Just to get it out of the way, this post is not in any way sponsored (not that I'd be averse to that, hint, hint).
We have a wellness program at work that awards points for various health-oriented activities and exercise. If you earn a certain number of points in a year, you pay significantly discounted premiums for your health insurance the following year. That's a pretty good incentive, I'd say. The points are also spendable for a whole range of stuff in an online store, so I figured a good way to use some of my points would be to get a Fitbit to sync with the program and earn me points when I did enough exercise. It might pay for itself!
I got it in the mail last week but didn't get around to setting it up until yesterday morning. I presumed that a trip to the zoo should result in a pretty impressive number of steps and I was not disappointed. I managed to get more than 15,000 by the end of the day. Booyah!
Today I goosed the number of steps by taking the dog on a 3.6 mile walk. I also had band practice and the Fitbit clearly considers dancing around, even in place, to be light activity and countable as steps. I've made it past 10,000 steps today already and it isn't even 6:00 p.m. yet.
I'm curious to see how four hours of performing with my band, bookended by load-in and load-out, registers. We'll find out next Saturday.
Based on my experience over the weekend, I'm trying to figure out what a reasonable weekday step goal might be. Maybe 4,000? Keep in mind that I work at a desk job, so I spend long periods of time sitting like a lump. I'm sure that wearing the Fitbit will inspire me to take the stairs and maybe walk a little over my lunch break, but there's only so much you can do when it's your job to sit at a computer and write copy all day.
Before the Fitbit I had a Nike+ Fuelband. I liked it a lot and I learned that gamification is very effective for getting me to exercise more. I'd still be using it today except that an unfortunate confluence of plantar fasciitis and the Fuelband glitching out meant that I had already let it die quietly by the time I was ready to start tracking my activity again.
I'm already finding myself getting up and finding things to do around the house to keep from staying planted in a chair for extended periods of time. Hope springs eternal that I'll hit upon the motivation I need to counter some of my latest weight gain. If it's easy, so much the better!