- Exercise & Fitness
How my FitBit and PokemonGo Changed my Life
Let Me Explain
I'm sure there are some of you that read that title and would like a little explanation. After all, that is a fairly bold statement. If you have read my post about my review of my FitBit you will know that I was instantly hooked on my FitBit. I loved that it tracked everything for me. I love that I get credit just for little things that I do all the time, like how it tells me how many calories I burn while I sleep. I love that it lets me see how effective my workouts are and lets me know what seems to be the most effective by showing my heart rate and how many calories I burn. It has changed my life. Now, I will admit that I could be getting more out of it if I were to track what I was eating and how much water I was drinking. But, I live in the real world and right now I don't have the time for that. Baby steps.
A couple of weeks ago the PokemonGo game launched in the United States, and everyone lost their minds. I will admit, I was a part of the group. A slightly less enthusiastic part, but I was still out there chasing Pokemon nonetheless. One thing I really like about this game is that it encourages people to go outside and move. You literally have to walk to hatch the eggs and you have to walk around fairly large distances to change down Pokemon. Its great!
So, I am still wearing my FitBit and loving it. And now I am running around the Hampton Roads area trying to best the best like no one ever was and catch all the Pokemon I can. I feel healthier. And its only been two weeks!
What I am Doing
I am still doing my regular daily activities. I still take my dog for a walk at least twice a day. I still go to work. I still spend time with my friends. But, I have changed my walking route with my dog just a little. There is a pokestop in my neighborhood and normally we would do a loop around the neighborhood and head back. Well, I have discovered that just a few blocks out of the neighborhood there is another pokestop. If the weather is nice, and by that I mean not too hot for my Boston terrier, we will head up to the second pokestop. I get to stock up on game supplies, walk an extra half mile, get a little bit closer to hatching my Pokemon eggs, and my dog gets a long walk. Its a win for everyone.
Now, I am also spending more time being active than just walking my dog. Before I would sometimes talk my dog to a local park if the weather was nice and we would walk the 5k trail. Now, I have been doing that at least once a week without the excuse of walking my dog. Let's face it. Summer in southeastern Virginia is just too hot of a little smush face dog to walk a 5k in the middle of the day.
But, its not just me. My boyfriend and several of our friends have been going with me. Some of these people would never have gone out of the house if it were not for the lure of catching Pokemon. We are all walking around various parts of the city, having a great time, and getting more active.
What I Have Noticed
There have been some changes that I have noticed right away. I have been craving healthier foods. The longer I am outside on a hot day the more I want something better for me than a cheeseburger. As a result I have been eating more fresh veggies and fruits. Now, this is something that I have been trying to do for about a year now. But, I find it is a little easier right now. It could be a coincidence. But, I know that it is a step in the right direction for my health.
I have been sleeping better. I am exhausted at the end of the day. I still work two jobs, run my blog empire, do work online for Amazon Mechanical Turk, and am a loving dog mom. Not to mention I now live with my boyfriend and we are still working on taming the mountain of boxes we need to unpack. But, I feel like I am getting a lot done in the day and with all the extra activity I am falling asleep quicker and staying asleep for most of the night.
I have been pushing myself to go a little further. If I notice that I am close to my daily step goal or to hatching an egg I will grab my dog's leash and go on an extra walk. To complete my goal or hatch the egg. For the first time since I came back from my trip to Walt Disney World I have been reaching my step goal everyday. That's pretty awesome when you consider I am not able to move around very much at my work.
Do you have a FitBit and my PokemonGo?
Other Health Benefits
I have noticed more than just the fact I have have been walking more. I feel like I am in a healthier state of mind. I am making more of an effort to spend time with my friends. I am making new friends. That really means a lot to me. I tend to be shy around new people and often don't feel that I have very much to contribute to group activities or conversations. But, now I know that we have something in common and that I am on equal ground with those I am with. I feel that I can speak freely and show people the goofball that I normally am.
It is relaxing to work on a hobby at the end of the day. Especially when you have had a hard day at work, which we all know can happen from time to time. I feel like my day wasn't completely awful if I am able to evolve my eevee to get a really powerful vaporeon or if I was finally able to hatch my 10k egg and got a new, rare, Pokemon. Its the small things. And it makes me happy.
Another thing I really like is that you can make a difference in our world just by walking. How? There are a lot of apps that will donate money to charitable organizations when you walk. The more you walk the more money you raise. Walk for a Dog is one of my favorite apps. I use it when I walk my dog and we raise my for our local animal shelter. Now, they are offering the chance to raise even more money if you take a picture of your dog while you catch a Pokemon, post it online, and tag them in it. Every little bit helps and Karma and I see tons of Pokemon on our walks. Why not take a picture and donate a little more? It really makes me feel good to think about how I am able to help shelter pets. Which in turns puts me in a better state of mind and sets me up for a good day filled with positive vibes.
If donating to charities is something you are in simple download an app and pick a charity to raise money for. Its a win win for everyone.
I love how I feel right now. I feel that I am actively trying to get my health together just by playing a game and tracking my daily activity levels. If I am being honest, I know that I was not completely unhealthy or overweight when I began this journey. I would say that I am just like the average American. But, if we are still being honest nearly everyone can make more of an effort to be a little healthier.
There are a lot of people that are seeing positive effects from playing the PokemonGo game and there are a lot of people that have been able to get their lives on a better track because of their FitBit. I love that I have been able to combine the two and really get something out of my daily activity. Just the other night my boyfriend, one of our friends, and I spent nearly three hours walking around the Oceanfront at Virginia Beach catching Pokemon and having a good time. We had drinks, ice-cream, and enjoyed the lovely view of the ocean at sunset. We walked for a little over 5k, as I was able to hatch a 5k egg and get another incubating before we reached the car. We never would have done that if it were not for the game. I was so excited when my FitBit buzzed to tell me that I had reached my step goal for the day after only an hour and a half of walking. I loved seeing my stocked up pokedex and the motivational message from my FitBit app telling me how amazing I was that I was an overachiever.
I know that I am not the only one that has seen this sort of positive impact on their life. I would love to hear stories from others about how they have gotten the most out of their FitBit or gotten more active because of PokemonGo.