I know I am not active. I try to be, but no where near where I would really like to be.
Recently I have seen my friends post their pedometer readings on FB for a record of their "activity" level.
That got me curious as to how active I really was. Then a friend told me about Up by Jawbone.
It monitors your activity level, as well as sleep.
I tried to get it at but was unsuccessful but got it's competitor instead - the Fitbit.
The guy at the shop couldnt advise me on how to use it, but I managed to figure it out from help on-line.
I have had it for slightly more than a week and I got my first fitbit report this week.
I am nowhere near the recommended 10,000 steps a day, but definitely better than my friends' average of 4000+ a day. I average around 6300 steps a day which works out to approx 4.1km!! My most active day for the week was 9300 steps which unfortunately falls short of the 10,000 I was hoping for.
I also found out that I climbed on average 12 flights of stairs a day. I tell you, this is due to my absentmindedness!! I forget something, and I have to go back up to get it.
Another thing which it monitors is my sleep. I only sleep an average of 6 and a half hours a night. Sad. I used to average 8-9 hours. I need to get in more sleep. But somehow, my body clock automatically wakes me up each day. I reckon it has to do with age.
I tried logging in my food intake, but gave up after the first couple of days coz, by the time I got to logging in my breakfast and lunch, it tells me I have exceeded my recommended calorie intake for the day. And that's even before I have started on dinner!! Guess I have found the reason for my weight gain. I must walk/exercise more, coz I cant cut down my food consumption. I really dont think I eat that much on the average, but the fitbit obviously thinks otherwise.
One good thing about this gadget is that what I will do now is: nearing the end of the day, when I take a look at it and see that I havent walked much during the day, I will just climb a few more flights of stairs - just for the sake of increasing my activity level!!
How active are you??