My Health and Fitness Regime

My new health and fitness regime is working.

My Health and Fitness Regime
Photo by Victor Freitas / Unsplash

With my last blog, I had a habit of posting my fitness and health regimes. It spurred a new blog that eventually became defunct in 2016.

My Current Routines

Last year Saigon was locked down for 5 months. I did not go to the gym for nearly 6 months. Despite being locked in, I was above to lose 10 kilos (22 lbs) from the previous year.

One of the biggest exercise changes I made during the 5 months was to add a cardio workout inside my room. Mostly, I just jogged around my room for 30-45 minutes. I played YouTube podcasts on my computer to help keep me focussed on continuing my routines.

It worked. I could lose weight during the 5 months.

I also changed my dietary practices as well. Before the lockdown, I had a habit of eating dinner between 7-and 9 PM. Last July, I gave intermittent fasting a try. I have not looked back.

Since the lockdown ended, I maintain my in-room cardio workouts and intermittent fasting. I also added back my weightlifting workouts when the gyms reopened. I go to the gym between 3 to 4 times per week now. On my off days, I will do cardio work at home.

How do I track my vitals?

For two years, I have tracked my health vitals with my Garmin Vivoactive 3 watch. I gather the trend and then input all of them into my Excel spreadsheet. I do this daily.

Garmin App showing the data from my Vivoactive 3 watch.
My Excel Spreadsheet.

Previously I used my Fitbit watches, but I feel Garmin watches do a better job of collecting the data that I need.

The trends I get from my data have helped me reshape my diet and regimes. In the past, I tried veganism and a strict vegetarian diet. It lasted about 6 months and then I switched to a pescatarian diet. The chart above makes it seem I eat a lot of meat, but the amounts of fish, chicken, or the occasional red meat, are small in portions. I limit how much meat I eat.

As I mentioned above, I also intermittent fast from 7 PM to 11 AM every day. Yesterday I fasted until about 1:30 PM.

One enormous improvement in my alternative lifestyle is that my resting heart rate is better. I used to have an average resting heart rate in the mid to high 60s. Now I get it in the high 50s.

Watch the below video about the benefits of fasting. Yes, I know the New York Times just posted an article that found no benefit to time-restricted eating. Research is still early.

I will update my progress more often. I plan to post more of my workouts again.

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