Competition is key
Recently a few of my coworkers purchased Fitbits and we've been having friendly competitions to see who can get the most steps. I know, it kind of sounds lame, but not surprisingly, I've found that I'm exceeding my steps goal on a daily basis since they bought theirs. Here's a snapshot of my Fitbit App's average steps taken on a monthly basis.
January and February were months where I was super motivated to meet my step goal, which was probably driven by my New Year resolutions and by the "new Fitbit" effect (whereby one wants to meet daily step goals to justify the Fitbit purchase). I was also unemployed in those two months and had more time to walk/run/play. In March, I started a new full-time job and became more sedentary. July is where my steps start to go up again which I like to attribute to competition. I'm generally a competitive person, so this makes sense. Plus, no one likes to lose, right?
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My name is Belen, I like to play with data using Stata during work hours and in my free time. I like blogging about my Fitbit, Stata, and random musings.