I was gifted a Fitbit in early January 2015. It’s rarely been off my wrist since. My pre-Fitbit routine was a three mile walk 3-4 days a week. For the past year I committed to a daily goal of 10k steps (five miles) and stuck to it.
How did Fitbit get me to up my game so dramatically, to stick with it seven days a week?
Their daily texts reminded me that I only had 1800 more steps to go, and when I went over they sent me an overachiever text. Is that all it took for me to “step” it up?
The lesson, I think, is about what it takes, and what happens, when we create and stick with a habit. What gets measured-tracked-counted is way more likely to get DONE. Accountability works!
Some Fitbit lessons learned from this last year:
- You cover A LOT of ground walking 1-2 hours a day.
- It’s surprising how many ideas you can flush out with that time.
- It’s a great time to listen to podcasts, and I’ve listened to quite a few – both inspirational and educational. Here are some of my most recent favorites.
- Walking and talking to my husband gets us off our screens and real conversations take place.
- You can catch up with friends by sharing the time and even do a little CO-STORMING.
- Going on a silent walk gives you a different perspective. You really see and appreciate your surroundings.
- Putting your favorite music on and belting it out, makes you forget about your worries.
- If you have a weight issue, walking 5 miles a day is like being on a trip where you walk all day and eat what you want (within reason) and still maintain.
- You can call a friend in another city and pretend you are at the coffee bar.
- You can discover new hoods, forests and beaches.
- You can add dancing to your daily routine to get those last steps in (I’ve done this a lot).
- Hiking in city parks is beautiful and gets you into nature immediately.
- Creativity gets bogged down sitting at your computer. Walking is like getting ideas in the shower.
- You don’t have to pay for parking downtown because you can park in the outside neighborhoods and walk in.
- Walking at sunset is the best.
- Doing laps on cool rooftops with a view is unbelievable.
- Stopping along the way at gourmet coffee bars makes you feel like you are on vacation.
- Watching a video while walking makes me feel like I am not wasting my time.
- There is way less reason to drive.
- Walking reminds me that life is about appreciating the little things:)
It took six months for this exercise in discipline to feel like a normal part of my life. It was also an inspiration, and method for taking action on all the intentions in my #100thingsiCRAVE list. Even the things we want to spend time doing the most need structure and accountability to become habits.