November 21, 2012
Be Well / fitness / Fitbit & Chairigami

Fitbit & Chairigami

While I manage to squeeze in a daily workout, I’m parked in front of my computer 24/7 and increasingly alarmed about new reports that a burst of exercise daily just isn’t enough. To keep me on track between the dreaded Thanksgiving to New Year’s food fest, I’m logging 10,000 steps a day with the help of my latest obsession, FitBit.
This new-fangled pedometer that clips to your bra (or anything else) records every step, then wirelessly transfers the data to your laptop or gadget of choice. Then it emails you a tidy, weekly report of how many miles you’ve trod and calories burned. Some days it’s a breeze, easily achieved with 40 minutes on the Stairmaster and a good dose of house work. Other days I chase my last 1000 steps around the kitchen island, to the amusement of husband and dog.
I like the techy aspects and it’s the only pedometer I’ve ever owned that hasn’t failed in the first week. It also syncs up with online calorie counter, My Fitness Pal, so you can easily track calories in AND out. Suits my obsessive-compulsive leanings to a tee. Get yours online or at the Apple Store.
My two-pronged approach to middle-age spread includes this stand-up desk that I found at Chairigami in New Haven.
Owner/designer Zachary Rotholz’ idea of furniture is well-designed, lightweight and constructed from heavy duty corrugated cardboard. When you tire of the color, dress it up with doodles or add some colorful duct tape (sold in store). Chairs, stools, bookcases, desks and even a bleacher are well priced (mainly under $100) eco-friendly and particularly brilliant for kids.
p.s. thanks for the tip, Nick H.!

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