The SMH recently ran an article titled “Fitbit: How it impacts your health”. As someone who wears a Fitbit I was intrigued. What the article went on to say was disappointing.
According to a study of 800 full time workers in Singapore who were tracked for a year, the findings were that wearing a Fitbit did not make people any fitter or healthier. Wearing a Fitbit did not increase the number of steps they took each day, and only lifted their aerobic activity by an average of 16 minutes per week. Within 6 months they found that 40% of participants stopped wearing their devices, and after 12 months, 90% had stopped.
Wearing a Fitbit won’t make you fitter. It can’t. It is incapable to walking or running for us. It can’t get us out of bed in the morning to exercise or drive us down the gym. All it can do is mark our progress, and act as an incentive for us to do better. It causes us to reflect on our behaviour and choices. That’s its purpose. Fitness is our responsibility.
Our spiritual health has a similar dynamic. Owning a Bible won’t make us healthier. We have to read it. Knowing God answers prayer won’t have the same impact as actually praying. Knowing that there are others who are prepared to walk with us on our journey won’t make a difference if we don’t connect with them, whether it is in a mentoring relationship, coffee club or connect group. Having the right tools at our disposal doesn’t make us fitter, it is using them, which makes all the difference.
No one else can read the Bible for you. They can’t do your prayers for you. They can’t reflect on your walk with God as effectively as you can. We can’t make you fitter. We can support you. Encourage you. Offer you tools to help, but to get fitter, you are going to have to make sure you walk with God, every day, one step at a time.