My company has begun a new wellness program. Sometime mid-May we were eligible to obtain a free FitBit. (one of the 3 lower end models) The only caveat was that we agree to log to a company website that would allow them to see our steps.
I figured why not. They all ready have a GPS locater in my company issued phone so they know where I go--what does it matter if they see how many steps I take? LOL Also, as part of the deal I could buy one for a family member at a greatly reduced price so I got K one like mine. She does not have to let my company know her steps.
And can I just say how much fun I have with this silly thing? I love seeing how many steps I walk, how many stairs I climb and how many miles I have traversed by days end. For a person whose job is mostly behind a desk, I am pretty active. The only day I did not make my 10,000 steps was a day I had a migraine and I went to work, came home and that was pretty much my day. But most times, I after work I am doing chores, taking the kids to the park etc.
Also my wife and I have been walking together a few mornings a week. She has ankle issues so she can't do this daily, so I have more morning walks than she does. I love the time together as it is just for us and now that she is used to it, K is enjoying the talking time as well.
Then there is the company leader board. This shows how far everyone has walked. Well, I am a wee bit on the competitive side. My initial goal was to stay in the top ten. Since more than 100 people are doing this, I figured it was a good goal. I have gradually been working my way up a bit higher than that though and am presently rocking the number six slot.
I know that during the school year it will be much harder to find times to exercise. My life is a taxi then. Rob's train schedule, and the kids activities govern my life. But for now, I am enjoying my fitbit and the flexibility that summer gives.