Fuelband and resting
Sunday, December 22, 2013
A couple of weeks ago, I received a nike fuelband as an early holiday gift. I've been wearing the demanding mistress of exercise pretty much every since. People have asked me what I think and, overall, I'm happy with it. it took me a while to get used to having it on because I'm not a fan of having things around my wrist that are tight fitting.
I think it's great for someone like me who is a bit competitive and motivated to achieve certain goals I've set. I know I need to move around more than I do and it certainly does encourage me to do that. I think that if you are not already motivated, it could end up having the reverse effect and might just make you give up. I have mine set at a goal of 3000 nikefuel units (whatever they are) per day which is an amount I can achieve with a moderate amount of work. Usually my regular daily stuff plus a good gym day and a dog walk will do it. I have a desk job so pretty much any movement that I get during the day is an intentional effort like walking to the ladies room up a couple flights and the opposite side of the building. I do wish it had more ability to assess intensity of a movement but I can leave that up to myself.
I realized that what I haven't been doing is scheduling in any rest days. Now, because it doesn't asses intensity, I can just rest by doing less intense activities and still getting in the same amount of movement. But I realized yesterday that my body is just tired and needs a full out rest day. So I have lowered my goal for the day and will try to do easy things and let my body get ready for a good work out tomorrow.
Now I have to decide if a mile walk to Starbucks and a mile back counts as rest. It's only uphill in one direction!