Old Navy top (on clearance in store, option), sports bra and pants; Asics running sneakers; Jawbone activity tracker
Those of you that know me fairly well know that I am committed to living healthy and to my workout routine. I’m a regular exerciser and work hard to eat well, and I enjoy all that comes with that. (I also enjoy new workout clothes as well, which always helps my dedication;) I’ve been happily trying out the Jawbone activity tracker and Up app with Smart Coach on my smartphone the past week or so, and have found it to be REALLY eye opening.
I’ve never used a fitness tracker before, but have always been intrigued by them. There’s something nerdy in me that loves concrete details and knowing exactly how I am doing at any given time, you know? I am pretty competitive with myself, so having something to push me to do better is always helpful. Here are THREE THINGS I learned while tracking my steps, and how I intend to use the Up app with Smart Coach from here.
Note: I included the screenshots from my Up app with Smart Coach from what I consider my lazier day, as well as my most active day. I clipped the Jawbone activity tracker on my pants pocket right before I left the house for the day, and kept it on until a little after dinner (where I traditionally sit pretty still until bedtime!)
1) My lazier days tend to include a day when I am bringing my son to playgroup, we come home and play (and nap), and then pick up my daughter from school. We often have a baseball game in the evening, but that includes a lot of sitting. I’ve learned this: on the days I am not working out I tend to be a sedentary person. I’m just not someone who constantly moves around. I’m a reader and a writer, and that means a lot of sitting time. As you can see, I moved less than half the recommended steps on this day, and my idle time was pretty long (nap/reading time.) These stats were pretty depressing.
2) On my active days, when I am at the gym and working out (generally 3 days/week), I still fall under the 10,000 recommended steps. I run on the treadmill at the gym, as well as some weight lifting and ab work, yet when I get home I am still pretty sedentary. I think it’s just in my nature to not be always on the move. I sit on the car a lot for school drop offs and pick ups, and also on the bleachers at my kids’ baseball games. I also work often at my desk on the computer, so not getting the steps I need is pretty standard. I was surprised that by running and going to the gym did not push me over the steps I needed, but can work out that in the future.
3) By using the Jawbone activity tracker and Up app with Smart Coach on my phone (and checking in with it often during the day), I saw in concrete terms that I needed to move more. On that first day (the stats on the left up above), I saw that I was falling behind on steps, so I took my kids for a walk/bike ride after dinner. This helped push up my step count from pitiful to just ok;) On my active days I am working on running farther and faster. I don’t think I can reach 10,000 steps all the time, but I’m hoping that if I can get close most of the time, it may even out?
There are more things you can do with Jawbone and the Up app with Smart Coach (I’m working on tracking my sleep and workouts in more concrete terms), but I wanted to start on on the basics today and move into the rest at a later time. I like to start small and work on changing little bits first, and then bring in the rest later. I’m more aware now of how little steps I can make on a daily basis and I am working on moving more. Parking farther away at Target (ha!), taking the stairs more, walking with my kids after dinner, etc. Baby steps, right? 😉
Tell me, do you think you take enough steps in the day?
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