I’ve had my FitBit Flex for over a year now. I wanted one because everyone and their mother had one. And I was curios to see if I’m actually as active as I think I am.
Since I’ve had some questions about my FitBit, I thought this would be a good time to chat about it.
First, do I like it?
Yep, I do. It’s fun to see how many steps I take. I wasn’t sure how I would like wearing the band everyday. I thought it would bother me, but it doesn’t at all. I even sleep with it on.
And, as it turns out, I take a lot of steps.
So naturally the second question is: How do I get so many steps?
I average about 17,000 steps a day. My goal is always 10,000. I usually hit 10,000 by noon.
How? Couple of reasons:
Reason #1: I exercise every morning (mostly resistance training, not running/walking. But it’s still movement).
Reason #2: I have three children. They don’t ever let me sit down. I’m forever up and down my stairs, chasing someone, etc…
Reason #3: I don’t have a desk job. My job is teaching group fitness, and chasing my kids. Two things that add to my step count.
I love the FitBit because I think it’s fun to see how many steps I take, and I’m always trying to out do myself. Which leads me to another reason why I love my FitBit: it gets me cleaning the house when I otherwise wouldn’t.
I still struggle to keep up with all the housework, but I do find that I’m more likely to run the vacuum or finish putting away the laundry, so I can get more steps.
Do I think I need to be moving at all times to be healthy and fit (or to loose weight)? Nope. Resting is so important. And I do wonder if 10,000 steps is sort of an arbitrary number.
But! I know I personally feel good when I’ve moved around. A lot. My FitBit will give me the motivation I need to get up and do something when I know I’d be better off for it.
I find it can be a good motivator to get up and organize something to take the kids to play outside instead of watching another 20 minutes of YouTube beauty tutorials.
Personally I wouldn’t rely on the FitBit as my sole fitness tool. And, really, I don’t use it as a fitness tool. I use it as a way to motivate myself to do thing rather than loaf around, which is always better for my mental health.
Do you have a FitBit or another type of tracking device? Do you love it? Hate it? Find me on the FitBit app and let’s be friends!
PS: I grew tired of the plain black band, so I tried several types I found on Amazon. Many were disappointing. But I finally found these i-smile brand bands in black/navy/slate and flowers, and I LOVE them!