One month in to 2015, and most of the e cigarette creation team at V2 is still sticking to our New Year’s Resolutions; whether it’s volunteering at local animal shelters or hitting the gym instead of the snack bar. Technology is the greatest asset in maintaining our fitness resolutions, ranging from apps that count calories to activity trackers that yell at you when you’re too sedentary.
One of our favorite devices for ensuring we’re on track with our New Year’s goals is the Fitbit Surge, a great piece of wearable tech that we’re confident will keep us in shape year ’round.
Here are 5 reasons why we love our Fitbit…
Data, analysis and feedback are great for creating behavioral change.
It’s no secret to e cigarette fans that humans are creatures of habit. If we want real change in our lives, whether to simply get the minimum recommended level of exercise per day or to go above and beyond, seeing hard data helps us to see reality as it is, not as we want it to be. Rationalizations can be the worst thing that ever happened to fitness (“I’ll go for a run – later” – sound familiar?)
Fitbit keeps us honest.
Most of us need more activity than what we get on a daily basis, even if we’re fairly active. But we vastly overestimate how much we walk in a day. Fitbit keeps us honest. If it isn’t 10,000 steps, we haven’t done the minimum for that day. Can’t argue with numbers.
Fosters healthy competition – with yourself, or with other users.
Some of us are pretty competitive, while others see themselves as their biggest competition – and don’t get us started on people who are both. For the externally competitive, say, officemates (ahem), the Fitbit takes outdoing colleagues to a whole new level, with officemates routinely bragging over who’s done more. If you’re trying to push beyond your previous best, one look at your daily summary gives you the motivation you need to push a few extra steps the next day. Either way, competition helps us to move more.
It logs our sleep and to help us figure out how to get more.
Too little sleep can make or break the day. Looking at the cold, hard data takes away the rationalizations we use to watch another episode of “House Hunters” on a work night. When exhausted, take a look at the previous night’s hours of sleep. Not shockingly, it’s usually under 6. It’s hard to argue with numbers, and it’s a great motivation to say goodnight to that newly renovated townhouse priced below market value.
Reality check – it can be pretty shocking to see how many steps 10,000 really is.
Unless you track, you probably have no idea how many steps you take each day. The average person walks about 5,000 steps per day, or 2.5 miles. One mile equals about 2000 steps, so 10,000 means walking five (yes, five) miles.
Do you use personal tech to help keep yourself on track? Share in the comments or on our Facebook page!