I was so nervous about applying for the Mamavation/Omron Fitness Omron Pedometer Blogger Challenge. I had never done anything like it. It was a scary commitment for me to make. Walk 10,000 steps every day for 30 days? I wasn’t sure if I could do it. I had no idea if I walked 500 steps a day or 50,000! Although, most days I feel like I have walked a million chasing after the kids. An #OmronPedometer was going to show me just exactly how active I am every day.
First, I met my new fashion accessory aka the Omron Tri Axis Pedometer. This little guy was clipped somewhere on my clothing (usually my shorts pocket) every waking hour of the day.
I turned the pedometer on (battery is pre-installed) and followed the package instructions on how to set it up. All I needed to do was input a little information like my height, weight and stride length. Then it was ready for me to wear. Truly easy. If I can do it, you can do it!
Setting up an account at OmronFitness.com was easy, too. Once I downloaded the program, I simply plugged my pedometer into my computer’s USB port so it could upload information to my Omron Fitness account.
It’s really fun to visit my personal dashboard and see all the weekly and monthly statistics organized into a chart. My Personal Bests are listed along with a place to set fitness goals for myself.
My stats from the past month:
The first week of the 10,000 steps a day challenge was a wake up call. The first DAY was a wake up call. I checked the steps on my pedometer about halfway through the day and went into panic mode…I was not even close to 5,000 steps, much less 10,000. I got into gear (I mean that quite literally. I put on my workout gear and running shoes.) I leashed up my German Shepherd and proceeded to take him on the longest walk he’s ever gone on a leash in his life.
The funny thing is, I look back on that day now and realize that getting to 10,000 steps a day is really not so hard. I have found that taking one good half hour walk during the day and another one in the evening would get me to my goal. I also started doing little things to “add steps” to my day like parking in the back of a store parking lot instead of trying to get close to the door.
My kids have benefited from this challenge and they don’t even realize it! Every single day, all I have to do is ask, “Who wants to go on a walk with Mommy?” and at least one of my boys comes running. They usually ride their bike or scooter while I walk. Sometimes I pull the little ones in our wagon. We even ended up playing Just Dance 4 together in the evenings. Spending time having fun with my kids is my favorite way to get steps in.
The Omron Pedometer challenge started with me, but ended up getting everyone else in my family active every single day. I have had such a great time over the past month. The Blogger Challenge was exactly what I needed to get myself back into a good exercise habit! Thank you, Mamavation and Omron Fitness!
Learn more about Omron Fitness and purchase products including the strapless heart rate monitor and Tri Axis Pedometer ($49.99) like the one I used for this challenge.