After a summer of riding bikes and being active outside, I knew I needed to maintain activity through the winter. I don’t do so well at going to the gym and I haven’t been particularly good at either skating or skiing.
I recently ordered and received a new pedometer — a Fitbit ONE. A small device that just clips onto your clothing it records your steps and your stair climbs. It has a small digital display of the count and, when I am near my Mac or iPhone, it synchronizes my data with a personal web site where I can review the statistics — daily, weekly, monthly.
If you tell it when you go to bed and when you get up, it also gives you an indication of when you were “awake” during the night. Really, it is recording motion so it is a bit of a proxy for sleep/waking times.
This reference provides a medical perspective on the issue of steps/day vs. activity levels. It suggests less than 5000 steps/day is a sedentary lifestyle. So far, my experience is that most days would be below 5000 — a typical day with no exercise is around 4000 for me while a busy day with multiple shopping trips etc. can get up to 6000 or even 7000. It suggests over 10000 should be considered active while over 12,500 is classified as highly active. Most days, I find I need to spend an hour or so at a decent walking pace to get over 10000.
I have my current daily goal set at 12000 steps and 15 stair climbs; the latter is much easier to get than the former.
Sometimes, I am a bit of an “Inspector Gadget” — looking for the latest gadget. Kind of sad but true! Will this gadget help me keep a reasonable level of fitness?? To be determined ….
Such tools for personal monitoring are going to be much more available. There is now a case for an iPhone that makes it an EKG monitor — not yet approved for use. I have a free app on my iPhone that will give me instantaneous heart rates and keeps a database of them.
What do you do to motivate your fitness actions?