Heart palpitations inspire woman to keep track of health
A YEAR ago Katrina Pratt suffered a series of heart palpitations. She was required to wear a heart rate monitor and keep track of her pulse.
It wrapped around her chest like an old-time corset that was bulky, painful, and restricted her movement.
Worse still, it made her day-to-day duties as a Goodstart Early Learning teacher unnecessarily difficult.
Luckily, Ms Pratt won a new Fitbit Versa through a 28-day healthy eating challenge run by her personal trainer Gina Noble and it's changed her life.
"I wear it religiously. The Fitbit keeps track of my heart rate and when it is rising or lowering,” she said.
Ms Pratt and her doctor use this data to see what prompts her heart to kick into overdrive. It's also a wellness motivator.
"It records my heart rate, my sleeping pattern, so I can see my broken sleep throughout the night, it can also help you keep up with your water intake,” she said.
A key feature is tracking the user's steps and daily activity.
"The recommendation is 10,000 steps per day, through the day the Fitbit will vibrate and it let you know how you are going and how much work you need to do to reach your goal,” Ms Pratt said.
As a daycare teacher who is constantly chasing children, Ms Pratt easily meets that goal.
"I can get up to 16,000 steps in a day, sometimes I can reach my 10,000 steps before lunch,” she said.
"It keeps you on track because you have something to refer back to, it's like a trainer.
"It tells you how many calories you have burnt too, which is good to see.”
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