Walk it Out

December 2, 2016 at 2:08 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

I have officially been wearing my Jawbone step tracker for one entire year. Every day, I’ve managed to hit at least 10,000 steps. That’s a lot of walking! Here are some things I’ve learned:

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Ah yes, I’m familiar with this look.

  • It wasn’t easy. 10,000 steps is (for me) essentially about an hour and 45 minutes of walking each day. Since I don’t have a car and commute to the office, I walk a bit every day by default but there were many days that I had to force myself to go back out for another long walk in order to actually hit my steps. On some days, I literally had to plan around it and I often went out of my way to incorporate more walking.
  • Location matters. There was a big difference in my steps depending on where I was. It was always easier to hit them in Chicago and when I traveled to visit my family in other states where public transit isn’t as much of a thing, I felt it. I can’t even tell you how many laps I’ve made up and down my mom’s driveway in order to walk a little more! I’ve gotten spoiled to living in a place where there are sidewalks and I no longer take that for granted.
  • It becomes addicting. Logically, I know that I don’t have to “hit my steps” every day. But I’m just a little Type-A and once I started I just couldn’t stop. There was something about that daily vibration on my wrist that I just had to have! Sort of like a good habit. Which I guess is the point…
  • My tracker didn’t count stairs as two steps. Bummer, especially considering how I live on the third floor of a walk-up.
  • It did, however, count my elliptical and treadmill time at the gym. But not the stationary bike.
  • Some people thought I was crazy. I didn’t dispute that but I am glad I kept it up.

And because I think it’s interesting, here are some of my stats from the last year:

  • I walked an average of 13,698 steps a day
  • I walked the most in May, at 486,376 total steps
  • I walked the least in November, at 379,375 steps (not surprising given the wedding weekend and all)
  • Speaking of, I logged 11,478 steps on my wedding day…and I took off the band before the ceremony so that didn’t include all of my dancing, which probably added a few thousand more!
  • The most I walked in a single day was 26,746 steps (thanks to working an overnight at the museum…those nights were consistently my highest)
  • Overall, I walked 5 MILLION steps in 365 days.

Clearly my size 10 feet have done me some good after all!

 

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Tough Technology

March 22, 2016 at 2:15 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

I’ve been wearing one of those step-tracker/personal trainer doohickeys since the end of last year and I have to admit, I’m a little addicted. I personally sport the Jawbone, which I think it more stylish than the Fit-Bit while doing  basically the same thing. This contraption counts my steps and tracks my sleep, which is basically all I wanted it to do and it does come in pretty handy. It’ll track my calories too but I mostly like to see how far I walk and how much I sleep I get because it entertains and motivates me. Case in point: I’ve hit or exceeded my 10,000 steps every day this year! My sleep, on the other hand, isn’t as strong. And the Jawbone notices these things – then completely calls me out on it, which I guess is the whole reason I got it.

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Word.

I worked an overnight at the Museum on Friday evening and I racked up over 17,000 steps by the end of the day (meaning midnight Friday night). But wait, there’s more! Since part of my job during these overnights involves making rounds through all of the exhibits to ensure kids and parents are eventually going to sleep, I keep busy long after midnight. As you can see from this screenshot, I walked over half of my daily goal in steps between midnight and 2am! And my whopping 2.5 hours of sleep was about average for the overnights, so there was no surprise there. But I did think it was funny to have my phone app lecturing me like my mom. It even told me to take a nap! Which I didn’t do. I’m a grown-ass woman who can sleep when I want and no pocket computer or fancy bracelet is going to make me do differently!

But really, I’m pretty tired this week and a nap sounds great. Is this what people mean about technology becoming smarter than us and taking over? Because if AI has a half of the discipline that my damn Jawbone seems to think I should have, we’re all screwed.

 

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