Category Archives: fitness

My #fitsperiment Status Update (End of Week 3)

measured me blog fitness and diet abs fat loss self-experiment using BodymediaMy #fitsperiment challenge update:

Current stats (end of week 3):

Body Fat = 10.5% (Target = 8%)

FlexiScore = 95 (Target = 100)

Days Left = 7

My Review of Inside Tracker DIY Plan

diet optimization and biohacking using Inside Tracker toolA couple of months ago bioanalytics company Inside Tracker tweeted a nice one-time discount on their services, so I jumped at this opportunity and purchased their DIY plan. The cheapest of all (after discount, I paid $34.30 instead of regular $49), DIY plan allows you to upload your blood test results to receive personalized nutrition, lifestyle and exercise recommendations. I finally got a chance to test drive their services, and will share my personal experiences in this post.

My #fitsperiment Status Update (End of Week 2)

measured me blog fitness and diet abs fat loss self-experiment using BodymediaMy #fitsperiment challenge update:

Current stats (end of week 2):

Body Fat = 11% (Target = 8%)

FlexiScore = 90 (Target = 100)

Days Left = 13

My #fitsperiment Status Update (End of Week 1)

measured me blog fitness and diet abs fat loss self-experiment using BodymediaMy #fitsperiment challenge update:

Current stats (end of week 1):

Body Fat = 12% (Target = 8%)

FlexiScore = 85 (Target = 100)

Days Left = 20

#FITsperiment update, week 0

measured me blog fitness and diet abs fat loss self-experiment using BodymediaMy #fitsperiment challenge update:

Current stats (week 0):

Body Fat = 13% (Target = 8%)

FlexiScore = 80 (Target = 100)

Days Left = 27

Get 15% Off Body Media!

sales bodymedia body media discount code coupon 15% offI have been using BodyMedia tracker for several months now, and I love it so much that I became a “brand advocate” for this tracker. Everytime someone at the gym or on the street spots BodyMedia on my arm and starts asking questions, I patiently answer all their questions and also refer them to my blog.

Currently, BodyMedia offers 15% off regular price for BodyMedia FIT tracker (BodyMedia Core sells regularly for 119 dollars, and BodyMedia Link for 149). Please check out this deal!

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Why I Chose BodyMedia

review of quantified self tools by measured me blogA couple of readers asked me why I chose BodyMedia for self-tracking, and whether I considered other tracking devices before purchasing BodyMedia. Was it simply that special discount that swayed my decision? The short answer to both questions is yes. I did carefully review other self-tracking devices, and yes, the special offer played an important role in sealing the deal. But trust me, BodyMedia have been on my wishlist for a long time before that. If you would like to know why, keep reading this post.

Quantified Body: Measuring Flexibility

quantified self yoga fitness tracking tools flexiscore mat review by measured meEarlier this year I took a couple of yoga classes via Groupon deal. While I loved most of the exercises, some stretching poses like bending forward were extremely painful. I realized that I have lost flexibility: even simple tasks like touching my toes seems are not easy anymore. Tired of being stiff like a stick, I recently added some stretching exercises to my morning routine. But how can I measure and track my progress?

Gym Hacks: Improving Accuracy of Cardio Machines

gym hacks quantified self fitness tips by measured me blogI am not a huge fan of cardio, but generally try to spend at least 15-30 minutes on a treadmill or elliptical machine every time I go to the gym. Instead of the distance or time, I often use “calories burned” as a benchmark: “I will stay on this treadmill until I burn 200 calories”. Unfortunately, there is no way to see the BodyMedia report on how many calories were burned until I get home and plug the tracker into computer. So to track my progress in real time, I often rely on calorie counters that you can nowadays find on every cardio machine at the gym. People regard these estimates with suspicion, knowing that the numbers on display are always overestimated. But if you think that the error is only 5-10%, read this article.

Yep, most of the gym machines tend to overestimate the caloric expenditure with much higher error. Here is the average error by the type of machine:

Quantified Health. Part 1: Measuring Physical Health.

quantified health tracking physical healthThe main problem with tracking your own health is its operationalization: how would you formally define health and express it in numbers? What comprises health? I believe that your personal self-tracking definition of health should depend on what you are trying to achieve.  If you are suffering from a certain ailment, then you may want to track presence and severity of symptoms. If you are interested in seeing how your health affects your overall well-being, perhaps, measuring your overall health condition will be enough.