I've explained my thoughts to my dad. His comeback to that has been to suggest that picking up sticks is good exercise. I suspect he thinks my walking for hours is somewhat a waste of time, too. He's far more practical than his eldest daughter.
Today, I decided to give Dad's advice a whirl. Instead of my normal afternoon walk, I picked up sticks. I purposely made it rather inconvenient. The emphasis was on exercise, not efficiency. I picked up a few sticks at a time, only carrying them in my non-Fitbit hand. My Fitbit arm swung free because, of course, I wanted every step to be counted in order to make my daily goal. I hauled sticks to the truck (which wasn't close) a few at a time. I walked back and forth, back and forth, over and over and over.
|I have enough sticks and branches around the property to fill this truck at least 50 times.|
I monitored my steps just for fun. I averaged 893 steps every 10 minutes. There were times when I stopped to break branches into smaller pieces. There were times when I stopped to cut low hanging branches. Had I only been retrieving, my step count average might have been higher.
|I used to love this game! |
My new Pick Up Stix game is very different.
The "Pick Up Stix" step count is not as high as straight walking, but I have to admit, I really like that I accomplished something while earning my steps. Dad, this is not the answer to strengthening my quads for my Canyon hike, but I will definitely try to accomplish something a little more often while I earn my Fitbit steps.
I need to point out, too, that had I not had the Fitbit, I would not have picked up so many sticks in one go. The Fitbit definitely motivated me to keep going. I'm a big fan of this little gadget!
|Those steps really add up!|
Side Note (but probably only interesting to those who are Fitbit obsessed) - When I came in, I decided to experiment with vacuuming. My Fitbit vacuuming counts were annoying. After ten minutes of vacuuming, I earned only 70 steps. I took more steps than that! I thought maybe I'd made a mistake. I vacuumed a room and rechecked. Ten steps. I promise, I did a good job vacuuming and it definitely took more than ten steps. While vacuuming, my fitbit hand is rather still. I use it to hold the vacuum cord out of the way. I switched the Fitbit to my right hand and the numbers were higher. They may have been a little too high from all the back and forth movement, but I figure the Fitbit owed me! The next time I vacuum, I'll do some more experimenting.