Since receiving a Fitbit as a wedding gift from a couple of close friends 2 years ago (thanks guys!), I’ve carried a Fitbit around most days. Thanks to traveling to my California, my new temporary location, without my fitbit charger, I went three weeks without wearing a Fitbit. As far as my lifestyle went, I’d been exercising as per normal. So, I assumed all was normal.
I finally managed to borrow a charger on Monday and realized within a few hours that all was actually not normal. I was barely walking a couple of thousand steps a day. I walk a lot more from home to school on normal days but, thanks to driving everywhere here, there’s barely any walking done. So, I stopped taking the elevator on Monday and have been trekking up and down our five floor building since. The step counts are getting closer to normal and I feel much happier.
I realized 3 things –
1. It is so easy to let things slip when you don’t measure them. The degradation may be gradual but it is degradation nevertheless.
2. Not walking much may seem like a small thing. But, over time, the effects of these small habits compound. Leading a healthy lifestyle, in my eyes, involves standing enough (go standing desks!), walking enough and exercising. And, the 10,000 steps on Fitbit / 8.7km / 5.4 miles is a great proxy for whether I’ve walked enough in a day.
3. I love how transformative a product can be. I know there are many fitness trackers out there these days but I associate the whole space with my Fitbit. I just want to express my gratitude to the Fitbit team for what they’ve done. To anyone on the Fitbit team who’s reading this, congratulations on your IPO – well deserved!