I have been working with a personal Wellness Coach to improve my health and well-being. I was fitted with the dreaded Fitbit. I kind of like the fitbit. It tracks my sleep and my exercise and my heart rate. Now I’ve been having some issues with the Fitbit that have frustrated me. Namely it doesn’t want to recognize my exercise when I go for walks. Seems I’m too relaxed when I walk. My heart rate doesn’t want to go much over 75 so the Fitbit doesn’t count it as exercising. Now that doesn’t seem to be a very elevated heart rate and it isn’t for most folks but my resting heart rate hovers in the high 50s or low 60s. I should be happy that my heart is so efficient. But the competitiveness to make my exercise goals of two 30 minute walks goads me to try to make this happen. So far I’ve tried doing a few jumping jacks and then walking but that doesn’t seem to have any effect. I did the stairs – went up and down 10 times and it didn’t register as exercise (though I met my stair goal). I was getting irritated. I decided to attempt to raise my heart rate by yelling and screaming (alone at home while Sparky was at work so as not to appear to have lost my mind or have been possessed by a demon). It actually got my heart up to 89 bpm (beats per minute) and guess what? It worked. I have to maintain an average of 85 bpm for 20 minutes for the Fitbit to give me credit for exercising.
So that brings me to the big question. What should I do? I can scream and shout my head off while walking or I can just pretend that it recognizes my walking and keep track manually. The Wellness Coach can see my exercise chart and I want her to know I’m not “cheating”.