A New Way to Measure

 

My new Nike+ Fuelband

My new Nike+ Fuelband

Late last week, I received my Nike+ Fuelband. After firing it up late Friday, I wore it yesterday to measure how far I walked, how many steps I took, and how much general activity I performed while not going to the gym. One of the things that I don’t generally give myself credit for is the stairs in the house and the general running around done over a weekend. The guidelines for activity are to set a daily goal of 2,000 NikeFuel for general, non-active or people with desk jobs. This was a great place to start to figure out what my activity should be.

Yesterday was my first full day of wearing it and I ended up with 2,550 for the day. Lots of stairs, some work outside, and a bunch of sitting. The one thing that I do like is the fact that it shows me the activity level on a continuous chart, plotting my peak active hour (4 – 5 PM), and when I hit my daily goal (6 PM). It also shows 4,000 steps, 986 calories burned, and just under 2 miles walked during the day. I don’t like to sit down much and apparently climb the stairs many times each day.

Today, I’m headed to the gym, so expect to blow away my numbers from yesterday. After a week or two of wearing it, I should be better able to know my daily activity and set a much more realistic daily goal. For now, I’m silently capturing metrics that will prove out to have some value down the road.