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got my Fitbit from Amazon.com Less $ then the Fitbit site and free shipping
it has motivated me to get more steps in though I still havent reached 10000 in a day



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I put my new pedometer through the wash and it doesn't work anymore! emoticon I did try my old one yesterday but I don't think it is very accurate. 35 minutes of walking was only 1800 steps? I need to get a new one!

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Have the dogs walk you 4 times a day helps.



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I don't get 10k steps in without either going on the treadmill or running, I have to do extra everyday....



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Depending on your work culture, here is something that can help increase steps and meet another heath goal. If you set out to drink 6-8 glasses of water with a smaller glass/cup rather than a very large water bottle. Every hour or so, you get up briefly to replenish your drink and depending on your digestion at some point you will need to use the rest room. This would help automatically program short movement breaks as well as help you stay hydrated and some find they crave less snacks or coffee if well hydrated. (Of course you don't want to over do it, just a healthy amount of water). Also when in the rest room, if you can sneak in some quick steps--marching place, jog in place, whatever you can do in your work clothes to rev your circulation up a bit.



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NLADUE, are you seeing a lot of "floors"? With fitbit, to get floors it is an altitude change of 10 feet but you have to be moving enough while gaining the altitude to gain a floor. I suspect floors don't feed much into the calorie burn estimation because I tested it with stair laps in my building and it didn't look like the stairs are really factored in too much even though it was quite accurate at tracking floors. You can gain floors for hills, esculators, or inclines as well as flights of stairs.



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I don't know how people with jobs or any other activities during the day get 10,000 step in. I did normal everyday walking here and there yesterday plus a 3.25 mile walk in the evening and only got about 8,000!



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My job is data entry so I'm on a computer 8 hours a day. I do a lot of leg exercises while. Sitting at my desk to keep my legs from tightening up and set my printer to send some items to the back of the building to make me get up more often and walk a bit more.

I used a pedometer for a weel and was supervised to see I was walking over 1 mile daily just at work by adding on these little "strolls" to the usual back n forth movement in my shop.



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I just read this whole thread! I'm not excited about buying and wearing a pedometer, but maybe it's just what I need to keep me accountable. I really love the ideas of the calendar with the colored dot stickers!

I work on the computer for ~9 hours a day, and rarely get up beyond the twice/day trip to the rest room... I guess it's time to start taking a few laps around the building after lunch.

Thanks everyone,
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Its already 5 pm and I am barely over 2000. I worked all day at a cash register, standing yes but very little time to walk. Most of my steps were during my slow time where I would walk in place or walk around my register. I may look like a freak but hey, my job doesn't really care about keeping us fit. Doing laundry now, and I am unsure if I will have the time to get in a walk with my dog before I have to go babysit. Hopefully I will be able to add in some more steps by the end of the night.

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first day of tracking for me today and so far im at 9570 - i did go for an hours walk this am that i dont generally fit in the day when im working plus ive been rushing around all pm doing housework so its probably higher than normal - another tool added to my aresenal though :)

Nobody said you had to workout like a mad-woman EVERY day...you just need to do SOMETHING every day! :)

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This is maybe not the answer you are looking for.

I was right there with ya about 6 months ago. I had exercise days, and then I had days off when I did not exercise. I had about 100 reasons why took days off from exercise: I deserved it, I earned it, my muscles "needed a rest", it was my reward, etc, etc, etc. I did not like exercise - I did it to achieve a goal and also looked forward to the days when I did not have to that that dreaded word - exercise.

And for many, working out 3 to 6 times a week is all they need for weight loss and fitness goals. For me, I was finding that I was need to exercise more - 7 days a week - at achieve my goals. But I also discovered that I needed a new perspective about exercise.

Something dramatic has changed in me. For the first time in my life, I ENJOY exercise. I see exercise in a new light. I exercise on some days with intensity, lots of sweat, lots of HARD work. Some days I go for a jog, or use the elliptical, or use a DVD. Maybe the kids and I go for a hike together or play frisbee in the park. There are some days I actually exercise twice in the same day. I'm sitting right here typing this, having just showered and changed clothes from my AM work out and wearing the exercise clothes for my afternoon workout!

But here's the thing: I WANT to be active EVERY DAY. My day no longer feels complete unless I have exercised in some manner. Every day I look for something new, fun, and exciting that is physical. It doesn't have to be the 90 minute intense official workout every day. Some days I will walk 4 miles with my kids and enjoy chatting with them while we walk. Maybe some days I will do a few lunges, squats, push ups, and stretches on the side lines while my kids have soccer practice. On other days I will meet a friend at a park for the kids to play and she and I will walk around the park chatting together.

And I enjoy every minute of it. Because at the end of the day I know that I did something good for myself that day. I may have made some wrong decisions, my day might not have been wonderful, but I feel good if I can go to bed knowing that I chose to work my body in some manner that day.

And because of that, I no longer look to my "days off." Instead, I look for every day to be my "day on".

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I definitely feel that wearing the Fitbit all day long helps me be more active more often.

Edited by: CERULEANTEAR at: 4/5/2012 (11:42)
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Like many others here, I use a Fitbit to keep track of my steps. I like to keep it in my bra and I haven't had any problems with dropping it yet.

I strive to get 10,000 steps in every day. I like to go walking or hiking at least four days a week and those days make it easy to get the steps in. On the days I stay home I like to walk in place while watching a TV show or a movie. I don't feel like I'm getting as good a work out, but walking in place is do-able even on days I'm dead tired.

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."


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I am very hard on pedometers. I bought one about eight months ago and since then:

(1) the first one quit working on me so I traded it in (bought it @ my WW meeting).
(2) the second one flew off my waist into the bushes when I was getting into my car and could not be found
(3) I sent the third one through the wash by mistake
(4) I don't remember what happened to #4, but I know something did

So I think I'm on #5

The above is why I'm reluctant to spend the money on a FitBit--I'm afraid I'd trash it.

I like to use my pedometer to track only "non-exercise" movement. I don't wear it when I use the treadmill (rare), dance, do yoga, or lift weights. I do wear it at all other times to monitor my activity level because I have a desk job and I tend to get wrapped up in what I am doing to the point of staying fixed in my chair for hours. When I check my steps it motivates me to run an errand on foot at lunch.

At this point I'm still working on hitting 5K steps consistently during the work week. 7K is doable for me. At this point I rarely hit 10K. I know I can do better.

Weekends are easier because I'm not tied to a desk.

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I love my FitBit and for a short time I even had my husband wearing one, competing with me for most steps for the day. He fell off the wagon though but I still faithfully wear mine pretty much 24/7. Yesterday I logged 19134 steps and 10 floors climbed. Whew. I was really hoping to hit 20k.



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4/4/12 11:06 P

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I have a pedometer app on my android phone. It turns on automatically when I move around. It was free.



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I wear mine daily even on rest days just to get an idea of how hard I work on my over 10,000 step days!



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It's a GREAT idea and helps with losing weight



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I just got a FitBit and LOVE tracking my steps and pushing myself to earn new "badges" for longer distances. I wear it all day and even wear it to sleep to track my sleep (which has been interesting). But does anyone else have a FitBit and have problems with the calorie calculation? I live in a high rise, walk to work and then work in a high rise. I am wondering if the altitude change does something with tracking the 'floors' as if I am climbing huge hills to get to and from work or something? Anyone else have issues with this? I have a hard time believing my 1.5 mile walk to work burns 1,000 calories. (But it would be nice)



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Anything that keeps us moving is a good thing. I clip on my Omron pedometer every day and find it does help get me up off the couch! If I am a little under my goal I will jog in place while watching TV lol... Spark on!

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I try to make sure to walk or use the treadmill to get my 10,000 steps first thing in the morning. Otherwise, I never get the 10,000 steps



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This is a challenge for me sinced my pedometer died. I need to make getting a new one a priority.



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just found this thread. But I use the BodyMedia GoFit. It tracks my steps - with a few exceptions. When I dance, it doesn't count them as steps as often. Mind you, I'm a competitive dancer who's spent years and lots of $$ learning to glide rather than bounce when I dance. No wonder it gets confused. lol

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I'm sorry to laugh, exercise is exercise but you have to agree with me, it does and looks weird. emoticon



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I just ordered a pedometer, not expensive around $23.00 from Amazon and am looking forward to tracking my steps. Yet one more healthy action to add to my daily list of goodies.



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Actually, your basal metabolic rate is the number of calories you'd burn if you stayed in bed all day. If you lead an extremely active lifestyle and walk a lot, that exercise still counts. Of course you still won't lose weight if you eat more calories than you burn.

Edited by: JEANNEBOYD1 at: 4/3/2012 (15:03)

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Honestly, the steps you'd take naturally as part of your day-to-day are partly your basal metabolic rate and likely don't count as extra exercise. If you start walking when you otherwise wouldn't that's a different story, especially if it gets your heart rate above your baseline.

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I would always try to fit in a lot of unnecessary walking at work whenever I can, however I didn't have a pedometer so I would actually count my steps and track it in an Excel spreadsheet because I'm a freak. I just got the Fitbit though and it's awesome. It really encourages you to be more active, for example when I print at work I print to the far printer and I get the pages one at a time.. if I'm waiting for someone to get off the phone or my food to cook in the microwave, I pace, when I use the bathroom, I do a 2 minute lap around the factory floor before going back to my desk, or an extra block when walking the dog, the steps really add up and the weight is just falling off. I get in about 10,000-14,000 every day, I aim for 15,000 but it's really hard to get there if I don't go for my morning run so on the days that I wake up late I just focus on getting in at least 10,000.



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Thank you. That's good to know. Yeah I was iffy about buying one since I wasn't sure how well they worked. My pedometer was a freebie and worked well enough...as long as I don't drop it! LOL. I will definitely look into FitBit and Omrod.



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Fitbit works great for monitoring steps. However, I've found it ups my caloric intake from the 1200 goal every time I do anything like walking up the stairs. I agree with SparkGuy that most of the "daily living" steps are just part of daily metabolic and I don't eat the 1800+ calories/day FitBit tells me to.



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I tried several pedometers and felt they were unreliable but searched for "best pedometer" and found omron. I ordered one from amazon (about $25). it works great! in my hand, in my pocket, attached to even a higher waistband. they say it works even in a purse. well worth the investment.



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I wish I had a built in pedometer. I have one that I try using, but it keeps coming unclipped and when it hits the floor, it resets itself so that's a bit frustrating. When I was given the pedometer, I was told to try and hit the 2000 mark (I didn't realize that 10,000 was the mark to hit). I put it on and hit about 5000 that day- without trying, so I don't know why it was assumed that I did less than 2000. The highest I have been able to hit is about 7000 and that's because of school keeping me tied to a chair with lots of papers to write. Come summer, I plan on walking a lot more. I don't live very far from my grocery store so I walk there for groceries. Walking for them also limits what I buy since I can't carry TOO much back home. Walking to the store usually gets me 3000 (I think. Not sure since the pedometers brains seem to be scrambled). I'm just gonna keep on keepin' on.



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After I drop the kids off to school, I stop off and walk a mile one way, then a mile back. That makes a big difference whether I meet my 10,000 goal or not



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That's a great idea. I do the same thing. My husband use to think I was crazy because before I would brush my teeth I would grab my pedometer.

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Just got the pedometer.... looking forward to figuring it out

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I wear my Omron pedometer (the 112 model I think) from the time I get up until I go to bed. I sometimes hit 10000 steps, but definitely not every day, though I make an effort by doing random/aimless walking, taking the stairs, occasional walks at lunch (I sweat like crazy, so I definitely can't do it every day). Like some others, having a puppy has really helped me with getting in my exercise and steps. He's a little dog, so he can't go for very long before he gets tired, but I can usually get between 3000-4000 steps with him several days a week. Either we explore the county parks (love it!), or walk the neighborhood.

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Hard to describe but I started using Fitbit back around the middle of February and it has made all the difference in my pursuit of losing those last 10 lbs I have struggled with for years. Go to fitbit.com and check it out. I think it's worth the $100 because I'm a techie and love the ability to have my activity automatically logged on their website. I have to input the food log, just like Sparkpeople, although I find Fitbit is a little easier to use. Also, love that fitbit records your sleep patterns if you wear it to bed and set it. Adequate sleep is crucial to positive outlook and motivation so an essential component of any weight loss program. Little plastic U-shaped thingie that clips onto your clothes. You can always manually enter your other activities that fitbit won't record for the calorie burn. You just won't get the step counter to work unless you're actually stepping, I have found. I'm far more focused on the calorie deficit than the magic 10,000 steps, although I shoot for that too.



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I wear my pedometer every day from the time I get up until I go to bed. I find it helps me be motivated and check it often. I take my dogs for a 2 to 2 1/2 mile walk every morning (7 days a week) getting in around 6500 to 7500 steps. I'm in a lot of pain most days & if I don't keep an eye on the pedometer that's all I would do. I try hard to walk my yard later in the day to get the rest of my steps in.



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I am half way there. I will get back to 10,000 steps a day it will take a couple of weeks.

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What I've learned in the last few weeks:
- Wear good walking shoes all the time, even indoors. If you wear heels, you're less apt to walk.
- Wear your pedometer from the moment you get out of bed to the second you crawl back into it.
- Take quick breaks to get up, stretch, and move. A quick 3-5 minute walk can completely pep up your day and clear out the brain cobwebs!

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I wear a pedometer and have reached 10,000 steps but not lately. It is difficult unless I am out shopping or walking otherwise at home I shoot for at least 4000 to 5000 and I have to work at it!.emoticon

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BIRDLSLAURIE
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3/31/12 6:57 P

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I've worn a pedometer off and on for years. When my daughter was younger and still in school and could reach 10,000 steps fairly easily. Now it is difficult except on days when I do a walk/jog. Even on those days it takes a conscious effort to make the goal. It just shows how much I actually sit during the day.

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3/31/12 4:00 P

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I have been taking my puppy. And I just got my pedometer the other day. Today was the first semi decent day that I could actually get out with him. So far at 3 I have 6,206 steps. While I was doing dishes this morning to add some more I walked in place. That somewhat took a bit.
But it worked! Hopefully today I will reach my 10,000 or more steps at work.

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3/31/12 9:23 A

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good ideas thank you all



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3/31/12 2:54 A

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I use a pedometer everyday, all day. My goal...10,000 steps a day. However, I mostly use it to tell me how lazy I am being on a day-to-day basis. For me, if it is 3 pm and I am at 2,000 steps..I need to get off the couch and start moving! It is a reminder for me to move. It also amazes me how fast the number of steps go up! Today I went for a 2.5 mile walk/jog and then went to the zoo..my steps today got up to 15,000!!

If I am having a "lazy" day I usually get up and do yard work or bring my son to the park, clean the house, ect.



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3/30/12 9:41 A

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I have been doing water aerobics for exercise. Adding walking would be a good addition for me.

Chris

Today I stop and think before putting anything into my mouth. HALT! Hungry? Angry? Lonely? Tired?
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It feels like I am not moving, but I guess I am. Even turtles eventually move from place to place. chris www.agingcare.com/


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3/30/12 6:53 A

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I have done that but it seems to only count about 1000 steps in about 45 minutes of pedaling...and I counted 1000 pedals in about 20 minutes. I think the fitbit records what I do as "activity", so the "flower grows". So, if that's my primary exercise, it looks like I haven't done many steps in a day on my fitbit tracker. I suppose the challenge is to do the bik and then ALSO 10,000 steps - hard on the days when I am anchored to my desk.



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3/30/12 6:47 A

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Have you tried putting your fitbit on your sock or shoe just when you ride your bike, that might work...

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3/30/12 5:57 A

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