Energise You by Oliver Gray

wpid-20140106_134156.jpgHappy Monday!

I’m changing it up a little and reviewing a book today…

My bestest buddy gave me this book for Christmas. I started reading it yesterday, and I didn’t want to put it down. It’s not like a self-help book in which you read all the technical jargon and research behind a basic concept. It’s just the facts laid out, and methods to live a better lifestyle. Very easy to read, very easy to implement. It’s awesome, so many good points and ideas. It’s like a happiness handbook!

The author talks about making healthy habits to enhance your well being, and improve your lifestyle. some of these are simple things like ensure you eat 5 fruit/veg a day, and drink 1.5-2 liters of water; some of the others are more to do with being grateful for what you have and creating a positive life outlook.

I heartily suggest reading this book, and implementing the ideas it suggests. I certainly will be, and I will also be referring back to the ideas and habits in this book whenever I am feeling unsatisfied with myself and my life.

New gadgets!

I recently procured a new phone, very exciting! The Samsung galaxy s4, which has a very useful app – S health.

This had the facility to track your food and exercise (like a food diary) as well as very exciting walking mate. This is a pedometer that works continuously throughout your day, recording steps, distance, and calories burnt! It can even tell if you are running and if you are climbing/descending. Incredibly useful.

Having said that, I am not a big fan of the food diary app. It is not as good as the one on MyFitnessPal. It has a limited food database, and only records the calories-without any other nutritional data. There is the capability to add your own foods however, which makes up for the limited database providing you have the time to add all your foods on. Which I dont.

To resolve this I’ve been using MyFitnessPal to record my food, then adding the total calories to the ‘other’ section on S Health, and putting the calories burnt walking onto MyFitnessPal.

All in all this is a great pedometer app, but the food database leaves something to be desired. I also wish it could sync with MyFitnessPal abd my Polar HRM!!