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FitBit work challenge

Monday, September 14, 2015

As part of the discounted FitBit I received from work, there is a 10-week challenge.The woman and man with the highest average daily steps will get some type of prize. I'm really excited about this but am quickly realizing there is no way I can win. lol.

One guy, whom I believe is in maintenance, gets about 23,000 steps a day. OMG. I can't even. If I have a day with 16,000 steps, I'm totally beat. One of my coworkers got 17,000 steps yesterday without much effort but she's in way good shape. I got over 11,000 yesterday but that was a challenge because two solid hours of my day were spent in the swimming pool, which does not count.

On one hand it's kind of fun to compete and try to reach those levels. I'm ranked in the top 10 for the week out of 60 people so that's not bad. However, realistically I just am not at the fitness level of some people in the competition, which can be a little discouraging. When I work out and exercise really my only competition is myself.

So I'm wondering what you guys think. Do you like competitions? (including races) Have you been in any? Do they help or discourage you?
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    I don't really like competition. I usually quit because I'd rather quit than lose. I LOVE accountability, someone to do it with, a group that gets together, things like that....but to compete? No. I'm TOO competitive so it isn't fun.
    1287 days ago
    I like to compete against --ME!! I am not in the greatest shape either but I do like to best my best, I do at some point want to participate in walking marathons just for the accomplishment not so much a win. I think 11,000 steps is great!! Good for you, don't give up or feel discouraged, doing the challenge is already a win! emoticon

    1287 days ago
    I think the most I've gotten in a day is 8400 or so. I'm kinda lame at step count. Burn a crapload of calories at the gym though. Eventually I want to hit that 10k but I don't have a lot of free time to just go for a walk. Most days I don't even take a lunch break at work so I can't even go for a walk then. :( I have started parking on the far side of the parking lot at school to get a few extra steps in though...and taking the stairs instead of the elevator to my third floor classes.

    I don't really get competitive about most things, so the step count isn't a huge motivation for me.
    1288 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    I think that the discounted fitbit already counts as a prize, so I wouldn't worry about comparing yourself to other people. Maybe set your own goals? Start with your steps on a normal day, and aim to add some to that total and maybe double it by the end of the challenge? I have participated in challenges, but for me it's not about winning but about the accountability that comes with them.
    1288 days ago
    I like competitions, but I have a hard time staying focused if it isn't on my radar everyday.
    1288 days ago
    I like competitions too even if I know there's no possible chance I can win it's still fun to see where you do come out. Then next time you are only in competition with yourself and your previous time/ steps etc
    1289 days ago
    Competitions do seem to motivate me, whether I like them or not. Also, I wouldn't give up all hope just yet... a lot of people start out with gusto, but fail to see it all the way through. And even though you won't get a prize, it would probably still be extremely satisfying to place towards the top on total number of steps!
    1289 days ago
    I love competition. Gets you motivated. Most important is competition with yourself. Always trying to beat your previous time, laps, steps, etc. Keep reaching and stepping for higher numbers. They will come easier in time.
    1289 days ago
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