Three things my Fitbit Charge taught me {sponsored post & giveaway}

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you probably already know that I’m the proud new owner of a Fitbit Charge.

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It was given to me by Telus as part of their #EveryStepCounts campaign (along with a second Fitbit Charge for me to give to one of my readers… more on that later). To be totally honest, I had no real need or want for the device, given that I already possess two perfectly functional (although admittedly, less attractive) pieces of wearable tech.

What did catch my attention was the possibility of winning one of three Samsung Galaxy tablets (thereby making me ‘supermom’ when I gifted my 10-year old son with it on his upcoming birthday). Fifteen bloggers were invited to participate in the campaign, with the three accumulating the most steps over a two-week period claiming the prize. Given that I lead a pretty active lifestyle, I joined in thinking (mistakenly) the whole thing would be a ‘walk in the park’.  Fast forward to the end of the challenge and notice my position on the leaderboard;

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Sixth place and waaaaaay behind the top walkers (and winners; congrats guys!). While sad that I didn’t win the tablet (and scrambling to come up with another idea for a birthday present), upon reflection I realized that I learned three important lessons from the #EveryStepCounts challenge.

Three things my Fitbit Charge taught me
    • I’m a pretty competitive person (for better or for worse). Comparing my progress to the progress of my challengers kept me going on days where I could very easily have chosen to pass on an after dinner walk. For the first week, I hovered around the third place mark, neck in neck with another blogger. Every time I saw her cumulative step count surpass mine, I hustled to get more steps in. Even when this meant passing up mother-daughter time, an evening out with friends or a strength training workout (this is probably the only time in my life where I prioritized cardio over weights…). About half-way through the challenge I realized that obsessing about steps was undermining my every-day approach to health and fitness, hence the 6th place finish (and the DOMS I’m still feeling from my first day back on the strength training floor…).
    • I am not nearly as active as I think I am. Given that I teach (and participate in) several group fitness classes each week, hit the gym another 3 or 4 times for my own workouts and am on my feet most of the day with clients and children, I assumed that my activity level would be fairly high. I very quickly discovered that without hitting the treadmill at the gym for a 45 minute walk before I started work AND heading out again in the evening for a neighbourhood stroll, I’d barely make my 10K daily step goal. This realization made me wonder how many steps people who work in more sedentary jobs get in a day. And how on earth the leaders in this challenge were racking up so many steps (I’m thinking treadmill desks?).
    • I long to live in a more pedestrian-friendly community. My family lives in suburbia. While I’m grateful for the home and property we’ve been able to purchase, there are no services or amenities a walk-able distance from our home. All three of my children need to be driven to school. The gym where I work, as well as coffee shops, grocery stores and the public library are all 4 km away. The #EveryStepCounts challenge made me realize that I do very little walking other than for the explicit purpose of taking a walk. My husband and I are about 10 years away from our youngest child leaving the nest. We’ve already starting talking about what we’d like our life to be like then. Living closer to amenities, in a more pedestrian-friendly community is top of the list. Someplace where it’s easy to get 10K+ steps a day, just by going about your neighbourly business.

Now for the giveaway.

Telus has generously offered to send one of my Canadian readers (apologies to my US friends) their very own Fitbit Charge.

Enter by telling me, in the comments section at the bottom of the page, how many steps you THINK you get in a day, then completing the Rafflecopter entry form below.

I’ll be closing this giveaway at 12 am PST Monday, February 23rd, 2015. The winner will be notified via email (so make sure you leave one) and will have until 5 pm PST Tuesday, February 24th to respond (otherwise, I’ll choose another winner). Your Fitbit Charge will be shipped directly from Telus, once I’ve handed over your contact info.

Wishing you all the best of luck! And looking forward to hearing what your Fitbit Charge teaches you!

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  1. Rae-Ann Kublick says:

    I think I get just under 10,000 steps a day.

  2. Jennifer Red Cryblskey says:

    I think I take about 6000 Steps a day? I am on my feet 90 percent of my time at work.

  3. Because I’m a high school teachers, so I’m always up to teach, I think I reach 6 000 steps a day.
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  4. 5-10K — I really need to upp that number!

  5. I would love a fit bit charge! I think I take about 10000 steps in a day. I work in a school and am constantly walking up and down the halls!
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  6. I usually do a lot of walking in the warmer months and I’m sure I hit my 10,000 but during the winter I’m not so sure!

  7. I work a desk job and although I’m up frequently to help customers at the front counter I doubt I get in 10000 steps a day. Like you most of my steps lately would be intentional.

  8. In the summertime, I can usually get way over 10,000 steps in, but now that it is winter, I have slacked off dramatically. I would really love to win this as I feel it would motivate me more. Thank you for the opportunity!

  9. I am a teacher so I believe i get 5,000-10,000 depending on my schedule that day!

  10. I honestly have no clue how many steps I take in a day. I would guess during the week when I’m stuck in the office for 8 hours it’s rather pathetic 🙁
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  11. I take over 10,000 steps per day thanks to 4 trips of morning school drop-off, lunch pick-up/drop-off and after school pick-up. I try to walk swiftly whenever I can.

  12. I’m embarrassed to admit how few steps I get in the day – FAR less than even 5000. I need to change that!
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  13. I get anywhere between 7-11 thousand per day depending on what I am doing! I have a Fitbit flex and love it. 🙂
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  14. I don’t know exact steps but I go running about 5-10 miles 4-5 days a week so a LOT. I’d love to track my steps/progress.

  15. Tough question as it will be a guess. I, like you, am pretty active through the day. Some sort of running, riding or fitness 6 days a week, walking a dog etc. I have to guess 15000. I considered counting one day but knew that I would quickly lose track. So 15000 final answer!

  16. On weekdays I will often hit 10000 a day even without going to the gym but that’s with being mindful to get up and walk. On the weekends it’s tougher which you’d think would be the opposite

  17. I’m a teacher so I’m going to guess it’s between 6000-10000 steps per day, depending on whether I’m coaching and what my personal fitness activity is in the evening. I definitely get more steps in during summertime, when I’m downtown more often or when I’m traveling. I’d love to keep track, though! 🙂

  18. I’d like to think it’s more, but right now 4000-5000 steps?

  19. Yikes! If you are just over 10k steps I am likely much lower – 5-6000 maybe?

  20. I love my Fitbit Charge! It definitely has helped me stand up and walk away from my desk more often during the day. I love feeling my wrist vibrate at night when I know I just reached my daily goal of 10000 steps!

  21. Michelle DeWinter says:

    I usually get around 8000 steps if I am working. ..if not then it goes down a lot!

  22. Leah Payne says:

    I probably walk about 8000, even though I know that it is said that 10,000 is optimal. I’m not really sure as I am up and away from my desk many many times a day, plus the walk to work from my car and the gym….hopefully it is more than I think! 🙂

  23. Lisa Richards says:

    I get about 13k on average. I work from home, we have a 3 level house and I make a point of getting up every 60-90 minutes to change laundry, get a glass of water, or just to take a walk around the house for 5 minutes. If there’s no one else home, I will sometimes wander thru the house while on a call. I. also have a puppy who goes for walks twice a day, each of these walks is between 3-4000 steps.

    The days with the least amount of steps are my office days, I still try to get up and walk around every hour or so but puppy goes to daycare those days and is too tired for her evening walk. Also because of my commute I have less workout time those days.

  24. Jennifer Yolland says:

    Hmm, challenging since my days can vary so much with a 21K run one day and other days a rest/walk/recovery day but I do have a dog that I walk/run each day so that helps but given what you’ve said, I’m guessing I may not get as much as I think so I’m going to guess between 7000 and 9000 steps on average.

  25. Denise Fenske says:

    Hi Tamara,
    I would love to win this prize 😀
    I think i take appox 7500-8000 steps a day.

    (On the outside chance that i win, i probably wouldnt respond as we are leaving on vacation until march 1st…would i be disqualified?)

  26. nicolthepickle says:

    I don’t know but I don’t think it’s 10,00. At least not in the winter. In the summer it’s much easier to walk more.

  27. I’m a desk worker and if I don’t go running, I only get about 4K steps a day — pathetic!
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  28. Jennifer Davis says:

    It really depends on my day when I am at work I get 20,000. I love my Flex but would love an up grade.

  29. Kristin Reid says:

    I get anywhere between 15,000-20,000 steps a day. I lead a pretty active lifestyle and teach 8 fitness classes a week and have an active 3 year-old!

  30. Stephanie H says:

    I think I get 20,000 steps a day……

  31. During the week, on my run days, I get anywhere from 13000 to 15000 depending on how long I run. Other days, I struggle to get to 10,000, particularly recently when it has been far too cold to walk the dog at night! On weekends, I easily get 10,000 as I’m not stuck behind a desk all day. On long run Sundays, I’m usually up over 20,000. It makes me feel a lot better to know that someone as active as you Tamara was having trouble getting to 10,000 steps some days! I agree with you about pedestrian friendly communities. When we were at the lake this summer, every day was over 20,000. We started each day with an 8K walk, and within the townsite area we walked everywhere! Need a coffee? walk downtown to get it. Need something at the store? walk downtown to get it.

  32. Nicole Dziedzic says:

    I think right now I get about 8,000 steps in a day, some where close to that.

  33. I am luck to hit 7500 steps on days I don’t run, and that’s with a 1 mile dog walk. I wish these devices gave more credit for non-step activity, but what I use mine most for is the reminder to move during the day.
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  34. This may post twice as I am having trouble for some reason. My walking total last time I checked was an underwhelming 8500 steps a day. Considering I work out though, I decided not to stress about it!

  35. I honestly have no idea how many steps I take a day, hence why I really want to win!

  36. Nate Fuller says:

    i think probably about 5000 steps.

  37. Stefanie Gladden says:

    I get over 10,000 steps a day, I like running/walking!

  38. I have the fitbit flex and I have a goal of 10,000 steps a day….and I get them! Between work, dog walks, running and walking to the gym (for my weights) I easily get them into my day.

  39. Jennifer M. says:

    I think I sadly get much less than 10,000 per day. Maybe 3000?

  40. Probably typical american, but 4km ist nothing! If you plan it right, you can both Compiler grocery shopping and walking!

  41. I think 10 000

  42. I think I get between 5,000-15,000 steps in per day-my days are really variable!

  43. I stopped driving to work everyday. Instead I walk to the bus stop (15 mins) and take the transit. Stairs rather than elevators at work too!

  44. alas….my steps are not as great as I would like them to be 🙁 ….at present. With long days, commuting and a ‘computer-facing’ project right now – spinning class and Tamara’s 40+ group for strength is a must! I’ve noticed a significant drop of late and given that I too am ‘quite competitive’ Tamara;) I think I would really lock on to using a fitbit to challenge myself.

  45. about 10000

  46. I would like to think more but likely only 5000? I would love a fitbit so I can be challenged to do more!! 🙂

  47. I would hope that I get (at least) my 10,000 steps each day – but I’m going to have to start tracking it. (I’m sure a FitBit would help with that.) 😉

  48. Karla Sceviour says:

    Truthfully,I don`t think I get very many 🙁 I would LOVE to try a fitbit,to see if it would motivate me to get in shape and more active!

  49. Probably around 7000

  50. Definitely not enough! Blogging has made me a serious lazy bones, I’m always doing work but its sitting work. I recently joined an exercise class and am loving the burn (although it makes me want to cry when I bend down, ha). Would love to have a fit bit!! Thanks for the chance to WIN!!
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  51. These days I take about 3000 steps a day. It is low, but they decreased a lot when I brought my baby home from the hospital. I spend a lot of time sitting and nursing him!
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  52. Sara Goguen says:

    About 10,000

  53. Depends if I work or not. If I work, over 10000. If I don’t work or run, I know it’s waaaay less

  54. Debra Bullis says:

    Sadly, I think I am well below 5K steps/day. A Fitbit would definitely help me ‘step’ it up!!

  55. wow, I am definitely at the low end of this scale guessing that I likely don’t get more than 4000-5000 steps in per day…

  56. 10,000 at least

  57. Probably around 8000 steps but it depends on what I’m doing that day and how big of a mess my kiddos make. 🙂

  58. I had a Nike+ FuelBand for a while, but after I had to get it replaced twice (factory malfunctions), I kind of gave up on it. However, I’ve heard great things about the FitBit, so I’m very interested! On an average day (according to my Nike profile), I was walking about 9,000 steps – but obviously considerably more on days when I did my long runs! Although I sit a lot at work, I walk to work and back – so that helps!
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  59. Debbie Burton says:

    I get over 10,000 steps most days…sometimes as many as 15,000+ steps

  60. I think I’m at about 7000 per day, but really notice a decline on long work days

  61. that is a tough one, but I walk a lot at work so easily 10,000 steps a day.

  62. Tammy Dalley says:

    About 20,000 a day

  63. Oh boy, I think i probably only do about 5,000 steps a day.

  64. I probably do 5000 steps a day. But if I get a fitbit, I’d definitely aim for 10000!

  65. I get in maybe a thousand a day.

  66. Im not sure < I'm going to say 8000 , but I'd to know !

  67. I work on my feet all day, so I am sure 10,000 min

  68. michelle matta says:

    i think less than 1000 . really 🙁

  69. First off, yay for contests for Canadians 🙂

    I walk to/from work every day, and try to walk around at lunch, which usually adds up to 9,000-10,000 steps. But on weekends, my step count drop really low.

  70. On a good day, i’ll get to 10,000 but a typical day is more like 6500, and on a day i’m driving a lot only about half that.
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  71. I can go 10,000-12,00o steps 🙂

  72. I get about 10k a day

  73. I would guess my averagewould be around 6000