No, this is not a warning, it’s an invitation to get fit and take charge of your health.
This Christmas I asked for and received a Fitbit which is a device that you wear, like a watch strap, all day (and night) so it can measure how many steps you take and how well you are sleeping. It will also monitor your calorie intake and the number of calories you burn each day.
A colleague had been using one and had lost considerable weight and it seemed to me like a neat way to track your level of activity. Now the goal is walk 10,000 steps a day which sounds a lot, it’s approximately five miles, and frankly if you are sitting at your desk most of the day, it is.
The average North American office worker is sedentary, averaging fewer that 2,500 steps a day, observed James Park, Fitbit’s founder in a recent article in Backbone. But as we know in business terms, what is measured is managed.
If you are intent on losing weight, you can key in the amount you would like to lose, and it will come up with calorie options, depending on how quickly you want to lose it. In other words, it does the math for you.
The Fitbit allows you to monitor your progress throughout the day, so you can quickly see when you need to “get moving ” to up your score. It is linked to your computer or in my case, my iPad, and I’ve found it is a good way to keep me on track.
Being competitive by nature, I am setting goals for myself and trying to increase my steps each day. Have I reached the golden 10,000 steps? No, but I have come pretty close but I am also aware that it will mean a concerted effort on my part, to get off my butt and moving. But even a quick boogie to music on the radio increases your activity levels, so it is not just about walking.
At the end of my first week, I received my summary report and while one day (we had a party that day) I was just shy of 10,000 steps, on average I seem to be at 5,000 which is still much more, I suspect than I ever used to do.
So think about it. The Fitbit might even make a good gift for everyone on your team or family. Then you can really get competitive.
You can order them through Amazon or Indigo and to learn more go to www.fitbit.com
by Anne Day