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Fitness trackers are all the rage these days, right? I mean, even phones track your steps for you now. If you’ve been on the fence about getting a fitness tracker, I’m here to help you figure out how to make one work for your life.
When I first got my Fitbit Flex, I thought that nailing that 10,000 step goal would be a breeze. It was, for the first day. I should also note that I was at a theme park that first day.
Once I got back to the office with my brand spankin’ new Fitbit I quickly realized that I would be lucky to hit 4,000 steps in a day.
I quickly got discouraged with my Fitbit efforts, but once I learned more about what it could do I was able to make that thing work in my life better.
Change Your Step Goal
This is the first thing I recommend to anyone who buys a Fitbit. Wear it for a couple days to see what you’re averaging on a normal day and then adjust your goal based on that.
For those of us who are desk-bound all day, aiming for 6,000 or 7,000 seems more reasonable, especially when you’re just starting to change your lifestyle habits.
Other people will hit 10,000 with no problems and may want to adjust their goal up. The whole point here is to find a realistic and attainable goal so you don’t get discouraged and stop wearing your tracker.
Use The Silent Alarm Feature
Fitbits have a really cool silent alarm that you can set up through the app or website. It’s a gentle buzz to remind you to do something. I use my silent alarm to remind myself to get up and do a lap around the office every two hours, if I can.
I know someone else who uses the alarm to remind herself to drink a glass of water. If you notice that you get wrapped up in tasks easily, this feature is a good way to remind yourself to take a short break, both for your physical and mental health.
Focus On Goals Outside of Steps
The Fitbit app tracks so many things: steps, active minutes, miles walked, flights climbed, food, heart rate, and sleep. If getting a ton of steps just isn’t working out for you, it might be good to adjust your goals on another metric.
Even though I don’t hit many steps during the day at work, I’m usually active in the evening doing yoga or a barre class. On the weekends I’m more likely to go for a swim than a run, thanks to Florida summers. I can track these non-step generating activities in my Fitbit app as active minutes.
I may not hit my 6,000 step goal every day, but I hit my active minutes for all but two days last month. For me, it’s the other goals that keep me going.
If you’re looking to get on the activity tracker wagon, I say do it. Learn how to access the features of your tracker and adjust the goals to make sense for your life. Activity trackers are a great way to keep yourself accountable to a lifestyle change.
Sarah is a coffee-drinking, cookbook-collecting, scarf-loving Floridian who blogs about food, healthy living, small business, and blogging at Sunshine and Mint. When she’s not blogging, Sarah can usually be found cheering on her favorite football team or reading the next trending book at Starbucks. Her favorite things are a good breakfast taco and a great yoga session.
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