A Study in Motion

I don’t know why February was so exhausting, but by the end of it, I just felt like I needed a couple of weeks off. We went on a ski trip, celebrated Little Bird’s first birthday, survived the San Francisco preschool acceptance process, and I completed my February challenge to make 4 crafts. Hopefully, I’ll get around to blogging about all of those soon. In the meantime, I snuck a few photos from our snow-play in this post.

Although I got a late start, I started a new challenge for March. I wasn’t sure what kind of challenge I wanted to do. I knew I wanted it related to exercise, but I wasn’t sure how to turn it into an achievable, fun, and measurable goal. Thomas suggested trying out 4 methods of getting exercise (walking, swimming, roller-blading, and yoga), one each week, and seeing if any interested me. It sounded good, especially a little alone time thanks to the childcare at one of our local gyms, but I just didn’t make it happen.

Instead, just over a week ago, I got a FitBit Flex, basically a pedometer bracelet. In the past, I’ve used the Moves app on my phone and had fun tracking stats about where and how I get places. Moves tracks whether you’re walking, bicycling, riding transport or driving, and keeps a list and map of where you’ve gone. The FitBit Flex just counts steps with no location tracking, but adds in goal setting and a little competition with friends. I’d love to link up with other SF moms for a little motivation, but haven’t found any others who use it yet. If you’d like to link up, even if you’re not an SF mom, let me know.

Over the past week, I’ve had fun wearing the FitBit and have discovered that I’ve been eager to add in an extra walk or a quick run up the hill just to add steps or active minutes. I started the week averaging just about 7,000 steps and finished the last two days hitting my 10,000 step goal. I still need to work on active minutes. I can’t find a definition of what counts specifically, but you earn them when you’re getting more steps in than general walking around.

I’d still like to try out the other activities I had thought about, but they take a bit more planning as a stay-at-home-mom than walking does. I’ll let you know at the end of the month how things have progressed. And if you have any tips for getting in extra steps, let me know.

1 Comment on A Study in Motion

  1. Sarah
    March 14, 2014 at 2:01 PM (5 months ago)

    I have a Fitbit One and it was a good motivator at first, but I’ve gotten lazy again. On days when I’m just at my desk at work all day, I barely even break 3,000 steps — pretty sad. On weekdays, the only way I ever get to 10,000 is by actually exercising. On weekends, I’m thankfully much more active!

    I also really like the sleep tracking feature.
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