Saturday, April 7, 2012

#operationwearmyjeans: Favorite Apps

I've mentioned as my go to workout site, because of it's quick workouts, and the ease of being able to do them in the living room with little equipment needed. The workouts do incorporate sandbags and dip stations and bosu type balls, but let's be honest, my weak butt isn't anywhere near swinging sandbags, so I improvise by copying the movements without the added weight. Someday I will get up to the sandbag swings WITH sandbags ( when I did these workouts in the past, my husband's old Engineering textbooks thrown in a gym bag worked quite well as a sandbag), but for now, I simply do the movements, and it seriously kicks my butt. For dips, our coffee table edge works well, and for the bosu ball, I do the exercise without the ball. So, I'd say, don't let the lack of equipment keep you from trying the workouts. Just modify them like I do, and you'll still be crawling to your water jug at the end of 12 minutes.

I do have 2 free apps that I have found very helpful in my #operationwearmyjeans mission.

fitday  mobile
One is called "FitDay mobile", which allows users to input their activity level, exercise, food intake and weight and keeps a log for you. It has the ability to show you your caloric breakdown in terms of fat, protein and carbohydrates. I used to be a HUGE calorie counter, and I have little interest in falling prey to the calorie wars in my head again, so I just log my eats into fitday and try to come in around 1700-2000 calories a day since I am still nursing. The graph shows me what percent of my daily intake was fat, carbs and protein, so that I can try to stay heavier on the proteins and lighter in the carb department without freaking about every single calorie.

The other app I LOVE is called "Seconds Free" . It is an awesome timer app for any sort of interval workout you may get into. You can set timers for rounds of exercises, with beeps during timed exercises and rest periods. It also works for HIIT ( Hi intensity interval training)  and circuit work. I love that I can audibly hear when a interval is over rather than constantly looking at a stop watch.
Seconds free

My weekly weigh ins are going to be on Fridays ( before I have an "anything I want" day on Saturday). As of this Friday, I have lost 1.5 lbs toward my 14 lb goal.. I am also finding that I am able to do some "boy" pushups again, but still switch to girl/knee pushups during many of my intervals. Form is key, and I rather do perfect girl pushups than hurt myself struggling through boy ones. Hopefully by the end of next week I will be able to do at least one round of boy pushups.

Has anyone else tried the videos? If so, what's your favorite one?

1 comment:

  1. I've heard of them, but now that I hear your testimony, I am going to go check them out! I need something that is quick and different!