I opened my email last week and there was my 1,000 mile badge from Fitbit! Wow! According to Fitbit I have almost walked the length of Florida in the last 5 months. It will take me to the end of the year to get another one, but that keeps me motivated.
I am not the only one that is motivated by their Fitbit. If you search online you will find numerous stories about how the tracker helped motivate them to lose weight and get back into the flow of exercise. There were a few claiming that wearing a Fitbit made them gain weight. I was puzzled by that, because I don’t use mine to track my food intake, but apparently some do and found that it wasn’t all that accurate. This story on The Today Show has good advice – use common sense and make adjustments if you begin to gain weight.
The truth is that we need to get up and move more. A recent study, to be published next month in the American Journal of Medicine conducted by researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine, reports a strong correlation between the decline in exercising and the increase of obesity in people over the last 22 years. Apparently we haven’t increased the number of calories over the same time frame, we have just decreased our exercise.
What motivates us to get moving is different for each of us. Camera Walking gets me moving, but since I started using a tracker all day I find that getting more steps is a priority. It is hard to ignore moving when you are wearing a tracker on your wrist. Wearing a tracker is more about the keeping movement front of mind than accuracy .
But are we obsessed with our trackers, the Fitbit in particular? One of the funnest articles was written by David Sedaris in the New Yorker. If you haven’t seen it, take a look and enjoy. Another article claims that,”if you find yourself walking figure-eights around the produce bins at the grocery store, you may be addicted to Fitbit.” And another, “If you see a Fitbit on a walker’s wrist, it’s best to make way. Fitbitters aren’t just out for a stroll. Their walking counts as serious exercise.” (That one I totally agree with!)
I am personally wedded to my Fitbit. I now have three colors to coordinate with my outfits. Fitbit has recently announced their jewelry line designed by Tory Burch. If they do one in silver I might take the plunge.
Personally I love the fact that my daily walks and steps translate into a milestone like the one I received last week – 1,000 miles is a pretty big deal, and it inspires me to walk more. Although I can admit on occassion to walking up and down my hallways at night to get my 10,000 steps, I consider myself to be “highly motivated,” not obsessed, but I guess that is up for interpretation.
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