and its no secret that Fitbits are rather expensive…the one I wanted being just shy of £200 – granted that’s not a lot of money, but for a student, it’s a bit of an investment. I also wasn’t too sure how well it would benefit me, but long story short, it’s been the best thing I have treated myself to in a long time.

Choosing to go for the Fitbit Alta HR, rose gold series, of course. Sometimes fitness watches can look a bit bulky, not very ‘pretty’, but this one is completely different. It’s a very dainty, pretty watch. I think the colour scheme helps this as well. It’s got a beautiful dusty pink strap (which is interchangeable), complimented by the rose gold hard wear.

I mainly use the Fitbit to track my daily steps, making sure I hit 10,000+ steps a day (fairly easy for me, working 9 hours on my feet most days, and training 5+ times a week) and my food intake, as it also has a My Fitness Pal type feature. Also primarily for tracking my training – the watch comes with a free app, which has an abundance of features, but the training feature kind of resembles Map My Run, but better. It helps me to track my times and speed, helping me improve and push harder each time.

Some of the other features include; distance walked/ran, calories burned, active minutes, sleep tracker, text receiving and heart rate tracker. All of these being so helpful when it comes to me tracking both my health and fitness. I’ve recently suffered with heart palpitations, which I’ve been told is linked to my anxiety, my watch helps me to track when this when it is happening, therefore helping me reduce my anxiety, which is brilliant.

Overall the Fitbit has been one of my best investments in a long time, and I’m so glad I splashed out on a nice one rather than a cheap crappy one. If any of you are into fitness, or thinking about getting into it I couldn’t recommend this product highly enough. It’s also very motivating, if you’re someone that struggles with getting up and moving – there are programed alerts to get up and move!

All my love,

Han xx

5 Running Truths

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I’ve been running for edging on 2 years now, which is crazy. But over the past 2 years I have acquired a lot of knowledge about running and the general fitness industry, so I thought that I would share with you some of the running truths that I wish I had known before picking up the sport!

IT’S MORE ABOUT YOUR MENTALITY

I have heard a lot of people say that running is more about your mentality and attitude than it is about your actual fitness, and I 100% agree with this! If you have a good mentality, and believe that you have the potential to be a good runner, then you will be!

GAMMY FEET ARE NORMAL

It’s gross I know, but once you have been running for a while, you will eventually experience having horrible blistered feet. When I began running, I didn’t know that you had to buy trainers between 1-1.5 sizes bigger than your actual shoe size, thus resulting in me completely destroying my nail beds. It sounds gross, and it is, don’t let this put you off though.

SOMEONE WILL ALWAYS BE BETTER

Like anything in life, there will always be some one better than you, and the same goes for running. But don’t let this dishearten you. I’m a very competitive person, so when I joined my running club and wasn’t the fastest, instead of getting annoyed at myself, I used it to my advantage and used it to push myself to become a better and faster runner.

GETTING BETTER COMES WITH WORKING HARDER

The only way you will run that extra mile or shave that extra minute off is if you work harder. Some people are all to keen to stop doing something when they don’t see the results they desire, most of the time this is because they aren’t pushing themselves. Once you get past the barrier of being uncomfortable, and you start pushing that extra bit harder, you will be amazed at the difference that it makes.

RUNNING DOESN’T DEFINE YOU

I have quite an obsessive personality, which is both a blessing and a curse. But one thing I get very hooked up upon is my training regime, if I miss a run or training session, I tend to get VERY grouchy and moody, because I think that I will have lost all of my fitness/stamina from missing that run; which we all know isn’t true. It’s important to not get too hooked up on your training and realise that its okay to miss a run, it wont make a difference.

I feel like my blog has recently taken a very different turn and I’ve been writing a lot about running, and fitness, I’m thoroughly enjoying it and I hope you are too! Running isn’t for everyone, and this post may not be for you, despite this, I think that all of these points can be applied to any sport or fitness program!

I hope to see you all in my next post!

All my love,

Han xx

5 Tips for Beginner Runners

I picked up running when I was going through a bit of a rough patch with my mental health, and boy am I glad I did, I’ve never looked back since. A year and a half ago I never imagined that I would be running 10k races in sub 50 minutes, yet here I am with times that keep getting better and better. Not only is running amazing for you physical health (my figure has never looked so good), but it has benefited me mentally also, had I not took up running, my mental health wouldn’t have improved nearly as much as it has done.

I think that I have been running long enough now, to share with you some of my tips if you were thinking of picking up a new sport.

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Get Kitted Up

Running is one of the cheapest sports you will ever come across, no 12-month membership, or weekly class payments. So treat yourself to some funky running gear. Although, I would advise not to spend too much right away, as running isn’t for everyone, you may hate it, and then be left with fitness attire that you wont wear. Important advice for your health though, is to make sure that you have a good pair of running shoes. Running puts a lot of strain on your knees, so you want a good quality pair of shoes that are going to support this.

Set a Goal

When I first began running I set myself a realistic goal that I wanted to be able to run 10k in 8 weeks. I found that by setting myself a fitness goal, I was able to stay motivated, and continue to train on the days that I may not have felt so up for doing so. It is so important that you set yourself a realistic goal, which is different for everyone. I would advise to start with 5k, if you haven’t ever done much exercise, but if your fitness is slightly better, why not make that goal slightly higher.

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Find Yourself a Good Playlist

On the mornings that you really think you can’t drag yourself out of bed to go for a run (because we all get days like that), this is when a good playlist comes in handy. I’m so much more motivated to go running when I have some upbeat music to listen to. I tend to just stick to the pre-made cardio playlists on Apple music, but by all means make a custom one, if you know that’s what’s going to get you going!

Eat Well

I won’t lie, I really struggle to eat properly (99% sure this stems from my anxiety), but it is so important that you fuel your body properly with the right nutrients to run better. On the days that I don’t eat a lot at all, I find running so much harder, and I tire a lot quicker. It’s also key to make sure that you are eating the right sorts of foods, getting all of the food groups incorporated into your diet, especially carbs and protein, runners swear by carbs. I don’t believe in cutting out particular food groups to lose weight/get fitter, it won’t work, I can guarantee.

Push Through the Uncomfortable Bits

The only way you’re going to improve, is if you continue to push through the stage where your breathing is all over the place and your legs feel like jelly. Once you get over the fact you’re going to be uncomfortable, you will run a lot harder, and be more inclined to push yourself more, as you’ll see results quicker.

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Running is my little way of escaping from what’s going on for a while; I don’t think I’ll ever tire of it. I would recommend anyone and everyone to give it a go; it doesn’t have to be competitively, just for the health benefits.

All my love,

Han xx