Back at the beginning of April I decided to treat myself to a FitBit, in the hope that it might encourage me to start being more healthy and exercising more often. If you’ve been a follower of mine for a while, you may remember last Spring I did my first ever 10km running event. But after completing it I kind of just lost my enthusiasm for running, and I haven’t exercised much since.
So in a bid to get myself looking a bit more trim for Glastonbury I decided to give the FitBit a go. I went for the FitBit Zip (RRP £50) – which is a small device that you can attach to your waist band, or bra strap in my case. This is the more simple model of those available from FitBit, they do have some wrist band/watch style ones too. But as I work in the NHS we have to be bare below the elbow, so the FitBit Zip was the best option for me. It records your steps, distance walked and calories burned. FitBit also have an amazing app where you can add your friends, record your weight and log exercise too.
I did think that my initial enthusiasm might wear off, so I wanted to wait a go 6-8 weeks before writing this post. So now almost 8 weeks later I can say I’m SO glad that I got myself a FitBit. It’s really motivated me to walk more during the day – I’ve been getting up extra early and walking my dog before work.
Whilst I am at work I walk as much as I can, I always take the stairs & often go for a walk on my lunch break. Through the app I also have a group with my work colleagues where we have a weekly step challenge – which is super motivated.
On top of this, my FitBit has also helped me rediscover my love for running. I joined my local running group, and the ParkRun has also recently started in my town so I think both of those factors have played a part too. But I am just so relieved that I have got my motivation back, as running just gives me such a stress release and helps me keep on top of my weight too.
So to summarise, I would highly recommend purchasing a FitBit as they are a fantastic way of motivating yourself to be more active and lead a healthy lifestyle. If you are a novice runner like myself I would also recommend going to your local ParkRun – it has made a huge difference to my confidence with running and I’ve also met so many other lovely runners too.
Let me know if you have a FitBit, maybe we can be FitBit friends hah! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this style of post, & if you’d like more lifestyle/heath & fitness posts let me know in the comments below.
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