With so many advancements in activity tracking technology, it’s likely that wearable fitness tech has crept into your social media feeds or has become commonplace in your office chatter.
“Have you heard about the new Nike Fuel Band?”
“Should I get a FitBit?”
“Do they even work?”
“Isn’t that a bit obsessive?”
Wherever you land on this skepticism scale–from ‘that’s the biggest waste of money’ to ‘I will never leave home without it’–there’s no denying that being aware of your daily activity and daily food consumption has real, significant benefits to your health.
If I’m being honest–I hate running. I really do. I used to force myself to go running in high school and college to make sure I got in enough cardio. However, treadmills are horribly boring and running outside killed my knees and my hips. I ended up having to go through physical therapy in college because I was running so much.
While this doesn’t mean I’ve sworn off running for good (occasionally I’ll go for a jog through Central Park), I definitely keep it to a minimum. Ever since I moved to New York walking has become my favorite way to be active–which is where my Fitbit comes in.
I’ve been using the Fitbit Flex for about seven months now and almost never leave home without it on. Activity trackers like this one don’t claim to be 100% accurate and I don’t believe that they are, but since I started using it I’ve noticed a major shift in the way I live my life day to day.
Monday through Friday I spend 8-10 hours sitting at a desk, which has taken a toll on how I feel physically. My muscles and joints are stiffer, I experience back pain on a regular basis, and I seem to be getting less and less flexible (let’s all remember for a second that I’m only 22)!
According to my Fitbit, on average, I walk five to six miles a day. Sometimes I even hit seven to eight. If I skip my morning workout I make a point of walking to a farther subway stop on my way to work and also get off a few stops earlier just so I can fit in more steps. I would have never started doing that if it weren’t for my Fitbit. I’m so aware now of how much I move each day and also of how little I move sometimes.
Like I said, it isn’t completely accurate, which is OK because I use it as a gauge. I don’t hate myself if I don’t reach my daily goal of five miles per day. The point is that I’m aware of my activity and making an effort in light of that awareness. I also believe that I’ve been able to manage my weight more easily because I’ve been walking so much. Hey, it adds up!
My personal philosophy is that you should try to move your body in some way every single day, and also continuously throughout the day. Instead of eating out for lunch during the workday, I go for a twenty minute walk instead and eat at my desk. It’s all about movement and striving to fit more of it into your day (especially if you have a desk job like me).
A healthy body is one that stays in motion. All you need to do is move. It’s up to you to decide how and when. Every little bit counts. That’s a realistic goal, don’t ya think?