This winter, I started a gym routine for myself on the homestead. Why would I do that? Isn’t homesteading enough work?
The truth is, I don’t do that much work around the homestead any more. My job in town takes up a lot of time and energy. Especially in the winter, I’m not here much during daylight hours. Most homestead tasks are easier and safer in the daylight.
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I tipped my hand somewhat in my last post, A Walk Too Far, in mentioning that we have been using Fitbits® since Christmas. I’ve been meaning to write about them, so I’d better get to it.
Basically, Fitbits® represent the next generation of pedometer, worn as a bracelet. It uses the same motion sensing technology used in the Wii system to track and interpret movement. It also tracks sleep patterns, which we found most interesting—we’d been curious to see just how often our cat, Spice, disturbs our sleep (the results are rather appalling).
Goals may be set in calorie consumption, “active minutes,” distance covered, and steps taken. We have the Fitbit Flex®, which displays progress toward the steps goal with lights in 20% increments.
There’s a grand irony to trying to monitor our lifestyle with this device. It is not a particularly off-the-grid friendly system.
Mark’s Fitbit Flex (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).
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