Am I pushed to exercise by my own motivation, or by the push of another person or a device? That’s easy ... by ME!
This week, my Fitbit asked me to sign up for a new tracking piece - in essence, time in the cardio zone. Will this motivate me? Honestly, no.
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I KNOW I don’t get enough cardio. My walk has few hills or stairs. Even when I belonged to a women’s exercise centre, and paid extra for the heart rate fob, it really wasn’t a motivator for me. Some days I worked hard, and other days, not so much.
My heart knows how to pace itself! My resting heart rate is in the low 50s, and my sleeping HR, in the low 40s. The charts say I’m in the athlete zone. Too funny! I used to be an athlete, but I’m far from that now. I think I’m part turtle!
Do I need a bootcamp drill sergeant yelling at me? Nope!
Do I need my HR device pointing out my “under-achievements?” Nope!
Do I need anyone shaming me for what I eat or weigh? Definitely, no!
I have chosen to walk 10,000 steps daily. Some people walk less, and some walk more, but that is not MY goal. We are all unique individuals and need to set our own goals and challenges. I recently blogged about doing more strength exercises. It didn’t last. Oh well. I’m still doing my 10,000 steps and that will have to do. No apologies. I’m doing what is sustainable. We can always do more, but sometimes that just becomes a burden and a compulsion, and can lead to quitting. I’m in MY zone, and it may or may not include cardio minutes. I’m good with that.
A friend, and fellow Fitbit user, walked with me for three days this summer and our steps, heart rates, and distances measured were completely different! Don’t compare! Just do it, but be happy with your effort. I am! (My elliptical does get my HR up, but that is only when it is too nasty to go outside.)