The gym bunny returns! Well, kinda. Gym bunny isn’t exactly out in full force atm (there aren’t enough hours in the day right now, sad face) but she’s still there somewhere. Waiting to return. 😛 In the meantime, enter the ‘everyday fitness tracker’ aka Fitbug Orb. Time to focus on general day to day activity instead me thinks. I’m still managing the odd home workout (it does my head good!) but not too much else other than walking.
Despite repeatedly forgetting that the little ‘Orb’ isn’t a watch and looking at it for the time, I’ve got on pretty well with my Fitbug. It can be worn in a belt clip or on another loop thingy too, but I found my wrist easiest. Lightweight and inobtrusive and that. So whilst I haven’t been pounding the pavements with a weekly 10K, I have been tracking my daily step count and monitoring my sleep and that kinda thing. Once you learn the green flash morse code (1 for sync! 3 for sleep!) it’s pretty simple. Sync to the app, see how you’re doing in real-time, up your game if you ain’t been stepping as much as you thought you had! You can pop in your nutrition and other activity and whatnot on the app too, if you fancy monitoring ALL THE THINGS.
One little problem: you have to manually input when you go to sleep so maybe not the most accurate sleep tracker. I fall asleep pretty much the moment my head hits the pillow, but for people who take longer to drift off, the ‘tracked time’ probably isn’t a true representation. I guess without monitoring your heart rate it’s difficult to tell if you’re asleep or just sitting still though.
It’ll be interesting to see how my activity changes once I’m back on the gym bandwagon. I haven’t tracked my body measurements this time or set myself any inch-related goals (there’s no point!) but it’ll definitely be a good motivator once I am hitting Metafit again. I wonder if activity does make any measurable difference to my body, or if it’s all in the feels. The sore, tight muscles, satisfying feels. You know what I mean?
Things I learnt whilst using the Fitbug Orb:
I need to do more steps every day! I probably cover a decent number just during my college hours with my lessons being as far as physically possible apart (hello turning up late!) and with 60 steps to my bedroom and back from downstairs, but still, I don’t walk enough. More evening strolls needed me thinks.
Workout withdrawal is a real thing. With everything I’ve taken on these last few months, something had to give. Short term I’ve sacrificed the 4x per week gym classes and am focusing on other stuff instead – my brain is getting more than enough of a workout! My stomach might not feel as firm and I might seriously struggle with a 5K when I get back into it, but what can you do eh? It’s short term. Plenty time to thrash it out when my commitments lighten up in a few weeks. I might feel a little softer (because autumn = ALL the cosy food and I ain’t missing out!) but it’s not the end of the world. You know me, I’ll ramble on about motivation and ‘just doing it’ (even at 5:30am) until the cows come home, but sometimes you just gotta prioritise to fit as much into life as you can!
Fitness gadgets make good motivation. When you see numbers going up, you wanna make them go up more. Nothing like a new toy to get you back into it. 🙂
lily kate x