So I got a Fitbit recently. This little device on my wrist tracks almost everything, from heartbeat to steps, and sleep. It's my first fitness tracker, and I was super curious how it would impact my life. I didn't have any expectations but just kept an open mind.
Here is what happened.
I had no idea how little I move during a typical day. My work requires me to type on a computer for several hours a day. Lunchtime arrived and I hadn't even made it to 1000 steps. That was concerning, considering the step target is 8000 for a day.
This simple device got me super focused on increasing my step count. I now take after lunch walks outside. I take the stairs more often. I get up regularly during work hours to move around. I am rewarded with a happy vibration on my wrist when I reach my step goal.
It seems silly. Just because I now know exactly how much or little I move, I have the sudden urge to increase that number, to beat the target.
I won't complain. The results have been very positive. I lost a little weight and even sleep better at night. More movement and fresh air make for a great slumber.