The 10-Minute Workout, Times Three by Gretchen Reynolds

There is plenty of research that proves exercise is good for lowering blood pressure but for some people, exercising the full 30 minutes consecutively is not so easy. If you have little time to exercise, try this alternative.

The New York Times is reporting that new research shows three 10 minute sessions at 75% of your maxHR is actually more effective at lowering your blood pressure and keeping you healthy than one 30 minute session per day. It’s not only more effective physiologically, exercisers seem more willing to stick to 3 sessions per day vs 1.

Does it Really Work?
Recently, between work schedules and the hectic summer camp schedule (moms, you know exactly what I’m talking about!), it’s become harder than ever to exercise. So, each morning before camps and work, I take a quick run/walk around my block. It takes me about 10 minutes to complete the loop. When I finish, I’m warmed up but not sweaty. I feel great, too. I do the same at lunch and one more time around 3pm. When the kids are back in school, I look forward to having more time for exercise. Until then, breaking it up into multiple sessions per day has been a great back-up and motivates me to keep it going. And my blood pressure is a healthy 109/67. Try it. Let us know if it works for you.

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Fitdigits- The Solution to Managing My Health

Testimonial by Fitdigits user Jean-Pierre M.

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A year or so ago, I started getting back into shape. At 5′ 8″ and 270 lbs, it was much needed indeed. I wanted to do it in a way that would help me reach realistic goals while avoiding injury. I decided going to spinning classes where I quickly discovered that I needed to track my training sessions in order to view make sure I did not go over the top and risk hurting myself. I searched long and hard before I found Fitdigits. Other apps offered different solutions but Fitdigits seemed to best meet my personal needs.

I use my Fitdigits every time I train or go on a bicycle run or walking. My chest strap, my foot pod and my speed/cadence bike sensor all pair effortlessly with my Fitdigits. They let me get important data on how I train. I can also compare how my body is reacting to effort. Let’s just say that seeing the results of my first spinning classes compared to those I attended this week, is almost frightening. I can now really appreciate all the effort I put into training. My heart is much stronger than before, my blood pressure is perfect and my weight is slowly going down. All these metrics are also tracked by my Fitdigits so when I go see my doctor, I bring my iPhone or my iPad and show her where I’m at with my goals! She loves it. She talked about getting it for herself!

This app is universal so it works on your iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. You sync your data to the cloud and then retrieve it on another iDevice. When spinning at the gym, I bring my iPhone but if I train on my spinning bike at home, I prefer to use my iPad. Same thing if I decide to use my wife’s treadmill. I always input my blood pressure on the device I have at hand but with the cloud syncing, you press the magic button and voilà. All my data is instantly available on all my iDevices.

But what makes the Fitdigits app stand out among all the other apps out there is the quality of their customer support. I’ve seen more than my share of bad customer service. I’ve seen a few good example of good customer service. On rare occasions, I had great customer support. But this is beyond great! On quite a few occasions, I have contacted Fitdigits for problems – very few – and suggestions – quite often – and every time, they blow me away. Usually within a few hours, they will get back to you with a complete answer and a time frame if it can’t be implemented right away.

All in all, you can’t go wrong with this app. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!


Using Fitdigits and Fitbit to Lose Weight and Get Healthy

Testimonial by Fitdigits user Dave H.

I’ve always enjoyed riding my bicycle, and have done so off and on for years. But I was never in really good shape. I wasn’t’ able to ride very fast and I never really knew how to get better at it without spending a lot of money on a trainer or classes. Especially during the winter, it was hard to keep up with biking. Plus, most of my day is spent sitting in front of a computer, since I work in IT. Not a good combination, for sure. As I’ve gotten older, my blood pressure has been slowly going up and my gut has been getting bigger, so finally, I decided that it was time to do something about it.

I had an older Garmin unit, but was in need of something better so started checking out the iPhone apps. Around Christmas of 2011, I found Fitdigits, and being a geek, thought it looked pretty cool. I didn’t want to have to use multiple devices while riding, and Fitdigits allowed me to get down to just one. Just my iPhone, for tracking all my stats and my route; listen to my own music mixes, and get calls and email without needing to stop and pull out some other device. It’s all there in one.

Customizing the screens to see the stats I want while riding and sync it all so I can access it online is another thing I love about it. And it worked with all the Garmin gear I already had, so no need to get more equipment or pay $400-500 for a new Garmin unit. I can also easily go from riding indoors with my bike stand, to outdoors on the road, and it’s still all in one place. How awesome is all of that?

Fitbit and Fitdigits work together seamlessly at My Fitdigits to show calories burned, distance and total activity.

Pretty quickly, I found out about the ability to link with Fitbit and so my wife and I decided to buy one for each other for Valentines Day. It’s been a permanent part of our daily lives ever since. Now, after only a few months of using these, my blood pressure has gotten better, my gut has shrunk, I feel better and look a lot better and my biking stamina, speed and strength are all improving. We also use the Withings scale and blood pressure monitor and are able to track everything in one place at My Fitdigits.

My wife and I both love using it and the combination of Fitdigits with Fitbit has been amazing, helping us to be more aware of how much activity we can get into our day just by taking the stairs or walking a bit more, for example. And I’ve gotten my wife into biking, now too, so we are both using Fitdigits to track it all. The combination of using Fitbit for daily activity and Fitdigits for my workouts has helped me burn more calories and makes it easier to reach my goals.

Without a doubt, getting the Fitdigits app has helped both my wife and I take a huge step forward in improving our lives and our health. We watch what we eat, exercise more and are much happier overall. Thanks for developing this app! We both love it!

I'm using Fitdigits Connect, Garmin Heart Strap, Fitbit, Withings Body Scale and Blood Pressure Monitor.

23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

We love this video and the message behind it. Thank you, Dr. Mike Evans, for creating a wonderfully informational and entertaining video that communicates the message that exercise and walking is not only necessary, it’s good for you!

No More BP Meds – How I Convinced My Doctor

by Keith M., Fitdigits user.

This morning at the doctor’s office, my blood pressure was elevated at 140/127. Given this, my doctor wanted to know “Why did you go off your blood pressure medicine?”

I show her all of my Fitdigits blood pressure records which reflect that my blood pressure is just fine. She is skeptical, “I don’t know if your BP machine is calibrated.”

I explain, “I have been spreading my BP tests around at different places. I strongly suspect that your nursing assistants are taking my readings high and I do not want to take BP medicine just because you think I am borderline.”

She concludes that my current elevated BP reading is a result of taking over the counter sinus and allergy medication.

She wants to know more about other areas of my health.

“Since fast foods were not doing me so good, I switched to a vegan, no dairy, no meat diet, and here look at the exercise I’ve been doing.” I show her my workout results in Fitdigits.

She reviews my progress over the last three months, “You lost 20 pounds! Ok, lets try taking you off the cholesterol lowering drugs for the rest of this cycle and we will test you in three months.”

Cool…no meds is good! The more documentation the better your credibility and Fitdigits helped me prove my progress.