I hate my Fitbit.

Posted March 7, 2014 by Melissa diLeonardo in Life After Five
I have a love/hate relationship with my fitness tracker.

I have a love/hate relationship with my fitness tracker.

I hate my Fitbit.  Truly.  This tiny activity tracking device is running my life.  And by ruining, I mean making my life more mindful and healthy. Say what?

As a fitness professional, it is not too hard to motivate me to exercise.  Working out is what I basically do for a living.  I am fortunate to love my job and work in a field that promotes a healthy lifestyle. When I received my Fitbit as part of the recent Chicago Achievers Project program. I did not think it would be very useful. The CAP program prescribed all participants (and coaches) to achieve 10,000 steps per day. I thought: No problem,  I can get 10,000 steps before lunch!  And so the hatred begins.

Aside from my daily workouts and group fitness classes,  I move a lot during the work week.  With classes and clients located around the city, I typically use public transportation and my own two feet to get from place to place. Despite not being bound to a desk, I noticed that even with all this daily activity, I was not hitting my 10k mark until approximately 5 pm. This made me realize how hard 10,000 steps could be for someone who drives to work and sits in an office all day.  (Not to mention, someone doing this in a city that deals with really cold weather during the winter months.)

I have achieved my 10k step goal almost everyday for the past 2 months. Even on weekends when I have not strayed far from my home. That darn Fitbit it having an effect. I now always take the stairs – even to the point of walking up escalators. I wait less for the bus and start walking, even during the recent polar vortex. I get to bed early, organizing my day so I can get quality sleep.  Even when I know I have slept for 7.5 hours or hit my daily step goal, I still like to log on to Fitbit.com and view my stats.  Like I said, it’s ruining my life.

Whether you are already active or looking to get started, a  fitness tracker is a great tool to help you stay motivated. There are many on the market with a variety of options (food logs, etc.) and price points. Always set SMART goals. You’ll be surprised at what you learn once you start tracking information. And – more than likely – you will have moments when you want to stop, look down and curse your Fitbit, and keep moving closer to better health.

About the Author

Melissa diLeonardo

Melissa is an East Coast native who has made Chicago her home! She has worked in the health and wellness field for over six years and lives to bike, hike, run, lift, and play. As a ReebokONE Brand Ambassador, Certified Personal Trainer via the American Council on Exercise, and a Registered Yoga Teacher, Melissa is down with good health. Voted “Best Personal Trainer” in the 2013 Chicago Reader’s Annual Poll and selected as a global finalist in the 2013 Life Fitness Personal Trainer to Watch Contest, Melissa instructs fitness and yoga classes throughout the north side of Chicago (spinning, boot camp, strength training). She a proud member and assistant coach at CrossFit Chicago and Master Trainer for Life Fitness Academy . Co-founder of the Chicago-based wellness collective, true-2-life.com and Program Manager for Corporate Movement at Life Fitness Corporation, you can follow her on twitter @mdsapphire. Now let's dance!

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