I succumbed and bought a Fitbit at the weekend after umming and erring for a week or so. Yes, I conformed!! However, so many people had raved about theirs, so I thought why not? But I have been amazed I what I have learnt using my Fitbit.
Tim at Slouching Towards Thatcham wrote a post about how much he felt he had changed from using his Fitbit and how it had really helped so I thought I would do something similar.
Things I have Learnt Using my Fitbit
– I’m stupidly competitive. When I was challenged to a daily step challenge I was soooo there. I whipped my mate’s ass for the first 2 days and then she beat me and I wanted to murder her. However, some healthy competition is good right?
– I may be a gym addict and go at least 3 times a week but this does not mean I easily hit my 10,000 daily steps by no means! The gym helps to boost it but I work at a desk for a lot of the time. This times passes and I have done naff all steps. I’m thinking a 10 minute lunch time walk is on the cards. Especially when I have a smug colleague who often hits 20,000 steps a day!!!
– If I’m active I do supposedly burn over 2000 calories a day; up to 2300. I don’t know why I am that surprised as an average woman is meant to consume this. I have also assessed my dietary intake before and know I consume over 2000kcals a day. Hence, why my weight stays the same…doh to the Dietitian.
– I have quite a low resting heart rate. 50-55 so I am quite pleased with that!
– I’m not lazy and do the climb the stairs a lot. I have done 30 flights today and the target is only 10.
– My sleep could be massively improved. I have had a cold this week so have taken longer to sleep and have woken in the night coughing and snorting BUT I am restless a lot. I wake in the night. Not sure how I can improve but will be looking again when this bug goes away.
– I get addicted and obsessed with stuff so easily! I am always checking my steps, standing up, having a pace in the work corridor, making an excuse to have a walk….the list goes on. Facebook can be replaced with my Fitbit, right?
– Making small changes for your health can be quite simple and with the motivation from a device on your wrist kicking you up the bum, it is even easier. I have found doing a bit more walking about the house quite easy, alongside getting up more at work and I will be doing an extra walk on my lunch tomorrow (or today as you read this). If you want to change your habits; you can.
So would I recommend buying one? Yes! I do think they are worth the money if you want to improve your health and physical activity. I was surprised I didn’t walk enough steps each day and am actively rectifying this. It’s a fab motivator and if you have loony friends who want to compete; even better!