I took a while to convert to the whole fitness tracker thing. I finally caved simply because my company’s wellness program gives us a major discount on Fitbits, so I finally decided to bite the bullet. The reason? I don’t know. Something about the whole explosion of this wearable devices thing made me rebel.
But, now that I’m into it, I think I’m a fan! I like being able to see a metric at the end of the day and judge my level of activity. I also really dig the accessories. Amazon and Etsy have some great options, and I’ve been able to glam it up with some really cool Fitbit designs.
But I wonder – is this thing actually changing my habits?
Am I moving more?
Am I noticing in the middle of the day that I haven’t done enough, and changing the rest of the day to meet my step goals?
Or am I simply doing what I would have done, and some days I move more just like I would if Fitbits never existed?
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I honestly must say that I’m not doing much to change my level of activity, but it’s still possible that I’m moving more and just not aware of the difference. Fitness trackers have definitely been shown drive more activity in people, so it makes me think this thing is working out great for some people, possibly self-included.
I can, however, say for sure that a few cool things have happened since I got a Fitbit:
- I started saying things like “Well, at least I’ll get more steps when I go to this meeting on the other side of the building” and “That’s really far to go for lunch but I’ll get my steps”. So I must be aware of the increased activity in some weird, twisted way.
- I LOVE the feeling of the “10K steps” vibration.
- I have definitely had moments at 10pm at night where I’m 500 steps away from my jog and I jog in tiny circles around my apartment. That can’t be a bad thing.
- I’m starting to get into the spirit of the competition with this thing (competition, of course, is my thing). It’s nice to add people in your network and challenge yourself to come out on top.
So, I definitely have some habit changes from this thing, and maybe it’s making an even bigger impact than I think. There’s also this nice little bonus that my company’s wellness program syncs with the Fitbit too, so I get points for it that could ultimately turn into money. Not a bad deal for some steps I was probably going to take anyway.
Moral of the story: Maybe it helps my activity. It definitely helps my fashion game, competitive nature, and creates lots of fun mental games, so I’m liking it.