Fitbit Flex and the magic of 10,000 Steps

A while ago I wrote about having a fit bit.  The exact model I own is a Flex.  I picked the flex because:

  1. I would not have to remember to put it on.
  2. It’s small enough to look like a rubber wrist band
  3. I don’t need another watch

The real power of this thing is that with a few taps it displays up to 5 white dots.  It breaks my daily step goal into 5 parts.  20% each.  Or… if you have a 10,000 step goal, each light represents 2,000 steps.  2,000 steps is about how many steps your average person walks in a mile.  Well, a mile is 5,280 feet.  A typical stride is 2.4 feet – so a mile is really 2,295 steps.  Why does that matter?  Because a 10,000 step day is less than 5 miles.

Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, Black

But I digress.  The real power of this thing is that it is working when you are not thinking about it.  It resets itself every day… and starts afresh every morning.  Using some magical form of wireless communication it will sync up with the app on my phone and give me even more data.

So?  So it causes me to change my behavior.  With little to no effort on my part I can glance down and see where I am at.  I can see how far I have walked.  I can see how far I have to walk.  Suddenly it gets me thinking about how I should, and could walk more.  Park at the back of a super market, get in another 100 steps.  Walk the dog to the end of the street before heading to the school – another 1,000 steps.  And so it goes.  A few hundred here, a few hundred there, and voila.

I have now walked over 250 miles since I got my fitbit.  That means I am walking more than 70,000 steps a week or nearly 30 miles a week.  My biggest day ever?  21,000 steps.  Why?  Because I wanted to see if I could break 20,000.   Having real time feedback and simple goals is powerful.   How powerful?

My fitbit flex helped me break through a weight plateau and drop another 10 pounds.  I have hit my century low (the lowest weight I have been this century) and I am approaching my college weight.  My diet has not changed, but now I am burning more calories.  I was not sure how I would feel about not having the screen, but I find the somewhat obtuse display very Star Trek like.  It was very much like all the Star Trek shows to have a character stare at some cryptic display and read impossible amounts of information from it.  I feel like the dots speak a code only I can decipher.

I dig it.

So far I love this thing and I am very happy with the results.  It’s worth checking out.

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