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Stay healthy at home with a family friendly survival of the fittest

Buying FitBits for my family when we’re stuck at home might sound crazy, but in the end it took a little healthy competition to get us all off the couch.

A FitBit and a bit of encouragement can help inform healthy habits.

A FitBit and a bit of encouragement can help inform healthy habits.Credit:Adam Turner

Having worked from home for 15 years, I appreciate the importance of going for a walk every day; either along the creek near my house or, when the weather turns sour, on the treadmill. If I don’t walk my back plays up, but walking is good for both body and mind.

I’ve tested FitBits before but never really felt they were for me. Of course now my teenage kids are studying from home I’m “encouraging” — by which I mean pestering — them to develop healthy habits. To be honest we’re not a sporty family at the best of times, and it can be a struggle to get everyone out of the house.

When I first suggested we all get FitBit watches, I expected my family to put up a fight but thankfully they saw the wisdom in it. My wife and I opted for the first-gen FitBit Versa while the kids went for the more ostentatious FitBit Ionic. They’re not the latest and greatest FitBit models, but we got them at a good price and they’re more than enough to meet our needs.

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