If you drive down my street at night, no matter the temperature, you just might see me walking my dog. I would like to take credit for putting my dog’s exercise needs before pajama wearing, wine drinking, TV show watching, or book reading. But I can’t. It’s all about me.
You see, I wear a Nike Fuelband. I have become addicted to seeing the fireworks and the word “GOAL” when I meet my goal! And I don’t want to break my streak! I walk my dog, run up and down the steps, jog on my treadmill in street clothes or pajamas, among other activities to meet that darn goal. I call that crazy motivation!
My “fuel points” (a Nike unit of measure) are always on my mind. I park in the first available space and walk briskly into the store. I take the stairs in office buildings when I can. I sometimes make multiple trips up and down the stairs for things that I could easily carry all at once. I call that motivation.
Have you wondered if a personal activity tracker is right for you?
Personal activity trackers, like a Fitbit, Jawbone Up or Nike FuelBand, to name a few, are like pedometers on steroids. Depending on the model, they can track steps, miles, stairs, calories burned, and data about your sleep cycles, among other things.
The first few days you wear your device you will determine what your activity level is as opposed to what you perceive it to be. That might be a real eye opener. Then you can challenge yourself to do more. Even a little more movement every day adds up, right? Some devices enable you to connect with friends for extra incentive. After all, who wants to be in last? Out exercising friends is motivation!
By the way, your dog can get in on the activity tracker action, too. The Voyce sensor-packed collar measures your dog’s steps and rest and compares those numbers to the average for the breed. My dog is overweight but I don’t think this would motivate him unless the scent of cheese wafted out of the device. That is his motivation!
Has a personal activity tracker motivated you?