I am about as sedentary as you get. I sit on my ass at the computer all day. If I’m not blogging, I’m reading. Having Lyme disease (or fibromyalgia–it’s basically the same) makes motivation to move that much worse, because it hurts to move! But I can’t sit around like a blob forever either.
I picked up the weight watchers ActiveLink at my meeting last week. It measures your activities throughout the day with a full accelerometer. The you plug it into your computer and it assesses your day and awards you points!
For me, it isn’t really the points I was looking for, just some motivation. I am completely sedentary, and this monitors you throughout the day.
First you wear it for 7 days for a baseline reading, then it sets goal for you based on that. Every 12 weeks I think, it resets your goals. But the point is to keep you steadily moving, not just go for a run and sit on your ass all day.
For me, maybe I’ll set an alarm ever hour and take a 5 minute walk around the house and climb my stairs. ?I hope this motivates me to be active more throughout the day.
The price was $32 plus $5/month added to my WW monthly pass.
There are supposedly better monitors out there, and Fitbit has some amazing stories and ratings. It even monitors your sleep. I would actually have bought Fitbit, but I really like the way Activelink works completely with the WW program and converts activity to points.
I’ll let you know after my 7 days of baseline are up and I do my first day! (But right now, I got an extra 7 days of sitting on my ass.)
Have any of you used fitness monitors?