10,000 Steps (I Bought a Fitbit!)

Happy Monday, Y’all! We filled this weekend with lots of family time, rest, reading, and a lovely bridal shower. It was made even better because I got to check off three boxes for my August goals:

1) Replace my running shoes (I bought this pair and like them a lot!)
2) Complete three running intervals per week (1 week down, 4 to go!)
3) Hit 10,000 steps in a day

I used to have a strong aversion to Fitbits. The thought of wearing a band of bulky rubber on my wrist had zero appeal to me. I reasoned that I simply didn’t need one because generations had done just fine without them before and I didn’t need a bracelet to tell me to move. Then I thought through the fact that I work a desk job.

For as long as I work in a cubicle, I’m automatically predisposed to a sedentary lifestyle. Thankfully, this can be countered by getting enough physical activity, so I came up with an experiment for myself to turn a would-be sedentary lifestyle into a healthy one:

1) Buy a Fitbit (I purchased a used Alta on eBay last weekend and paid half the retail price!)
2) Wear the Fitbit for a few months to measure my activity level
3) Find ways to consistently hit 10,000 steps a day
4) Sell the Fitbit on eBay, ideally making back most of the money I purchased it for

Essentially, I’m “renting” my Fitbit as long as I can sell it for close to what I paid. It’s a cost-effective way to promote an active lifestyle. While some people might find it easy to hit 10,000 steps a day, it takes intentionality for those of us cubicle workers. It felt like quite an accomplishment to hit 10,000 steps on Saturday and truly understand the level of activity it took to get there.

I definitely don’t enjoy wearing this on my wrist, but I appreciate having the ability to better understand what my body needs! It also serves as a subtle motivator. For example, I wasn’t pleased with the number of steps I had last night, so Dillon and I went outside and enjoyed the evening, adding a few thousand steps before dinner.

Ultimately, my perspective on wearing a Fitbit has changed now that I’m seeing it as an experiment instead of a lifestyle choice. I’m excited to continue promoting an active lifestyle for myself over the next few months!

Do you own a Fitbit? Share your thoughts on wearing one below!

2 thoughts on “10,000 Steps (I Bought a Fitbit!)

  1. I, too, work a desk job and find it so hard to get in adequate activity throughout the day! I have a fitbit, but admittedly I’m not the best at wearing it consistently.. I need to be better at getting up every hour to take a short walk, but it’s hard to do that when I’ supposed to be working! Also, I have those exact Brooks shoes and they are the best ever! I wore them during a half-marathon and I will never buy another brand again! 🙂

    1. They are so great! I’d heard such good things, but I didn’t realize what a different they make until I broke them in. So comfy and supportive!

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