Image of the Garmin Forerunner 235 watch

I entered the world of fitness trackers quite late. Yes I had the stepometer/pedometer when I was a kid (does anyone remember the Walkers crisps pedometers?). I also had a cycle computer when I was heavy into my cycling to see the distance and speed I was doing. But other than that I positively refused to have a fitness tracker, for me I participated in enough sport that I didn’t then want to track it.

Late in 2017, I decided that I wanted to join in and started with a Garmin Vivosmart 3. I soon wanted to upgrade so sold the watch on ebay and brought off ebay the Garmin Forerunner 235, my current watch.So after changing the language from Polish to English (it was a used watch!) I was ready to roll!

I chose that particular watch because it had the features that I wanted mainly to track running and sleeping! I also liked the strap (it is the bright blue ‘girly’ one) and most importantly my friend had the watch and gave me the chance to play about with it beforehand and liked what I saw and how it worked.

What features does the Forerunner 235 have?

Image of the Garmin Forerunner 235

You are able to monitor your heart rate, amount and quality of sleep, calories, weight, V02 max, steps, track your running, indoor running, cycling and ‘other’. You are able to link the Garmin to Strava which is an added bonus for me since I use Strava often and it saves having my phone tracking my route as well as my watch. I also like Garmin Connect where you can collect these badges and you can see all the badges you have earned (they look so cool!).

What features do I use

I use sleep, heart rate, track my running and cycling I also use ‘other’ to track my heart rate when I do weights at the gym also whilst I swim. Whilst I am running I monitor my heart rate (I check which zone my heart rate is in). I am obsessed with the sleep feature and check how much deep sleep I got the night before almost everyday!

Would I recommend the watch?

Image of a screenshot of the Garmin Connect badges

Yes I would recommend the Garmin Forerunner 235. It looks stylish (even though the large watch face took some getting used too!). It does the job as well and I like the features such as the badges and that it links to Strava. The tracking I found to be fairly accurate. The only downside is that I do wish it could track swimming, as I do go swimming quite a bit but overall it is a really good watch.

What fitness watch do you have? Do you have the Garmin Forerunner 235? If so, what are your thoughts?


image of a pair of trainers on top of a sports vest

I do enjoy fitness but like everyone I go through stages where to be honest I am sick of working out. With a little over a month to go until the Great North Run it is crucial that I keep my preparation and motivation going. Today I am sharing my tips for keeping the motivation going when you feel like giving up.

Think about the end goal

For me being motivated to finish the week or thinking about the finish line of a race reminds me why all the running and time spent at the gym will be worth it. People so often see the finish product but not the times when you were running and got caught out in the rain or donning the thermals because it was freezing outside.

Set mini goals inbetween

I still remember really well wanting a Pure Gym water bottle when I first started working out there. I decided until I had gone to the gym five times I wouldn’t buy myself one. Buying pieces of kit or something else I find keeps the motivation and persistence going. Funnily enough I don’t buy that much kit my last piece of fitness kit I did buy was two pairs of shorts from My Protein and that was because I didn’t have enough pairs in the first place. Certainly do not buy new kit at the beginning of starting a new sport unless you absolutely need it. You hear so many stories of people forking out hundreds for new kit and then not using it.

Switch it up a bit

Sometimes just listening to a new playlist or going cycling instead of running keeps you away from the couch and motivated to finish the workout.

Plan your workouts

For me just seeing what I want to workout on paper, makes me more likely to complete the workout so I can tick it off.

Get your gym bag or clothes prepared

By having your gym stuff laid out or in a bag in the car ready makes you less likely to give up on going out because you cannot find your stuff.

What do you do to keep yourself motivated?

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