Am I the only one who has noticed societies obsession with fitness trackers? As a society with an obesity epidemic it’s a little ironic how we all rely on a bracelet to tell us to move and of course I own one too.
I’m really never far from my FitBit, and thats not only because near constant wear for the last 8 months has left me with a huge tan line, it’s because I love to see how active I have been and it really can boost your mood achieving my daily goals.
I first got a fitness tracker about a year ago, I bought a cheap one of Amazon incase I hated it, but really I became hooked. I was appalled that I was averaging under 4,000 steps a day and knew I needed to step up my game (pun intended) but really increasing your fitness is such a hard thing to do when you lack any and all motivation.
My current step goal is 7,500. I know you’re supposed to do 10,000 steps a day but I would rather have a lower step goal that I know I can achieve every single day than one that I can’t always achieve. I like to increase my step goal every few months so I’ll probably increase it 8,000 soon. It’s strange how much more motivated I become when I achieve my step goal, it makes me want to push to that 10,000!
I have a FitBit Charge HR2 and I love that it is able to track my exercise and heart rate. My fitness goal is 5 days a week and 30 minutes per day, so within this I aim for two gym sessions and three longish walks with my dog (He’s a pug so we can’t go too far!). It’s fun to know how different exercise affect your heart rate and calorie burn, for example when I do leg day I always have a much higher heart rate and calorie burn than when I focus on arms and shoulders. I’m a total fitness novice but I love learning knew things and pushing my body in a workout. I usually aim for 500-600 cals per workout and I always try to add a little cardio into the mix, usually around 20 minutes as I really hate cardio!
It’s fun and really motivating to be able to set goals and achieve them, I’m not going to lie there are still days when I’m really lazy and don’t even get over 3,000 steps and I’m not obsessive about my step count, which is important. These little fitness bracelets can become so addictive and they can have some really negative outcomes, many people suggests they promote ED’s! So for me it’s important to keep my goals achievable and keep relaxed about achieving them.
What do you do to motivate yourself to be active?
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