Fairfield Library books a Fitbit challenge
Trash talking is a time honored tradition between rival sports teams. But librarians are probably the last people expected to be throwing down the gauntlet.
A Fitbit challenge, however, is bringing out the competitive spirit between Fairfield librarians and those in an area town. Fitbits are the latest rage in personal fitness/high-tech gear, which can be used to track the number of steps its wearer takes each day.
Marry Mao, webmaster for the Fairfield Public Library, suggested a Fitbit challenge to engage the library's staff, and then decided to see if any other library staff in the state was willing to "walk the walk," so to speak.
The Darien Library has stepped up and accepted the challenge, which takes place this week.
While the Fairfield library has been tweeting about its staff's prep efforts, Darien has posted what is commonly known in the sports world as "bulletin board" material on its website.
In announcing the challenge, the Darien Library site states, "We will obviously crush them." It has also planned some activities such as a walking book group and a historical walking tour, and invited patrons to come and cheer them on.
The loser will have to post a sign at its main desk, and on social media, for a week, declaring that they lost a fitness challenge to the other library and "are ashamed."
"We are having friendly fire with Darien," Mao said. "We'll let them do the talking, but Fairfield will do the walking."
Internally, Mao said she wanted to do a group challenge to take the pressure off individuals, so that those were are more willing to put in the extra steps can do, and those that don't have as much time, or can't, don't feel so much pressure.
"We have eight staff members who signed up for this challenge," Mao said, and they've been split into two teams of four each. There's a "Workweek Hustle Challenge" that began at 12 a.m. Monday, Feb. 9 and ran through 11:56 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13.
The final tally showed Team Green had logged 310,687 steps, but Team Purple won the challenge with 336,106 steps. Mao said 300,000 steps generally equate to between 125 and 150 miles, depending on how long or short he walker's steps are.
"The new challenge options on the Fitbit are a great motivator, "Mao said.
"I know there are lots of our patrons who own a Fitbit, but may not necessarily have others locally to challenge, so I thought maybe it might be a fun way to try to bring patrons together for some friendly competition," Mao said. " Down the road, particularly for the month of May, which is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, we're thinking about how we can create a challenge to incorporate all wearable fitness trackers and health monitors (Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin, etc.), which are now on a lot of people's radars and has been gaining popularity."