When your Fitbit stops working and your waiting for the replacement in the mail does anyone even care if you workout or get steps if they don’t see them?
I remember running every day and working out all the time not caring or knowing how many steps I got.
Then came this pedometer from work. It clipped onto my waist band of my pants/shorts and suddenly I was enlightened! I knew how many steps I got when I ran a mile. I could see how many I got when I walked from my room to the kitchen and could participate in challenges with my co-workers.
Even without trying to get lots of steps I was racking them up. I don’t know if it was helpful or if it hindered because I’m so competitive I would walk around the house until it was time to go to bed to make sure I got the most.
I got a Fitbit a few years later since it synced with the site work used and I didn’t have to plug it into the computer like the one they gave me.
Some days having a pedometer is helpful. Since I sit at a computer for work that’s a significant portion of my day that I am sedentary. I often stand and get steps while working. I guess I would still try to get up and move some while working without a pedometer but it is easier to remember when you can see how few steps you’ve taken or your Fitbit thinks you are asleep because you haven’t moved in so long…
Steps always count. No matter if you have a pedometer or not. Where ever you are with your daily step average you can always work on improving your average and try to move more and sit less!
Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from a tracker or something keeping track of what you do. Other days it’s nice to just be active and not care about how many steps you or you kid has gotten.
… of course when you do weekly challenges and your Fitbit does for good… you will most definitely loose on paper/online even though you may actually be winning because you are active regardless and it’s good for your health! (And fun!)
Either way, whether steps really count when you have a tracker or not. The most important thing is to find what you like to do so you can move. Find friends who like to do similar things with you. Or, make friends who already do things you like to do. 🙂