I get a lot of questions, especially when I post about something like the Fitbit, which I LOVE and wear daily — click here to see my initial review. This post is a response to anyone who asked me about it’s accuracy or how I handle “this or that.”
Every day I wear my Fitbit One, well, right here…
I transfer it from bra to bra if I get changed and honestly it’s so ingrained in my routine I rarely forget it anymore.
Here’s my step chart so far today…
I start almost every morning with CrossFit either at 6 or 8 a.m. depending on the day’s schedule. In any given hourlong class I rarely get a green spike of steps, or calories for that matter, even though I’m working my a$$ off.
Today we practiced snatching for about 20 minutes after a 10-minute warmup. I worked up 83 pounds. After the strength training I did today’s workout of the day: 6 x 65lb snatches followed by 10 Toes-to-bar for 5 rounds. (It took me almost 6 months to be able to do ONE toe-to-bar.) Then I practiced overhead squats and snatch deadlifts. Then, because I knew temps would be dropping throughout he day, I squished in my 1-mile run for #2014RunStreak before heading home to work (the green spike).
My point in telling you this isn’t to gloat about my routine or show off. My point is to show you how little the Fitbit picked up of my workout. Besides the green spike when I ran my mile, I registered about the same amount of steps as I do taking a walk for about an hour. Do I think walking and CrossFit burn the same calories or require the same expenditure of energy?
Do I get frustrated that the Fitbit isn’t registering the effort I put into my workout?
NO. Not in the least!
Here’s the deal. I sit. A lot. On any given day I’m on my computer for 8 hours. I’ll bet many of you are as well. Despite gong to the gym almost daily AND running a mile, I normally have a hard time hitting my goal of 10,000 steps a day. Just ask the husband who routinely watches me pacing in the bedroom trying to get those last few hundred just so I can see the congrats message on the Fitbit site.
I don’t wear the Fitbit to tell me how hard I’m working or how many extra calories I should be eating. I don’t micromanage the stats or enter in activities I think the Fitbit “gypped” me on. I wear it because it reminds me to move more.
Period. End of story.
Frankly I don’t care how accurate it even is. You can get hung up on things like that or you can go with the flow. I used to be paralyzed by the minutiae of details, using things like the accuracy of a Fitbit or the inability to calculate calories in a dish as an excuse to walk away from my goals. I use a lot of tools too but now, when things like the Nike+ app messes up my pace or the batteries die on my food scale, I shrug my shoulders…
… and just keep going. At least I’m moving more, making good food choices, running and estimating to the best of my ability.
Isn’t that the point anyway?
Listen, if counting every calorie in and calorie out perfectly is working for you, great! But for those who get frustrated, overwhelmed and distracted by the details, try to remind yourself that all those facts and figures are supposed to be helping, not hurting your efforts. Don’t get paralyzed by the minutiae — just keep moving.