The road to fitness success starts when you strap on a tracker that's got your every move covered. We've partnered with Fitbit to enlighten women on why getting fit and losing weight is as much about working hard as it is about working smart.
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Whether you're a newbie dipping your toe in the pool of fitness or trying to get back into the swing of things after a long absence, just the thought of working out can be daunting. After taking two months off from my moderately active lifestyle because of an injury, I was at a loss for how to get my fitness back on track.
Quick fixes that worked in the past didn't work this time. The thought of waking up at 6 a.m. to go for a run depressed me, forcing myself into expensive fitness classes perturbed me rather than spurred me on, and putting on new gym clothes didn't motivate me, it just reminded me of how far from my goals I was. After a while of seeing no results with my misplaced efforts, I realised that as cliché as it may sound, small changes make big differences. I made small switches in my diet and decided my one fitness change would be to strap on a Fitbit Alta HR to get a better idea of what my activity levels were.
I ended up counting more than just my steps though. I started noticing things about my sleeping pattern, heart rate, and general lifestyle choices through the tracker's accompanying app. I quickly discovered the reason I couldn't muster any motivation for a quick jog in the morning was because I wasn't getting enough sleep. Sure, I was in bed for eight hours, but the sleep analysis showed just how much of that time I spent awake — not only from natural restlessness during the night, but also from scrolling through my social feeds after lights out. I started leaving my phone to charge before getting into bed and using my tracker to set a morning alarm.
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The small hacks I thought were time-saving were also slowing me down. On days when I made the rushed walk to and from the tube station, I was hitting my 10,000-step daily goal effortlessly, raising my heart rate into its fat burning zone and logging 20 active minutes from my panicked walk-jog for the train! As opposed to the days when I was barely making it to 7,000 steps because I decided to catch the bus instead.
With my weekdays feeling consistently more active, my weekends started paling in comparison. To remedy this, I signed up for the Weekend Warrior challenge and roped a friend in, too. The competition made me get up and move even when I had nothing to do! I started sorting my washing into small piles and taking it upstairs a pile at a time. The sense of accomplishment every time my steps went up and another floor of stairs got added to my Fitbit dashboard was enough for me to keep it up.
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Sure enough, the small change I made of tracking my fitness added up to big differences. I didn't just discover the reason behind my lack of motivation; I also found a new way to be fit that slotted into my lifestyle without putting a strain on myself — and lost pounds in the process.
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