Knit to be Fit… Knot
In recent life events with Daniel having a heart attack back in May 2016. His life is slightly different from before. The biggest change is the idea of taking a handful of medications twice a day. Something for this, something for that. I don’t quite know all of the medications he is taking but do know that they take a mental and physical toll in adjusting to new chemicals being introduced by the medications.
In going away on holiday, with Daniel going up and down emotionally as the medications adjust hormonal levels. With other medications creating muscle pains and potentially other medications making him tire more. There’s definite reason for concern and closer monitoring of his body conditions.
I’ve had an Apple Watch for a while now. But I don’t faithfully wear it as I work from home and the time is on the wall in my office plus on my computer. For Daniel, he has become more concerned about monitoring his heart rate. Knowing when he is pushing too hard to pull back. Recently, we were with a friend who had a fit bit and he asked to put it on to check his heart rate. As suspected, it was higher than he should really push it. So he parked himself on a bench to calm his body down. My Apple Watch can also check this stuff but he wanted something for himself. He bought himself a Fit Watch to help me monitor himself discreetly.
While on vacation, we both have been wearing our devices. Almost a competition to some degree of getting in our step counts. It’s helped him a few times to take a rest and not push crazy levels. Generally speaking, he takes more steps than I do. Part of that reason is that he is shorter than me. So my step strides are longer.
Some days, I can be thousands more steps than Daniel but my situation during the day doesn’t justify it. I mean… walking to the buffet… then over to the other side of the ship and then sit for a few hours and knit. I’ve been perplexed by this fact. How did I just walk 7,000 steps before lunch and I have been sitting on a sofa enjoying some knitting.
I came to realize that I wear my watch on my left arm. When I am crocheting, my left arm doesn’t bounce to simulate that I am physically walking. However, with knitting, The utilization of using both arms actively in knitting verses just one wrist is playing mind games with my watch. It’s giving me the illusion that I am working out. I can feel the burn baby… NOT.
So for those who are actively monitoring themselves and using the step counting and calorie burning to measure their daily goals. Take it off while knitting. It will skew your results giving false hope of serious exercise when, in fact, you are being stationary.