Running and working out at the gym are great exercise, but I personally think most people don't get the results they are looking for because they don't realize that all of the extra 'working out' is just making up for the walking and moving that they should be doing during the day. Walking and moving have been replaced by sitting in front of a computer and driving in a car. I know that is the case with me.
When I think of the last time I really felt like I was in shape, I was walking back and forth from one end of a college campus to the other, probably racking up four or five miles a day. That doesn't even include any of the walking that was done off of campus or the time I spent at the gym.
These days, if I don't count the walking and running I do for exercise, I don't come anywhere near the 10,000 steps a day that it is recommended. Not even close. I drive my kids to school, I work in front of a computer, and all of my errands are done in a car. To be honest, I really had no idea how little I was walking during the day until I bought a pedometer a couple of years ago. I have owned a couple of pedometers since them and all of them had two things in common. They all only kept track of the number of steps I was taking and they were all pretty inaccurate. They were inaccurate in my favor, giving me more steps than I knew I was taking, but that made it hard to get a good picture of what changes I needed to make in my routine.
For the past week I have been using something new. Something more than a pedometer. Something that not only is more accurate with my step count, but that also tracks the number of floors I have climbed, the miles I have walked, and the calories I have burned. My new tool is a Fitbit Ultra.
If you are feeling like you don't have time to get out and exercise, but want to find a meaningful way to improve your daily activity, this is a great tool to help you do just that. We all need goals and motivation, and the Fitbit Ultra can help you with both. Those extra steps you take when you park farther away from the grocery store or that time you take the stairs instead of the elevator will all go towards your daily step goal. You can track your progress in lots of ways with the FitBit, but my favorite is the flower that grows on the LED screen as you get closer and closer to your daily goals.
In addition to tracking all of your activity during the day, you can continue to wear it at night to track how long and how well you are sleeping. And the best part is that all of the information is transmitted automatically to Fitbit.com. Whenever the Fitbit is withint 15 feet of the base it will upload all of your information. You don't have to do a thing. Tracking your activity is just as easy too. You clip the lightweight device to your pocket, waist, or even on your bra, and press the one and only button on the Fitbit. That is all you have to do to start tracking your steps to a more active and healthy life. If you want even more detailed and accurate results, you can log your weight, food, and type of daily activity too. You can do it directly online or use one of the many apps that Fitbit works with. I don't think something this small could do any more cool stuff.
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