Using Fitbit To Stay Active
I've always been a bit of a fitness geek. I will do a full post at some point soon about my experiences over the last 35 years with exercise and fitness but today I wanted to post a quick summary of my "regular" activity from yesterday, using something called a Fitbit, which is a nifty little tool to monitor your day-to-day movement. My wife, Pam, got one of these back in January of 2013 and it has really become a motivator for her to get outside and walk. I got one a few months ago to track my non-cycling walking and running and I really like it. You can sync your steps/activity to an online account to track progress over time. I wanted to be able to show my daily activity here on the blog and found that there is a way to do that using IfThisThenThat (IFTTT),
If you are looking for a way to help get yourself off the couch and moving, I'd highly recommend a Fitbit. Walking/Jogging/Running is a great activity that doesn't take any special equipment and a Fitbit can definitely help you "get up and get moving". I plan on doing many posts here about my philosophy on health, fitness and diet based on my experiences so stay tuned... In the meantime, just know this:
No matter who you are and at what you do (unless you are a competitive athlete): I think that Walking or light Jogging and a few quick intervals every once in a while, combined with basic body-weight exercises, is the best way to get fit and stay healthy.
I've become a firm believer in the fact that you don't need to spend hours and hours toiling at high heart-rates in order to build fitness and health.
OK, on to my activity for yesterday, July 19th:
As you can see I wasn't terribly active yesterday, at least walking wise. It was raining most of the morning. So, while Pam hit the treadmill in the basement to get her steps in, I spent some quality time on the Concept2 rowing machine (an awesome workout) and then went out for a short walk with Pam in the late afternoon. Here's the final Fitbit numbers:
Total steps: 7895 Floors climbed: 16 Calories burned: 2594 Elevation gained: 160 feet Traveled: 4.49 miles Sedentary minutes: 1194 Lightly active minutes: 103 Fairly active minutes: 96 Very active minutes: 47
I don't know how often I'll post these updates but I thought it would be interesting to share the numbers with you, at least every once in a while. I know that seeing some numbers every once in a while helps keep me on task.
Let me know what you think about it and if you are using any type of activity tracker. I'd be interested to see what everyone else is doing in this area.
Time for a walk!