About six years ago, I told my sister I was thinking of doing a mini-triathlon.
She almost choked on her food and said something like, "Yeah, right".
When I finally managed to convince her that I was going to put my uncoordinated self through the training process, she said, "Not without me!"
Despite a two year age difference and being the only kids in our family, we've never been über-competitive. We have very different personalities and approach our lives in different ways. That said, we still appreciate one another and we are happy to be more different than alike.
We trained for the triathlon in our respective towns and in our respective ways. We got together once before the big race to do the circuit together. And when the race day finally came and went, we were so glad we did it together.
Last week, while she and her boys were visiting, a package arrived from my friends at Best Buy with a variety of Fitbit products they had asked me to review.
Not to be outdone by any fitness initiative on my part, she said, "Not without me!"
I chose the Fitbit Flex because it tracks sleep and that's an area of my personal well-being that I really, really, really need to work on. And with a new puppy on its way (oh my gosh, what have I agreed to?), I know my daily steps are about to make a dramatic increase.
My sister loves sleep and always makes sure to find time for it (how does she do it?). She picked the Fitbit Zip because it's small and easy to wear all day.
We both regarded the Fitbit Aria scale (which smiles at you before telling you what your percentage of body fat is for the day) with wary eyes, being that our recent trip to Europe had us indulging much more than we normally do.
After uploading the Fitbit app on our smart phones (super easy, by the way), our totally friendly competiton was officially underway.
I admit the daily "how many steps" texts are definitely a push in the right direction for me. And the timing for this new regime couldn't be better. We've had a fabulous summer, and we've let all routines go out the window. With the cooler nights and shorter days, I'm feeling the need to get back to a schedule.
On top of that, my birthday arrives in about a month and I know there will be a re-evaluation of how I'm taking care of myself (or often times not taking care of myself).
I have nothing but positive things to say about the Fitbit products I've tried (yes, even the smiling scale which talks to my Fitbit with wifi). And I'm really enjoying the app on my iphone and the way it tells me how much water I should be drinking and how to match my calorie intake to my fitness levels each day.
As for sleep? Well, Fitbit tells me I have some work to do.
For a better look at the Fitbit products, watch this video by fitness guru Tommy Europe (you'll want to run outside and find a trail when you do):
If you've been thinking about trying Fitbit, you're in the right place.
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