Have you jumped on the FitBit bandwagon yet? Garmin Sport Watch? Nike Fuel? There are a zillion options on the market right now for variations on fitness trackers and smart watches that will tell you how active you’ve been, encourage you to get more active and create an archive of your activity levels. I’m not here to recommend a specific one, but I do want to suggest that you look into getting some kind of digital fitness tracker and learning from it.
When I got my first FitBit, one of the most interesting things it taught me was how inconsistent the quality of my sleep was. Before that, I’d have a sense of when I wasn’t rested in the morning, but it would be something I’d think about that one day while I was tired and then forget. After starting to see real data about how restless I was on certain nights, especially when I had an archive of that data to consider, I started to piece together patterns for what was happening in my home/day/life that consistently correlated with when I was sleeping poorly. I was able to make informed decisions based on this knowledge, and it improved my overall health and wellbeing in the long run.
A friend of mine who has a really sedentary desk job got a Nike Fuel Band a few years ago. She’d expected it to help her get more active, but she was completely floored by what it revealed about how little she was moving during a normal day. She was always so tired at the end of the day that she thought she’d been relatively active. It turned out that it was mostly her brain that was working, and her body was sitting still. Having the data there helped her make some dramatic changes, and having a device that tracked her daily activity and her gradual progress both helped her stay on track and feel good when she could see how far she’d come.
There’s a trend in my circle of acquaintances to joke about the ways they meet their steps goals for the day when time is running out. I know people who get a little competitive about what their watch says they’ve done in a day—competitive with others and with themselves. I am quietly loving these things, because I know they help get people moving.
Coach Kendra says: if you don’t already have one of these devices, go get one. Start cheap if that feels best, and scale up if you get hooked. Or go straight to the gadget store of your choice and geek out on their fanciest watch. Whatever floats your boat. There are a lot of fads in fitness, and this one—collecting and tracking data—is one I’m all the way on board for.
Already on the fitness tracker bandwagon? I’d love to know your story!