I got a Christmas present this year that I’m already in love with.  It’s called a Fitbit, and if you haven’t heard of it, it’s a cool new pedometer device.   I love how small it is (easy to clip on and forget about).  It tracks your steps, miles, calories burned and even flights of stairs.  It syncs wirelessly to your computer where you log into a website to track your progress over days, weeks and months.  You can even earn cute little badges for meeting personal milestones.

The part I’m in love with, however, is how fun and motivating I’ve found it to be.  At any given time I can get a quick read on how active I’ve been that day.  Have I really taken half as many steps as yesterday?  Am I really only two flights of stairs away from a new badge?  I’ve found myself taking extra laps around the kitchen on purpose.  Walking the long way to the water fountain at work.  Volunteering to go get the mail or put something away in the basement.   And yes- running up and down my stairs twice for absolutely no reason except to earn that badge.

Tracking your daily steps using any type of pedometer device can be a great way to encourage yourself to be more active in small ways each and every day.  Especially on days when you don’t have time for a full workout.   I know my son appreciates my new found enthusiasm for dancing and marching with him in the living room!

With the start of 2013, I’m also looking forward to the chance to set some activity goals for the year.  If I commit to climbing 11 flights of stairs each day, for example, at the end of the year I can say I’ve climbed the height of Mount Everest.  How cool is that?

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