Curious about whether or not a fitness device is good tool to help you reach your fitness goals? Our SVP of Customer Engagement Solutions, Shawn Moore, shares her experience with a Fitbit Zip.
The jury is still out on the long term effectiveness of wearable fitness devices across a broad population. We all know someone who had a device, used it religiously for a while and then lost interest. However, we are starting to see statistics stating that a majority of employees continue to use their fitness devices six months after their employers launch their wellness program.
I am happy to report that I am one of those people who has worn a Fitbit Zip for more than four years. I chose this particular device because it is small and easy to use.
I started wearing a device because I was curious about how much activity I was actually getting. As it turns out, the answer was ‘not much’. I was only averaging about 2,000 steps during the work day. I learned that I was hardly moving at all during the daytime hours and I was getting most of my activity in at the gym in the evening. If we believe that sitting is the new smoking, I was well on my way to poor future health.
Not only did wearing my Fitbit help me figure out how to get at least 10,000 steps per day, it also helped me change my routine so that I was getting more activity throughout the day. I try to get 500-600 steps per hour while I am working during the day. That means changing things up – I now look for opportunities to move! Sometimes, I walk in place while participating in a conference call. My one-on- one meetings with my team have become walking meetings. I take the long route to the bathroom and I park my car in the far corner of the lot. I also take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible. If someone needs something, I go get it exclaiming, “I get the bonus steps”. I also have a circle of friends and family members who wear devices and we compete with each other to see who accumulates the most steps. It’s a fun challenge because I certainly don’t want my kids or neighbor beating me on a weekly basis!
My Fitbit and daily activities are now habits for me. I feel great and will continue to track my activity so that I contribute to my best possible future health. I do believe that we are seeing the beginning of a broader trend that will likely continue to have an impact on improving overall health. Whether is it a wearable device or an app used with a smartphone, individuals are waking up to the need to move.
Interested in how wearables can be an effective tool to help engage employees in healthier habits? Download our tip sheet to find out how wearables are being used in wellness programs and a quick guide to some of the most popular devices and apps.