I feel the need to repeat that title. This is why a fitness tracker will “help you get fit”. You see a fitness tracker will help you along the way if you are already getting on the path to try to be healthier. I’ve said it before, I want to know what I’m now doing, so I can have a baseline. I want to see where I’m at, so I can know where I need to go. It is just like taking a trip. You are at point A, and need to get to point B. You don’t know how to get from point A to B since you’ve never been there before, so you pull out the map to show you. To me this is what a fitness tracker it. It shows you where your now at, so you can see where you need to go. Sure you could go on a trip without the map and hope to make it to point B, but with one you can see if your going the wrong direction or not really going anywhere at all. This is why I like my Fitbit. One of my Managing Editors over at G Style Magazine recently started using the Fitbit Surge, and had this to say. I thought the points he mention made sense for us over here at WalkItNation as well.
Experience Using The Fitbit Surge
Just to be clear, buying a Fitbit Surge or any activity tracker isn’t going to get you fit and healthy unless you really want to be. For me, I’ve made it my goal to be more active and though I know I could be more active regardless of if I was tracking myself or not, I wanted something that could put my activity into raw numbers and data and make what I was doing more tangible. I wanted to be able to compare days and push myself to be even more active than I was in earlier days, like if I could push myself to take a few extra steps or walk that one extra mile. I wanted the Fitbit to do that for me.
You know what? In a way, it really has. That first day I got it, I walked 3,498 steps. It wasn’t much, but I was able to see a rough average of what I guess I normally do on a typical weekend day. Guess what I did the next day? 8,337 steps. This was a non-typical day as I decided to make an effort and head to the park to do some laps around their track. Now, both of those numbers were posted on the weekend which isn’t typical of my daily routine.
My typical day would consist of around 2000 steps (give or take), which is roughly not even a mile in distance. That’s basically me walking to drop my kid off at school and then sitting around most of the day in front of a computer with me occasionally getting up to run to the bathroom and to grab some food or a drink. I don’t want that to be what my day consists of. By being able to quantify my day via steps, I’m able push myself to do something that might increase those numbers.
Throughout the week, I was able to get around 4000+ steps in and even hit the 6000+ step mark in one of the days. My goal however is to at least hit 5000+ steps daily and to gradually increase that goal as time progresses.
How have I started throwing extra steps into my day? Every hour or two at work, I’ll get up from my computer and walk around the warehouse for a bit. It might not seem like much, but those steps actually start to add up each time you do it. I even do a few laps around the building after lunch. When I get home, since I have kids, I usually don’t have time to do much of anything. However, since last week, I’ve started to go for walks after dinner and I’ve discovered that my kids actually want to go walking with me. It’s become a thing now where we walk, talk about how are day has gone, and I get to bond with my family while getting in some exercise. It’s quite a nice side effect.
Now I don’t want to say that the Fitbit Surge is my reason for wanting to continue on this slightly more active lifestyle, but I will say that it surely has helped with my goals.
(By Samuel Huang of G Style Magazine)
So as you can see, a fitness tracker like the Fitbit Surge can motivate you to do more and give you the information on what you are doing so you can progress from there. It can give you the map to follow on your fitness journey. Check out the full article for this over at G Style Magazine