What is Fit4Life? Fit4Life is a fun and friendly competition for people of various fitness conditions that is done once a year. It is a 12 week fitness challenge annually held with friends and co-workers. We will keep track of several values at the beginning and end of the 12 week period to determine who the overall healthiest and fittest person is.
Why do we have this? This all started in 2013 from a discussion I had with a co-worker that is a bodybuilder. How do you make something that you normally do everyday fun when you get bored of the same old gym exercise routine? How can you inspire friends that are struggling with sticking with it? Whose diet and exercise program really works; separating fact from fiction. And of course there are always bragging rights at stake!
How I got started? Want to know the secret? It is very simple! There are no secrets to living a healthy life! You do not need any supplements or special equipment to get started! I put one foot in front of the other and repeat the process of creating forward motion. I do my best to eat clean, natural and unprocessed foods at least 80% of the time. The most important thing is to do it! You can plan, analyze, or think about the routine, goals, etc. after you have completed it. Just do it and leave the thinking until afterwards!
Nutrition I am following the Paleo 2.0 diet with an emphasis on consuming no more than 50 carbohydrates a day. All of my nutritional ingredient breakdowns are posted on FitBit.com
Goals 1) Each week for 12 weeks I will post a video stream along with my new stats. 2) Weigh 190 lbs with 12% BF. 3) Develop a structured healthy routine I will enjoy and can maintain. 4) Find out what best for me by analyzing the data 5) Win the Fit4Life Competition!
Tools & Technology 1) Garmin Forerunner 610 watch with Heart Rate Monitor strap and foot pod. I use this to record my HR, distance, and speed for my runs, bike rides and skates while outdoors. Currently I don’t use this indoors since it goes into power safe mode if it can’t find a GPS Satellite which is kind of disappointing. The data is uploaded and stored on the My.Garmin.com website which then can be used to track my progress, exporting to spreadsheet or share with friends. 2) iPad 3. I use my iPad3 to watch movies or to listen to motivational audio while indoors on the recumbent bike. 3) iPhone 5. I use this primary outdoors while running, biking, or skating to play my songs. I have 2 different workout song playlists. 4) Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale 5) Omron HBF-306C Fat Loss Monitor 6) Omron 10 Plus Series Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor 7) Wireless pulse Oximeter CMS-50E
Remember these tools & technology are nice to have but they will not do all the hard work for you. They are merely here to help assist us while doing the routine or provide data afterwards!