I think I'm going to break up with my Fitbit. I've been wearing one since 2013 and have stressed over my steps everyday since.
I was so excited about my first Fitbit. I love a good acheivement, anything I have to work toward and get a gold star. I was hooked on the idea that you should get at least 10,000 steps a day and having a tiny tracker to tell me when I have met this achievement sounded amazing. Obviously I love working out and moving (I mean it is my job) so this shouldn't be an issue right?
There is absolutely nothing wrong with striving to get 10,000 steps a day. It is a great motivater to move more throughout your day. That's a good thing! However, I found I was not listening to my body and being way too hard on myself. I was solely looking at the numbers on my fitbit, listening to an unhealthy voice in my head telling me I was failure if I didn't get those 10,000 steps. Some days I would be teaching and doing hour long boot camp and barre classes and since I didn't have "enough" steps, I would walk or run until I met the "required" steps for my day. I was no longer using the Fitbit as a fitness motivator, it was just a contest and I was moving toward burnout, potential injury and really low self esteem.
For the first time in 5 years, I'm not wearing my Fitbit everyday. I am trying to listen more to my body and give myself some grace. I work out 5-6 days a week, I am healthy, I feel great and I feel strong. I don't get 10,000 steps every day and that is ok. I'm no longer going to force myself to keep moving until I see those fireworks for meeting my step requirement. I'm going to keep up my regular workouts and know I'm not failing if I don't get a certain number of steps each day.
Everyone is different. It is important to know yourself and what is working for you to keep you happy and healthy. Make sure you break up with anything you need to in order to be your healhiest self!