Fitbit: How To Get Those 10,000 Steps In

Are you trying to be more active this year? Got a Fitbit? Here are my 10 Ways to Get More Fitbit Steps In along with some cute and affordable workout gear from @kohls #ad #MakeYourMove

I’ve been getting off to a slow start this year because of my foot injury, but I’m finally weaning out of my medical brace, and I’ve been cleared for light exercise such as walking the dog and riding a stationary bike.

I’m still having a lot of discomfort in my foot and leg at times, so I’m feeling guardedly optimistic about my ability to get back into the groove of regular exercise, but I know I need to go ahead and “make my move” and see what happens.

For so long, I was dying to get back out there. If I couldn’t run, I wanted to at least walk or bike — anything to work up a sweat and get some fresh air. But taking time to heal my injuries has been such a long road, and this winter is so dreadfully cold, that I’m finding it hard to get motivated and get back out there again.

I decided to take the plunge and get a Fitbit to see if that would help my motivation.

For those who aren’t acquainted with the Fitbit, it’s a device you wear on your wrist that tracks your steps. The idea is to encourage you to meet a daily goal, thus burning more calories and getting healthy. You can see me wearing it here.

Fitbit Arm Candy

When you set up your account and sync your Fitbit to your computer, the default goal is 10,000 steps a day. This is not just a random number set by a computer. According to the Fitbit blog, medical authorities around the world have agreed that 10,000 steps a day (approximately 5 miles) is a healthy number to aim for because it’s a rough equivalent to the Surgeon General’s recommendation to accumulate 30 minutes of activity most days of the week. It should be enough to reduce your risk for disease and help you lead a longer, healthier life.

Sounds good to me! But think about it for a minute. Five miles a day is A LOT OF STEPS unless you are actively exercising, so you definitely have to put some effort into it. I haven’t been getting anywhere NEAR that amount of steps per day so I decided to make a list of all the creative ways I can think of to fit in those 10,000 steps.

How to Get More Fitbit Steps

  1. Park at the far end of the parking lot.
  2. Take the steps instead of the elevator.
  3. Whenever you’re walking somewhere, take the long way around.
  4. Give the dog an extra walk or two every day.
  5. Drink more water so you’ll have to get up to use the restroom more often!
  6. Join a Fitbit group and set up a competition.
  7. Take multiple trips when bringing in the groceries.
  8. Walk to the store instead of drive, whenever possible.
  9. Pace around the house when talking on the phone.
  10. Do extra chores around the house.

Perhaps none of these are incredibly inventive, but getting your steps in is all about being intentional about taking as many steps throughout the day as possible. It’s so easy to sit at my desk for hours on end, and I know that is incredibly bad for my health, so I am printing out this list and putting it on my bulletin board. That way it will be a constant reminder to get up and move.

Kohl’s has you covered with everything you need to get moving, from the Fitbit to workout attire to the right shoes to cold weather gear that will keep you protected from the elements as you make your move to a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Are you trying to be more active this year? Got a Fitbit? Here are my 10 Ways to Get More Fitbit Steps In along with some cute and affordable workout gear from @kohls #ad #MakeYourMove

Shop this look: New Balance 1/2-Zip Thermal Fleece Running Top //Nike Legend Slim Dri-FIT Pants // ASICS GEL-Kahana 7 Trail Running Shoes // Fitbit Flex // Tek Gear Melange Beanie Hat 

I’d love to hear from other “Fitbitters” out there. If you have more creative ways to get your Fitbit steps, let me know!

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Kohl’s.

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31 thoughts on “Fitbit: How To Get Those 10,000 Steps In

    1. It took me a few weeks to take it out of the box! LOL! I always procrastinate learning to use something new. But it’s not hard at all. The computer walks you through the setup.

  1. I don’t have a FitBit – a lot of times my exercise is water aerobics, and somehow I don’t think that it’s water resistant. But I definitely think it’s a great tool! Those shoes are super cute, too. 🙂

  2. My daughter and I turn on the Wii dance and dance for 15 minutes or so…easy way to get a mile…just make sure you wear it on the right wrist…have fun!

  3. I don’t think she means right as in right arm, I think she means they advise wearing it on your no dominant hand. I have a fitbit flex and honestly, I quit wearing mine because I felt it wasn’t accurate. Yes, It motivated me to get up and move a bit, however, I work with my hands a lot and i think it was giving me credit for steps when all I was doing was standing up and moving my arms around. For a while, I thought i was accumulating all these steps till I caught on. I was eating the extra calories (I was synced up to My Fitness Pal) and I was gaining weight. Duh… Mine is thrown in a drawer now and I have gone back to a hour daily workout and my heart rate monitor to see just how many calories I really am burning.
    This was just my experience with it, honestly, I love the idea, but if weight loss is the objective (that was mine) I think it takes more than walking 10,000 steps a day, gotta get that hear rate up and in the fat burning zone.

    1. Ah, gotcha. Yes, I’m wearing it on my dominant arm. I’m not sure yet how accurate it is, but at least it reminds me to make the effort to move more. With my job, it is way too easy to sit here for HOURS without getting up, and I know that’s so bad for my health.

  4. I got a Fitbit Flex for Christmas and have only hit the 10,000 step goal twice. One day it was a day we spent skiing. The other it was a day of shopping and errands where I parked far away. I almost made it yesterday after a 4.5 hour dance rehearsal (I”m a choreographer in a high school musical theater dept.) It is not easy to reach the goal I find even if I exercise. I think that’s good, because I tend to go easy on myself. I too have been having foot trouble (ligament surgery later in the spring, boo) so it has been hard to really commit to the daily goal. Anyway, it is really fun!

  5. I have the FitBit One that clips to my bra and I’m so obessive I wear it to bed so the midnight trips to the bathroom count.

    I’m connected to about 7 friends which really keeps me motivated and I find that on the days I don’t hop on the treadmill I usually get around 6,000-7,000 steps a day because I really make a concious effort to get up and move!

  6. Go to Disney World! It’s amazing how many steps/miles you walk! And it seems so effortless. Yet, at home, YIKES! I get so bummed at how few steps I take a day and then how much you have to do to get those steps. The Fitbit is quite the eye opener. I’ve definitely got to ramp it up (A LOT)! Maybe moving to Disney would be easier. HA!
    Love your outfits!

  7. I just started tracking my steps in January, and I am having the hardest time getting to 10,000 steps. I live in a suburb of Milwaukee and I DETEST the cold, but some days, it’s not even safe to walk outside. Today it is -2 degrees, and that’s without the wind chill! One thing that helps is just getting up and marching in place. I do that when I’m reading or watching TV. I am excited to see the improvement in my step count once (if!) spring gets here!

  8. I have had a Fitbit Zip for a few years now and love it! I clip it to my bra and my jammies waistband at night. (I get into jammies early and felt like I was missing steps) 2000 steps are suppose to roughly a mile and I find mine isn’t quite on target exactly but the point is I’m moving. It does keep me reminded. Am amazed how many steps I’ve done on some cold days when I never left the house and ran around cleaning! Would love to upgrade to a Flex to see how that compares. Maybe Cheryl above wants to get rid of hers in that drawer?!?? I would totally buy it! Good luck with yours!

  9. My husband just bought me one for Valentine’s Day & he got one for himself, too. We are pretty active already, but wearing a fitbit makes it fun and we compete against each other to see who did the most steps each day. There are times when we would drive a few blocks to a friend’s house and now we make the effort to definitely walk the shorter distances. The dog is also benefitting as her walks are getting a little bit longer. Have you see the Tory Birch fitbit bracelet? Pricey, but would make a great gift!

  10. I gave myself a Fitbit for Christmas (ha!) and also got one for my husband. The strange thing is, if we’re out walking together, he gets more steps than I do. Not fair! Oh well, I’m still using it, even though I don’t get my 10,000 steps much these days–it’s too cold to walk outside. Also, I wear it to yoga three times a week, but it doesn’t really help for steps. Oh well.

  11. I have one of those mini trampolines, and I get on it and bounce several times a day. That helps me get to that elusive 10, 000 steps!;)

  12. I started using my fitbit on January 4th. I walk in place during commercials to help get my steps in. Along with healthier eating I have lost 16 pounds. I love my fitbit!

  13. Kohl’s is my go-to spot for all of my workout gear. They have super cute stuff at reasonable prices. And don’t forget to swing by the housewares section to get your water bottle. I snagged a glass one there (so I can add a drop of lemon essential oil to my water). They even had it in my favorite color: purple!

  14. I have a Fitbit Zip and love it! I have had it for a couple of years and am amazed at how much it motivates me to walk. I love that it sends me messages when I am close to my goal. Also, I compete with friends to see how far we walk each week.

  15. I finally achieved over 15,000 steps in a day…a new personal best since I began wearing my Fitbit HR in February. It was a long time getting there and took a four-mile walk and four hours of gardening, with a few trips to the store for good measure. It’s not easy but oh so satisfying when we finally reach those milestones!

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