Autodesk has some of the most comprehensive health and wellness programs of any employer to encourage employees to get healthy using a carrot instead of a whip. Autodesk employees recently participated in the Global Corporate Challenge to walk, be more active and compete on an online community with fellow employees, teams, and companies. In the 90 days I walked and ran over 560 miles and it tracked my progress on a virtual tour of locations.
The GCC 2012 Wrap Video http://shar.es/cI45h
The Autodesk health and wellness program also provides a discount on FitBit equipment such as the FitBit Ultra, One, and Zip and the FitBit Aria Wi-Fi weight scale.
The FitBit unit logs the number of steps, stairs, and calories burned in a day as well as you can log food and water intake from you mobile phone onto your online Fitbit dashboard tracking your progress and even set goals for weight and calculates your caloric intake based on your activity levels and provides a date when you might reach your goal.
On the Fitbit dashboard you earn badges to help keep you motivated and have fun.
The FitBit dashboard also provides humorous equivalent heights for your daily logged stair counts.
And you log your food and water and it will tell you how you are doing on your goal and summary of your diet.
FitBit suggestion: Get a 3rd party Fitbit tether strap from Amazon.com to secure it should it fall off as you don’t want to lose your Fitbit as I have done in the past.
The Global Corporate Challenge and FitBit equipment was the catalyst for my increasing physical activity, shedding weight and becoming far more healthy.
I have been running 5k events including last weekends Zombie Chase with my oldest son where the 5k included an obstacle course and zombies chasing us, but we exacted revenge by shooting them with paintball guns. I am also at the gym more than 4 times a week and can’t live without my Fitbit unit to track everything and motivate me to walk or run farther and to take the stairs instead of an escalator or elevator. I have dropped 5 inches from my waist and 2 shirt sizes, but have gained back another 15 pounds due to building dense lean muscle instead of fat and went from 23% body fat to a much more healthy and lean 16.9% and from a BMI of 32 down to 24.6.
I feel 100 times better being active and lighter so prepare to not recognize me at Autodesk University this year or see less of me at the event in only 28 days.
If you find the 45 pounds I lost, please do not return them to me.