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And the Weekend Warrior winner was…

March 13, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken
March 13, 2016

Yesterday, I described how having a wearable activity tracker has prompted me to walk more than I otherwise would have. Still, I rarely if ever have walked as much as I did this past weekend. The reason for my activity was not just that I had a Fitbit, or at least not just that; the reason was that I had a Fitbit and a young relative did as well.

My niece (I’ll call her A—), a wonderful middle-school-aged person who lives in another state, loved her grandparent’s Fitbit and asked for one. She received it recently and befriended both my parent and me through the Fitbit social network. Last weekend, A— issued what Fitbit calls a Weekend Warrior challenge. The goal, as stated by Fitbit, is straightforward: “Take more steps than friends from Saturday to Sunday.”

I eagerly joined the challenge, despite knowing that my niece averages about 14,000 steps per day — significantly more than my average of 9,000 to 11,000 steps, depending on the week in question.

I fell behind my niece quickly, which had one beneficial effect: It prompted me to work hard to catch up to her. I took the lead briefly a couple of times over the weekend, only to fall behind every time by 500… 1,000… 2,000… sometimes 4,000 or even more steps!

My parent belatedly joined the challenge. Before too long, my beloved Parental Unit had vaulted over me and was engaging in a spirited contest with A— for first place.

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