I'm sitting here on our lovely new patio in the beautiful sunshine writing this weeks blog, waiting for my beloved fitness watch to charge up, and feeling positively naked without it. It's a quick charger, so I only have to wait tentatively for an hour and off we go again, my fitbit and I. When it is fully charged it says “HUG ME”, so in the privacy of my kitchen....that's just what I do. The postman caught me hugging it once. Funny, not seen him in ages.
It has to be said, that we are fairly inseparable since we first met back in January. I had previously been completely besotted with my fitbit flex, but fickle being that I am, sold it to my friend and upgraded to the Fitbit Charge HR, and it has been true love ever since.
Apart from anything else, these amazing pieces of kit help motivate you like nothing else. Giving you a reassuring buzz when you've hit the 10,000 step mark, awarding you medals and certificates, and if you haven't quite got to your goal for that day, it will give you a little friendly nudge to remind you that it's not too far away.
So, subsequently I am a huge fan of these little inventions, I think they should make them compulsory for everyone.
I recently learnt with some concern, that there are individuals who enter into weekly challenges with friends, creating ways to cheat on them, which I thought was rather sad. Isn't that rather defeating the object? We are here to get fit, not to cheat in order to be top of the leader board. It shouldn't matter if you're first, second, third or last, as I've said in previous blogs, its the fact that you get out there and do it that's really important. On my first 10k race I was third from last, but I didn't mind particularly, because I'd completed it, and with a nasty case of plantar fasciitis too. The following year I did a much better time, but just getting round is a massive sense of achievement.
With my fitbit now charged, we are ready to hit the road. Without it, I am lost. My usual run this afternoon before school pick up, and a friendly buzz on my wrist at the end will satisfy me for another day. If you're a new runner, and you haven't got one, I strongly recommend you do invest. The only advice I would give you is, make sure you sync your app every day. I'm a nightmare at forgetting and then wonder why it takes ages to update all the info.
There's a wide variety of fitness watches out there, Garmin, Fitbit, etc, so do a little research first and then choose whichever one is right for you. Check also that the app is appropriate for your mobile phone. It's a partnership you will never regret.
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