I hate my Fitbit.
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.