Friday, September 2, 2016

Sarah vs the FitBit

It's Friday. September 2 and the end of the week.  The workweek to be exact.

Normally, this is a day for triumph, for happiness that the workweek is over.  But that's if you don't have a FitBit and if you aren't in multiple Workweek Hustles with people that don't have desk jobs like I do.  Otherwise, you know that Friday is a day that can be met with sheer frustration.

I love my Fitbit. I've had two Fitbits - the Charge HR and the Blaze.  The husband and I both bought Charge HRs when Target had a deal on them in January.  We don't discuss his lack of use of his Fitbit.  That's another story. And when he does use it, he gets like 15,000 steps.  Again, another story.  But I really enjoyed the Charge HR.  I liked that it tracked your heart rate, not just your steps.  I do some running, but the majority of my exercise is classes, so steps don't really come into the equation that much for me.  When my employer had a promotion on FitBits connected to our health insurance, I upgraded to the Blaze and gave my friend my Charge.

The Blaze is pretty sleek.  I don't know that I would pay the full $200 for it, but I've definitely gotten the value that I paid out of it.  My favorite part is the summary it gives you at the end of each workout including time, average heart rate, maximum heart rate, and calories. I also found a Groupon to get a better band, because I hate the rubbery band.  Even better, I feel slightly more adult since it also works as a watch.  

My stats after my Turn and Burn (spin and circuit) class Thursday night.
 But the FitBit tracks steps.  I work a desk job so I'm happy to get about 5,000 steps in by 4:30.  If I do a class, I get roughly another 3,000 steps.  On a normal day with a workout, I get about 8,000 steps. These women, though, get like 12,000 to 15,000 steps a day. It's nuts. I can't possibly keep up with that!

This was my step count at the end of Thursday.
But I try.  Oh I try really hard. I've been known to walk laps around the downstairs of my house (I did this Wednesday night while cooking, actually).  I've been known to walk back and forth upstairs a few times. Or to put my clothes away one item at a time to get those extra steps in.  So it's probably a good thing that I'm in these groups with these crazy, stepping women.  It makes me move that much more.

Seriously, though.  I can't be the only one that mildly loses her mind from her FitBit, right? I mean they made an entire Buzzfeed article about it!

So if you are like me and are lacking in steps, here are some of my favorite ways to get a few extra during the day:
  • Take a water bottle to work with you. Drink only water (good for you) and every time you get up to fill the water bottle, take a lap around your building, your floor, etc.  This gets me about an extra 400 steps at a time depending on the route I take.
  • Park at the back of the parking lot. I only do this if it's not raining, but those extra few steps add up! At the grocery store, I like to park beside cart returns, so I find the one furthest from the store and park by that!
  • Walk around your house during commercials.  It's air conditioned and no one will see you looking crazy, unless you leave your windows open or announce your crazy on your blog.
  • When putting your laundry away, do it one piece at a time. Seriously, all those steps back and forth from your closet or your kid's closet will add up!
  • My personal favorite - if you are on the spin bike, put your hands on your thighs when warming up or during breaks.  Those rotations will count as steps! Most strokes on the spin bike don't count, but the FitBit will sense your hands moving and count those as steps.  And I totally don't think that is cheating!
What are some of your favorite ways to get extra steps in?

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