10 Ways The Nike+ FuelBand Are Changing Behaviors!

Stephanie and I have had the Nike+ FUELBAND for 36 hours now.

It is eye opening.

It makes you realize how few Americans are living an active lifestyle.

But, I will be honest, it is amazing how it is changing our behaviors after just one day.

Here’s ten to wit:

1. I walk the dogs a little longer now. This is a win for Shiloh and Lily.

2. I check the mail box a lot more often now.

3. To be really careful unloading groceries, I only carry one bag at a time. This leads to more trips, but worth it to protect the eats… ;-)

4. I dance with Shiloh a lot more than I used to. Shiloh loves to dance… She loves Nirvana…

5. When on business phone calls, I walk around the house a lot more than I used to. Now, poor Stephanie has to mute her TV when I do laps around the living room…

6. I resent my long, lanky, thin leg shanks. My stride is a lot longer than Stephanie…. so I don’t quite get as many “steps per day” as she does…

7. I now happily respond to when Stephanie says (re: the dogs): “Should we take them out?”

8. I was already doing this, but I park farther away from the front door to the store…or on the top floor of the parking garage at my studio, and take the stairs. This makes me walk a little further. Which is good exercise. And good for my car, in that idiots won’t bang their door on mine…

9. Spending a lot of time on my laptop and iPad all day, the FUELBAND reminds me to get up and move around a bit more…

10. The FUELBAND makes you appreciate active chores around the house… doing dishes, doing laundry, taking garbage outside, poop scoop duty, yard maintenance…. it all counts!

The biggest eye opener about the Nike+ FUELBAND? The realization at how lazy too many Americans are….

I hit my first goal yesterday of 3,000 Nike+ Fuel (as seen in the graphic above). It took active movement all day long, but it wasn’t too difficult…

So, get off your butt, and get moving!

It’s A Simple (Running) Plan, Really…

A friend asked what special diet I was on to lose 8 pounds in two weeks.

“Special diet,” I asked? “There’s no special diet.”

What Stephanie and I are doing is simple. We are exercising regularly, and watching our caloric intake.

Simple. No fancy science. No whacked diet plan.

For me, I do a distance run every other day. An early training regimen for my next half-marathon (which will lead to my first marathon). Stephanie does some combination of weight training and cardio at a local gym down the street six days a week.

Then, we watch what we eat. We use Livestrong’s MyPlate to track calories.

We key in our height, age, and current weight…specify how much weight we want to lose a week, and boom: MyPlate gives us a daily calorie goal.

The hard part is managing food intake so that we don’t exceed our calorie goals.

Easy.

And obviously, on days we exercise, we can consume more calories. Nice little motivation to exercise I must say…inspires me to take one of the dogs out for an extra walk just to budget a few more calories…

So, that’s it. Nothing fancy. Nothing technical. The hard part…the really hard part, is sticking…

Sticking with it long-term. And that’s where most people fail. And Lord knows that’s gotten me many times over the years.

But not this time…