So, you have a device that counts your steps. Now what?

Is it a fun, little curiosity that you occasionally check or is it your fitness accountability partner? If the latter do you have a goal? Is it the right goal?

Hi, I’m Dave. IMG_3833I believe that step tracker can change your life…if you let it. It all starts with having the right goal and a commitment to making it happen every day. But, that’s not easy. It’ll require some time management skills, some creativity, and the ability to push through when it gets hard. And, it will get hard. Even what may feel like an easy daily goal will be challenging to reach every now and then.

But, to really enjoy the benefits of your fitness accountability partner you’ll need to consistently keep pushing the envelope.

When, I got my first Fitbit in January 2013 I thought reaching 10,000 steps a day was going to be easy. After all, I was a runner who did three miles every day. I was shocked how wrong I was. I was discouraged by how low my step count was, but I didn’t give up. Gradually I increased my daily average and kept increasing my daily goal.

On September 1, 2018 I embarked on my biggest step goal yet. It’s the 20k One Year Step Challenge. My goal was at least 20,000 steps every day for a year. No breaks. I crossed the finish line on August 31, 2019. You can check out a day-by-day update HERE.

Please understand, I don’t walk all day. I have a full-time job at a radio station where I am part of the morning team. I also am in charge of the on-air fundraisers we do each year to fund the station’s budget. I am married to a wonderful woman named Ava. We love spending time together. We also have six children and five grand-children we spend time with as well. So, my days are not spent simply racking up the steps on the Fitbit.

But, I am serious about the health and wellness benefits of moving more and sitting less. My Fitbit has been critical in making this happen. It truly is my accountability partner.

Those benefits include a high level of fitness and annual physicals that keep pointing in the right direction. I call this health freedom. I can go and do whatever I want. OK, I can’t throw a 98 mph fastball, but I can watch somebody who does from the highest seat in the stadium without feeling winded once I get there.

I also love how I’m thinking more clearly and more creatively. There’s actually medical science that says this is a benefit of walking more, and I can feel it.

Additionally you can also grow your relationships by walking with others. It’s a great opportunity for deeper conversation. And, don’t forget the cumulative benefit of setting a goal and reaching that goal every single day. Your confidence will grow right alongside your fitness. That’s how you Win at Fitness.

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