I am determined to resist the pull of doing nothing but knit and watch British shows on my iPad all autumn and winter long. I think I should have been a bear. Hibernation has a great appeal to me. To counter my natural tendencies I have gone on the offensive and purchased a Fitbit Flex.
I've had it for almost two weeks now and am having lots of fun with it. In many ways it's a glorified pedometer. It measures how many steps I take during the day, but it also does much more. I can go into the dashboard on my computer, or the app on my iPhone, and see how active I have been at any point during the day. It also keeps track of how well I sleep, showing the times I was awake in the night, and how many times I was restless.
My Fitbit is set for a goal of 10,000 steps, and I have exceeded that by quite a bit every day, except for when I was driving to Kamloops. It takes 32 steps to get to my yarn stash and back, and 50 steps to get to my chocolate stash and back. By my calculations this means 122 trips to each of these would have my reaching my goal for the day. But one must be realistic. This approach could prove to be counterproductive.
The good news is I like to walk. Taking Fergus out for exercise is a great way to add some steps towards my daily goal. The bad news is Fergus is a lazy dog. He hates walking. He would much rather sleep on the couch. We all know that sitting is the new smoking, and my theory is that applies to dogs as well as humans, so I make him go out anyway. The off leash area where we live is a path along Frost Creek, and right now it's covered with fallen maple leaves.
Here's my reluctant walking partner. Once I get him off the couch and out the door he enjoys himself.
My daily, dogless walks are either to Lindell Beach or up Teapot Hill. Both walks are beautiful. When I go to Lindell Beach I have a wonderful view of the mountains on one side of the road and golden trees on the other.
This is what it looks like from the top of Teapot Hill, looking south to the US border.
The walk up the hill is filled with beauty as well. Right now the forest is covered in interesting looking fungi.
The whole Fitbit thing falls apart for me after dinner though. The bar graph on the Fitbit dashboard basically flatlines. It's a shame it doesn't measure arm movement.