Sassy Grandma wears a Fitbit. It’s the tiny one that fits in a pocket, on a waist band or hooked to a baseball cap. I’m a big water aerobics fanatic, so I wear it on my UCONN cap and log 10K steps every morning for the hour I’m in the pool. That time is a great start to my daily goal.
Sexy Grandpa tried to talk me out of the purchase and not because of the cost. “You are already motivated” was his comment and couldn’t figure I could do anything else to increase my commitment to health. Well, once I began bragging, he decided to step up his game (maybe less time in front of t.v. watching sports?) and was willing to make the attempt to get to his daily goal also, 10K which is the same as mine.
Not long ago, we experienced a wonderful vacation/adventure during a cruise in Southeast Asia. Of course, both of us wore our Fitbits every day on land or sea. Let me tell you, when you log 15K+ steps in a day and on some outings close to 20K, THAT’S motivational. We had fun comparing stats and did more walking than we might ordinarily (skipping cabs or buses) to offset heavy cruise eating!
When we returned, we have continued to ‘compete’. Some days I’ll ask Sexy Grandpa to do an hour of mall walking with me. If his Fitbit number is low, I get a “Yeah, sure.” Can you imagine? He is actually willing to go up and down between levels just to keep up with my success?
It’s so easy to fall into a rut. I suspect the same thing every day seems to be the norm for most couples. (and, sometimes for us as well.) Even this small change of behavior has enriched our lives. While I’m not willing to say Grandpa’s walking with me earns him benefits, I will go on record that he looks great, feels healthy and has increased his energy. Will leave the rest to your imagination.
Stay tuned. We’re counting on you to keep us young at heart!