Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I love my FitBit ONE! REALLY! it tracks all my steps- when I wear it which is over 99% of the time.
Here is how I have been cheating myself. 1-3 with the most import last.
3.Sleep: It tracks my sleep- when I hit the timer- if not I usually don't get it logged. I think I will remember the times and then I don't log them soon enough and I forget. So I am on utilizing all the benefits of the ONE.
2. Floors Climbed: It tracks the 'floors' you climb by the changes in altitude while you are walking- which is fantastic! I don't know how it does it but it does. I can walk up steps and it counts. Even better walking up inclines (NOT ON THE TREADMILL THOUGH because there is no actual difference in your level). This actually has motivated me more because I now consider the route I take while walking and even just getting to a specific destination. I now walk more behind my house because it is exceptionally hilly and I can hit 25 floors while doing a 5k.
How I cheat with this is- by moving around while on the elevator. Walking + changes in altitude. I really don't do this on purpose but it does happen. In the past several years I have tried to make use of my elevator time (at lease when I am by my self) by doing some kind of quick stretch or exercise or just by walking or marching in place in the elevator. I do move some when I am going these. It really affects when I push in my cart in and then walk around to have it 'face' the right way when I exit. Not a big deal either. But still it does change the accurateness of this some. I take the stairs when I can but when I am at work I have to continuously go to the basement to bring up stock - most of which is heavy, bulky and a considerable amount.
1. Fitness minutes: I haven't figured out what they actually consider fitness minutes but I think it is some kind of formula that incorporated how many steps are taken in a minute and if it is over a specific amount then it is counted as fitness. Once I figured out that it did this I knew I would probably take advantage of this- and I did. Because of the type of work I do I am in constant motion. ( I work in a dining hall where the minimum amount of students we serve during the school year is 6-7000 and where the average is about 10,000 meals a day).
At first I didn't notice that my FitBit was counting these. Then I deleted them for a while because I wasn't really working out. Then I started not deleting them everyday. Because it was easier not to plus if fit bit thought it was exercise then it probably was.
I decided I didn't want to cheat myself anymore which I was doing by counting all of the minutes. I But if I didn't count them I was cheating myself by not getting an accurate account of my activity. A different way of cheating myself.
So I tried to come up with alternative. I talked to my chiropractor, who also does nutrition, and he agreed with me that I could count about half of my workday fitness as fitness.
So now when I get off of work I sync my FitBit, calculate what half would be and add that as 'work fitness' then delete the FitBit entry. I have to check this at the end of the day to because the FitBit updates my steps throughout the day. This method takes time to do but I feel it is worth it on the 5 days that I work. My days off I don't do this because I don't walk that much that fast unless I am specifically 'walking'.
So this is how I decided to not cheat myself. What do you think? do you think counting half is a good compromise? If not- what do you suggest.
NOTE: Doing the job I do is great because it keeps me in motion everyday. Depending on what station I am in I easily hit 10,000 foot steps a day and some days it is up to 18,000. This is the days we are open to feed the students during the regular school year. When we are not open and are just cleaning my step count is much lower. Summers because of the diminished hours and guests fed will be somewhere in between I think.