For just over a year now I’ve been focused upon my physical health and keeping my body moving. This has been an enlightening journey that has found me in tears on some days and cheering at accomplishments other days. The fact is that I’m not innately built to be someone who adores exercise. I am the person who would rather be sloth-like on the couch under a lovely blankie rather than sweating my face off with exertion.
Knowing I’m like this, I fight the urge to forgo exercise and focus on getting moving. There are lazy days but I make up for those by keeping track of my weekly efforts and ensuring that I am exercising enough to keep stretching my limit. These days I don’t keep a log book of time I spend at the gym, I use mobile technology to keep track for me. Until recently I used an app on my phone where I typed in the exercise, minutes performed and the app logged it all for me.
FitBit Charge #EveryStepCounts Challenge
Recently my friends at Telus invited me to participate in the #EveryStepCounts challenge with 10 other Canadian bloggers. Each of us was provided with a FitBit Charge and challenged to use it from February 2nd until February 16th, sharing our experience on Twitter. This was exciting for me, with the FitBit Charge I wouldn’t have to enter my exercise by hand…it counted all of my steps for me!
The FitBit Charge tracks steps taken, stairs climbed, calories burned and active minutes in addition to sleep monitoring. Setting it up was relatively simple for me as I’ve used other activity trackers in the past. I turned it on, synced to my phone and used the “dongle” (little usb plugin) which came in the package to sync to my desktop computer. I then went to the FitBit website and created a user profile for myself. I entered in my height, weight and set myself goals for steps, stairs etc.
Each day I wore the FitBitCharge and it automatically tracked my progress in real-time which meant that I would just glance at my wrist to know where I was at. This became quite a game with my daughters. We were on holidays in DominicanRepublic so we ALL shared the 10K goal for our steps for the day and we enjoyed hitting it as early in the day as possible. It also has a silent alarm and keeps you connected on the go with call notifications and caller ID.
Some scenes from my FitBit Charge’s travels:
I have officially fallen for the FitBit Charge and am thankful that Telus gave me the opportunity to use it. I will continue to do so as it just fits with my lifestyle and makes tracking my goals so simple. I do wish that it was waterproof and tracked my swimming and yoga..but in time I’m sure they’ll incorporate that capability.
WIN a FitBitCharge from Telus
My friends at Telus have given me one FitBit Charge to giveaway to one very lucky Canadian reader, excluding Quebec.
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Disclosure: I was provided product in return for this article, all opinions are my own.