Pete’s Tuesday Weekly – Getting Engaged in Fitness

For the last week I’ve been wearing a FitBit Surge and I am trying to evaluate it against other devices that I am using like my Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor and my Garmin Edge 605 Cycle GPS. I’m not yet prepared to offer my direct comparison and critique as I’m still trying to figure out some of the functionality of my FitBit. That said there is one aspect of using the FitBit that I am prepared to comment on. Engagement, my FitBit has me more engaged with my daily activities than any of the other devices I use.

What I mean by this is I find myself each morning syncing up my Surge with the associated tracker plugged into my laptop so that I can subsequently go to my FitBit dashboard and see how I am doing. From seeing how restful my sleep was to seeing how many steps and miles I walked, to seeing my calorie burn with the different exercises I do each day,and being able to compare it from day-to-day, is huge and frankly quite addicting.

And it is not just me. I know others who use a FitBit and they are totally engaged with their daily activities because of it. I even spoke with one individual who knew he was about 30 minutes from midnight, and the next day… he knew he was short of his step goal. So he got up out of bed and took the dog for a walk. Now while arguably this is taking things a bit too far, the point is that FitBit has people engaged and even I am finding it engaging me in ways I did not imagine I would get with my daily fitness.

So while I am not suggesting that everyone run out and get themselves a FitBit I am here to tell you that if you are struggling with getting and staying committed to fitness then technology like the FitBit is a great way to help you get and stay engaged, and as most of you already know, that in and of itself is a good part of the battle.

Tidbit about me – Growing up, my first favorite rock band was Three Dog Night…my favorite high-school-years rock band was Aerosmith, and currently I have no favorites…I like most everything…including country music. 🙂

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