As a fitness fanatic, I always ask myself a few questions after each time I exercise:
- Was that good workout?
- How many calories did I burn?
- Was that better than last time?
Typically, the answer to this was based on a feeling. I would tell myself, “that was a good workout.”
Endorphins would be running and I “knew” something was accomplished. I've also used multiple products to help me as I continued a healthy lifestyle but I found myself looking for more information.
- I used a pedometer - but just because I hit 15,000 steps didn't mean I pushed myself.
- I used a GPS watch to track my heart rate during runs - but what about when I was cross training?
- I used a fitness tracker - but none of the models I used would give me a clean application unless I was willing to spend over $200. Another issue I had with trackers was that I was only able to compare myself to others that owned the same tracker.
Being the tedious person that I am, I continued to search for a solution that would help measure exerted energy and enable me to review my physical activity easily.
My Intro to MYZONE
As a member of FFC, I always saw advertisements for MYZONE, so I decided to give it a shot. The application was easy to set up on my phone and connect with the sensor tied to the belt. There are many reasons why I moved forward on the MYZONE but I am only going to cover two: MYZONE Effort Points and the “Health and Fitness” overview ability.
MYZONE Effort Points (MEPs):
MYZONE Effort Points are what I loved most about the belt. These points (or MEPs) measure how hard and how long you push yourself during a workout. Let me give you 2 separate scenarios on doing the same type of exercise and the different results you would see on the MYZONE app.
Scenario 1: you are running on a treadmill for approximately 30 minutes at a steady 9 minute / mile pace and you’re burning roughly 350-450 calories
Scenario 2: you’re still running on a treadmill for approximately 30 minutes, but instead of staying at a consistent in speed, you are increasing your speed plus fluctuating the incline.
Though you are still running on the treadmill, the increase and decrease in speed / incline causes your heart rate to fluctuate. With the fluctuation of your heart rate, the exerted energy becomes more difficult and you begin to hit different levels within the MYZONE app (See breakdown below). Ultimately, you would find yourself burning anywhere from 500-750 calories based on how much recovery time you give yourself.
MYZONE Makes Things Better
Now we look at how this is broken down into the MYZONE app. Below is a screenshot of the levels along with the points affiliated with each level. In the 9-minute / mile scenario, you would find yourself going between the Green, Yellow, and sometimes Red zones based on your level of fitness. In the fluctuating scenario, you would also find yourself between Green, Yellow, and Red. Most times you will see yourself sticking in the Yellow and Red based on how much recovery you give yourself. This lets you target your workouts based on your own max heart rate to get the most benefit out of each one.
After each workout, you'll receive an email with your move summary, like the one below:
Overview of Health & Fitness
As I mentioned before, I am a tedious person when it comes to data. Working out is only a fraction of a healthy lifestyle. I also track my food with MyFitnessPal. I allow Apple’s Health app to sync with both MYZONE and MyFitnessPal. This allows MyFitnessPal to automatically factor in my workouts from my food intake. Below is a cropped screenshot of what the end of the day looks like.
The Burning Question:
Was that a good workout? Below is an overview of how I break down my workouts, based on data I’ve collected, to answer that question. Please note, everybody's level of fitness is different so please don't use this as a must hit in order to consider your workout good.
Final Thoughts On MYZONE:
I believe that in order to continue a healthy lifestyle, you need to know if you’re continuously pushing yourself. I don’t necessarily mean you need to train for a triathlon or become a professional athlete, but to push yourself physically and take in the right foods. The MYZONE app helps with keeping you honest and lets you compete with friends who are working out next to you. Follow along with my progress on Facebook or Instagram!