Healthy Competition: Boca Mom Style

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Boca moms are fierce competitors. Now, I’m not talking about the competition between mothers to throw the best children’s birthday party or seek out the latest Lululemon outfit to wear to school pickup. I’m talking about stepping and the tracking of said steps on Fitbit.

Not familiar with Fitbit? Picture a pedometer on steroids. Typically a bracelet or clip-on device, you can track activity (steps), exercise, food/water intake, weight, sleep and heartrate and get real-time information about your day and night. The device syncs with a handy app on your smartphone and that’s where the competitive fun begins.

Once you sign up on the app and sync your email or social media accounts, essentially anyone can send you a friend request. If accepted, you can then invite those friends to join you in Fitbit step competitions with clever monikers such as the Workweek Hustle (getting the most steps in a 5-day work week) or Goal Day (doing everything you can to reach your daily step goal). You can also earn achievement badges along the way. The default step goal is 10,000, and let me tell you something—Until you’re actively monitoring your movement, you have no idea how much of a challenge that goal actually is. Especially if you have a desk job.

I am invited to at least one intense Fitbit competition per week and the participants range from a fitness instructor (not fair) to a public relations pro to a mom of two active little boys. I have never won!

Somehow, these moms are able to get anywhere from 80-100,000 steps in a 5-day time period. It’s unbelievable—and why I keep going back for more is beyond me. I guess the competition can get a little addictive. I am even reluctant to take my Fitbit off in the shower for fear that I will miss out on steps.

I am resolved to win at least one week’s competition in 2016, even if I have to walk around my house until I meet my goal. It’s the time of year to get fit after all, and I don’t plan to navigate a crowded gym to do it!