Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Fitbit? Checking Out New Technology
Friends are always asking me what my secret is to keeping my shape after all these years. No, not like you'd think - you see my shape is sort of short and round, like a peeled Russet Potato. And how I can stay this shape with all my exercise and healthy eating is a mystery to them. I do Water Aerobics five days a week for two hours each day. I walk the treadmill for miles on the weekends. I never use salt and rarely have sugar unless it is specifically dessert (and anyone who knows me knows that I always have dessert) - so much so that even carrots are annoyingly sweet to my taste buds. Oh, there is my Chutney addiction which might add just a tiny bit of sugar to my diet. (So maybe diet might be a factor.) And I live up a flight of stairs which are climbed constantly, often lugging groceries. Yes, it is a mystery. So I decided to use this device called a "Fitbit". Amanda asked for one for Christmas after careful research. Seems that teaching 5 days a week at Cal isn't leaving enough time for scheduled exercise, so she decided to track how much she was getting from normal everyday activity. Which for her includes a lot of bike riding, like everyone else who lives in Berkeley. Well, her brother Nick (my oldest) got her one for Christmas and she loves it.
The Fitbit also tracks your sleep, and that is actually why I had already purchased this one. Now am I the only one who watches her significant other sleep like a rock and then wake up and complain about not having slept a wink? I was planning on strapping this little guy on his wrist (yes, he does sleep that soundly) and checking in the morning to see how he'd done. But instead I will be checking to see how I've done. (After the requisite waiting period of 6 weeks while I dither about trying new technology, of course! So that would be April, right?) Good Times!