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FitBit or WHOOP? Which will it be?

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Jovan Abernathy is an international marathoner and owner of Houston Tourism Gym. To claim your free tour, contact her at info@tourismgymhtx.com. Follow her on Twitter @jovanabernathy. Instagram @TourismGymHtx. Facebook @TourismGymHtx

It is 2020. The new decade is finally here. Of course, everyone has their fitness goals ready and set. Back in the day, we would usually break out the pad and pen and write down our goals. We would take the same pad and pen to the gym to keep track of our goals. But, it is 2020. We have modern technology that will track our goals for us. There are many devices now that will tell us all about ourselves and all of our metrics. I am super concerned about my sleep. I will also be running an international half marathon this year and will keep you all informed.Two devices that I am thinking about investing in are the FitBit and Whoop. Today, we are going to compare the two before I decide. I'm judging the price and the sleep metrics, heart rate, and calories burned are tracked.

FitBit

Since it has been on the market the longest, let's consider the FitBit, first. FitBit has Alexa built in. Some of the bells and whistles is that FitBit has a real time calorie burn, real time heart rate zones, and you can track your ovulation and menstration. It also engages you in guided breathing.

FitBit helps improve your sleep, energy, and overall health by getting your insights about the night and helping you create the optimal sleep sleep schedule along with better habits and better rest. Precise heart rate sensors and sensitive motion detectors work while you sleep. All of the metrics are uploaded onto the app and your sleep quality is measured in each sleep cycle and gives you a personalized sleep score.

Looking at the website, it is kinda of hard to know what to do with all of the data. You can upgrade to Premium that will help you with programs to kick your sugar habit, and gives you access to thousands of workouts that are best for your body type and lifestyle.

You can invest in a FitBit Versa, which looks like a smartwatch for about $229 or you can have the more simple FitBit Inspire HR band for $99.95.

WHOOP

You will notice the immediate difference is that WHOOP charges a subscription instead of charging for the device. With a subscription, you get a Strap 3.0 for free. The Strap 3.0, which is literally a sensor in the form of a strap that collects your physiological data 24/7. The data is collected to determine your personal readiness to perform each day.

There is daily reporting on desktop and mobile devices. The Strain Coach lets you know in real time when to train harder and when to back off. The Sleep Coach allows you to align with your circadian rhythm. Over 4 months, Whoop clients experience better sleep (about 41 minutes more), 60% fewer injuries, 79% less alcohol consumption and minimized symptoms of exhausting travel.

Another really cool feature is that you can use your WHOOP to connect to your favorite apps that are BLE compatible. This strap connects to treadmills, bikes, and rowing machines.

Monthly memberships are $30 for a 6 month commitment. $24 for a 12 month commitment. And $18 for 18 months. With that, I think that I have made my decision. I believe that I will be getting a WHOOP subscription. Thank you for helping me make my decision!



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Timely hitting helps Astros edge out D-backs to even series

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The Astros had two losses over the last 24 hours; one a game against the Diamondbacks in the series opener on Friday night, the other the news that their recovering ace, Justin Verlander, announced Saturday afternoon that he is opting to undergo Tommy John surgery. The decision and surgery will likely sideline Verlander through 2021 when his current contract with Houston ends.

With that, the Astros headwinds continued to increase, meaning a win to even the series with Arizona on Saturday would be a much-needed pick-me-up. Here's how they did:

Final Score: Astros 3, Diamondbacks 2.

Record: 26-26, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Enoli Paredes (3-2, 2.84 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Luke Weaver (1-8, 6.51 ERA).

D-backs score two on Javier who is pulled early

Kole Calhoun, who drove in four runs, including a home run in Friday's game, would start the scoring on Saturday with a solo home run off of Cristian Javier in the top of the second, giving Arizona an early 1-0 lead. Javier allowed another run in the top of the third, giving up a leadoff single that would move to third on a groundout then score on a sac fly, doubling the lead to 2-0.

Javier finished the third and tossed a 1-2-3 fourth, but whether it be due to a pre-determined pitch count or other situation, he would not go any further, ending his night there on just 77 pitches. His final line: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 77 P.

Astros grab a lead in the sixth

The Astros were able to cut the lead in half in the bottom of the third, getting a leadoff single by Josh Reddick, who would move to third after a walk and fielder's choice before scoring on an RBI-groundout by Jose Altuve, making it 2-1. Enoli Paredes was first out of Houston's bullpen, taking over for Javier in the top of the fifth and retiring six straight batters for two perfect frames.

Houston would get to Luke Weaver in the bottom of the sixth, getting a leadoff single by George Springer, who would score from first on an RBI-double by Altuve to tie the game. Altuve would come around as the go-ahead run later in the inning on an RBI-single by Kyle Tucker, knocking Weaver out of the game as the Astros took their first lead of the game, 3-2.

Houston evens the series and moves back up to .500

Josh James was the next reliever for Houston in the top of the seventh, and despite getting into a jam by issuing a one-out walk and hitting the next batter, he was able to get out of it. It was thanks to a great play by Michael Brantley, who started a double play by catching a lineout and throwing a runner out at second to end the inning.

Brooks Raley had the eighth and erased a one-out walk by retiring the next two batters to maintain the one-run lead. After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, the Astros turned to closer Ryan Pressly to get another save and finish the one-run game. Pressly would do so, as Houston would move back up to .500 and even the series 1-1 heading into the rubber game on Sunday.

Up Next: The finale of this series between Houston and Arizona, and Houston's last regular-season home game of 2020, will get underway at 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Madison Bumgarner (0-4, 8.53) ERA will be on the mound for the D-backs, while Jose Urquidy (1-1, 2.70 ERA) will start for the Astros.

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