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Four Things

Two posts in one day?  It must mean I’m trying to clear off my desk before the long weekend ;)

I thought this afternoon I’d share with you four things I’ve been using or have come across recently that I wanted to share with you all.

Disclaimer: I received the items from Sportline and Bioesse free of charge however, I don’t talk about things I don’t honestly like so you can always rest assured that all thoughts/opinions expressed are 100% my own.  You can’t pay me to like something I don’t like ;)

Checkout 51

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Checkout 51 is a free app available to Canadians in the app store for iPhone.  I’m not sure if it’s available on Android or not (something tells me it isn’t), and I don’t believe it is available for residents of Quebec either.

Checkout 51 is basically an application that will give you a rebate or virtual coupon credit for items you buy in store.  Each week a new listing of offers is made available

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You can set your phone so you get a notification when the new deals are in.  Then each week before I go for groceries I check to see if there is anything I normally buy, or something I would buy if it was on sale, and if there is I add it to my list.  One really cool thing is say for instance you sale Colgate Toothbrushes on sale for $1 somewhere, and you had a coupon for $1 off, you can use that coupon to get the toothbrush for free (minus taxes) and then still collect $1 from Checkout 51.  Pretty sweet.

Once you’ve made your purchases you submit your receipt(s) by take photos of them and once Checkout 51 reviews and approves it (which usually takes under 24 hours) they add the credit to your account.

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Once your account totals $20 or more you can request a cheque – it’s that easy!  I’ve only been using the app for a couple weeks and I’m already nearly halfway to $20.  It’s pretty cool.

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I was contacted by bioesse technologies a month or so ago and asked if I was interested in trying their aromatherapy patches.  As you all know I’m a big fan of aromatherapy so I happily said yes!  The following week I received a package with one spearmint, two lavender, one sweet dreams, one peppermint and two blank patches to try.  Within a day or so of receiving them I started to feel like I was coming down with a cold, I had a sore throat and a nasty cough.  I hauled out my spearmint patch before I went to bed to try it out

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The verdict?  I loved it.  I could smell the spearmint all night long, it helps clear my sinuses without being overwhelming.  In fact the next two nights I used my blank patches and added a combo of tea tree and peppermint and used them for the same purpose and I really believe it helped keep my cold at bay.

Since then I’ve used both my lavender and the sweet dream patches at night to help me fall asleep.  I really like that they are potent without being obnoxiously scented.

You might be wondering what happened to my peppermint patch.  I’ve put it in my purse for an emergency. Some people keep extra money and safety pins in their purses for emergencies, I keep peppermint aromatherapy patches ;)

The online store isn’t up yet on the Bioesse website, but in the meantime you can contact them and purchase them via paypal until they get their online store up and running.

Sportline Ab/Plank Station

Back when I got the SportLine Solo 925 Heart Rate monitor, they also sent me one of their ab and plank stations

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It’s a simple curved piece of high density foam of some sort that helps give you lower back support while doing crunches/sit-ups

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which is wonderful partnered with my Physique 57 workouts as they actually tell you to use a piece of foam or a pillow for just that purpose.  I’ve tried using a pillow, trust me, this works WAY better ;)

It’s also awesome for doing planks especially if you find planks hurt your elbows.

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I find it really great for side planks where there is so much pressure put on your forearm/elbow.

You can purchase this direct from Sportline here .

The last thing is a song.  I’ve been looking for songs to use at this weekend’s Zumbatomic class and found this one from Wreck it Ralph (which I still haven’t seen #sadface).  I’ve now listened to it about three million times and sort of want to make it my ringtone.  I’m such a dork.

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SportLine Solo 925 Heart Rate Monitor Review

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you’ve no doubt seen me sporting this watch for the past month or so

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It is Sportline’s SOLO 925 Heart Rate Monitor which they sent me to review.

While I knew they were sending me a heart rate monitor I didn’t know what colour it was, and of course I was tickled pink (excuse the pun) when it arrived and was a super pretty pink colour!

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As a Polar F4 user, I was interested to see how this monitor compared to my beloved Polar.  The SOLO doesn’t include a chest strap and required you to touch your finger tips to the metal area around the face in order to  record your heart rate and this feature was what really drew me to the SOLO in the beginning.

I’ve come to find that wearing my Polar while teaching classes is a real pain.  The chest strap always slips no matter what I do to it and it’s a bit awkward to be adjusting your chest strap during classes in front of a room full of people.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked down at my Polar during a class only to see “Check Transmitter” and know that there was no way I could fix the problem because I was in the middle of teaching a song.  This has led me to having a lot of inaccurate calorie burns and makes it difficult for me to monitor my heart rate during classes.

Enter the SOLO.

While some people may find having to touch your fingers to the watch in order to register your heart rate a pain, it doesn’t both me at all.  I do find it registers most quickly if you are standing still so I tend to only take my heart rate between songs or on water breaks which works out really well.  It doesn’t disturb my class and it gives me a good idea of how hard I’m working.  Another thing I really like is I can wear the watch for all of my classes and if at the last minute I decide I want to record my heart rate or calorie burn I can, there is no chest strap to bother with, and no parts that I need to wet down prior to use (with the Polar you need to wet the chest strap in order for it to get a proper reading).

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Something else that is really cool about the SOLO is that it can record your total calorie burn each day.  If you remember to reset it when you get up or before you go to bed, and record your heart rate during exercise it will be able to tell you how many calories you’ve burned all day long.  If you are trying to lose weight this information can be invaluable as it helps to take the guess work out of how many calories you should be consuming.

Honestly, the SOLO has a lot of functions that I still haven’t completely figured out.  It has a pedometer which can calculate how many steps you’ve taken, how far you’ve travelled, it has a timer, an alarm clock, has a dual time feature if you travel frequently between time zones and even within the heart rate monitor functions there are lots of features I haven’t yet used.

As far as it’s accuracy, no heart rate monitor is going to be 100% accurate as far as calories burned is concerned, but will give you a much more accurate reading than exercise equipment.  Compared to the Polar, I wore both monitors one night when I went for a 2 mile run and the total calories burned according to my Polar was 275, and the Sportline registered 248 so a difference of 27 calories.  That makes sense to me since I had to stop running in order to get my heart rate to register on the SOLO and obviously as soon as I stopped moving my heart rate would start to slow.

Overall I think the SOLO is a wonderful tool – and is now my preferred tool for calculating calorie burn while teaching classes and for every day use.  I think the strap and fit of the SOLO is much more comfortable than my Polar (which I find a bit big and clunky).  However, when running I will still be using my Polar since I can see my heart rate without having to stop, and when I’m running it is easy for me to adjust the chest strap if it begins to slip.

If you are looking for an affordable option to help keep you motivated to move more I would urge you to take a look a the SOLO 925, besides being pretty it has a lot of wonderful (and practical) functions.

DISCLAIMER: I was sent the SOLO 925 free of charge in order to review it for Sportline, however all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.  Those aren’t for sale.

Stay tuned: Sportline also sent me an Ab Station which I’ll be reviewing in the coming weeks!

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