Tracking My Sleep and Training Runs with Nokia Steel HR Activity Tracker
So many people start of the new year with the mantra "new year, new me". They set goals, sometimes unrealistic ones, that are thrown out the window by the second week of January. That's why I propose that rather than set one rigid goal tied to a number on a scale or the size of your pants, that we set many small attainable goals. Goals that will improve our overall health, because health is so much more just a number. New mindset = new year, new you!
My goals are to keep my heart strong, add more training runs to my schedule, gain muscle, lose fat and get some sleep. With the Nokia Steel HR activity tracker watch, I can track those goals in style.
So let's be honest - how are those goals working out for me? Well, I started off the year by taking 3 mini vacations during the month of January while simultaneously spending the entire month fighting a respiratory illness in many scary, dangerous forms. I was tired, I couldn't breathe and was prescribed rest for as much as possible do to a lung infection.
I was crushed because not only was I not working towards my goals, I was sick. Being sick is the only thing I don't do well. Working women - working moms - do not have the luxury of taking a sick day. Am I right?
When shopping for the Nokia Steel HR watch, I immediately gravitated toward the rose gold style. I love that you can choose your face color too. I chose a white face to keep it minimal and also picked up a black band in addition to the grey silicone band the watch ships with. The watch arrived in two days with free shipping. Nice!
Setting up the Nokia Steel HR activity tracker watch was a breeze. I downloaded the free Health Mate app and it immediately paired with my iPhone. The app allows me to set goals (i.e. steps per day) that I can track on the watch. It also allows me to view a complete history of my health data so I can measure my progress.
I love how beautiful this watch is and how comfortable it is to wear around the clock.
As soon as I felt better I set out for my first brisk walk/run of the year. I still wasn't quite ready for a full sprint, but I really wanted to test out my new activity tracker watch! Plus it felt so good to be outside. Being outdoors is uplifting. The more steps you take in the great wide open (or around your block), the more you boost your mood.
I decided to do a HIIT training run - all out sprints for a few seconds with recovery walk breaks in between. I did this for a little over a mile. I pressed the button on the watch and held it down for a couple of seconds to let the watch know it was time to start my workout. The Nokia Steel HR tracked my heart rate, steps and distance and calories burned. When you are finished working out, press the button again and the workout will end. The Nokia watch then syncs with the app where you can read your data.
Because my brain was still foggy, I forgot to press the button at the end of my run so the watch kept tracking my walking activity even though I had already ended my run. This resulted in a longer workout duration. Not that big of a deal since my goal was to learn how to use my new activity tracker, not run a race. But now that I've tested it out I'm excited to use it during a race!
You also have the option of using the Nokia watch in conjunction with RunKeeper. I did a second run using the Runkeeper app on my iPhone and loved how Runkeeper automatically pushed the data to the Nokia Health Mate app. The distance, steps and calories burned synced immediately onto my watch.
What I love most is how the Nokia Steel HR monitors my heart rate. You can see I spent the bulk of my short workout in my peak heart rate zone. That was my goal.
The coolest thing about the Nokia Steel HR activity tracker is that automatically recognizes when you walk, run, swim, and sleep. The watch is so smart it will even recognize more than 10 activities — from volleyball to dancing. It's also lightweight and the band is really, really comfortable. This is the first watch I've run in where I can't feel the band at all.
The band is so comfortable that rather than switch it to the fancier black one for Valentine's Day dinner, I kept the combo just as it arrived straight out of the box and it still looked stylish and didn't clash with my wardrobe.
How great is it that you can track your activity, stay on top of your health and receive smartphone notifications all with a watch that is as functional as it is good looking?! The gentle notification vibration is just enough to get my attention. The notification window is the perfect size - not too big, not too small.
The Nokia Steel HR is also waterproof. So for those of us thinking about doing a duathalon or triathalon this year - our swim training is covered! And for those of us that just need to do the dishes - we're covered too. Better yet, the battery life is amazing. It can last up to 25 days on one charge. No more worrying about my watch dying by 10:00 PM!
While I was still sick, I learned a lot about how and why I don't sleep well. For instance, the heater in my house bothers me due to my asthma. When I was sick, the dry air aggravated my cough which kept me from sleeping. The nights I took my medication, used a humidifier and kept the heater off I slept like a baby. As you can see, I was REALLY tired this particular night.
Now that I am better and off the medication, I am back to my poor sleep habits. This is real talk time: I slept 3 hours and 39 minutes last night. And only 1 hour and 34 minutes of that was deep sleep.
As a working mother, student and business owner - it's safe to say I don't make time for sleep. My biggest goal for this year is to double how much I sleep per night. With the Nokia Steel HR watch and the Health Mate app I believe I can make it happen.
Now it's your turn to share! What are your overall health and fitness goals? Do you have any tips to getting a good night's sleep? Please share in the comments below!
Give the Nokia Steel HR a try and let me know what you think.