Making Activity Trackers Work For You

I am so excited to welcome Sarah from Sunshine and Mint!

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.

Thinking about using an activity tracker? Find out how to make it work for YOU AND enter to win a Fitbit Charge HR!

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.

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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.fitbit round 2

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.

SarahSarah 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.

Want to win a Fitbit Charge HR of your very own?


Sarah, myself, and some of my blogging friends have banded (pun intended) together to giveaway a small Fitbit Charge HR activity tracker!! To enter, just use the Rafflecopter widget-thing below!

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This post is not sponsored nor affiliated with Fitbit.

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  1. Seanne on October 9, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    I really want to win this because I need to get back track on my fitness goals. I really think this can help as a tool on my weight loss journey! xo

  2. Emily on October 9, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    I need this to have some motivation to move! Since I’ve been tired and pregnant, I just sit on my booty all day.

  3. LaRae on October 10, 2015 at 12:13 am

    I would love to win this FitBit because I am in need of getting back into the habit of working out and eating well after having our first baby at the end of January. I would love to have the FitBit as a physical reminder of what I should be tracking!

  4. Cassie on October 10, 2015 at 12:57 am

    I’d love to win because my husband and I are both trying to lose weight

  5. Patrycja on October 10, 2015 at 1:40 am

    I just started to work out again and would love this to keep track of my progress to help motivate me daily to do better.

  6. Colleen Boudreau on October 10, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    I can’t find Amber Oliver on Instagram, the link for her doesn’t work.

  7. Alyssa on October 10, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    I’ve been trying to track my steps forever using my phone and it’s just not working. I barely have any pants with pockets to hold my phone or I fleet to always bring my phone with me where I go. I’ve been struggling to lose weight so this would help me a lot since I’ve been tracking my steps and been trying to increase the amount every single day!

  8. Stacy Sharp Spain on October 10, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    My daughters are very active in sports and running in races. They both want one of these for Christmas. Also, I need to get in shape and lose some weight. Thank you!

  9. Maggie Pedersen on October 10, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    I so need one of these! I’m homeschooling my 4 kids, and rarely have time for exercising. I think this would motivate me a lot! Thanks for the opportunity.

  10. Paige on October 11, 2015 at 12:19 am

    I’m wanting to jumpstart my journey to a more fit and healthy lifestyle, and this would be awesome to help me keep track of not only what I do physically, but to keep track of food intake and water intake (LOVE the silent alarm idea!)

  11. DJ on October 11, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I would love to try a Fitbit so I can track my running progress.

  12. Karen Sellers on October 11, 2015 at 9:53 am

    My daughter wants one of these for Christmas! I need to get fit also!

  13. Antoinette on October 11, 2015 at 10:42 am

    I’ve been eyeballing the FitBit! I keep adding it to my shopping cart and walking away…lol.

  14. Susan Sharp on October 11, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Awesome giveaway! I have 3 granddaughters that are wanting one of these for Christmas! Thank you!

  15. Susan Sharp on October 11, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Awesome giveaway! I have 3 granddaughters that are wanting Fitbits for Christmas! Thank you!

  16. Susan Sharp on October 11, 2015 at 12:04 pm
  17. Charlotte on October 12, 2015 at 8:32 am

    I think I have one of the first ever Fitbits to ever come out and it’s on its last leg so I’m really keeping fingers crossed for this giveaway 🙂 Plus, purple is my favorite color! Have a great week 🙂 PS: i tried following the first IG account, but I’m not sure the link is working, just fyi.

  18. Erica P. on October 13, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    I would really love to win this to help me keep track of my daily progress. With 2 little girls at home I need something to help me 🙂

  19. tina ocampo on October 13, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    been eyeing this fitness tracker to jump start my fitness journey

  20. Judy Schechter on October 15, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Hi, for Amber Oliver I wrote page not found on the Rafflecopter, but then I saw your response to someone else with the correct url, so I actually am following her on instagram. My username is lovesbruce. Thanks!

    • Brea on October 15, 2015 at 11:36 am

      Oh no! I changed to URL even. *sigh*

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