Sunday ended the first month wearing my new Fitbit watch/fitness tracker. And after one month, here are my thoughts...
- I did NOT need another thing to obsess over. It has so many options (steps, miles, floors, calories, hours sleeping, restlessness), and it has kind of made me concerned over things that I've never been concerned over. I take it off when I shower, and if I forget to put it back on the whole day's tracking (in my mind) is ruined because it's no longer accurate. So in order to counteract the obsessiveness, I've taken to not wearing it on the weekends. During the week, my routine is pretty established so even if it's not on my wrist right after my shower, it's on before I leave the house because I always leave the house with a watch. The weekends are an entirely different story routine-wise. Leaving it off those two days gives my brain a break from checking it every few minutes.
- 10,000 steps is supposedly the goal for a healthy lifestyle. I spent the first month with it tracking that I was hitting 10,000 each day, but what I found was that I was hitting 9,000+ steps before even getting home from work. A few days last month, the 10,000 "vibration" went off while walking to my car in the school parking lot. There's walking across the room to work with a group, there's walking to students to answer a question, there's walking around the room doing a lesson, there's walking to the office and restroom during my breaks, but there's also a lot of stopping in between. Clearly, teaching is a very active job, but what I found from the tracking is that very little of those steps are continuous, and not getting my heart rate up, which is the point. So I've upped the goal to 15,000, which has been much more difficult to achieve.
- With that being said, being able to see those steps and wanting to reach that goal, I often find myself just shy of it right before going to bed. So rather than let it slide for the night, I walk around my house and up and down the stairs until it clicks over to 15,000. Part of me feels like it's ridiculous, on the other hand maybe it's not.