Fitness Blog, January-March 2021

I think this is probably going to be the last workout tracker I do. It’s been fun, but it’s not the kind of thing I actually want to track all the time. My first post tracked the summer of 2019, so I have two years of data. And I’ll keep collecting data in the Health app of my phone, but I don’t want to spend the time on a spreadsheet anymore.

The only interesting thing about this set is that most of the workouts were from Apple Fitness+. I think it’s a good service with lots of content for being so young, but it’s bogged down by being stuck on Apple hardware. But as workout videos go, they’re fine! They regularly made 30 minutes feel like 15.

Apple Fitness+ Results

Type of workout Count Minutes Calories Cals per minute
HIIT 6 269 1009 3.75
Strength 19 434 3077 7
Time to Walk Podcast 2 64 315 4.9
Yoga 12 364 1325 3.64

Here’s the total numbers from this quarter.

Category of workout (includes walks, elliptical, and other non-Apple Fitness+ workouts)

Fitness Type Count Time Spent (minutes) Time Average Cals Burned
Cardio 57 1739 31.6 11649
Strength 44 1044 24.8 7269
Wellness 22 289 25 518

Most of the cardio was from our home elliptical (34 tracked workouts). But I also went on 13 tracked walks.

My first workout post, Peloton after 3 months, is interesting to contrast. It’s not apples to apples, but my numbers have only gotten higher since then. I used to work out every few days, and now I do what my Apple Watch calls exercise” 40 minutes, 5-6 times a week.

The other thing I’ve noticed, looking back on my previous posts, I did not stay consistent with what I was showing. I was just interested in different stuff every time. So this is way less a scientific reading than hey, look at this cool number.”

I weigh the same. I’m actually a bit heavier than I was in 2019. But I can do more of the exercises without quitting, for longer. I can lift more, do more pushups, and remain at an elevated heart rate for longer. I’m fitter in all the ways that matter to high school gym.

I think the Apple Watch is a part of that. I think working from home is a bigger part. Without having to commute, I have time to work out every day. I don’t need to convince myself to do it. If I just sit or move around my apartment without some kind of workout, I feel lousy at the end of the day. I know that matters way more than the statistics.

April 1, 2021