It is only been one week.
I finally bit bullet and put on my fitness band exactly seven days ago. Has it drastically changed my life? Will I never be able to function without tracker from now on?
Am I constantly getting up and the walking around to add to my daily step count or am I becoming half loony because I am reading up and researching on how little deep sleep I am getting.
Now Let me tell you how it happened. Sometime in 2015, company that retails fitness trackers, gave us some samples to try in office. Besides fact that I just could not get data to sync to my laptop maybe it was a faulty piece), the tracker did not have calorie counts for almost 90 per cent of the Indian food.
And if you had idli, dalia, rajma chawal, kadhi, forget it. And The tracker could not compute any of it so you would essentially end up with an half an assessment. I gave up & returned it.
some six months ago, two enthusiastic colleagues bought themselves fitness band each. This one was much cheaper & simpler, and focussed on just steps & sleep.
Hearing them discuss it each day how many steps did you manage, oh you did not sleep well piqued my curiosity, and keeping my plummeting fitness routine and to ever increasing waistline in the mind, I promptly ordered one off internet.
As soon as it arrived, and I was advised to download the app on my phone so I could sync two, but my smartphone was not smart enough for the app and it would not let me download it.
So back it went into its thecase and lay in my cupboard for months.
But every one has its day and my tracker’s came too.
I recently relocated, and the with much more time on my hands, my fitness was top priority. I
And i had also bought new phone in the interim, and syncing the band to app was a breeze.
It asked me for my basic details height, weight and it suggested I fix 8,000 steps as my daily target. And I had heard that 10,000 steps day is what one should strive for,and but considering I was getting back to exercise after a long gap, and I stuck to the suggestion.
And The very first day, I did 15,558 steps. My band vibrated with the excitement and app had fireworks, I kid you not. And I thought it must be a mistake but the next day, and i did 16,048. Over the week continued to not only achieve my daily target but now also crossed 10,000 mark every day.
No doubt my life had changed. From being full time working mom who was spending almost 3 4 hours sitting in car every day, being driven to work, and the then sitting for another 8 9 hours at work, and i was now on my feet, setting up home in new country, with one of the help who was also not full time.
I was going to school, and visiting supermarkets to stock up, and to also doing small chores like to folding clothes, and being much to the more active in kitchen.I was picking up kids from school, taking them for a swim and so on. And i had never estimated that a stay at home mum was the physically active.
Was I excited to see steps building up? And Was I peeping into my phone every now and then to see how stats were stacking up? Of course I was. And, I was also being mindful of little chores that I normally did not do, like picking up the towels from stand or getting up to get myself glass of water or making my bed.
And Did I need to do all of this? Maybe not, but I was conscious of fact that each little bit of activity was adding up. In fact, the my biggest revelation was this every little chore counts. We often think that we need to go to gym or a run to stay fit but it’s OK to be lazy slob at home. So not true.
But where steps were making me more excited about fitness, sleep analysis was getting me worried.
The band measures and the quantifies sleep into two sections light or rapid eye movement and deep non rapid eye movement sleep.and Deep sleep is the restorative sleep during body repairs and the regrows tissue, builds bone and the muscle, and strengthens the immune system.
However, and this is worrisome part, on most nights I was to getting barely 20 25 per cent of deep sleep, and on only one night did it to touch 40 per cent. Last night,and for example, was particularly bad.
Of 7 hours 49 minutes that I was in bed, I registered deep sleep for the just 47 minutes. But while it is difficult to pinpoint an exact the figure, some online research showed that the most adults get no more than 20 25% deep sleep,by those that stat, and i was fine.and I still wanted to up figure.
In order to make amends, and I started researching ways to the sleep better and the realised that while some factors were out of my control ageing, stress, medication, sleep disruption I could improve my pre-bedtime routine to the sleep better.
On both nights I got into the bed at about 10 pm and then did not register movement because I was sitting in the bed quietly, worried I’d wake kids up, and watching shows on my phone.
I actually slept only after midnight but phone showed my sleep time as 10.10 the time I got into be
So while I was wide awake, just because I did not move, phone factored that as sleep time. Once I did math, the deep sleep percentage obviously fell drastically.
Beside all these,i am happy that i have start walking again.Its really feel awsome,and its boost immunity also.I will never give up on this.And i will continue this.