First of all, I get up at 4:15 in the morning. I should've taken a picture of my alarm clock, but let's face it, I'm not totally awake when that alarm goes off. Nonetheless, I get up, read some emails and check the news feed for anything I missed in my 7 hours of sleep, and then I get ready for the gym. I leave the house around 4:40 to get to the gym when they open at 5:00. Needless to say, from the moment that alarm goes off, I'm calculating time. How much time do I have before I have to leave? How much time do I have to get there? These are math questions I am asking myself at the very beginning of my day!
Once I get to the gym, I have to check my phone to see what time I am starting so that I can figure out how long I have to workout. I have to leave the gym by 5:50am so that I can make it home in time to shower, eat breakfast, and get ready for work so that I can leave for school no later than 6:50a.m. I'm definitely working on a tight schedule!
While I am there, I am looking at a lot of data on the screen of the machine that I am on. I always workout on at least two different machines each day so my routine doesn't get boring. That means that I have to keep track of the calories that I burn from one machine to another so that I will be able to figure out how many calories I actually burned.
For me, the calories and distance area really important, as is my pace. I usually set new goals for the next day to keep my workouts challenging. I might decide that I want to increase my average pace, increase the distance, or burn 40 more calories. Having all of this data on the screen really helps me to set my next goal!
When my workout is done, I have to add up all of my calories that I've burned. When I remember, I put them in to my Fitness Pal so I can keep track of my calories all day. I have to get better about this step though!
So it turns out, if you workout, math is all around you!
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