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Motivation to Move?

posted Jan 10, 2013, 8:11 AM by Bill Schuller
My 5 year old son Luka and I have been reviewing and comparing our FitBit data each morning since he's been getting ready for school with enough efficiency to leave a bit of free time before we leave the house. I've been in and out of the home office as I gather our lunches and wrap things up. With parental controls keeping him out of trouble on the computer, he sent me these two messages through the FitBit social features this morning.


Fitbit
Luka sent you a message:
Luka“I love you dad”
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Fitbit
Luka sent you a message:
Luka“Go dad”
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My perspective has shifted on motivation though. I would have chosen to act on this in a "let me move some more to make Luka happy" in my pre-bulletproof fog. Now my perspective is nearly opposite. I move more not because I am choosing to move, but because the emotional connection that Luka has extended has made me feel so good, contributed to my new ultra-optimistic outlook and I have so much physical and mental energy that I can not help but move. I'm shaking my money maker to some pop dance music at my standing workstation now. Not to improve my health by moving more, but because I need to in order to properly physically express the way I feel. Now I'm not sure it would be a good way to express the way I feel to others observing my dancing. That might better elicit a response like "Quick, call a doctor and get me a wooden spoon! This man is having a seizure!"

Put another way; "Don't move to become healthy. Become healthy and observe how much more you move without even thinking about it". I wonder if this is a rampant case of correlation mistaken for causality in the observations that "Happy, healthy people are happy and healthy because they move. Move and you will be come happy and heathy." Put much more eloquently are Dr McGuff's thoughts on the subject which I am sure influence the perspective I am choosing to take. 

Due some quirk in the iOS Podcast app, Bulletproof Executive Radio Episode #26 featuring an awesome interview with Body By Science author Dr. Doug McGuff was marked as "unplayed" on my phone a few days ago. I listened to it again over the past few days and boy was I glad I did. It's one of the best episodes. Dr Mcguff communicated this concept much better than I have. I can't find the transcript to pull the exact quote, but the episode is very much worth listening to in it's entirety   

As the market of smart pedometers gets more crowded, I'm starting to see value in what FitBit has built as part of their platform that I didn't value nearly as highly as I did before.

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