Garmin watch

This morning I put my husband’s Garmin running watch (with its GPS tracker) to a different use. I wore it for one hour around the house while I had breakfast and did housework. It was an opportunity to stretch the boundaries of the technology we own.

From about 9 am to 10 am I prepared and ate my breakfast, did a load of laundry, vacuumed four rooms, dusted a little, and stripped the sheets off my bed. Plus I got the mail and looked in my car for something. This is the path I walked:

Housework path via satellite

The Garmin and Google Earth seem to be off a little from each other.

Here’s the data:

Garmin housework data

In one hour of basic housework I walked 0.20 miles and burned 90 Calories. The elevation spikes are from when I went up in the attic to get the vacuum and when I lifted a box of stuff into an upper cabinet.

It’s a shame that I only went a fifth of a mile in doing all of that. Maybe the data would reflect that this was good exercise if I had worn the heart rate monitor, but my husband wears it every time he runs, and I don’t want to clean the sweat off of it for this.

Perhaps if I do this again, I’ll try it on one of those days when I have to walk around putting lots of stuff away and decluttering. Maybe then I can get the entire rectangular footprint of my house to be colored in red.


Today at the mall, my mom bought the new Wii Fit Plus, which came out today. We already own the regular Wii Fit and balance board, so mom bought just the game.

The Wii Fit Plus transfers all of our data from the old Wii Fit, and puts it on the new one. That way we don’t have to set up a whole new Mii. And that is very helpful.

Wii Balance Board

The balance board

So far, I have ridden around a beach on a Segway, had a snowball fight with other Miis, ran through an obstacle course, practiced kung fu, and much more! I also created a user for our cat Samantha, and I can weigh her on the game. You can also add dogs and babies. I can set up my own routine, which is a few activities strung together, and you do not have to stop in between each one to get the the next activitiy. The new Wii Fit also shows you how many calories you burn after each activity, and how many calories you have burned the whole day.

I really like the new Wii Fit Plus, and all the new activities and games that are included.