Ever since I bought my first Fitbit in June of 2012, I have been actively trying to walk 10,000 steps each day. That may seem like a large number, but when broken down it comes out to around 5 miles for me. It is a great goal to have each and every day, and without my Fitbit, I would have no idea how close to or far away I am from reaching that goal.
Over the weekend, I spent time in Chicago for a wedding. Walking around the Windy City, I surpassed my goal each of the three days greatly, hitting above 18,000 steps each day. Gaining those extra steps, and walking those extra 4+ miles each day, had such a positive impact on my attitude. Since I was active and out walking, I was able to see so much more of the city, burn a few extra calories and enjoy the sunshine.
Some days I fall short of my goal, and only get a few thousand steps, like last night when I only had 5,000 steps. After a great weekend I had, I didn’t mind only making half my goal yesterday. Today, however, I plan on getting my 10,000 steps no matter how much extra running or walking I have to do. Luckily, it is the second to last week for Bangor Summer League, so that should help to get me above that 10,000 mark.
If you’re like me, and a little competitive and actively pursuing goals, having a pedometer of any kind is a great thing to have. There are different apps for phones that you can try, but I personally enjoy my Fitbit and wouldn’t change it for anything. You can get a very cheap pedometer for a few dollars, or you can spend over $100 for a much more all inclusive pedometer that measures not only steps, but calories, distance, time, flights of stairs, sleep, alarm clocks, and much more. It’s best to review pedometers to make sure you choose the right one.
So what are you waiting for? Take the plunge, get a nice cheap pedometer and see how it affects your life. If you find that the first few days you’re not walking a lot of steps, but are actively starting to try and walk more throughout the day, or go to the gym, that’s a positive indication that you may want a better pedometer. There’s no better day than today to start setting goals, even goals as simple as walking 10,000 steps in a day.
Question: What other fitness goals do you have throughout the day/week/month?