It’s important to know that I don’t like exercise. I hate it. I’ve never been a jock. I have played racket sports (badminton, tennis and racquetball) but not much else. Maybe the occasional bean bags but only at a picnic after a few drinks. No jogging or (egads!) running. I don’t walk when the weather is bad. Bad means less than 65 degrees, any sort of precipitation, anything on the ground like leaves, snow or rain puddles. OK, I’m a wuss.
Six weeks! It’s like a new boyfriend. It seems like you’ve been together forever! You can’t remember life without it.
Six weeks ago I bought a Fitbit watch. It took a while to pull the trigger. Literally years. I was sure it would be one of those things I bought and never used like a stationary bike (why did I buy that thing?) or the treadmill (the beloved husband uses that).
I have a real bike hanging in the garage (for decades) with less than 200 miles on it. I don’t want to buy things I won’t use but sometimes you don’t know until you do it.
Gobsmacked! There have been surprises. I like the competition (with myself), the positive reinforcements from my Fitbit watch (it vibrates with happiness) and the afterglow of a great active day. I love afterglow because it means the work part is done and the margarita part is about to start.
I try to outdo my previous record and can get aggressive about it. Don’t stand between me and my goals! (I don’t know how long that will last. Fingers crossed.) I am exceeding expectations. That’s a good thing especially in winter.
I love getting hourly reminders if I haven’t walked 250 steps. I can get mired in muck at my computer for hours on end without moving anything but my fingers and the occasional eye roll.
The need to walk becomes obsessive. When I am talking with someone I will excuse myself to walk. At first I was shy about it. Now I don’t care. Gotta get those steps in. I even got up in the middle of a meeting to get 50 steps in.
The big lesson is that I need to move during the day. You shouldn’t exercise in the morning and take the rest of the day off. You need to keep moving! It’s easier and better for your body to space it out. It’s not like cleaning the cat litter once and you are good for the day. (OK, maybe that wasn’t the best analogy but some people equate the two.)
I’m a fairly active person in my non-exercise mode. I can knock out 6,000 steps easily during a normal day. Add in a walk and I have scored the coveted 10,000 steps. (I have surpassed that by two milestones on particularly ambitious days and intend to knock the next one out of the park when we get some good outdoor walking weather.)
You can walk in your house. I have two routes that will give me 100 to 150 steps and I use them frequently. It’s not a waste of time. I do my best thinking when I walk by myself. It’s been helpful in clearing out frustrations too.
Exercise has upped my energy. I don’t know how that works but I get tired less during the day but totally exhausted when I go to bed. That mean a good night’s sleep.
Is this for everyone? Probably not. It works for me because I need motivation and can accept direction from a watch. It’s kinder than most people and doesn’t call me a lazy bum.
Author’s note: Fitbit has not paid me to endorse their product. However I am open to testing out an upgrade for them. I just happen to like mine.