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Balancing Fitness with Work: An Inspirational Tale

2011 October 5
by lking

At Fitbit, we love to hear feedback from customers. Today we thought we’d pass on a particularly inspiring story from Chris, a businessman who found his busy lifestyle was taking a toll on his health and fitness. The Fitbit helped him so much, he even went out and bought a Fitbit Ultra! “I just saw the new ‘Floors Climbed’ feature in Fitbit Ultra and had to get it!  A key part of my getting back in shape earlier this year was to start by taking the stairs.”

Chris on the summit of Mt. Rainier

Chris on the summit of Mt. Rainier

Here’s his story:
“Last December, my health and fitness reached an all-time low. Four years ago, I moved to start FrontPoint Security. The business is doing fantastic, but it has been pretty ‘all consuming’ for the last four years. By December of last year, I had reached an all-time weight high, body fat high, and my energy level was noticeably the worst it had ever been.”

Chris decided he needed a change, and picked the Fitbit Tracker to help him on his path to get back in shape. He paid close attention to his Dashboard, invested in Fitbit’s Premium Subscription, and made it a point to reach his daily goals. He also made a long-term goal to climb Mt. Shasta by the summer of 2012, something he’d done ten years earlier with his dad.

“I ended up making so much progress that I climbed Mt. Shasta in July 2011 ­ about a year ahead of my plan. My weight had dropped almost 40 lbs., and my body fat dropped to around 10%. At the same time, my blood pressure got much better ­ and I was able to stop taking my blood pressure medication. And, my resting heart rate dropped from around 67 to just 41, where it is today.”

He made so much progress, in fact, that he’s since climbed Mt. Rainier as well – ­an even harder mountain that had been a goal ten years ago!

“I can easily say now that I’ve never felt better or been in better shape.”

Chris shows us that with a little motivation and information, it’s never too late to reach our goals. Share your inspirational stories with us at welovefitbit@fitbit.com.

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