I love me a good FitBit challenge. If you can recall, a month or so ago I had to opt out of some challenges as I was getting a little burnt out with working, teaching and participating in classes, training, hiking, and trying to be numero uno in all the challenges I accepted. But, that being said, I do love the challenges.
The great thing about FitBit challenges, I find, is that they keep me motivated (not that I need any motivation when it comes to fitness). But, sometimes I’ll be sedentary for too long at work or if I’m enamored in a great book and I look forward to that FitBit alert to give me the little nudge I need to get off my butt and do something.
That’s the thing with these challenges though…you have to do something. Unfortunately, there are people who are more caught up with winning the challenge that they’re resorting to cheating (and yes – walking around your living room is getting your steps in, but seriously, are you actually earning your steps? No!) just to take over first place. Funny thing about that is a) you’re making me work harder, that’s for sure…and if I’ve earned second place, I’m okay with that b) If you’re resorting to cheating in any form to win a freakin’ FitBit step challenge, more than likely I can out-lift you, out-run you, and out-burpee you any darn day of the week.
What’s totally awesome about the step challenges is that it can bring a small community of people together to work harder at their health and push each other to strive for their best. I’ve made some friends via FitBit challenges and we’ve helped each other step up (pun!) our game.
So, if you’re one of those people who somehow manage to get 6,000 steps at 10 minutes to midnight by roaming around your living room (or any other measure of cheating), think about it next time why you’re doing what you’re doing. Is it to be in first place? Is it to have bragging rights? (<- If that’s the case then maybe you should review your life and find out what’s missing in it.) And instead of being a jerk and cheating your way to first place, you should focus your energies on earning your steps and motivating yourself so that you can win first place. Earn it people. Own it!