New Dad Tyler Was Stunned Into Action—Learn How He’s Getting Back Into Shape

Tyler -- On a way with his daughter for a few more steps

Tyler out for a walk with his daughter—and ready to log a few thousand more steps!

“I was shocked, absolutely shocked, when I saw that I was only hitting 3,000 steps a day,” says Tyler. “It was a wake-up call. I knew the heart healthy number was 10,000, and here I was, only doing a third.”

Tyler played college basketball and always prided himself for being an athlete. But life got a little busy.  He became a new dad, with an active little girl.  He spends long days at the job. Plus, he was having knee problems. He purchased the Fitbit Tracker to help him get him back on his fitness plan. But reality hit when Tyler got his Fitbit Tracker and saw after the first day what those bright little numbers were saying. 3,000 steps. Ouch. “There is no way to argue with the numbers.  I wasn’t as active as I thought I was.”

After using a Fitbit tracker for 6 months and aiming for 10,000 steps a day, Tyler has lost 25 pounds. Now he runs up and down the stairs chasing his little girl with ease and without any knee pain. “Fitbit gave me a good wake-up call. Now all my friends and family have one and we all compare and compete with each other,” says Tyler. “Fitbit trackers have definitely helped our family get more fit and heart-happy.”

Tyler hit on something that many often forget: half the battle when it comes to fitness is just being able to objectively and easily assess how active you are on a daily basis.

What’s helping you reach your health and fitness goals? Offer your tips and advice in the comments below, and share your success story with us!

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  • That’s awesome! I got my Fitbit yesterday evening & today will be the first day of me using it for steps. I used it for tracking my sleep last night and I am quite impressed with how it works! Apparently I was in bed for 8 hours, 10 minutes, but only slept 6 hours, 55 minutes. I’ve always had a lot of trouble getting to sleep, and the Fitbit has helped me see what goes on while I’m sleeping. So far, I’m loving my Fitbit and I really hope that it helps me as much as it helped the man in this story. I have a desk job, but am constantly walk back and forth between offices, delivering mail, etc. So I feel like I take a lot of steps a day, but I guess I’ll see how many I took after work!! 🙂

  • Since receiving a “fitbit” for Christmas last year, I have become so conscious of my everyday activities. I have always been active, but since I have been using the fitbit (now at age 72 1/2), I have become more competitive with myself. I keep a constant check of my day’s activities and slip in some extra physical exercise if I am falling short of my goal. Most days I find it very easy to reach the 10,000 step goal, especially the days I am commited to the gym. I have been an advocate for this device to everyone I know that physical fitness is an integral part of their day.

  • This is a very inspirational story. I myself am finding it difficult to get back into working out (running and lifting weights). Maybe a Fitbit would be a good “step” in the right direction.

  • I began wearing the fitbit last year as the subject of a graduate study involving senior citizens. I was so impressed with the little gadget that I bought one for myself and one for my husband. Then when one was drenched in a sudden rain, Fitbit sent me a replacement as a courtesy.

    I spend a lot of days on the computer and feel too drained to take the dogs for a walk but Fitbit motivates me out the door. I really enjoy the online tracker too. The weekley emails also provide motivation. I haven’t lost any weight but I’ve joined Weight Watchers because I’m finally admitting that I’m overweight. Using the those tools together, I lost 5 lbs last month.

    If you ever wonder why you’re so tired in the morning, wear the Fitbit at night. My husband wears his day and night and it’s provided an eye-opening view of his health. Besides that he is competitive and the Fitbit spurs him on to move a little more.

    Now that Best Buy sells them I’ve sent all my co-workers and students to check them out! Fitbit has literally changed my life!

  • Tyler;

    Thank you for your story. I always thought I was the only one doing less than was healthy. To know that there is someone else that is struggling just like me is freeing.

    My problem was just opposite of yours. I have an auto immune disease that kept me from being as mobile. I started out thinking I was doing less than a 1000 steps a day but it turned out I was doing 2,500. Of course this still falls short of the 10,000 but my goal is slightly less at 6,000 per day. I am slowly working towards that goal but I average more like 3,200. I keep plugging along and I will lose the weight and hopeful gain some more mobility. Thanks for giving me the inspiration to know that even seemly health people still struggle with the number of steps they do a day. So for both of us….onward and (step count) upward.

    Healthy stepping

    • Hi Dawn, I hope you are still working hard at being healthy!!! All these years later I’m still keeping track of steps, and my “base” activity level has increased A LOT since then…. I still battle with keeping the weight off, but there is never any reason to be surprised these days.

      All the best,

  • That’s how it works for me. I work for 10,000 and often fall short, but I have an incentive and my FitBit keeps pushing me toward the goal every day.

    It has changed the way I park, shop, walk, and move around.

  • This is a fantastic & inspirational story. I just received my fitbit yesterday & I’m already in love with it. I’m practically addicted to checking my stats & logging my calorie & water intake. The sleep log is genius.

    I believe if your developers were to create a heart rate monitor that could sync with the tracker than you would have an irresistible product for your customers (not to mention, the first product that could track everything with almost 100% accuracy).

    Thanks for such a great product!
    Ashley Erickson

  • I am in the same boat. I thought I did a lot of walking at work, but the objective measure forced me to examine some of my habits. I was hitting 25+ floors of stairs a day, but only walking about 5,000 steps. Late last year I decided to stop taking all elevators as a tool to get more heart healthy. Worked great for the floor count, but obviously I was still not walking enough.

    Now I will routinely go on a quick 10-15 walk at work if I have a break before a meeting. I invite people who I meet with to walk for our talk rather than sit in my office. And I will skip taking the shuttle between buildings and walk (unless I am going to be late for the meeting).

    These small adjustments have pushed me up over 10,000 steps a day.

    I am not a health nut by any measure. My wife has been trying to get me to do more for years. This one little device with the numbers that don’t lie changed the way I look at my daily routine. Thanks fitbit!

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