I have had it in the back of my mind for years that a person should aim to take 10,000 steps per day. I am sure that I have seen it in several places, so it has always been a goal for me.
Now that I am using the GoWear Fit every day, I am painfully aware that I do not come anywhere close to that goal unless there is a 30 minute run tucked into my routine for the day. I always thought that I put in a pretty decent number of steps each day because I commute on public transportation and then hustle my way over to the company shuttle both going to and coming from work. And, of course, I try to get up and walk periodically during the day.
What I discovered is that I barely reach 6000 steps on an average day, and that number decreases DRAMATICALLY on the weekends to maybe 2500 or 3000. WOW! The only days that I have reached and surpassed 10,000 steps have been the days that I run for 30 minutes after work. Even on weekends that I run, I rarely reach the coveted number.
The best part of the GoWear Fit for me is that I can see a real-time snapshot of the activity I have done so far each day, and I can make conscious decisions to fit in some more. Or not, and then I have to live with a missed goal that day... and some days that is just fine. But I find myself doing the stairs almost every day at work during lunch just to add an extra 700-odd steps to my day (in addition to about 7 minutes of moderate activity). And any gadget that can make that seem like a good deal is a blessing to me!