I blogged a few weeks ago about how I was in a little bit of a running slump. And almost as soon as I wrote those words, I went on a run the next evening that felt like my breakthrough. A friend and I comfortably ran nearly seven miles and chatted, and I felt a little bit of my old running self coming back.
I’ve also found that sometimes, when I’m in a slump, if I buy myself a new toy, I seem to be able to overcome the slump rather quickly, since I’m focused on whatever new pair of shoes/jacket/shorts/watch, and it kind of kicks my motivation back into gear.
Well I’d been thinking about a Fitbit for a while, and going back and froth on weather the purchase would be a worthy one, since I’m pretty active. But last week, after a particularly rough day at work where I’d received a ranty email (is ranty even a word!?), I was feeling very sorry for myself, and went and picked up a Fitbit off of my wedding registry at a cool 15% off (yay!) and I got to setting it up.
I think the original reason why I went back and forth on the Fitbit is that I wasn’t sure what it could offer someone like me who’s super active – buuut I will admit, the thing is pretty darn cool. A few points?
- It comes in a pretty sleek design, and isn’t super obtrusive, which is one of the main reasons I can’t wear my GPS constantly. I don’t feel uncomfortable popping it on with my business casual during the day, and it fits in with my workout clothes just fine. (As a point of reference, it sort of looks like one of those Livestrong bracelets folks were rocking in the early 2000s, and it’s not a whole lot heavier).
- It was really really easy to set up. You take it out of the box, put it on, and you just kinda go! There’s a little dooder so you can sync it with your computer, and there’s a super simple app for your phone.
- On aforementioned app, you can track your calories that you’ve eaten. Not that I’m a super-stickler about my caloric intake, but it’s something that I loosely like to keep an eye on, and that tool was invaluable when I was losing some college weight – being able to keep track of everything I put into my mouth.
- If you’re at all competitive, or like big round numbers, Fitbit sets a goal of 10,000 steps per day for everyone, and it encourages you – even on a day where you’re taking a break – to get up and move. Just because it’s your day off doesn’t mean sit around for hours and hours, and Fitbit sort of reminds you of this.
- …But I can see how this amazing little piece of technology can make obsessive folks such as myself, well, a little more obsessive. If I feel like I haven’t hit my steps, I will move heaven and earth to make sure I hit those steps – I have to watch that in myself.
So overall, I’m loving this little gadget that I’ve thrown into the mix.
Do you have an Fitbit? An app? How do you keep track of your activity?