Over my lifetime, I have had many different types of wearable technologies, ranging from various versions of the apple watch and a Fitbit. Over the past few months, my mind changed to Whoop Strap 3.0, which is the best wearable tech for what it offers. The Whoop provides a sleek design and a comfortable band to pair it with; it’s so comfortable you don’t even notice that it is there most of the time.
The Whoop strap is a 24/7 wearable that tracks how well you sleep, recovery, and how much strain you put on your body from day to day activities.
At the beginning of the day, the Whoop Strap gives you a strain number based on your recovery store and tells you how much strain your body can handle that day. Strain for the Whoop Strap ranges 0-21, and the higher your number gets, the more strain you are putting on your body. A strain score is ensuring that you are not overtraining yourself in your daily workouts.
When you are restoring your body, it means that you are taking on less strain than your body is prepared to handle, and it can accelerate your recovery process. Optimal Training is the perfect balance of pushing yourself but not overdoing it. Overreaching is when you try to push your body past your optimal strain score, this can lead to fitness gains but can be more detrimental than helpful.
Recovery is probably the most important one of them all. Recovery determines how prepared you are to take on strain. When you are in the green in the morning, this is a sign that your body is ready to put on a lot of strain and give it all you got. When you are in yellow, it means that your body is not fully recovered but will still respond well to working out. If you get a red recovery score, take it easy that day because your body might need more time to recovery, or you might risk injuring yourself.
Sleep is probably something everyone thinks they do well. When I received my Whoop Strap, I felt that I would see that I was sleeping great, but that was not the case. Sleep was horrible for me, and once I was made aware of it, I changed things that made my sleep better. In the app, it gives a break down of what type of sleep you are getting in a night, awake, light, REM, Deep sleep. The two important ones are REM and Deep Sleep because that helps you recover from the previous day. REM Sleep helps recover the might, so you are mentally prepared the next day. Deep sleep, also known as (SWS) or slow-wave sleep, helps your muscles repair themselves from the day before.
These are just some of the things that lead me to buy it in the first place, that and countless athletes and many other people that were using them, and it made a positive impact on their lives.
Friends can be a tricky avenue to maneuver. Within friendships, you have a person, other than yourself, who can be affected by the choices and decisions you make. There’s conflict and restoration. There’s an external being that feels emotions toward you. There’s someone who cares deeply about your life. This relationship can be both beautiful and broken. As a young adult with little life experience, I’m in no way a friendship expert. However, I’ve had many people in my life who have taught me how important it is to have great friends. Life becomes a wonderful journey when you start to do it with people. Especially when those people are great friends.
You need honest friends. We’ve all heard, “honesty is the best policy”. It’s real, especially with friends. Having people who are honest with you is not as common as one might think. The people that encourage you one hundred percent of the time aren’t great friends. Sounds bold, right? What if that friend encourages you to do something that you will regret for the rest of your life? Great friends tell you what you don’t want to hear. The caveat is it must be in truth. What your friend says must be based on a reputable source for it to be truth.
You need loving friends. To be a loving friend, he or she needs to be a solid friend. These people are so secure that no matter the cause, they will forgive you. It’s an unconditional type of love. It’s a love that won’t leave you because of your own brokenness. Because we are all imperfect. A great friend is someone who sees the parts of you that the world doesn’t see and still chooses to stay.
You need great friends. Life is hard to do on your own. It’s demanding, chaotic, and draining. However, it can also be beautiful. The joyful moment’s everyone has in life are meant to be shared with others. Shared experiences of high points in life that make an impact on you are memories meant to be made with people. We are designed to live life with people and to let others in and to be let in.
Seek great friends. Life’s burdens are too heavy to carry on one back. Let others lighten the load and have the freedom to be vulnerable, laugh without restraint, and be loved unconditionally.
Look under your kitchen sink, pick out any random cleaning product that you have purchased and use, turn it around and look at the label, I would be safe to bet that you couldn’t tell me what more than maybe three of the ingredients in that bottle are. That’s because companies don’t want you to know exactly what is in their products because some of them might scare you! Environmental experts say that the average household contains about 62 toxic chemicals that we routinely expose our bodies to, from phthalates in synthetic fragrances to noxious fumes in oven cleaners that we willingly heat up! These common ingredients in our household products have been linked to some seriously scary things like asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption, neurotoxicity and the list goes on and on! I know some of you are thinking, if this what such a outright cause of these diseases why hasn’t something been done about it and why are they still being made and used without any second thought? The answer to that question makes me sad, scared and angry all at the same time, manufactures continue that in small amounts these toxic ingredients aren’t likely to be a problem but you can’t tell me that you use a product once and throw it away and if you have found something that you think works well you go buy more right!? Well that’s the issue, the routine exposure to these chemicals and in combinations of other products you may use with it haven’t been studied and it’s impossible to accurately gage the risks that you are exposing your body to. There is no federal regulations of chemicals in household products nor are they required to meet any safety standards, supply in testing data or notifications in order to bring the product to the market. This is why you see many household products, like Roundup and Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder, come out years later as products that have been substantially linked to cancer.
Ok so now that I have officially freaked you out, let me help you. We are all keepers of our respective households, you control what comes in and what leaves. Now is a better time than ever to ditch and switch your toxic everyday products for mirroring ones that give you the same result without harming your body. Most of the time the excuse people have is that it’s too expensive and you already have the products so you may as well use them and I totally get where you’re coming from because I have been in your shoes but it’s also really not that expensive, and many of the products/cleaners you can make for yourself with other products you already have around your house. I have made the personal choice to add essential oils to my lifestyle because they have so many great benefits that are natural and do not harm my body. My personal choice in an essential oil company is Young Living because I like the platform they stand on and they are 100% upfront and honest with what exactly is in all of their products but not only that, they tell you where each and every product is derived from. This give me a peace of mind knowing that I know exactly what I am breathing in or putting into my body and allows me the freedom to make cleaner choices within my household. I haven’t even mentioned their cleaner but you know how cleaners tell you to induce vomiting or call poison control in chemical is ingested, well Young Living Thieves Cleaner just says to dilute with water. Ummm what?! How crazy is it to know there is a cleaning product out there that is so toxin free that even if it does get ingested all you have to do is drink water to dilute it because your body doesn’t need that much essential oil!
Change is possible people and the time is now to rethink what is under that kitchen sink! You are the keeper of your own home and only you have the power to make a difference in what products come in that door!