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Peggy, Week 9: How Many Steps Do You Take a Day?

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This week I realized that I walk less than 2,000 steps while I’m at work. And here’s how I found out: As last month’s hydration challenge was winding down, a small package arrived at our house. It contained four Fitbit Ultras. These devices look like clip-on flash drives; come in two colors: blue and pink; and they’re like a personal trainer in your pocket.

First, it tracks activity. Because it contains technology similar to the Wii, it even knows when you are climbing stairs! The front of the Fitbit contains a display in blue lights. It can show a surprising amount of info including:

Your name – So you know it is your Fitbit and not your husband’s or your kid’s.

Steps – It tracks your activity long as you are wearing it.

Distance – It tells you how many miles you have walked.

Sleep – That’s right, wear it on a wristband while you sleep and you can find out how long it takes you to fall asleep and how many times you awaken throughout the night.

Fun messages –My daughter, Amanda, gets a kick out of the Fitbit “talking” to her.  It will give you a virtual high five, or tell you to take a walk!

All the info wirelessly uploads to your computer so you can see how you’re doing (say compared to yesterday or last week) when you log onto their their site. The daily feedback encourages you to push yourself to do more. As I mentioned, the first day, I was surprised to find that I take fewer than 2,000 steps while at work. Trying to make it to 10,000 steps, the recommended amount for us all, is challenging and something I do not always accomplish!

Today I walked 14189 steps, 142% of my goal of 10,000 steps/day.

I climbed 1 flight of stairs, or 10% of my goal of 10 flights/day.

I traveled 5.92 miles, and I burned 2039 calories. Overall, I achieved 76% of my goal.

I may have a long way to go, but at least I now feel like I have started the journey!

Do you think a Fitbit would change the way you look at getting in shape? Post a comment and let me know.