Thoughts on tracking one's steps
By Faye Hazel
December 4, 2017 3:32pm CST
So, apparently - tracking my steps is not for me. Last spring, so - a year and a half ago - I noticed my weight was getting weigh (way) out of hand. I decided I needed to do something. Enter my first Fitbit. Took the plunge, and bought it off of Ebay. It was only slightly less expensive than if I had bought it in the store, but I still did save a little money. I bought the cheapest one, the "Zip" model, which is not on a wrist band like so many of them, but is a clip style fitness tracker. Well, I promptly lost it, within a month. I decided that I didn't want to wait, and a bought another one, in the store. So my first one had cost somewhere near $40, and my second one was somewhere near $50. That's a total of $90 on fitbits. I know $90 isn't a lot to some - but it is enough for me to feel. But I decided that if it improved my health it was worth it. Well, I had better luck with the second one - I had it over a year until, I finally lost it, too - about a month ago. Since I didn't really log in to the app much since it runs so slowly on my computer - I thought - maybe I should just go dig up my old pedometer. That's just a gauge that shows how many steps you take in the day, but doesn't do any of the fancy online stuff like a fitbit. So I was lucky enough to find it, and lucky enough that the batteries were still working. Annnnd I lost it, too, after a couple of weeks of wearing it. You know, in the long maybe this will be better for my long term fitness goals. Sometimes I would skip non-step related workouts in favor of racking up steps. Maybe now I will diversify more. I wonder if I should try my luck with another pedometer? Hm. Have you tried a step tracker or fitness tracker? * This is just my thoughts on the popular fitness tracker trend. I neither encourage or discourage anyone from getting one and I promote no particular brand. Here is a parody of a fitbit commercial :
19 people like this
• Manchester, England
I'm not really into these sort of things. I find them a bit gimmicky really. I know people who have become slaves to them and get really obsessive about making sure they do enough steps or get their heart rate up to certain levels or whatever. Just find something you enjoy doing and do it regularly and you'll be fine.
I have a pedometer before and it really didn't help me with my fitness goals. I got a Xiaomi fitness band and this one was way better than my pedometer. I usually log at least 10,000 steps daily. I've had it for over six months and in those six months, I've only missed my 10,000-step goal thrice. Perhaps, you can enroll in a gym to help you lose weight.
• Greencastle, Indiana
I have never used one that's just a waste of $ in my book set you mind of saving money & set a 3 mile walk as in a mile & a 1/2 mile both ways equals 3 miles & that has always worked for me, I lost 20 lbs in 3 months just on water & on fruits & veggies, & multi vit,
Never tried one (fit bit) but did join the YMCA and I do go every week day, I avoid it on the weekends. I lost a lot of weight there and feel so much better - I am going on 7th year... My sister has a weight problem and uses the fit bit but I don't see any changes in her, I hope for her sake it is working and she is losing (I only see her a few time a year so I have no idea if she is losing or not...)
• United States
I have an older Fitbit Flex. If you think it will motivate you to have it, I think its a great idea. Mine does steps, callries burned, sleep quality. No heart rate. Or instead of spending money you could make a goal to walk or workout X amount of minutes per day. That will help in itself without even knowing how many steps were taken . Best of luck.
• United Kingdom
I've got a fitbit that also monitors your heart rate. I like it but it wasn't cheap, so I glad I haven't lost mine. If you register online you get achievement awards which serve as a motivational aid. So far I've walked to the moon and climbed Everest and a few others I can't remember.