Activity trackers

Activity Trackers

Good morning!

I´ve found my activity tracker! If being offline had something positive, this was it :)

I know you all use Fitbit or Apple. I use Withings :) I bought it on 1 September 2014 and it still works. My phone did not last that long :/

Like I´ve said I forgot/lost my activity tracker for quite some time. Yesterday, I relinked it to my new phone, downloaded the app, and even found my 2015 review, with badges and all the stuff :)

I think it will be a good mate, looking for a new flat means a lot of walking :) HealthMate Let me ask, do you walk the infamous 10000 a day?

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      1. Okay, okay -give an old woman a break here. Thanks for the hugs -that made me feel better, as my dignity has been stepped on. ;)

      2. That´s another story :)
        Enough is relative so, don´t forget to take a little break and go outside for a walk ;)

  1. I don’t, however, I do cardio exercises and resistance exercises 4-5 days/week. I’ve been committed to this type of schedule for 38 years. I also walk my beagle 2-3X/day for a minimum of an hour. We must keep him in good shape as well! :D

    1. Then, you walk :) Actually, walking a beagle is much more than walking!
      Safe your money, you don´t need an activity tracker!! But you already know that ;)

  2. Unfortunately with an arthritic knee this is impossible for me to do….I do jog and walk in the pool but no where near 10,000 steps…..any ideas??? kat

    1. Yes! Stick to the pool plan. Water offers more resistance so with every step in the pool counts as 10 outside (more or less), and you´re keeping your knees safe. 10,000 steps is just a number to keep the people active, it´s challenging but affordable if you haven´t injuries, but it´s not a magic number :)
      Big hug, David

      1. cool. with it counting lets say 10 per the one in the pool, I am getting in between 3 to 5 thousand steps…!!!! thanks for that makes me feel like I am doing more than I think….kat

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  4. I’ve been thinking about a reliable step counting device for my jogging. I plan to build up my jogging distance more and more over time. I plan to do this initially by jogging for increasing times each month.

    We touched on my running the London Marathon in the comments on my most recent blog. I suppose to be careful, I should get a health check up before my distance gets as long as 26 miles in one jog.

    An army captain died doing the London Marathon last Sunday, unfortunately. Also, an international England cricketer has had to retire as a medical check-up has found that he has an underlying heart problem.

    1. A health check up is recommended before any physical activity. Nobody takes it seriously but I think it´s a great idea.
      Before paying for another device, try some free apps from Google Play :)
      If you want to run the Marathon, you´ll need a heart rate monitor, not a counter step ;)

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Lower Back

The Erector Spinae is not just one muscle, but a bundle of muscles and tendons. Paired, they run more or less vertically. It extends throughout the lumbar, thoracic and cervical regions, and lies in the groove to the side of the vertebral column.

Latissimus Dorsi

The latissimus dorsi is the larger, flat, dorsolateral muscle on the trunk, posterior to the arm, and partly covered by the trapezius on its median dorsal region.


The Deltoid muscle is the muscle forming the rounded contour of the shoulder. It is divided into three portions, anterior, lateral and posterior, with the fibers having different roles due to their orientation.


The Infraspinatus muscle is one of the four rotator cuff muscles crossing the shoulder joint and is commonly injured. It is the main external rotator of the shoulder joint.


The Biceps brachii is  actually two separate bundles of muscles (heads). The two heads of the Biceps vary in length and as a result, are called the Short and the Long Biceps heads.


The Triceps Brachii muscles  have three muscle heads: Lateral, Medial and Long head. Primarily responsible for the extension of the elbow joint. The lateral head is used for movements requiring occasional high-intensity force, while the medial fascicle enables more precise, low-force movements.

(Anterior muscles)

The Pronator teres pronates the forearm, turning the hand posteriorly. If the elbow is flexed to a right angle, then pronator teres will turn the hand so that the palm faces inferiorly. It is assisted in this action by pronator quadratus.

(Posterior muscles)

The Extensor Digitorum muscle helps in the movements of the wrists and the elbows. It extends the phalanges, then the wrist, and finally the elbow. It acts principally on the proximal phalanges. It tends to separate the fingers as it extends them.


The pectoralis major makes up the bulk of the chest muscles in the male and lies under the breast in the female.

The pectoralis minor is a thin, triangular muscle, situated at the upper part of the chest, beneath the pectoralis major. 


The Rectus Abdominis is the most superficial of the abdominal muscles. It is this muscle which forms the six-pack shape! It is a paired muscle running vertically on each side of the anterior wall of the abdomen. There are two parallel muscles, separated by a midline band of connective tissue called the linea alba.


The External Oblique is situated on the lateral and anterior parts of the abdomen. It is broad, thin, and irregularly quadrilateral. It is the largest and the most superficial (outermost) of the three flat muscles of the lateral anterior abdomen. 


The gluteal muscles are a group of three muscles which make up the buttocks: the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. The three muscles originate from the ilium and sacrum and insert on the femur. The functions of the muscles include extension, abduction, external rotation, and internal rotation of the hip joint.

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The Quadriceps Femoris is the knee extensor muscle.  As a group, the quadriceps femoris is crucial in walking, running, jumping and squatting. It´s subdivided into four separate “heads”.


A hamstring is any one of the three posterior thigh muscles in between the hip and the knee (from medial to lateral: semimembranosus, semitendinosus and biceps femoris). The hamstrings are quite susceptible to injury.

Lower Leg

The gastrocnemius and the soleus form what we know as calf. They are involved in activities such as walking, running, jumping… 

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The trapezius is a broad, flat and triangular muscle. The muscles on each side form a trapezoid shape. It is the most superficial of all the back muscles.

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