Editor’s Pick: Getting fit with FitBit

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HANDS UP IF YOU LOVE FITBIT!

We appreciate we may be a little late to the party, and also that the FitBit isn’t enough to magically make you fit, but it sure does give you a kick up the a*se and awareness that you may need to realise how unfit you really are! We had no idea! Yes, we work in an office, we sit on said a*se most of the day, as many people do in Dubai, but we always take the stairs, we walk our dogs (all the time if husband doesn’t read this, if husband reads this, FINE, sometimes, rarely we walk our dogs), but we do walk to shop, a lot, (hello The Dubai Mall) but still we find ourselves NO WHERE near being able to hit the target amount of 10,000 steps in a day. For Shimmering Sands takes you Beyond Human (SSxBH), we were challenged in week 1 to hit just 7,500 steps a day, and honestly, the struggle was real.

We are slugs. This is what we discovered. At first, we were tracking on our iPhones, but then the competitive nature kicked in and we decided we needed a FitBit to monitor this effectively. We won’t lie, at first, we didn’t want a chunky, geeky, ugly watch, we’re far too girlie, but amazingly FitBit have just launched a cute soft pink, rose gold skinnier version – this is perfect for us! Some people may like the more androgynous styling, not for us. The girlie one, we love it! We purchased ours from Virgin Megastore for 749AED. What a life changer! The FitBit becomes a little bit of an addiction, you will not be defeated by the slug life, the watch won’t allow it! It buzzes you every hour and encourages you to get up and walk 250 steps. Amazing! The FitBit watch also monitors your sleep (great as SSxBH challenge of the week is sleep related!), it also monitors your eating, water intake, how much additional exercise you are doing in your day above the steps, it’s fantastic.

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We asked James & Michael from SSxBH why steps are so important:

Here at Beyond Human we really encourage and set our clients a goal to hit 10,000 steps per day, with 7,500 being the absolute minimum.  Dubai is such a sedentary city with our activity levels being very low, (spending 1 hour in the gym 3 times per week then sitting at your desk all day is not classed as active). A simple thing like walking is fundamental movement that we as humans seem to have forgotten how to do, especially here in Dubai.  No wonder the U.A.E. has one of the highest levels of obesity and diabetes rates with nearly 20% of the population having type 2 diabetes. It’s our mission at Beyond Human to get the U.A.E. moving again.

Here are just a few of the benefits of daily walking:

  • Low impact way to get in shape and lose weight. Walking between 7,500 and 10,000 steps a day is one of the keys of fitness
  • Improve posture
  • Family time – go for family walks
  • Improves sleep
  • Increases muscle tone
  • Reduces stress
  • Increases balance and endurance
  • Increases metabolism
  • Increases energy
  • Improves the mood
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Once you form the habit, it is easy to turn it into a lifestyle change

Daily activity is essentially the biggest contributing factor to the amount of energy you burn on a daily basis, or at least it should be. Unfortunately due to the limited levels of physical activity here in the U.A.E., due to the typical lifestyle of an office-worker or any-worker for that matter (the climate obviously greatly contributes to this), its of no surprise that the region is flooded with obesity, cardio vascular disease, and overall, general poor health. As part of our general recommendations at Beyond Human, we aim to get our clients moving more, yes, just move more you will notice a difference. You may already exercise for an hour a day, or workout like a “beast” every day, but we can almost guarantee that most people are not reaching the recommended step count of 10,000 steps, which is now actually a research-backed recommendation by multiple worldwide heart foundations. Think of it like this, you can essentially burn more calories, maintain a healthier, better functioning, and looking body by simply walking more – its great! We have a few tips to help you reach this goal as we definitely understand the limitations of working in an office.

1. Take the stairs – you probably spend 5 minutes sometimes waiting for a lift that usually smells of something that we shouldn’t mention, and you could have actually walked the stairs by the time it had come.
2. Park your car far away from the entrance – similar to the lift situation, we wait and hunt for the most prime park (all whilst being sat down of course), often for an amount of time that we could have actually parked a little further away and nailed some steps as a result.
3. Go for walks – whether you live in an area of scenic value or enjoy the breeze of the ocean, get outdoors and embrace it. We understand its extremely hot at the moment, and this could therefore be difficult, but fortunately here in Dubai we have ginormous air-conditioned walking facilities (Malls) which also offer some good quality garments and goods – call it investing in your health.
4. Take walking phone calls – stand up from your desk, go for a little stroll whilst you chat to your colleagues or clients on the phone. It’ll make you feel more important as well.
5. Last but not least, find a friend to do it with you – whether its a friend/companion/pet or imaginary friend, find someone who is willing to get moving and start making a difference with you (all dogs loves walks).
As a final note. Of course eating healthily, exercising, sleeping correctly and doing all things right by the book as far as heath managing goes, will make a huge difference. But, do not overlook the importance of what is essentially almost 70% of your day. Get moving!

Back to our Editor’s Pick, and in conclusion, you need a FitBit. Yes, they are a little pricey, but not much more than a fancy pants Brunch, and the more steps you get in, the more you can eat at the next fancy pants Brunch. Win, win!

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