I have fallen in love with my Fitbit. I thought it would be interesting to keep track of my steps, but I never knew it would work so well in keeping me accountable in just moving more. I'm generally not competitive at all, however there is something about wanting to reach that 10,000 step goal that really motivates me.
It's amazing how much walking is required to reach 10,000. It's also amazing how much you tend to overestimate the number of steps you take. Case in point, yesterday the four of us took a trip to Winco and all took bets on how many steps I would take. The result? A measly 500. I was the closest but still overestimated by a couple hundred!
I find that I'm always thinking of ways to move more (which obviously is the point!). I park further away when I go somewhere. I got home last week from subbing and had 15 minutes until I had to pick up the kids. Instead of plopping on the couch (which is what I normally would do), I went for a walk around the block. Today when we stopped by my parents so Chris could fix their computer, I took a walk with the kids on their scooters while he worked.
I love that not only am I getting more exercise, but I'm also getting outside more, which is always an automatic mood booster. I may sound a little too enthusiastic about it, but I honestly am so glad I got one and am happy to report I've met my 10,000 steps a day most days this past week. Not all..but most. :)
Sidenote: I know he Fitbit measures a lot more than just steps. Maybe someday I'll utilize all the other fancy stuff. But for now, I'm happy with my steps. :)