Making healthy food choices is just a part of the equation to obtaining better overall healthy. The other major component is exercise.
After my recent milestone birthday …i took a little time to reflect on where I was, what was working and what could use some additional focus.
Exercise or more specifically exercise on a regular basis was sorely absent. I’ve always been “active” and I spend time doing “active” things (like bike riding, hiking, and swimming) but they were sporadic.
What I wanted to bring in my new decade was a more consistent exercise routine. Enter Fitbit! it’s a device you wear either on your wrist like a watch or attached to your waistband (like a traditional pedometer).
What I’m loving about it is:
1. You have a goal- the default goal is 10K steps a day ( which roughly translates to 5 miles/day) medical authorities around the world have agreed that 10K is a healthy number to aim for. It means you are most likely getting in excess of the surgeon generals recommended daily exercise. All of this has been proven to deliver great health benefits (lower BMI, increased energy, lower risk of type II diabetes, lower blood pressure etc.). The beauty of Fitbit…it keeps track of your steps per day. You can set your goal at whatever level is appropriate for you, and work to meet it daily. I’ve changed a few things because of this goal…i try to walk during my lunch break, walk after work, park further away from my destination..etc…anything to get some extra steps.
2. I’m accountable I have a network of friend and family who can see my daily steps. Just my daily steps, all of the rest of the cool data you can track on Fitbit – like calories burned, hours slept, foods eaten, those all remain confidential. Just your daily number of steps are visible to your friends and your groups.
I’ve started a Simple Healthy Kitchen group. If you decide to get a Fitbit and would like to join the group for a little extra support, encouragement and competition..you can search “Simple Healthy Kitchen” under groups and join the fun.
Let’s get moving!
** Rumor has it, designer Tory Burch is working with Fitbit and will be launching a more trendy version of Fitbit soon…i cant wait!