I thought I was pretty active, I mean, I run at least six miles a day. Well, last Sunday at church my son was running from me and it was crazy, but I wasn’t really able to keep up with him. This quickly made me think, what if I were to start challenging children on Fitbit?
Recently, my wife and I wrapped up directing an elementary school musical. I love it because I become friends with the little kids. Well, I was talking to some of the boys that had Fitbits and we connected. I had no idea what I was in store for.
You don’t think about how active kids are. Here I am, a basic old dad that sits at a desk all day not getting steps in really during the day. Kids on the other hand have recess, sports their parents signed them up for and they hate sitting still.
I get up every morning and get my six miles in. This brings me just over 12,000 steps. I have to do this if I even want a chance at beating these kids. At the end of the first day I thought, “I’m doing pretty good!” Don’t ever think that with these little gremlins. I looked at my total steps at the end of the day and I was at 16, 844 at 9:30 pm. Clearly these little kids have to be in bed.
My alarm goes off; I look at my Fitbit app to see where everyone is at only to find I’m down over 3,000 steps. What in the world? What happened? I thought I was good, but I guess they don’t sit on the couch when watching Bachelor.
The week continues and I keep pushing myself harder because who wants to get beat by a bunch of 11 year olds? These kids are in basketball, run during their recess breaks at school and just keep active all day.
Basically, what I learned was kids are a lot more active than I thought they would be. I wasn’t thinking about all the things they do on a daily basis, but also how lazy I get when I walk in the door from work.
Officially I will never underestimate these kids. Kids aren’t as lazy as I thought they were. Plus, I can’t thank them enough for motivating me more and pushing me harder. Turns out, kids are fun to be friends with—just don’t make it awkward with them.