#FitIt Challenge: Fitbit Is More Than Just A Motivational Tool, It Changes Your Lifestyle. Here’s How It's Changed Mine
The 5k run I was targeting to accomplish when I set out to write my first blog might be over, but my life on the run still continues. My newfound relationship with my Fitbit has grown beyond any expectations I had from the onset.
I had initially hoped to get back to the levels of activity in the days gone by, as a student in a boarding school where doing 10-12 kilometres every day was routine. With the Fitbit, however, I’ve come to realise my job does keep me on my feet enough to cover this distance a few times a week, anyway, to my surprise.
What’s even more motivating is the fact that the Fitbit has put me in a space where I feel more self-conscious about my health holistically—something I never really gave much thought to previously.
Improved quality of sleep gives you more energy than a sugar rush
Sleeping ‘well’ was always an afterthought, as I didn’t know the significance of its relevance when it comes staying healthy. Going to sleep at a designated time has not only helped me sleep for longer, but also wake up well rested.
Fitbit has played a major role in helping me understand my sleeping patterns and improve my sleeping habits—like going to bed a particular time and sleeping for a specific duration to wake up with a lot of energy and drive.
With the app monitoring my sleeping routine I now make a religious effort to log in my sleep hours. This small change has made a big difference to my running endeavours as well my energy levels through the day.
Helped me add green on my plate
I consider myself an ardent carnivore. Meat and rice is a staple on my plate, and the concept of adding anything related to the plant family is an alien concept to me. My breakfast was the only meal that was slightly different because it was inclusive of eggs and bread.
Also, keeping a tab on what I eat, I felt, was as inconsequential as asking an animal what and how much it eats during the day. I hardly had any measure or sense of what I was ingesting. The Fitbit app is quite useful in this respect as it allows you to log in what you eat, giving you a sense of your daily food habits. For instance, I cut back on the amount of red meat I had been consuming every day (200gm or more) because of the copious amount of fat that accompanies it. The fact that I had to manually log this data into the food section of the Fitbit app, lead me into researching the total amount of food I was consuming and its underlying contents.
I ended up adding vegetables at the expense of reducing the meat I was consuming due to this reason. This shift has helped me feel lighter and enhance my stamina over a period of the past few weeks.
Keeps me motivated over the weekend
From the couch to an extensive walk/jog in the park; the sheer magnitude of the numbers I clocked on the Fitbit has made my weekends far more physically active. This was one of the goals that I set in my first blog, and I’m happy to say that the Fitbit has helped me make this into a habit a thoroughly enjoy.
I’ve managed to clock over a whopping 30,000 steps over the weekends at times. So the thought of doing 10-12 kilometres during the day seems easily manageable now. The numbers game is quite beneficial when it comes to tracking your vital stats to better your health. And who better than Fitbit to help you get your figures in place.
Helps you rise from a setback
Tracking your Fitbit can be addictive. So addictive that it can motivate you even during times when you’re down and out.
A week or so before the 5k run I fell from my bike and sustained an injury on my leg. Although it didn’t disable my movements completely, it did have from refrain from running, as I couldn’t put undue stress on my leg at the time. Strangely, I was more concerned about the dip in the values I had been accumulating previously in my Fitbit than anything else.
The accident happened on a Thursday, and my Fitbit showed me an abysmal 7 active minutes on Friday.
Before this I was consistently active for over a 30 minutes, clocked more than 11 kilometres, 15,000 steps and burned over 2,500 calories a day! Just desire to get back to those figures got me up and running in just a matter of a few days.
Fitbit changes your lifestyle
The training, the kilometres I ran, the change in dietary and sleeping patterns, and the consistency of my activity levels during the day would not have been possible without the constant monitoring and motivation I got from just tracking my progress.
The ease at which I finally ran the 5 k run is testimony to all these elements that played an important hand towards the buildup of this run. Not only was I ahead of my fellow comrades that took up this challenge with me at the beginning, but also I never once felt gassed out during the run.
I hope to now use Fitbit for swimming, since the Fitbit flex 2 is waterproof, during the summer and other activities like badminton. It’s become an incentive for me to pick up activities that I’ve long kept on a waiting list and track my results and they come in.