Saturday, August 23, 2014

shocking results

With school starting up again, I wanted to keep track of my daily activity and become more active.  Every year, the first few weeks feel like I run a marathon every day and I was curious just how many steps I take in a day.

I got a Jawbone Up which tracks your steps and even your sleep patterns.  You can input the food you eat into the application if you have a smartphone or ipad or ipod (which I didn't realize until I purchased it-you can't use it if you only have a computer).

Well, I was very shocked after just two days of using it.  I figured I walked at least 5 miles a day because of how tired I was at the end of the day.  I'm up constantly walking around in my classroom teaching.

But, at the end of the day when I plugged the jawbone into my son's ipad, it says I only walked 1300 steps.  That's less than a mile!  I sit down way more than I realized.  Why on earth am I so tired?

What it does is motivate me to get out and get moving at the end of a very long day.  The goal is 10,000 steps a day and I haven't come close to that yet.  The best I've been able to do is about 6500 steps.

The most interesting thing for me is my sleep.  I know I fall asleep quickly, but in the two nights I've worn it, the first night I fell asleep in 7 minutes and last night it took me 6 minutes.  I never woke up all night long and last night slept over 9 hours!  Yep, I'm tired!

I've now set an alarm on it to get me up and moving if I sit more than 45 minutes at a time.  No, it won't ring or buzz, but it will vibrate, just to make me aware that I'm sitting still too long.

I'm off this morning for a walk, even though every muscle in my body says to rest.

And, if you remember way back when I kicked that stack of magazines in the hall and thought I broke my toe?  Well, it is still hurting so I'm pretty sure I did break it!  Poor baby :(  It only hurts when I touch it or wiggle it and not when I walk on it which is a good thing.  It's at the end knuckle.  Ouch!


MooseStashQuilting said...

I really need one of these. I know I am sitting way too much. What a great way to track it. If you broke your toe, it's going to take up to a year for it to feel better. I broke mine on a water slide when I slid into the little boy in front of me. Ouch! I feel your pain! LOL!

Quiltingranny said...

I have thought about this or the fit bit! I do not like pedometers they give false readings, but this might be the key!

jirons42 said...

I love the idea of the 45 minute reminder. I need one of those. I know I sit too long when I'm on the computer, sewing or reading.