The Serengeti Badge
Updated: Aug 22, 2019
Just before I started my Kansas adventure, I bought a Fitbit Inspire HR (around $99 retail).
I wanted to monitor my heart rate as I had an issue back in late April when my heart started racing very rapidly. One night it elevated to 230 beats per minute. After a couple of days in the hospital, and many expensive cardiac tests, the result were that I was likely dehydrated. Wearing the Fitbit watch/monitor provides instant information on where my heart is and what rate it is beating. If it starts to go up, I realize that I need to drink more water, or take a brief rest, and so I do and all has been well.
An added benefit is that the Fitbit also monitors my steps. I had gotten very lazy over the previous six months and was not moving much at all. So once I began my new job on June 3rd, standing on my feet all day (and night), I found myself quite exhausted and extremely tired at first.
Fitbit suggests that everyone strive to reach the 10,000 steps level on a daily basis. I've had no trouble meeting this goal on average over the past two months. My daily average (including the one - two days each week that I have off of work) currently equals 11,687 steps.
Last weekend Fitbit notified me that I had been awarded the Serengeti Badge! What did that mean? After reading more on Fitbit's website: https://blog.fitbit.com/fitbit-badges/ I learned:
"Fitbit designed more than 100 badges to recognize a variety of achievements. From steps taken to floors climbed to weight loss, these virtual awards are designed to recognize and help you celebrate even the smallest of victories along your health journey." (reprinted from the Fitbit website)
What this badge means is that I have walked 500 LIFETIME miles! They call it this because that is the entire length of the Serengeti. I have not only walked 500 miles, I did so in just two months! I was in a bit of disbelief when I received this notice.
Fitbit also allows you to track your success each day and you can go back and review your statistics. On June 30, I hit the High Tops Badge having walked over 20,000 steps in one day. Forty-nine of the days of the past 60, I have walked over 10,000 steps (the Sneakers Badge). And, on nine of those days, I walked over 15,000 steps (the Urban Boot Badge).
There's many other badges and awards that can be earned and what I have achieved is actually pretty low on the Fitbit scale. If I keep this up, I'm certain to receive more badges and maybe even get a bit slimmer. In the meantime, these are a few of my tools that keep my feet happy after a long day of taking too many steps.
Thanks for following along on my Kansas adventure. I appreciate hearing from you so drop me a note letting me know how you are and what you're up to.