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. . .
*Note: This post was originally posted in March 2016 and has been updated to reflect accuracy and new product information. Scroll to the bottom of this post to see all the most recent updates.
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).
The Peloton App (now rebranded as Peloton Digital)
*Make sure to check out all recent updates at the bottom of this post.
After gawking at the price tag again and doing the math, MacGyver kicked in. I downloaded the Peloton app to my iPad, free at the time, and investigated.
Note, when I first downloaded the app and initially wrote this blog post, there was a huge difference between owning the bike and using the actual Peloton Cycle. For example,
- There was no way for an instructor to see you. Now, you can get the same shoutouts as anyone else.
- You needed multiple devices–an iPad to view the class and another IOS device to use the cadence monitor. Today, you can use Android devices and the Peloton App displays both your cadence and heart rate via Bluetooth. (Scroll down to “accessories” for more information).
Peloton Digital Classes
Currently, Peloton offers more than 8,000 on-demand rides, ranging from 5 minutes to 90 minutes. Additionally, you can find about eleven live classes on any given day, beginning at 6:00 am and as late as 8:30 pm. You can also take Encore Rides, basically “live” re-airings of rides. My favorite rides are Rock Rides, 80’s rides, HIIT and Tabata. A cool new feature allows you to search on-demand rides by playlists. Beyond the Ride includes live and on-demand yoga classes, stretching, toning, and strength classes.
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What if I told you that you can shop on Amazon and find popular electronic devices at a huge discount?
Did you miss out on deals for Amazon Prime Day?
Buy Certified Refurbished Amazon Electronics
*This post originally appeared in January 2017 and has been updated to reflect new product information.
What is a refurbished product?
There are many reasons why a product may be refurbished. Yes, sometimes there was a defect that the manufacturer fixed, but many times it’s refurbished because of superficial issues. For example, a consumer returned an item due to a damaged shipping box, a minor scratch or dent on the product’s casing or exterior, or opened the box and simply changed his or her mind.
What happens to these returned items?
The items get shipped back to the manufacturer who will then test these products, repair any defects, verify that these products are “as new” and re-sell them as refurbished.
Amazon takes this one step further by selling their own products as “certified refurbished” items, meaning that they come with the same limited warranty and return policy as a brand new device. This includes their popular Kindle and Alexa devices. Think about this: you are getting the same product, with the same warranty, and the same return policy. Why not buy Certified Refurbished?
(Note, although you can also save money from Amazon’s Warehouse Deals, you may not receive the same warranties as “Certified Refurbished” products; also these Warehouse Deal items may not necessarily be “as new” but rather a bit more used. However, you can definitely find great deals there, just make sure to read the fine print.)
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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
Gold is making a comeback. And, I can’t get enough. This coming from the girl who despised yellow gold in the 8o’s and 90’s. Rose gold has earned a special place in my heart.
I’m not the only one. From office supplies to electronics to iPhones to engagement rings, you can find rose gold gifts at any price point. Just remember, a pop of rose gold goes a long way. A step too far and you’re channeling Liberace.
Mother’s Day is almost here. Here are some great gifts for you or a mom in your life.
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The Ultimate Rose Gold Gift List
1. Tessa Stone Stud Earrings by Kendra Scott
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.
Check out my downloadable “Top Ten Favorite Apps” list at the end of this post!
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