I wanted to attend 2018 CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas but couldn’t make it happen this year. Luckily, my in-laws are there, taking notes, sending pictures, and keeping me updated. Of course, I sent them straight to the Peloton Tread. So based on my informants and my own research, along with several telephone conversations with Peloton representatives at CES, here’s. . .
When I joined a gym as a mom, my priorities changed: I needed daycare and I needed a shower. Motivation in place. Little did I know that my son’s poop, cries, and attempts to escape would interrupt my routine almost on a daily basis. My new mom friends invited me to take spin classes with them, but between the coaches shouting out mysterious numbers and the coordination involved, I kindly declined; spin was more than my foggy-mom brain could handle at the time, so I stuck to my elliptical, yoga, and Zumba classes. This pre-dated the Soul Cycle invasion of New York, before cadence and tap-backs became part of the everyday jargon.
By the time my son learned to love the gym, I was pregnant with baby #2. Luckily, my little girl eased into daycare and I soon realized after taking my first spin class that I had been missing out: with its trendy music and remixes blaring in a darkened room, let’s face it, this was the closest I was getting to a night out.
At this same time, the condo I lived in had redesigned its gym, and I convinced management to add a spin bike. But what can you do with a spin bike and no instructor? I downloaded apps and watched YouTube videos, but no good solution existed at the time.
Fast-forward to the suburbs and a house with room for exercise equipment. One day, soon after we moved in, I scrolled down on Facebook and noticed that several of my friends had “liked” the One Peloton page, then called Peloton Cycle. I asked those friends about it, but no one had purchased a bike, yet everyone agreed it was a brilliant concept: a state-of-the-art bike with spin classes live or on demand. The bike, however, comes with a hefty price tag ($1995 plus $250 delivery, plus a $39 per month subscription).
Amazon’s Prime Day starts this afternoon (July 16th) at 3pm EST and continues for 36 hours, until midnight on the 17th.
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To make it even easier this year, check out all the deals in my Prime Day Section of my Amazon shop. Note, not all products can be listed here so be sure to read through the entirety of this post first.
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What I missed most when I moved to the suburbs was the walking. Sure, it wasn’t fun when I lived in the city and had to push a double stroller during a rainstorm or carry heavy grocery bags home. But, even on days when I couldn’t make it to the gym, I got a ton of exercise. I regularly reached 16,000 steps on my FitBit without even trying.
Now, I reside in a completely suburban neighborhood, sans sidewalks, and nowhere worth walking to for miles. My kids ride school buses and I drive them to every playdate.
Within in a month of moving here, I googled “Does Living in the Suburbs Make You Fat?” and was amazed at how many search results came up.
In my 40’s, I have to work twice as hard as my city-living days to stay fit.
It got me wondering . . .
How many calories do we burn doing everyday activities?
Note: Calories below are an approximation, based on a 130-150 pound individual
1. Doing Laundry
Like you, I do loads of laundry. Usually, I sit as I fold and watch a TV show. I could burn more calories by standing but what fun is that?
55 calories per each load of laundry
On average, it takes me 30 minutes to fold, which burns about 30 calories. It takes me about another 10-minutes to put the clean clothes away, for an extra 20 calories. Plus, walking up the stairs and back down burns another 5 calories. This doesn’t sound like very much, at .17 calories for every step. Considering I do that I go up and down my stairs 10 to 20 times per day, it adds up.
2. Playing with the Kids
We’ve all been there. We’re on a good streak of working out and then . . . we lose all momentum.
Strategies to Motivate Yourself When You Don’t Feel Like Working Out
1. Work Out Shorter and Smarter
The first time I heard about an electric bike, I’m sure I rolled my eyes. Why would someone need an electric bike?
Who Uses Electric Bikes?
Nearly everyone could benefit from an electric bike including:
- anyone trying to reduce their carbon footprint
- the elderly
- those with physical limitations
- those living in hilly areas
- someone trying to keep up with more skilled riders
- those looking to add a bit of fun to their rides
Electric bikes get people who may not otherwise ride a bicycle, outdoors, active and biking.
For others, it motivates them to go further, cycle longer, and ride harder.
Biking reduces stress, gets your heart pumping, burns calories and adds muscle. With an electric bike, if you don’t pedal, you don’t move.
In the United States, many think of biking as a weekend past time or something children do. In Europe, it’s a way of life. In Denmark, only slightly more than half of the population owns a car, while 90 percent own a bike. And the number one selling electric vehicle in the world just happens to be the e-bike.
When you choose to bike rather than utilizing other transportation options, not only do you eliminate car emissions, you also reduce damage to roadways and eliminate the need for an expensive separate infrastructure like those for cars and trains.
Electric Bike Alternative: The Hill Topper Electric Bike Kit
What if I told you that you don’t need to buy an electric bike? That you could use the bike sitting in your garage and transform it into an e-bike in minutes.
I became a fan of Splendid Spoon years before I understood their philosophy. I regularly ordered their soups from Fresh Direct, an online grocery delivery service in New York. I began to substitute their soups, packed with nutrients, for my dinners a few times per week. However, Fresh Direct has a limited selection and I wondered where else I could buy them. I researched the company and learned all about their programs.
I’ve never embraced cleansing or trendy diets. I believe in clean eating and long-term lifestyle changes, as does Splendid Spoon.
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What is Splendid Spoon?
Splendid Spoon is a vegan, plant-based food company, located in Brooklyn, New York, that delivers nationwide. However, unlike other meal plans, you supplement with your own healthy dinners and snacks. This plan works for vegans, vegetarians, and meat-lovers.
With your order of the Splendid Spoon 2.0 Program, you receive a six-day supply of smoothies and soups. One day, you “cleanse,” drinking and eating soups throughout the day. On another, you “wander” and take a day off. When you wander and cleanse is up to you. With a rotating menu, you can order as often as you want without repeating the same foods. There’s no cooking, other than heating the soups.
I stopped making New Year’s resolutions a long time ago.
As the year ends, I could look back at all my failures and resolve to do better this upcoming year. Or, I can look back and focus on all the things I did right.
This is as good a time as any to thank you. Whether this is your first time visiting my site or you come here often, you motivated me this year. Your positive comments kept me going. Chronicling parts of my life online made me accountable. And, brainstorming blog post ideas kept me inspired.
Until about a year ago, I hadn’t worn a watch since 1998. For the first few weeks, wearing my Apple Watch felt uncomfortably strange. Now, not only does my wrist feel naked without it, I actually panic when I forget it. The Apple Watch is so much more than a watch. In fact, I rarely use it to tell time.
Whenever I see someone wearing an Apple Watch, I approach them. “Do you love it?” I’ll ask. Usually, I get the same answer: “Honestly, I don’t know what to do with it.”
That response is the inspiration behind this post.
Note: I have the Apple Watch Series 2. The newer version, the Series 3, has cellular capability. Apple no longer carries the Series 2 but if you are interested in that one, you can still purchase it on Amazon or get a great deal on eBay. Target carries them too. I have no complaints with the Series 2 and don’t want the additional expense of adding to my cell phone plan.
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5 Reasons I Use My Apple Watch Every Day:
As many of you know, I’ve been using the Peloton app with my spin bike for a couple of years now. Friends and readers have suggested that I check out Aaptiv (formerly Skyfit). So, for a week, I abandoned my Peloton classes and started spinning with the Aaptiv app on my iPhone.
What is Aaptiv?
Aaptiv is a fitness app available on Android and Apple devices. It provides on-demand classes in an audio format, wherein an instructor coaches you through various fitness routines.
Although Aaptiv includes workouts ranging from outdoor running, treadmill, elliptical to yoga, I will focus strictly on its indoor cycling classes.