The boyfriend bought me a FitBit Charge 2 as a gift last year. A super sweet and supportive thing to do to help encourage me to get some exercise into my day. I think he was sick of constantly hearing me moan about how “fat” I was getting while tucking into my Chinese Takeaway if I am honest. But, regardless of his motive, it was a very thoughtful gift and I was well up for the challenge.
The one he brought me was super cute and girly and he got me a purple strap because it is my favourite colour. 🙂
The FitBit Charge 2 Purple recommends that people should aim for 10,000 steps every day. Apparently that is the minimum for good health and helps you lose weight. Easy peasy, I thought!
I thought wrong. Very wrong.
How on earth do people do that many steps a day??! Do they not work? Do they not sleep? Do they not crash on the sofa every night to watch the latest episode of Game Of Thrones? Obviously not.
It was near impossible for me to do the “minimum”, let alone more.
Occasionally, on days when I would walk to and from work, I would manage to hit 10k. Just. But on the average day – desk bound and glued to my computer screen at work, I would struggle to hit 4000. It would probably be even worse if I didn’t regularly take the 20 or so steps to the coffee machine all day.
Does the FitBit make me walk more? Oh hell yes! 100% After the flurry of excitement from my family with my FitBit, they all went and bought one. Now, we “challenge” each other on who can do the most steps. I am a sucker for a good challenge and I am a very very sore loser, so it encourages me to walk “the long way” home from work or spend my lunch breaks walking laps of the town instead of sitting at my desk watching YouTube. (I may or may not buy a sausage roll from Greggs on these walks, but that’s beside the point!)
Walking has also helped introduce me to a new love of mine – Podcasts! A half hour walk normally allows for me to listen to a full Podcast episode that I otherwise wouldn’t have managed.
Just getting outside and walking is great for my mental health as well.
I won’t lie, I am not at 10,000 steps a day (yet) but I am getting there and I am feeling so much healthier for it. If you are thinking about investing in one – go for it. You won’t regret it!
They might be a bit on the pricey side at around £180, but they are honestly worth every penny in helping you to take control of your fitness! You can buy at Amazon and pick which colour strap you like. Happy Stepping!
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