They say that walking is good for the “Baby Boomer young grandpa” generation. Some experts say that walking is even better than jogging or running. Walk for at least 30 minutes a day and you will be ahead of the game……..who are these experts anyway? I hope they’re right.
With this in mind my kids got be a FITBIT for the holidays. It’s the next best thing since sliced bread. Just wear it around your wrist Dad, and it will tell you all you want to know about your physical fitness, so the kids say. I hope they’re right.
Turns out it does really tell you almost everything you want to know about your activity.. How many steps you have walked during the day, how many calories you burned, how far you have walked and a bunch of other stuff.
And this watch like gizmo even sets goals for you for the day. Walk 10,000 steps (that’s about 3.5 miles) and the wrist band vibrates and gives you a “happy” positive reinforcement feeling on your arm. It also sets goals for calories burned, active minutes, heart beats per minute among others.
Here’s the problem…….. I have become a slave to this devise. I look at it constantly and always want to know how many steps so far today? How many mile(s) have I walked so far today? How many calories have I burned? In a way it’s good because I am exercising if at a bit of a leisurely pace. But it’s a problem because I find myself walking back in forth in my twenty foot living room just to get to my goal. I can’t concentrate on my favorite TV show as I sit in my recliner. I am missing some great TV time.
Ultimately, active minutes must be better than passive minutes. So the FITBIT is here to stay for a while. I just wonder how many steps it is to walk around Disney World?