Fitness pains.

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Most of us might be drawn to TV programs heralding the need for fitness. We are so often being told we excel in being the most obese country in the world. Some advice was given a few weeks ago, when shopping, to only shop amongst the outer aisles  and avoid the inner sanctum of supermarkets. Those inner aisles contain the worst of food aiding our spreading waistlines. That’s were the packets of chips, lollies, endless varieties of  jars of sauces hang out together with miles of soft drinks and utensils in which to cook or boil the fattening sugar loaded foods. Generally, the outer supermarket aisles have the nutritious vegetables and dairy sections to linger about in. This is also the area where more interesting people are to be found. You can tell the nutrition focussed shopper there, lists in hand ticking off the yoghurt (Greek). A serious readings of advice on the different butter-milks, the latest seeds from Bolivia and Peru. Many of us have jute cloth bags, and wear spectacles with a serious demeanour pointed towards those with Coke in their shopping trolleys..

During the last TV show it was about doing exercises. The opinion of experts was to try and do 10.000 steps a day. I can’t imagine us reaching such a level of ennui that we would walk and count each step. One need no fear of that ever happening to us. A friend informed us you can buy a strapped on gadget  that does the counting for you. It does a lot more. The gadget counts calories used, blood pressure, weight, steps up ( ascent but not descent) and lots more. They are called ‘Fitbits’. This is a generic name for different brands of physical tracking devices ranging in cost from $20.- to $600.- or even more. Many sports people use them. On a Saturday morning one can often observe bike riders checking their Fitbits while enjoying a skimmed milk latte. Did you know that those fanatic bike riders don’t wear underwear underneath their lycra skin-stretched bike gear? I don’t mind but please don’t stand too close to my Cappuccino with croissant.

We decided, after watching another fitness program, to rush out to buy our own Fitbits. We, ever so naively thought one could wear them just like a watch. However, after strapping them on and pushing a button nothing happened. Mind you, I did note that on the packaging the words ‘android’ and Blue tooth’ were mentioned. How is it that we keep getting fooled about this modern technology. The counting of those exercise steps is far from being simple.  One needs the gadget to be joined to the web through Blue tooth. I tried and tried. We ended phoning up our friends with Fitbits but nothing worked. I was asked for my Apple I.D and that involved entering my Apple password. You must be kidding me! Blue tooth? Android? What country is that?

Needles to say we rushed back to Bing Lee and fortunately we got our $378.- dollars back. Hoorah! I started delving into the different gadgets of measuring steps and lo and behold, our iPhone has that capacity.  What a discovery. Every late model of  Apple iPhone has a pink coloured app with a heart on it which is a health app. that measures the basic movements of your body. So, till 1pm today I have done 3800. steps and climbed stairs 4 times.

I am feeling fitter already.

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24 Responses to “Fitness pains.”

  1. leggypeggy Says:

    Oh wow, now I know what that heart app is for. Thanks.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes Peggy, I thought the heart app was some kind of love search device, whereby Russian girls would be found hanging out for a good husband. Non smoking, non drinking, non gambling etc.

      Or, alternatively, good decent available Aussie men with similar attributes but also, well read, financially roomy/comfortable, considerate, opening car doors, offering bus seats, curtsying, good curry cooks, buttermilk and spinach aficionados but n.f etc.

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  2. Master of Something Yet Says:

    I don’t own one of those fancy watches and I’ve managed to train for and run two marathons. I do have an app on my phone but it’s just a freebie one and I mainly use it to measure distances when I’m training. And my watch is a $9 kids digital watch from Kmart. I think some of this tech is overpriced hype.

    Photo: urgh. Having raised three boys, I am of the opinion that male genitalia is God’s ugliest invention.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, MOSY, I had another look and totally agree. Looks like something out of the abattoir waiting for the mincing machine.

      Just now we had another walk and we have done 3.8KM. climbed 6 floors and done 5,408 steps and it’s only 3pm!.

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  3. lifecameos Says:

    I gave up on the step counter when it fell off my belt at our biggest shopping mall. But I have had to check lists of food values for the last 16 months since I was diagnosed with diabetes. It is very annoying though I am getting to know those for the foods I eat, and need to do it far less often now. I do not bother with apps on my cellphone, which is a hand me on from my niece in law.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, this is our first day measuring the steps on our iPhone. Lately more exercise is the answer to almost all of our problems.

      For years we had a blood/pulse pressure device and every now and then, it gets dusted off and we measure our blood pressure and heart pulse Scraps of paper are littering our table onto which the latest measurements are written. It will soon pass.

      Helvi has very good dietary habits which is part of her farming background from Finland. She looks after my diet which tends to veer towards the sausage and salami culture, kept in tow by my love of raw herrings and butter-milk.

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  4. jennypellett Says:

    Oh no. Don’t become a Fitbit bore. My dear friend has one and it’s ruling her life. Someone told her that you can’t be anywhere near fit under 10,000 steps a day. Imagine the pressure. She’s also started drinking skinny cappuccinos.

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  5. janesmudgeegarden Says:

    Even an inexpensive android phone like mine will count the number of steps taken. A walk from our house into town for a coffee, and back is almost 6km, and takes about 8 000 steps, so I think aiming for 10 000 steps a day is quite a big ask.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Very happy with 8.000 steps a day. That is easily achieved with a walk to town and back. Also surprising how many steps are taken just inside the home between the arm-chair and kitchen sink/stove etc. God knows how many steps are taken when vacuuming.
      The opportunities are mind boggling.

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  6. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    HA! And I did not know that about bike riders!
    AND what you said about your Cappuccino made me snort-laugh! 😀
    HUGS for you and Helvi!!! 🙂
    PS…Hugs are beneficial and healing and help keep our body, mind, and heart fit. 🙂

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  7. Carrie Rubin Says:

    I used to have a Fitbit, but I never took the time to sync it on my computer and input data. Who has time for that? So instead I bought a simple pedometer for $15. It’s all I need. Happy walking to you!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I investigated the $15 pedometer but wasn’t sure it had to be connected to an electronic gadget or not. I can’t really understand that the Fitbit had to go through Blue Tooth. I tried so hard but always get stuck on the issue of passwords that now have to have upper and lower case as well as numbers.
      We just want to walk and stay reasonably fit.

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  8. shoreacres Says:

    Like Carrie, I have one that is wholly non-electronic. It can be carried in a pocket or clipped on somewhere, and was puchased for the grand price of about $20. Granted, it doesn’t do anything but count steps, but I don’t need it to do more than that. I check my blood pressure now and then, and when I change work locations I’ll sometimes throw the pedometer into the mix, just out of curiousity. If I’m working on a boat at the end of a long pier, just the back-and-forthing can add up to quite a number of steps.

    As for that 10,000 steps a day business, you might be interested in reading this. Then, you can settle in for a nice glass of wine.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Much of the incentives to stay fit is market driven. For the life of me, apart from the technical difficulties, I don’t understand the Fitbit exorbitant prices. I like the $20 pedometer, Linda, and I bet your walks to and from boats easily takes care of a few thousand steps daily.
      My iPhone gadget does measure flights of stairs and also converts number of steps to KMs. Helvi is forever telling me to get off the chair and ‘do’ something. She never has trouble ‘doing’ things. I find it more difficult. I wash up. I make the bed, cook. I write and often climb upstairs to check the computer. My bowling is twice a week, which considering the average age of mainly female bowlers, is a good way to stay fit as well.


  9. Robert Parker Says:

    Do you know that song by the Proclaimers? “I’m Gonna Be” (“But I would walk 500 miles And I would walk 500 more…”) It’s a great song!
    Some of the electronic devices share your activity on Facebook, so every day, everyone knows how many steps everyone else has taken, and how many calories they’ve burned. “Today Bill has walked 43,005 steps, and burned 1900 calories.” “But unfortunately, 42,000 of those steps were back and forth to the refrigerator.” I decided instead to opt for that iPhone app that monitors brainwave activity, and posts updates to all my friends: “Yesterday Robbie had six thoughts! Keep up the good work Robbie! Well, four of those were actually just re-playing YouTube videos in his head. One was pretty much deciding on what to have for lunch. And the remaining thought was idiotic, in the opinion of this computer, but still, keep up the effort!”

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, I suspect those electronically shared devices results in cookies trying to sell you things, Robert. Lately, I have been inundated with Ray-ban sunglass advertisements. I unsubscribe but to no avail. At almost 78 I have no need for Ray-ban. I am married and prefer shade of an oak tree rather that the blinding light of a sun-kissed tropical beach.
      I must say, that I do get more than a twinge of vicarious joy when reading how a fanatic fitness person, having run a marathon for weeks on end, suddenly succumbs to a fatal heart attack.

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  10. algernon1 Says:

    I wonder the accuracy of these things sometimes. I have work issued Iphone. It counts my steps how far I walk and how many stairs I climb. I try for 10000 steps and get close some days. A knee injury has me not walking as far as I’d like. The stairs are questionable, I feel. Out on a field trip recently it told me I’d climbed 72 flights of stairs in about two hours! I’d climbed up and down plenty of steps but 72 hmm.

    A colleague at work got himself a fitbit recently and tells me about the quality of his sleep and when he’s dreaming etc. Is my life any better by knowing to the minute how much sleep I’ve had and how long I’ve dream for as well as having the technology to do so.

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  11. gerard oosterman Says:

    Yes Algernon,
    Your attention to climbing stairs and sore knees hasn’t surprised me.

    With all those steps and number of flights of stairs I have developed a sore knee. It is just behind the knee-cap. It hurts going up stairs. I went to a Chinese $2.- shop.

    Perusing the aisles I bought 2 stretch knee-guards and have to rest the leg now with a strong guard around my knee.

    I don’t want to end up doing steps and getting a knee replacement as punishment. Does the gadget on my iPhone count lay-downs on the settee?

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  12. Andrew Says:

    I would never buy a FITBIT but I was given an Apple Watch for my birthday. It has the same functions as the phone but also a workout program. It is quite fun. It gives a very comprehensive profile of my hike including where I went. I get a map of my route. I think my best walk was about 14km, 20,000 steps and 100+ floors. All local. I’m not sure it really does much beyond making me more conscious of trying to stay fit. The watch keeps urging me to BREATHE. I dread to think what will happen if I refuse.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Andrew. Breathing in and out helps a lot. I had to undo my tight knee-strap during the middle of the night as the itch behind my knee became unbearable. Helvi suggested I apply some Sally Awe’s Tiger-Balm ointment to it.

      Milo is now sniffing me wondering what I have eaten.
      20.000 steps and a hundred flights is awesome. I doubt I’ll ever will reach that level.

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