I love step counters! In fact, I purchased a Fit Bit about 3 or 4 months ago and wonder why it took me so long to get one.
I love it because…
- I stay motivated to move more. Have you ever noticed how sedentary you can be? I have desk job by day so even though I love my morning workouts, I used the Fit Bit for a few days when I first got it simply to test my movement level. I got 4,000 and 5,000 steps on those days. Crazy! Now, I take more movement breaks throughout the day and go for quick walks so I easily get at least 8,000 steps per day.
- I release perfectionist tendencies to “workout” every day. Granted, everyone works differently. While I struggle with over-doing the workouts at times, some struggle with getting in any type of workout at all. Counting steps can be a motivator for both types of people. For me, it allows my mind to relax on days I missed a formal workout or just don’t have time (or the desire) to fit one in. I aim for 10,000 steps instead. For the ones who struggle with getting in any type of workout at all, the step counter can be a motivator to move at several shorter periods of time throughout the day and at least get more active than you already are.
- It feeds my competitive side. If I look down at the Fit Bit around noon and I only have 1,000 or 2,000 steps, I put on my A game. Again, I am no perfectionist so there are even days I don’t care about my steps, but I find those days few and far in between. I love competing against myself to get in more movement! Plus, I know I feel best when I am active.
And because I am trying to add videos to the blog, I do have a video on this one. I am calling my Tuesday videos, “Quick Tip Tuesdays.” If your attention span is anything like mine, you will like how short and sweet my videos are. I keep them to under 2 minutes as a rule.
Do you already count your steps? If so, what fitness tool do you use?