Get a move on with the fitbit ultra!

I am walking everywhere — to the bank and to the post office — I am doing this all because of my Fitbit Ultra. The Fitbit Ultra is a super tricked-out pedometer that measures your daily steps and wirelessly tracks your efforts on your computer. The American Heart Association recommends that everyone take 10,000 steps a day. I thought that as a busy Mom, who is continually running in circles, cleaning and putting away toys, I was walking way more than that. But I got my fitbit and soon realized that I was only doing around 5,000 steps a day, which is what most people do. Now that I have my fitbit, I have become obsessed with taking 10K+ steps a day. It is amazing how it just takes a little extra stroll to get to 10k. Now I make a point of parking further away from the door to the supermaket and I will walk through the front door as opposed to the closer side entrance of my condo.

The fitbit also has an altimeter, so it records how many stairs you walk up and down a day. It also figures out the elevation of hills. I went on a hike and it decided that I had climbed 14 floors. Which is ok with me. I doesn’t seem to add floors if I take an elevator. Drats!

The fitbit itself is really small. It fits nicely in your pocket. I wear it on waistband of my yoga pants most days. I have had it for almost 2 months and I have yet to misplace it. I have forgotten to wear it a few times and then I get strangely annoyed that my steps weren’t counted like last night when we walked from swimming lessons to a local restaurant.

I think that the most inspiring (frightening?) aspect of the fitbit is that and charts your entire day’s activity including sleep on a nice little graph on your computer. You also get a pretty little pie chart that shows how “sedentary” “lightly active” “fairly active” and “very active” you have been during the day. It is shocking to me to see that I have been sedentary for 13 hours of the day (that is what sitting in front of the computer will do!). But to keep you motivated, you get little badges every time you do 5k or 10k steps and others for 10 or 25 floors. And if your friends get fitbits as well, you can see what they are doing, which is a lot of fun. You can also input your sleep and caloric intake, but I haven’t gotten that crazy yet. But maybe soon.