One of my favourite presents for my birthday (apart from the Pandora ring, bright pink skechers, the Bakedinbaking club subscription, etc) is my fitbit. I have set up my daily step goal, try to keep active during the hours of 9am and 6pm, set exercise goals for the week and keep track on my sleep. There is also a facility to keep a count of weight, food I am eating and water I am drinking. I haven’t used that yet but hopefully will.
At the moment I have set up the following per day:
Active Minutes 30
Hourly Activity goal – 250 steps each hour between 9am – 6pm
Active Minutes – 30 minutes
Weekly exercise goals – 15 min plus on 5 days
Time Asleep goal – 7 hrs 30 mins – suggested bedtime 10.15pm wake up time 6.00
Even though I am particularly active, I do have a job which involves sitting down so I do have to make sure that I put in extra walks. I find it very hard to achieve my goals of 250 steps each hour on the days I work as well.
Another “fun” activity with the Fitbit is the challenges which you can do with your friends. Every week I take part in the workweek hustle and weekend warrior with my Son, Jordan. I don’t stand a chance with the workweek hustle as Jordan works in London and he uses public transport. I work in a village which I can only get to by driving. Weekends can be better as I do try to include a longer run at the weekends. One of the weekend wins I had does make me laugh. Jordan had got back to London and was feeling quite smug as he thought he had won. He didn’t realise I hadn’t updated my steps. I did have to get up out of bed and walk downstairs for good measure. He was so upset the next day when he realised and goes out to beat me now! I did only win by 145 steps so it was a good job I made the extra effort!
A few weeks ago I had a very busy week at work and I didn’t achieve my steps two days. I only went to zumba one day and didn’t go running at all. By the weekend I was so tired. I decided that it would be a good idea to have a week of making sure I met my 10,000 steps and to see what activities I need to do to accomplish it.
3 walks – 3,000
3 walks – 12,350
2 walks –
2 walks – 5,000
Normally I work Monday to Thursday but this week I swapped to Tuesday to Friday. The table shows that my count for work is low. I try to do some exercise in the mornings before going to work but this week I opted to stay in bed. It did mean that I had to push myself after work to get in the extra steps. Not too much of a problem on zumba day but Thursday I found that I was 1,000 under and it became dark at 9pm so I thought I would have a little game with myself and see how long it would take to get to 1,000 steps. I cleared the dinner table (late dinner that night) and took the plates one by one to the kitchen, emptied bins (one by one again), went up and down the stairs around 5 times and swept the bathroom and kitchen. All in all it took me 40 minutes. Next day I thought I would walk for the same amount of time. I did 5,000 steps in that time.
Although last week, I didn’t do any DVDs, I had previously found that the Gillian Michaels DVD I do only uses 900 steps for a 20 minute routine. Walking 10 minutes uses 1,000 steps. Whilst I could think I would rather walk, the DVD is quite a punishing routine and one that I know if I do regularly, my body shape will improve (well only if I stop baking!). I do think that I will continue to do everything I can to do the 10,000 steps but I also recognise that it is important to do the exercises that aren’t going to have too much of an impact because they are just as important.
The other lesson is to make sure I get up early to do some of those steps in so that I am not trying to gain the 10,000 in the last hour of the day so I can sit down and make progress on my cross stitch challenge!