Before I got pregnant I was very much into my fitness. We had been struggling to conceive for many years and so I was running x3 times a week and eating healthy in order to improve our chances of getting pregnant via IVF. I felt great – so toned and energised.
However, I’ve been having a love/hate relationship with fitness since having the twins nearly 4 years ago. It’s not that I don’t enjoy keeping fit (plus I have wanted to get back into shape again) but it’s largely been down to simply one main factor.. finding the time.
I wrote a whole post on it once, giving advice and tips on how to exercise when you’ve a busy life, and I do try my best to do all of those things. But when you’re a busy working Mum you just have other priorities some weeks (like illness and school holidays) and so it isn’t always easy to fit it in.
I have been regularly running more recently though – since Harry & Lottie started preschool. Managing a few miles each time, twice a week. My driving factor has been our upcoming holiday to Greece. And wow do I feel better for it. However, since moving to a new area I haven’t been sure how far I am going or whether I am pushing myself enough. I feel tired but then sometimes I feel like I could go on.
Step forward this snazzy and beautiful gagdet – the TomTom Spark Cardio + Music watch. With GPS and heart rate monitor.
To solve my problems, make me passionate about running again, and (most importantly) to give me key information in order improve my fitness.
The watch is priced at £189.99. It comes in black and feels chunky but is super comfortable to wear. I have got really slim wrists and yet it fits so well (strap is adjustable), plus you can order small or large straps.
When you first get the watch you have to connect it to a computer by plugging the watch in via the included USB cable. This is so the software can be updated and it can be paired up. You can then set up your own account with TomTom so that it can track your progress.
There is also a TomTom MySports app (for your phone) that the watch syncs with to keep track of all your activity.
Once the watch is set up and synced everywhere you can start using it! YAY! If you wear the watch all day it tells you how many steps you’re doing throughout the day. Great for goals such as burning calories or weight loss.
The battery lasts quite well (a few days) but I do check to see whether it needs charging the night before I plan exercise as I have been caught out a few times where the battery is almost gone.
I use mine mostly for running (but it can be used for swimming, gym workout or cycling). I quickly select run mode, it quickly ‘finds’ me, then I hit ‘go’. As I am running it keeps track of how long I have been going, my distance and my speed.
I didn’t realise (pre-watch) I was only doing 1.9 miles!!!! I thought I was going about 3+! So now I am pushing myself further and it has definitely improved my running. I am also trying to beat my times.
I really love how I can keep track of any goals that I have set/activity levels and statistics for any training. My runs are now logged on the computer with all the information I need (along with a map of my route). I can scroll back to my history and track my progress.
I don’t listen to music when I run but this watch is supposed to be brilliant for this. With the paired bluetooth headphones you can listen to music on the go and it holds up to 500 songs which can be arranged into playlists. I might be persuaded to start running to some tuuunes!
Running has made me feel better about my body again, and given me more energy. Plus the amazing scenery I get when I run is worth it.
It also clears my head and makes me feel alive. Great for when the family are driving me crazy or work is busy.
Love, Jess x
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