Thursday, July 18, 2013
My workplace is trying to get people more active, so they started up a little 10k steps competition. Getting more active is a key component of my new healthy life, so I signed up.
When you sign up, you get a pedometer. Unfortunately, I am currently traveling, so I couldn't pick one up. So instead I downloaded the app "Pacer" for my iPhone.
What a nifty little device! It's ridiculously easy to use - download and go! You can go into the profile screen to adapt it to your weight, height, age, sex, etc., but you could just start walking with the default settings (I think 5'4" and 130 pounds???).
Ever since I downloaded it last night, I've been intrigued with watching the number go up. I happen to do a lot of walking when I am out of state, so the numbers went up...and up...and up! By the end of my work day, I had 15,000 steps!! Already more than the 10k that is "recommended"! Add to that the 40 minutes I kicked out on the treadmill brought me to a whopping 22k!
Now, I don't think I'll be able to rack up THAT many steps every day. But I do like seeing how active I am and having an incentive to get my rear in gear!
What's even better? Pacer has a FREE version for iPhone! So if you have an iPhone, feel free to check it out!
(NOTE: There were a LOT of pedometers available for iPhone, but I just chose Pacer because I had read some good reviews and it was free. The others may be just as good - maybe even better, depending on what you are looking for in a pedometer app. Feel free to check out a bunch and compare!)