Dance Flower! Dance!

Fitbit Alta HR

Now and then, in a quest to keep thing fresh and moving forward, I like to try something new.  To that end, I got a Fitbit Alta HR a few weeks ago.  I thought it might be nice to have a way to track my steps each day.  The Fitbit researchers decided, upon the recommendation of the Center for Disease Control, to start everyone on a 10,000 step per day goal.  I’ve since moved mine up to a 12,000 step a day goal which better suits my needs.  I walk the dogs every morning so that takes care of a lot of the requirement but then I find times during the day to walk to make up the difference.

Besides walking each day I also row using a rowing machine and lift weights.  The tracker allows me to add distance (for the rowing) and time to my overall activity minutes but those activities don’t count toward my step goal.  So in addition to my 12,000 step a day minimum I can also keep track of other activities like lifting, running, playing tennis, jumping rope etc.

I figured I would get some benefit out of having the Fitbit but it turns out it’s provided great motivation for me.  One of the clock faces you can choose from, has a flower on it.  When you’re not very active, for instance if you’re sitting at a desk working on a paper, the flower is short with just one a bud.  If you start moving around, the flower will grow taller, sprout more leaves, bloom and finally dance.  Oh my goodness, the things I’ve done to get that flower to dance!

One day I was waiting for a friend at the hospital and although I had my 12,000 steps for the day, my poor flower was just a sad looking little thing.  I went to a quiet corner and started marching in place (that counts for walking…and if you lift your knees high, is an excellent exercise).  Now, that was an odd thing to be doing, alone in a hallway and sure enough a nurse caught me as she came out of a stairwell next to where I was happily marching.  I stopped and just looked at her.  She said “Oh, you’re trying to get your steps, right?” Then she showed me the Fitbit she was wearing, the strap of which happened to be color coordinated with her scrubs.  We had a good laugh.  She went about her business and I kept on marching until that flower danced!

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I’ve got the Fitbit set so that it will give me friendly reminders to move when I’ve been still too long.  That’s a handy tool, since most of the time, I can get up and do a quick few steps.  If I can’t, it thankfully won’t bug me but the awareness that I’ve been sedentary for a significant period of time is a good little nudge to move around a little bit.

I’d say the Fitbit was an excellent purchase and I don’t even use most of it’s capability.  I don’t care to track my sleep, use the calorie counter or connect with other people for fitness challenges.  This particular model of Fitbit is very slim and unobtrusive and will track your heart rate. 

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Because it’s so slim, I think this model is marketed primarily toward women. I know there are Fitbits with wider bands that will fit a man’s wrist well.

It came with a black strap but if you go on Amazon you can order generic brand straps in a rainbow of colors to fit it.  They’re quite inexpensive.  I got a large assortment for a very reasonable price.   I even got one in leopard print.  Naturally, since I got all the colors, I find myself wearing the black strap every day.

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The straps come in every color you can imagine and there are lots of patterned straps too. They’re easy to switch out.

If you find yourself lacking in motivation and bored with your traditional way of tracking  your workouts, you might want to consider getting a Fitbit.  It just may provide a fun and amusing way to encourage you.

9 responses

  1. Anything that motivates is a plus in my book. I still use the old polar heart monitor. I like the model I use because it is designed for cardio AND weight lifting. I use the FT80.

    Keep making that flower bloom and keep making exercise/movement novel and exciting. It helps make the discipline of exercise that much easier and more enjoyable.

  2. Good to hear from you…it’s been a minute;)

    1. Hi! You’re right, I haven’t taken as much time to sit down at my computer lately. There’s so much going on around my house. My older son is back from college and the younger one was just finishing up his semester. They had lots of activities at school the last couple of weeks.

      It’s been lovely weather around here and I’m looking forward to doing lots of hiking and biking this summer. I hope you’re doing well and enjoying these beautiful days!

  3. Soon you’ll be running ultras Lynn 😊

    1. After two weeks of having the Fitbit, I’m practically there. One more week and I’ll be ready to roll! Ha…

      I hope you’re enjoying your days. It’s officially summertime (school is out around here) so there will be a lot of outside activities in the days ahead (but no ultras yet).

  4. The calorie counter certainly helped my daughter.

    1. I’ll bet! Any little gadget that helps you keep track is useful. Trying to estimate the number of calories you’re consuming or burning or the amount of activity you engage in during the day is usually skewed if you don’t have an “outside” counter keeping score. The Fitbit has been great for me.

  5. I think it sounds interesting! However, I’m sure that if I was marching in place, I would look like I needed to find a mens room quickly. 😉

    1. Ha…you just have to march with conviction! Lift those knees high, keep your back straight and smile (or glower as if you’re guarding the Princess of Lovelandia). You’ll look very official. It’s all about the attitude!

      Happy weekend!

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