Working as a personal trainer for eight years, I have always owned a fitness watch of some sort. It’s always good to have a stop watch on hand (pun intended), and plus, they just look cool. My Dad bought me a Fitbit for my 30th birthday and I have been addicted ever since!
Why? Well, because I’m of the generation where I am all about constant feedback. I like to know how I’m doing and always have a gauge of my day. There is an option to compete with people and friends, but I opt out of that. Sorry if you’ve asked to be my friend and I’ve ignored it, but I’m all about my own targets :/.
I personally am not big into counting calories, but it’s fun to see what I burn. I have mine set currently to hit 2,500 calories daily in regards to burning. Ask any of my friends and they will tell you that when the watch vibrates to tell me I have won for the day and hit my mark, I get pretty excited. One day I stayed late at the gym to take Group Fight just so I could hit 3,000, and it was pretty epic when I did… I can only imagine it’s pretty close to the feeling of winning the lottery.
I probably pay the most attention to watching my heart rate. I love to wear it while I am teaching and see the highs and lows of where my heart goes. Pairing it with taking Zone Training has helped because it’s allowed me to understand my training zones that much more and where I “need” to be to get a great workout and feel the best.
I always shoot for at least 10,000 steps a day and around 3-4 miles. I know if I am sitting in this arena that I am moving and being active. Most weekdays I can beat some of the goals, which again is a fun game to play with myself. Don’t get me wrong; I have lazy Netflix couch days and I am 100 percent okay with it, but I have found that my Fitbit will sometimes motivate me to go do something extra or more so I can hit my goals. If I am sitting at 8,000 steps on a given day I will go for a walk outside just so I hit my mark. I consider my Fitbit my own personal cheerleader. It’s a positive part of my life that helps me want to move more and constantly push myself, which I think is a healthy thing. It’s also a pretty great fashion accessory (NOT!) but I make it work for all occasions.