Grueling Morning Exercise Activities

August 16th, 2015

           This morning’s 5:30 am three mile walk was a rather warm experience for the outdoor temperature was in the 90s. It later seemed a piece of cake compared to what I experienced during my 22 mile bicycle ride starting at 7:30 am. By the time I finished the temperature under the hot sun exceeded 100 degrees and the 46% humidity made it seem even warmer. My two water bottles barely proved sufficient for their task of keeping me hydrated. Yesterday’s ride was similarly a grueling experience and I’m definitely looking forward to cooler weather starting tomorrow. Today’s high is expected to be 119 degrees but things will cool down to a predicted high of only 114 degrees starting tomorrow. Tuesday I expect to be seeing the evening Pageant of the Masters outdoor theatrical presentation in Laguna Beach. The temperature there is expected to range from 63 to 81 degrees, so will be taking a jacket, gloves and binoculars. 🙂

          I’ve worn a Fitbit activity wristband for almost a month and have become accustomed to tracking its reports. The product appears to be quite accurate in measuring number of walking steps, heart rate, activity levels, amount of sleep, and estimated calories burned. It allows me to post data about calories and water consumed, and specific exercise activities (walk, bike, run) undertaken. It also counts stairs climbed but does not separately record my bicycle rides. Instead it responds to bicycling by increasing the walking steps count and also records pedaling as stairs climbed.

          Fitbit provides graphs and other data fields on an hourly, daily, weekly and monthly basis. This permits me to compare today’s activities and goals with past achievements. I monitor its data reports on my SmartPhone and check the results several times daily.

          My fascination with Fitbit motivates me to engage in daily exercise activities even when, like yesterday and today, I can think of a gazillion reasons to remain indoors and skip a day. I’m not certain I could face Fitbit at day’s end if my daily exercise totals documented little more than couch potato mental gymnastics. Fitbit is yet another example of how completely I’ve managed to turn control over my life to machines. When Robots join us and take over, I’ll be ready.

Bond Shands
August 16, 2015
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