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A couple of months ago, I got a Fitbit Charge HR ($128.95 on Amazon). Even though I’m already very active, what I found is monitoring my steps has made me even more active. For instance, while Sunday is my usual rest day, I found the desire to get out and hit 10,000 steps has made me work in a late afternoon walk with the dog; which is never a bad thing. It’s also led to interesting conversations in the house, like “why are you just walking around the room in a circle?” “Cause I’m 200 steps away from 10,000 and I want to get there before I get to bed!”
One of the new features Fitbit released this summer was a new set of Adventure challenges that allows you to take a virtual hike around Yellowstone National Park. With steps of 15k, 24k, or 42k you can unlock beautiful photos like the one above from Yellowstone Park’s trails; like the Vernal Falls or Pohono Trail. The steps accumulate over the course of a couple of days, so you can just pretend you’re camping out overnight if you like. Fitbit also just added a new adventure challenge for the NYC Marathon, so you run a virtual 5k, 10 miler, or marathon along the course of the NYC Marathon.
If you’ve been thinking about getting a fitness tracker, I highly recommend the Fitbit; and I’m not alone! Reviews.com recently rated the Fitbit Surge ($249.95 on Amazon) as the best overall fitness tracker because of it’s accuracy, price, and easy to use mobile app. I’ve found the app easy to use, and the Fitbit syncs pretty seamlessly with my iPhone 6s.
Of course, getting a fitness tracker alone isn’t going to be enough to make you healthy. You still have to get out and move and get the heart rate up. However, by making you more aware of your activity and giving you attainable goals, a fitness tracker can motivate you to action.