Surprisingly, that spark came to me in the form of a Fitbit a couple of months ago.
Initially, I didn’t understand the full capabilities of this fun fitness tracker. It sat unopened in the box on my dresser for two weeks before I worked up the courage to use it. Confession, this barely-a-millennial finds new technology a bit intimidating.
Side note, kitchen gadgets invoke the same apprehension. Dear Air Fryer, it’s not you. It’s me.
It was too cold to get outside with the baby (pic because I’ll take any excuse to share). And I wanted to eat breakfast burritos every day from McDonald’s. If you happened to read my SNAP blog last year, this burrito problem is reoccurring. What can I say? The struggle is REAL.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m not getting enough exercise, a general lack of motivation creeps into all areas of my life. It usually takes a not-so-subtle nudge to knock me out of this slump. Cue my Fitbit. It was fun to see how many steps I was getting, and I benefited from the built-in measure of accountability. Before I knew it, I found myself jogging around my bedroom at 9:00 p.m. just so I could reach my daily goal of 8,000 steps. Enjoy that mental picture. 35 is a strange age…
Although it may seem silly, the Fitbit inspired me to change my behavior—step-by-step.
It doesn’t take much to throw off the healthy balance in our lives, and isn’t balance the key to overall wellness? When we achieve harmony in the various areas of our life—physically, spiritually, mentally, and socially—only good things result. Balance may seem elusive in our crazy hectic world, but I believe the search is made easier when we place a priority on wellness.
About 15 JFS staff members are doing just that next week. Using our varied fitness trackers, we’ll challenge each other to see who can take the most steps in a work week. We’re throwing in a little lunchtime yoga for added fun. Prizes and bragging rights to be awarded. Feel free to follow our progress on Facebook. Our executive director has even stepped up to the challenge!
This life is both beautiful and hard. Here’s to finding some balance between the two in 2018. Together, let’s take some small steps toward wellness.