I have been really bad a posting my weekly fitness goals lately! I have been doing an awesome job of being active I just haven’t been planning it out I like I normally do.
I have also been toying with making my workout week correlate with my Weight Watchers week so I may start posting my goals on Tuesday or Wednesday or I may just stick with the “normal” week.
I do know that when I get back from my vacation I will be starting Insanity Max:30! I am looking forward to it in a weird way….
I have monitored my steps for a long time. I started by wearing a pedometer. Then in December 2012 I got a Fitbit. And I can honestly say, it was one of the best $100 I have ever spent. I wear my Fitbit daily, I thought because I got the One (it is not one you wear on your wrist) that I would forget it every now and again. However, I have only forgot to wear it on two occasions since getting it in 2012.
For me the Fitbit, has done exactly what it is supposed to do, keep me more active. I am SUPER competitive, and probably more so with myself than anyone else (but that isn’t so true either, read on for more details), so if I don’t achieve 5 miles each day I will walk in circles in my house until I get there. I need to see all of the attributes green!
The Fitbit One tracks steps, distance, calories burned, sleep, and floors climbed. And there is
also an app for your phone and a dashboard for your computer that tracks a few more things on top of what is displayed on the Fitbit: minutes active, exercise completed, weight, water intake, calories eaten, and calories remaining. As I mentioned earlier, I like to see all of the attributes turn green, which means I have achieved my daily goal. For everyone (unless the
user manually changes it), the goal for steps is 10,000, distance is 5 miles, if you have device that tracks floors climbed it is 10 flights, and minutes active is 30 min. There are other goals but those are the most important for me. It does capture calories burned and it is close but I do not rely on that. If I am doing a work out I do where my heart rate monitor (HRM) to accurately calculate my calories burned but I can input them in to the app or dashboard.
be. The Surge, which is a watch that also has GPS or the Charge HR, also worn on the wrist, which tracks all the things my Fitbit One does but also has a HRM. I cannot wait until they are off back order so I can order one of them (yes, I know I can order them while they are on back order but I am waiting in case they become available in a store first)!
So I mentioned competition, well Fitbit has this great feature that allows you to have friends on the app. I hate to say it but until recently, I was almost always the step leader out of my friends. That was until I accepted a friend invite from my brother, Mike. My brother has a job that keeps him running around most of the day and then just recently they got a dog, so they are going for walks twice a day. I thought, oh that is no problem, in fact I welcomed the challenge because I needed to up my steps anyway.
Oh how wrong I was! I have always averaged about 12,000-13,000 steps a day (when I am not training for a race, then it is much more) so I figured I could add a couple thousand more to stay caught up to him. Umm NO! He averages about 17,000 per day if not more. You
have no idea who much it KILLS me to see that my little brother is beating me daily. I tried to keep up in the beginning but it was near impossible without adding running back into my
schedule (I had promised myself a break from running for a while to focus on cross training). So, I gave up and just realized that I was going to be second place on my list of friends.
this coming weekend with the 5K I have scheduled. So he better watch out because I thing I can give him a run for his money!