Fitbit False Sense of Security and Candy Crush Calories
Sunday, February 21, 2016
I made up my mind that EVERY DAY in February I would get at least 10,000 steps on my Fitbit. And I told my husband that if I failed once, that would not be the end of this challenge. The plan was to keep going and get my 10K as many times as I could. So far I'm 100%- 20 of 20 days. It hasn't always been easy. No, usually anything but easy, but I've learned to DANCE to the Grammy's, to walk even more at work (that's one time I'm usually pretty active), and to not put off until the end of the day so that I'm walking figure eights around my house when I should be winding down to go to bed! That being said, walking in itself is not going to get me physically fit! I've fooled myself by thinking that Fitbit steps= a fitter me. Nope! In the back of my mind I've known it, but just keep putting off the fact that strength training and stretching go hand in hand with the steps I walk. I do vary my routine- sometimes using an elliptical trainer or treadmill or yes- even dancing. But the other night I tried to do Coach Nicole's Total Body Sculpt DVD (minus the barre routine because I didn't set out to "do it all") Let me tell you, there were several parts that I couldn't even begin to do! I jut marched in place and watched them perform for me. I knew before I started that it was too advanced for me. I promised myself that I would not get disgusted with myself and quit trying. Nope, I didn't do that. I was discouraged, but more by my lack of ability and my out-of-shapeness than anything. I am 55, and I might've been able to do these things when I was 20 years younger. But it gave me a wake-up call that I need to get stronger. I read it all the time- stronger muscles burn more calories and muscles will look better. But for some reason I've been satisfied to get my Fitbit 10K in and I'm good. Now I'm getting wiser.
Which brings me to part 2. Just how many calories are in a round of Candy Crush- you know, the 5 "lives" you get before you have to wait for the timer to count down and add them back? A seemingly innocent little time- waster of a video game, but in actuality, the more time I spend "crushing candies", the less time I'm moving around. The more I sit, the less I burn so in a way I might as well be EATING the candy. It is my little distraction, but it's become too all-consuming of my time, activity level and attention to other things, like the TV show I keep rewinding because I missed parts while I crushed dem candies! I don't want to give up my game, but I'm definitely starting to see less of it than I used to.
I'm getting ready to join a wellness center. Not only a gym or workout facility. They offer cooking classes, massages and more. I can even get a personal trainer to get me on track from the very start. I love swimming so while I won't get to log any steps, I will use other muscles. And as a reward I can hang out in the whirlpool or sauna afterwards. No one playing Candy Crush there! Now, off to get today's 10K in. I've got 3/4 of my steps to go!