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Is step tracking beneficial?

x_oh_x_ohx_oh_x_oh Posts: 6Member, Premium Member Posts: 6Member, Premium Member
Do you think that tracking your steps has helped with any weight loss?
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  • texasredrebtexasredreb Posts: 530Member, Premium Member Posts: 530Member, Premium Member
    I find it fun to play with, but I don't know how useful it has been for me. I guess it does help me some. I found my baseline number of steps a day and now I have to make a plan to go up from there.

    I have a friend who is an ultra-marathon runner and she thinks step trackers are hilarious! She runs for six hours/day several days a week.
  • NovusDiesNovusDies Posts: 4,325Member, Premium Member Posts: 4,325Member, Premium Member
    kimny72 wrote: »
    I thought I was pretty active until I got my first Fitbit and found I was barely getting 4k steps per day. Over time I've worked up to 8k+ and hope to get to 10k fairly regularly eventually and those extra steps have increased my NEAT. I find it motivating, that's pretty much how it's beneficial to me :smile: I know it doesn't work like that for everyone though!

    Nice.

    I have recently joined the ranks of wearable technology wearers. I am gradually increasing my step goal in hopes of pushing my own NEAT higher. I do notice that I can be "stepping" while in a chair but I must be fidgeting enough to get it counted and that works for me too. I don't believe any of it is enough yet to change anything calorie-wise but progress is progress.

    edited May 16
  • kmshoverkmshover Posts: 41Member Member Posts: 41Member Member
    I think it varies. My husband doesn't stop moving unless sleeping or sick. I am not that way. I need motivation. It keeps me moving, so for me, yes.
  • lindamtuck2018lindamtuck2018 Posts: 604Member, Premium Member Posts: 604Member, Premium Member
    For me I think it has helped. I have a lot of weight to lose. By being aware of my step goals it encourages me to move more. This in turn gives me exercise calories, which allow me to indulge aliitle more while keeping my weight loss at around 2 pounds a week.
  • emmamcgarityemmamcgarity Posts: 1,076Member Member Posts: 1,076Member Member
    It has motivated me to move more. So it’s definitely worth it for me. I find the social aspect of Fitbit challenges me to move more than my friends and relatives. So that’s fun. I recently got a new device with the heart rate monitor and find the data for cardio fitness and the sleep data fun to dig around in too.
  • CahgetsfitCahgetsfit Posts: 1,719Member Member Posts: 1,719Member Member
    kimny72 wrote: »
    I thought I was pretty active until I got my first Fitbit and found I was barely getting 4k steps per day. Over time I've worked up to 8k+ and hope to get to 10k fairly regularly eventually and those extra steps have increased my NEAT. I find it motivating, that's pretty much how it's beneficial to me :smile: I know it doesn't work like that for everyone though!

    this! me too!
  • 82EC82EC Posts: 100Member Member Posts: 100Member Member
    I find it motivating - I don’t like exercise but I feel like watching the step count go up is my reward for the effort and I feel a sense of achievement when I meet my daily target of 10,000 steps. Just lately I had a plateau and increasing my step goal helped me move past it.
  • tinkerbellang83tinkerbellang83 Posts: 6,418Member Member Posts: 6,418Member Member
    In my opinion it can be helpful particularly if you're not sure of your activity level. We see it on the forums all the time here that people are hungry because they've set themselves to Sedentary and the highest rate of loss, but when digging deeper they'll say they are doing 8000 steps per day, which even if they are in an office job is far from sedentary.

    Also if your day-to-day non-exercise activity varies greatly then it can be useful to ensure you're fueling that activity correctly over time.

    If however you're doing the same activity pretty much day-in/day-out then I don't think it's really that beneficial unless you're a number geek like me, who just likes seeing the data.

    edited May 16
  • LivingtheLeanDreamLivingtheLeanDream Posts: 11,853Member Member Posts: 11,853Member Member
    I used a Fitbit for 4 years, went through 3 of them in that time and then when the last one gave up I ditched it. Turns out I don't need a gadget to keep me active, it comes naturally to me even with a desk job. The last time I tracked my steps via mobile for a week I was still averaging 11k in normal day to day activity. Its a personal thing, if it motivates someone to move more then its a good idea.
    (I've been in maintenance almost 6 years)
    edited May 16
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