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I used to be very into fitness but lost my focus during all of the crazy events of the last year. So I have been in search of motivation to get back in the habit of working out. I have owned a Fitbit for the past few years, but over the last year, just wore it out of habit. I wasn’t checking it or tracking anything. Recently, I made it a habit to check my Fitbit daily, and to be honest, I forgot how fun it is!
If you haven’t used Fitbit before, you would be impressed/overwhelmed with all of the things that you can track in the app. You track your steps, your types of exercise, weight, sleep, food and water intake. Fitbit will track your steps and sleep for you as long as you wear it (obviously). Some of the Fitbit products track your Heart Rate, stairs taken throughout the day and can even remind you to get up and walk around every hour (super helpful if you have a desk job).
I mainly use my Fitbit to track my steps and my sleep. I track my food via my Weight Watchers app (I am a huge fan of the point system).
I find that the “Track Your Workout” feature really motivates me to get moving. You can track workouts (runs, walks, hikes) or you can log workouts (ex: weights, barre class, calisthenics). When you track workouts – Fitbit tracks your location, speed, and distance to show you how far and how fast you went. you can also see the route you took! That feature is very helpful to me as I can get lost easily on long walks and this is a great way to track your breadcrumbs back to the start. You can also set a goal for how many times you want to work out during the week. My goal was set at three workouts for the week. And I have to say, I crushed it. 5 workouts this week. Boom. Nailing it.
How to get the most out of the Fitbit Charge HR:
Did you know that you can set alarms through Fitbit? Well, you can. And it makes your Fitbit buzz and light up, which you can’t ignore if you are wearing it. So set your alarm whenever you are most likely to work out. For me, it is just after I get home from work. Some of you may be amazingly perfect and can wake up in the morning to work out. I fail at that regularly, so I will stick to working out in the evenings like the other mortals.
Check your step progress throughout the day.
You don’t have to open the app to check your steps! All you have to do it tap your Fitbit and you can see close you are to reach your goal. I checked my Fitbit hourly and used that as a reminder that I should get up and get some steps. During the work week, I took a 5 minute break each hour and walked up and down the 3 flights of stairs in my building. That was about 300 steps each time. Made hitting my 10,000 step goal that much easier.
I have several goals set with Fitbit, but the ones that really push me are my weekly workout goal (mine is 3 workouts a week) and my step goal (mine is set at the recommended 10,000 steps a day). Now, let’s be honest, hitting 10,000 steps a day is kinda difficult when you work 9-10 hours a day at a desk and you hate running. *raises hand* But it can be done! If I go for a walk in the evening instead of doing a workout video, I typically walk 3 miles and my 10,000 steps is well within reach. I always check my Fitbit before bed and if I am in the 8,000 step range, I will walk in place till I hit my goal. It annoys my husband to no end (mostly because I take heavy steps and it makes too much noise while he tries to watch the highlights on SportsCenter. Sorry hun.). If I didn’t have those goals set, I wouldn’t be inspired to make those last pushes to reach them.
Track your workouts.
The more info you put in, the more you get out of the Fitbit tracker. This works with just about anything in life. But it is always so rewarding when you get to the end of the day and all of your Fitbit goals are lit up in green. It makes you feel so much better about your ability to workout and lets you see that you can live a healthier lifestyle!
Your friends can see how you are doing.
Fitbit adds a social element which allows you to see how you are doing in your weekly steps compared to your friends. This can be really good and help you to push yourself. Don’t let comparison be the main reason that you work out, but it can be a fun way to get you to push yourself to do just a little bit better each day. You can also join in competitions with your friends and see who takes the most steps in a day, weekend or week. Just don’t get in a competition with a marathon runner.
How do you work out? And do you use anything special to motivate you? Let me know in the comments below!