fitness

How to go to the Gym at 6am – regularly!

About three months ago I started getting up early. Very early. At 4:30am when I go to the gym, else between 5am and 6am. I was wondering if I was any fitter in the morning doing my exercises at the gym. And actually, I was.

I was getting pushed by the momentum that success I had hoped for, even thoughI did not really expect it. While I wasn’t tired at all, I was getting happier day by day. I really mean “happier”. Happier because I catched the very first train from the suburb I live in to the city. Happier, because I was experiencing early mornings on a regular basis I had never experienced before. Happier, because I was among the first ones at the gym at 6am (although I didn’t make it the first one, yet. Yes, there *are* folks more commited than I am). Happier, because I could do more intense exercises. And finally happier, because I went to work having finished gym while others had just got out of their bed drinking coffee to get (stay) awake.

I am definitely committed to keeping on this habit. Of course, I’ve got to go to bed early now. At latest, I go to bed at 10pm. Which is ok, because my gym closes at that time anyway ūüėČ Well, seriously. I don’t miss staying up late. I consider it much more important for myself, doing my excercises in the morning than watching TV (and eating crisps) in the evening.

If you are interested cheering at me for getting up early, feel free to send me messages on Twitter. I feel very enthusiastic sharing every time I make it to the gym this early, which, in return, increases my enthusiasm to repeat it.

Finally, if you are wondering wheather you could do it, too, I tell you wholeheartedly: Yes, you can! No excuses, mam/sir! I have two toddlers keeping me awake at nights, a wife demanding time and a non-9-to-5-job. If I can make it, you can, too. If you ask me how, there is a simple, very simple answer. One single word, which is: discipline! You definitely must get up every single morning early. An go to bed early. You must stop habits like (too much) alcohol, too late partying. Getting up in the early morning and going to the gym is a life style. This life style is not compatible with some others. If you really, really want it, you’ve got to skip all the other habits preventing you to implement this new life style on a regular basis.

Now, repeat after me:

“Yes, I want!”
“Yes, I can!”
“Yes, I will!”
“Yes, I did it!”
“Again and again!”

Yessss!

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Numerous App for iOs – Let the Cloud do the Counting

For a long time, I’ve been messing around with various tools that count things for me like the number of workouts I do or track my weight. Even more apps that display temperature, do countdowns etc. Finally, I’ve found a single app that accumulates all numbers I need and even displays them online. The app is called Numerous and available at the iTunes Store for iOs.

Numerous offers a dashboard on the iPhone and the iPad. A large number of interesting “receipts” are available for being displayed on that dashboard, e.g. current temperature, moon phase, countdown to the next solar and lunar eclipse etc. For me more interesting is the capability of creating custom numbers. For instance, I created a manually triggerable receipt counting the number of times I hit the gym in 2015¬†and another one for the number of times I did serious cardio in 2015. The count is being increased by another app, which actually is the Do Button by IFTTT. This is a very convenient way for me to increase the count every time I hit the gym by simply pressing that one button. Since it is available for iOs and Android respectively, I am not restricted to iOs to increase counts.

All right, folks, numerous offers a receipt that shows the current number of numerous users. I am thrilled by what that guys have created. I am very keen to support them. So take my advise and go and get yourself an account there.

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For some reason, the sea surrounding the UK has always been a fascinating one to me. Even though I have travelled the world and have seen quite a number of other seas and coasts, still there has always been something very special about the English Channel, the North Sea and the Atlantic hitting the Island of the UK.

And I cannot even describe what it is. It’s not the fact, that it’s raging. I’ve seen many more raging likewise. It’s not the way it is covered in mist. There seems to be no difference from the danish side of the misty North Sea. It’s not the smell, not the colour, not the taste. It’s the mere feeling that I get when being there. No matter if it’s the far north, east, west or east of the island. Or even in-between.

Of course, Poe could not been created by any other island than by this one. I think, it is Poe’s writing that equals the seas and oceans of the UK.

It’s been two years now since I last visited the UK and stood there, astonished as ever, admiring the sea. This year’s going to be a Denmark year, but I really hope to get back to England in the near future.

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The Coast of England

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Of course, Pythagoras’ equation has always had a unique attraction to all kind of mathematicians and philosophers. Its¬†wonderful geometry becomes even more attracting by rendering it – so I thought and gave it a try. Here’s my first attempt, and work is in progress.
Pythagoras Render Work in Progress

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Working on Pythagoras Scene

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There is this amazing place in Denmark, high cliffs rising from the north sea. The first time visited this place was back in the spring of 2006, and I was so glad to be back in 2014. Whilst such cliffs are not so extraordinary, I think the stairs make a perfect scenery. Definitely got to get back to that place. Maybe in winter.

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Bovbjerg Klint

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fitness

Early Morning Run

Getting up early in the morning and getting things done while others are sleeping is a great thing. And so did I this morning. I got up at 5a.m., started running at 5:30 and finished approximately one hour later. When I returned home, everybody was still asleep. Glorious!

https://www.runtastic.com/en/users/tay-sascha/sport-sessions/254312116

And even better: The fresh breeze in the morning, the warm sunlight on the skin and the fact being the only one on the street is such an enormous reward.

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fitness

Measuring the Heart Rate for Fitness and advanced Analysis

Heart Rate Analysis.

Heart rate analysis with excel – based on data exported by HRnavi+ running on Android.

Today I took the effort to try a new method of analysing the data I’ve been measuring with the Polar Wearlink Bluetooth device. Up to now, I’d been using an Android device along with the Runtastic App to connect to the Polar device and record heart rate and GPS coordinates over time. It worked good for me so far, but I felt too restricted as far as deeper analysis is concerned. So I searched the Apple and Google app stores for something that

  1. connects to my device (not straight forward!),
  2. records data received by the device (optionally together with GPS data), and
  3. exports the data into a human readable format.
  4. Optionally: Advanced analysis capability.

It took me half a day trial and error, and here is what I ended up with:

  • HRnavi+ by¬†T.Miyanaga¬†does exactly what I want: it received data from my devices and is capable of exporting them in human readable format. The export is so handy (one record every 5 seconds and meta data like start time are provided too), I just copy the time series into an excel sheet and generate a diagram. Refer to¬†the screenshot shown here.
  • The windows applications Polar Precision Performance SW and¬†Polar ProTrainer¬†are capable of reading the exported file. Both provide advanced analysis features.

All in all, I am quite confident I found what I’d been looking for.

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