I usually don’t like motivational phrases but this one is relevant.
By now you opened your gifts and perhaps you didn’t find that $100-$200 Fitbit tracker that you can link to your $500 smart phone. Waaah!
Don’t worry, I didn’t get one either and so I am forced to wonder how many steps I take a day since I can’t measure them. Or can I?
First of all, if you have a smart phone, you can download the Fitbit app for FREE and it will count your steps without a tracker. Isn’t that cool? It even sends you a weekly e-mail of your progress. The only issue is that you need to carry your phone everywhere.
Why is that a problem for me? I like to live life without carrying a phone all the time. I find it distracting when, let’s say, a person calls me to talk about work while I am grocery shopping. I do turn my phone off and carry it around but I frequently leave it in my purse or at home. I missed the call from the Dr. Oz show because my phone was turned off. Oy!
If you don’t want to lug your phone around, there are some GREAT pedometers that you can clip on to your clothing for $23. (see below)
Get one or dust off the one you already have and start measuring your steps. You can go for the goal of 10,000 steps per day or you can try to increase your steps gradually week to week. It doesn't really matter if you only walk 200 steps if you are able to increase to 210, 220, etc. until you are fitter.
Buy a small notebook and write down your steps per day and add them up weekly. You don’t need fancy phones or apps to get a general idea of your daily fitness.
A walking journal (like a food journal) can do a lot toward getting you off your couch. Give it a try in 2016!
Do you use a walking app or pedometer? How has it helped you?
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