A higher level of fitness

When it comes to reaching your fitness goal, steps are just the beginning. Fibit tracks every part of your day - including activity, exercise, food, weight and sleep
- to help find your fit, stay motivated and see how small steps make a big difference.
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Mountain travel isn't the easiest way to exercise, but it sure is fun.  It takes time to adjust to the harsh environments and logistics when compared to the comforts of a nice indoor gym!  I've always known how important it is to stay strong and in good shape for the sports that I love, but the idea of a typical gym setting to achieve that makes me cringe.   With a seasonal passion like splitboarding and snowboarding, I've had to find different ways to stay in shape during the off-season.   The combination of hiking, backpacking, biking and climbing provide me with all the activity I need to be strong when the snow starts to fly.
The more you push your limits, the longer you can stay outside doing what you love, no matter what the sport may be.

I've been using the Fitbit Surge to track my exercises out on the splitboard this winter.  It has proven to be super useful to see what actually happens in terms of statistics while out hiking, something I've never really been able to see.   Everything from heart rate to distance traveled, elevation gain and calories burned.   Day after day, you can track your output and see how your body is changing with time in regards to cardio strength and stamina.   I was blown away to see how may calories I was burning on an average ski tour. I've since adjusted the amount of food I bring, and try to eat on an hourly schedule to keep my calorie intake matched to what I'm burning.   Being able to visually see how many calories I'm burning has been a huge help in keeping my energy levels up, to avoid the dreaded "crash"!

With the GPS tracking I have the ability to see a summary of these stats and review my route afterward on the phone app or computer.  This paints a perfect picture of where I'm at physically, and where I want to be in the future.  It can be difficult to see your progress when it comes to sports like splitboarding and mountain hiking in general. Using this watch I'll have a much better idea of how to improve my fitness while keeping track of it as the seasons change.