The beginning of summer for me was also the beginning of new resolve and the start of some hard work to get myself back in shape. With the exception of a spell of weather that no one should be outside in, it’s been going pretty well but since I got this gadget for my arm the process has started to become almost obsessive.
Who knew a silly electronic gadget which synchronises to my phone and seconds as a watch could offer such incentive.
Advertising for multi-billion dollar corporations is not usually my style but I have to say the Apple FitBit has become my mentor and my constant companion. (I will not say it is my friend.)
No, I’m not skinny yet but I have moved more, had more water to drink, eaten better and felt better since I discovered this device.
Over the years I have likely spent hundreds if not thousands of dollars on special diets, exercise programs, books, and even a hypnotist but none of them has had the effect on me this device has. It records my steps and my sleep patterns, gives me easy access to calorie counting, and if I haven’t moved away from the computer for almost an hour it reminds me that I need to take 250 steps in the next ten minutes.
I’m not sure what the mystery of it is but perhaps it is wanting to conquer the machine. Unlike any of the partners I’ve had in my life, it encourages me to be my best. It also gives me challenges and reminds me in fun ways about getting moving and doing what I know I should. (It also doesn’t expect me to make meals or clean for it but it does like me to charge it up once in a while.)
To top it all off the text messages on my phone show up on my wrist and it lets me know who is calling on my phone. A nice perk when you drive for a living. It helps me decide whether or not to pull over to get the call.
When I get the nerve I might find some “friends” on the FitBit network and even start collecting badges and trophies. I haven’t explored that part much yet but it looks like fun.
I got a deal on my “Alta” so I’m not out as much money as some people might be when buying it but it would be worth every cent even at twice the price.
Over the next few months, I will likely be offering updates on the changes in my body and health. I’m actually looking forward to being able to track those changes easily and accurately.
If you get one be sure to look at the challenge part. Maybe we can encourage one another via the device and have a little more fun.