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Adventures of a Mom with a fitness tracker

Adventures of a Mom with a fitness tracker

So this week I felt compelled to write a little bit more of a personal post as I was looking into one of my #tribes linky party’s #abrandnewday which features posts of inspiration and healthy living.  I don’t particularly think of my self as a supper healthy person but am always striving to work towards better personal wellness.  A word that I have been hearing pop a lot lately and that I love.  I love it mostly because it refers to taking better care of yourself in everyway; something most of us moms aren’t the greatest at doing (me included…sigh).  But it’s important not only for ourselves but also for our families.  After all the more well balanced we are as moms the better we can be there for our families.  You know the old saying “You have to help yourself before you can truly help others”; probably didn’t get it exactly right.

So I was thinking about what I have done recently to improve my own wellness and health that I could write about and it hit me! This year I became the owner of my very own fitness tracker. In full disclosure I received a Fitbit for Christmas so it is the only brand I have experience with and therefore feel comfortable discussing.

I had wanted a fitness tracker for a while now but felt guilty asking for one because they are not really a cheap accessory.  Also I think my husband felt like he couldn’t buy me one because it would be a fitness related gift.  However, because he is wonderful he put a bug in my mom’s ear when she was doing her Christmas shopping.

Now that I have owned one for almost 6 months I feel as if I can talk about fitness trackers with a certain amount of authority.  So far I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with it but mostly it falls on the love side.  The major factor in me enjoying it is that I don’t use with the hopes to loose weight but to help motivate me to be more active.

 

For those of you who haven’t heard about this phenomenon a fitness tracker is a band that you can wear on your wrist (or some you can clip to clothing) that tracks your steps.  Personally I have the Fitbit Charge (featured below with an affiliate link to amazon where you can buy one) which tracks my steps, miles, sleep, flights of stairs, calories burned, minutes of activity, minutes of non activity, and a few other helpful things.

 

I particularly like the Charge version as it also doubles as a watch that displays not only the time but also many of the things it tracks.  It has other nifty features as well.  Personally I really appreciate as a mom the silent alarm; which you can set on your phone (along with everything else) to vibrate on your wrist as a gentle alarm.  I appreciate this because I usually wake up first in my house and it helps avoid waking my husband and son.

 

The other feature that I really appreciate about fitness trackers (again my only experience is with Fitbit) is that you can create a community of supportive friends with the app on your phone.  Frequently I sign up with friends for challenges to see who can walk the most steps in a day, weekend, or work week.  Which in the beginning I thought would make me more ashamed than encouraged but really turned out to be helpful (as everyone was so nice).

 

My most recent adventure occurred when my work signed up for this online community called Million Mile Month.  This was in April where as a community we were challenged to walk a million miles in the month of April.  Which sounds a tad bit crazy but there were people signed up for it from all over the United States (every state to be exact) and we ended up reaching 1.5 million in the end.  The cool part about the challenge was that we all set our own goal for miles to reach in the month and if you wanted to could set up your fitness tracker to automatically sink activity to your account.

I’ll be completely honest and tell you that I didn’t reach my goal of 100 miles but funny enough it was because the last day was the day I decided to start this blog and got a little consumed with the internet with only 1.5 miles left to my goal.  But still I think walking 98.5 miles in a month was pretty great.  It kept me accountable and encouraged me to find more ways to remain active even though I spend a good half of my day sitting at a desk.  Some interesting things I started doing was dancing more while completing house work like cooking and doing dishes.  I also started having silly dance parties with my two year old to family fun music (which he adored and continues to ask for).  And really just got me to  be more active while playing with my toddler in general.

 

Some tips before I finish this long post (sorry if you are still reading).

  1. When pushing a stroller or buggy attach the tracker to your shoe as it doesn’t pick up your movement while your arm is stable from pushing. (a tip I learned on twitter recently).
  2. Don’t forget to charge it at night while you are sleeping every 4-5 days.  There is nothing worse then trying to reach a goal and having the battery die on you.
  3. That being said it does have a cool feature of tracking your sleep, how many times you wake up, and how restless you are if you are wanting to lean more about how you sleep.
  4. You can add friends on the app you can download for your phone which makes the experience even more enjoyable.
  5. The Fitbit company recently started something where it tracks how many hours you go during the work day without walking at least 250 steps to help you remember to get up and move around more.

Hope this wasn’t too long for those of you reading and thanks for stopping by.

The Pramshed

 

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39 thoughts on “Adventures of a Mom with a fitness tracker”

  • Wow, that’s amazing! I do have a fitbit but it went a bit screwy. Also I was embarassed by how few steps I was doing…too much time doing this I guess 😀 #tribe

    • Sarah thanks! I have had good luck with mine so far. I felt the same way at first as I spend about 10 hours a day and work and in the car where I don’t get much activity. Definitely opened my eyes and helped me look for more opportunities to move around a little.

  • I love my Fitbit…I don’t want I would do without it. I use it to just keep an eye on myself that I am doing my required 10,000 steps but have never thought of joining the communities. Will probably give a go. #triballove

    • I was really nervous to add people from my personal circle with the app on my iPhone. I think I was nervous that they would all see how inactive I was. But it ended up being helpful and motivating. You should try it 🙂

    • Thank you! It definitely took some effort on my part. I do not normally walk that much in any given time. It helped that my husband and I spent a couple days hiking on a weekend get away. And honestly I have taken this month off but plan to set a smaller goal for June. There are certainly different Fitbit models that aren’t as expensive if you would want to just try out. Also some iPhone apps that you track while your phone is in your pants pocket or purse.

  • Really interesting post. I was wondering if trackers are worth the high price but sounds like they are. My mum and I got a cheap one each from ebay and I have to say they were pretty bad. I guess it’s true what they say, you get what you pay for. I love the idea of having a community of people supporting and helping each other, a bit like our linkys! #Abrandnewday

    • I think it just depends on what you are wanting it for. There are several different models cheaper than the one I got. My mom just bought me one of the nicer ones :)And yes it is supportive like our linkys and #tribalchat Thanks for reading

  • Wow that really is good going, even if you did fall a tiny bit short of the goal, still excellent!
    I love my fitbit but my toddler has lost it for me! The worst!

    #ABrandNewDay

    • I’m one of the last people I know who got one. It seemed like all my friends had one ages ago. There are some really cool features. But they can be a bit expensive. There are other brands but I just haven’t tried them. Thanks for reading dear!

  • I realised that my iphone recorded my steps, now it lives in my pocket wherever I go! It doesn’t accumulate though and that is why I would love a fitness tracker. I sadly can’t afford one at the moment so I will wait for a birthday request! Thank you for linking up to #abrandnewday

    • That is why I asked for one as a gift. A bit pricey for something to buy for myself. They are nice though and seem to hold up pretty well. Let me know if you end up getting one. Thanks for reading! And I very much enjoyed your linky 🙂

  • I have the fitbit blaze and I love it. It too makes me think more about how much I am moving during the day, which in turn makes me more active, so I do not feel like I am “working out”.
    #fortheloveofBLOG

    • I agree, I like that it makes me more conscious of my activity level. Although I do admit that I take breaks from it on occasion. I’m not big on working out (and don’t have the time) so its a helpful alternative to get me walking more. Thanks for reading!

    • Thanks for reading Jasmine! For a year I used the one on my phone but it became hard to keep it on me all the time. That was the biggest problem I had with using one on my IPhone.

  • I love my Fitbit charge, I find it’s a great motivational tool. You’ve inspired me to challenge my friends next week and get moving more! Thanks # KCACOLS

    • I agree that a big part of it is how much it can motivate you to get moving. I need to get mine charged up and join a challenge this week. I accidentally left the charger at work. Opps. Thanks for reading!

  • Oh this is really helpful! I was thinking of buying a fitbit as I’m really interested in my sleeping patterns – although they would be really random because my son still wakes up every four hours! I like the feature that you can connect with your friends and challenge each other. I would love to do a challenge similar to the one you did for your work, 98.5 miles is amazing! I also like the feature that tells you to get up and walk around if you haven’t been moving for a while, apparently studies have shown that sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day can kill you e.g. it’s really bad for your health! Thanks for sharing with #StayClassy!

    • Megan, I can imagine it probably wouldn’t work as well when your little one isn’t sleeping through the night. I’ll also admit they aren’t the most comfortable to sleep while on. But not so bad if you are just wanting to do it for a week or so. I also love the sense of community it can provide. If you wanted we could try to create a challenge within our #tribe for a Month. Would have to look into how to create it on the technology end. And I think that’s why they created the reminder during the work week after learning about the study. Thanks so much for reading and letting me be a part of #stayclassy

  • I keep toying with the idea of a fitbit but then feel like a fraud as I am by no means a fitness freak – but I like the idea that it tracks my sleep and stuff… Maybe I will bite the bullet and get one now I have read your very informative post! Thanks for linking with #PuddingLove

    • Don’t let me fool you I am also by no means a fitness freak. I promise you I did not get any of these steps by running or taking any kind of exercise class (have no time or energy for things like that). Other than a few hiking trips (on flat land in a pretty forrest) I got my steps from walking more. You would be surprised how much you walk when going to the grocery store or shopping. Thanks so much for reading. Let me know if you get one we could start a #tribalchat community. And thanks for hosting #puddinglove

  • There are some brilliant tips here for those who have a fitness tracker, I never realised that you should place it on your shoe when pushing the buggy. I bet that there are a lot of people who have been caught out by this. I don’t own a fitness tracker, but I can see how useful they are. I could see myself getting competitive, wanting to achieve more steps day after day! Well done for completing a 98.5 mile walk, that is an amazing achievement! Thanks so much for joining us at #fortheloveofBLOG this week. Claire x

    • I noticed after a while that it wasn’t tracking many steps while at the super market. For instance I obviously walked more than 300 steps after an hour of shopping straight. The tip I read randomly in my Twitter feed (gotta love twitter). Let me know if you decide to get one. We could be fitbit friends 🙂 And thanks for hosting #ForTheLoveOfBlog

  • I’ve had my fitbit for about a year now and really like it. I find it quite motivating to keep a check on how many steps I’ve taken so far that day and to try and get that number up! x #KCACOLS

  • Very informative post. I think I must be the only one in the planet that does not have a fitbit! LOl I have heard a lot about it but I don’t know why I haven’t checked it properly. Maybe it could be because I was not ready to all of this walking but I’m now getting back to my fit plase and I really need something like that. Thanks so much for also sharing this at #KCACOLS, 🙂 xx

    • Thanks! Glad you found it informative. It comes and goes for me. Some months I am clearly better at walking than others. And thanks for starting the Linky I’m enjoying it.

  • I LOVED my Fitbit and really enjoyed the challenges. I’ve swapped it for an Apple watch now which has some amazing features but I must admit the fitness tracker part is no where near as much fun as the fitbit.

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