I don't really go in much for gadgets or appliances. So I am very surprised to find that I have
a) bought a heart rate monitor, and
b) LOVE my heart rate monitor.
One of the challenges of the 12wbt is to workout 6 days per week. On 5 of these days you expend 500 calories and on 1 you crank it up to 1000. So a heart rate monitor which also shows you how many calories of energy you have used up is a fantastic tool.
I must also say that I was so impressed with Polar, the heart rate monitor people. I ordered mine on a Monday evening and it was delivered on Wednesday morning - so quick! They also gave 12wbt members a very generous discount which was fantastic..
But crikey - you have to do a fair bit to shift 500 calories. Today I did a Jillian Michaels 30 day shred workout (180 odd calories burnt) then went for a 4km walk/run to bring me up to the 500 calories... Phew. That's not mucking around. I am beginning to understand just how much hard physical work there is involved in working food off. This will definitely help to check what goes in.
Armed with my new toy, I am so up for counting calories expended as I exercise. I've learnt something already, and the 12wbt pre-season has not even started yet!