As you are aware, I have embarked on a new healthier and more active lifestyle a few months ago, and I have been sharing my experience in our Getting Fit feature.
I made small changes, I started going to the gym and I am also trying to eat a more wholesome diet. I have been really enjoying my new lifestyle, I feel I have much more energy than before, and even shared my Top Tips for Healthy Lifestyle in my First Month Update blog post.
Following from my First 5k Run at the gym in January, I decided to sign up to a 5k race and see how I got on. I was pleasantly surprised with my time, I completed my first 5k race at Regent’s Park, on one of the hottest day of the year so far and finished third in 22 minutes and 9 seconds – which is my best time to date!
I simply love little man’s face as I was about to cross the finish line…
So how did I managed to get more active, from running only a couple of minutes at the gym, to start entering running races?
At the beginning of my journey, I was sent a Fitbit to try out, and it has helped me to keep track of my activities and keep me moving. I love the fact that it tells me my total steps, how far I have walked each day, how many minutes I have been active for, as well as calories burnt.
I have been trying Fitbit Flex wireless activity and sleep wristband, which comes with a small and large wristband in a selection of colours. You can set your goals in the app, and the lights on the wristband indicate your progress, so you check our during the day how far you are from your goals.
I have also been trying Fitbit One wireless activity and sleep tracker, which also tracks steps, distance, calories burnt, active minutes. Besides, it tracks stairs climbed, which is a feature that I love as I go up and down the stairs all day at work. I was surprised to find out that I climbed 89 floors in one day! It shows some little messages throughout the day, which definitely puts a smile on my face.
The more you use, the more badges you earn, and it is quite exciting earning different badges. As an example, I’ve earned Hot Air Balloon badge for 2000 lifetime floors, Italy badge for 1184 lifetime kilometres, Trail Shoe badge for 30k steps in a day. Furthermore, you can connect with friends for support, check their average daily steps and total weekly steps, and some friendly competition.
Since I’ve got two Fitbit, hubby and I have been taking into turns in trying them. We absolutely love competing against each other in the challenges, it definitely makes us both work harder than usual. Our favourite challenges are Workweek Hustle, which is a Monday to Friday competition, and Weekend Warrior, a weekend competition.
Now that I’ve run my first 5k race, I’ve signed up for my first 10k race in two weeks, and I can’t wait! I shall keep you updated how I get on.
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