As a Salty reader you might look at the title of this post, snort, and then wonder if I’ve lost my mind.
A Fitbit? Really, Ginger?
Well, I thought the same thing. That is, until a few months ago.
Last year, the company I work for purchased a Fitbit for every employee. The goal was to encourage us to regularly get up from behind our desks by inspiring us to meet the Fitbit’s 10,000 step goal. HR even created step competitions, complete with prizes for the winning teams. As a serious runner, when I first got mine I was reluctant to even open the package. I at once assumed that a Fitbit would do nothing for me personally since I track my mileage already.
As a serious runner, I also assumed that I’d easily slay the competition. I reluctantly donned my Fitbit and got out there and went through my normal weeks. Holy reality check! On most running days I was over 10,000 steps, it wasn’t by nearly as much as I thought I would be. Oh, but it got worse. It was my rest days that revealed the really painful truth that when I’m not running, I’m pretty sedentary.
After the blow to my ego wore off, I realized that this was an opportunity to learn about myself and to change some of my habits to improve my overall well-being. Read more >>