By Russell Rawlings
“He likes this more than any present I have ever given him.”
So says my wife of 28 years in regard to the Fitbit activity tracker that my staff gave me for Christmas last year. I didn’t know what to make of the Fitbit One when I opened the package because the only Fitbits I had ever seen were of the wristband variety. Fitbit One proved the perfect choice because I can clip it to my pants pocket and track my steps throughout the day.

If I had to come up with one word to explain why I love my Fitbit it would be accountability. I have been a dedicated walker for many years, but I had never tracked how far I was walking. With Fitbit I have a daily threshold that I strive to exceed as well as a weekly total that I enjoy comparing with others who have signed on to my group. It’s like the movie “ Groundhog Day” in that each day starts at zero and you have all day to achieve your goal. This has helped me immensely because I now realize that I don’t have to do all of my walking in the morning – every step counts.
Fitbit and other devices have additional features, but for me it’s the step tracking that has been a game-changer. I lost 60 pounds in advance of my 60th birthday, and the Fitbit One has been a key component in my successful lifestyle adjustment. Coupled with a healthy diet, it’s a great way to keep track of your activity and progress without turning it into a full-time job.
About the only other thing you need is a dog like Brownie, our collie
-hound rescue who loves to walk. Make your dog happy and get yourself healthy at the same time! What’s not to love about that?
Russell Rawlings is Communications Director at the North Carolina Bar Association.