Get The Most Out Of Your Fitness Tracker

Did you get a new FitBit, Apple Watch, or other fitness tracker for Christmas? If so, welcome to the club! I snagged a FitBit Charge 2 for myself over the holidays. Despite all of the haters and naysayers out there, I love it.

Now let’s get this straight. In no way do I feel that buying a fitness tracker and monitoring it will lead you to reach your fitness goals faster than you were moving toward them before. In my opinion, it’s just nice to have a tool that keeps you aware of how sedentary or active you’ve been in a day. It’s very easy to overestimate how much you’ve moved around throughout the day. But if you take an honest look at what’s strapped around your wrist, the truth becomes crystal clear. For example, during my Christmas visit to my parent’s house, there were a couple of days when my step count was at less than 3,000. There’s a reason for that. It’s because I was literally sitting around all day enjoying my time with family. Physical movement was not a big part of that equation.

My outlook would be completely different if that continued to be a trend once I returned to my regular lifestyle. At that point, it would be time to take a look at exactly how much time I was spending at my computer each day without moving. The same applies to you. You can easily notice trends. If you’re not hitting the step target you set for yourself, try spending at least five minutes per hour moving. If you weren’t up walking around during those five minutes, you’d likely be chatting with a co-worker, browsing social media or doing something else that isn’t related to work, so there’s no need to worry about lost productivity.

The recommendation given by the American Heart Association is 10,000 steps per day. Try hitting that goal consistently before you set your sights on something beyond that. Don’t get caught up in the idea that your fitness tracker was a waste of money. Use it as a tool to help move you closer and closer to leading a healthy lifestyle.