The Fourth of July was practically made for Fitbit users. Ok, maybe it’s better known for grilling, swimming, and that whole independence thing, but if there’s one day to make sure you hit your main goal, it’s this one. That’s because Fitbit Alta, Alta HR, Charge 2, Versa, and Ionic can all celebrate with fireworks.
So get in the spirit: Set your main goal to steps and then choose a number that will challenge you—maybe add 1776 to your standard daily count? Below are 10 fun strategies to help you get there.
The Safest—and Healthiest!—Ways to Set Off Fireworks
Get up a half hour earlier. And do whatever you’d like—just don’t sit down.
Join a virtual group. The Daily Activity and Walking groups within Fitbit Community have close to 1,000 members who regularly dish out step-goal tips and inspiration.
Challenge a friend. Stoke your competitive side, by inviting a friend to participate in a step challenge or Adventure Race. Here’s how.
Turn on a podcast. Or download a new album and walk while you listen.
Plan for extra travel time. Driving to the supermarket? Park in the spot furthest from the building. Taking the bus to a friend’s house? Get off a few stops earlier, and walk the rest of the way.
Be a social butterfly. While attending a Fourth of July party, walk between groups to mingle with friends or offer to help the host replenish food and drinks.
Multi-task. Brushing your teeth? Do it while you walk. Have to take a phone call? Pace the halls. Watching TV? Walk during commercial breaks.
Be less efficient. Exaggerating the separation between tasks that can’t be combined is an easy way to pad your step count. For instance, if need to use the restroom but are also thirsty, grab your cup of water from the kitchen first, drop it off at the patio, and then head to the restroom.
Schedule a reminder. When’s the latest you’d be willing to walk? Set a silent alarm for that time as a reminder to check your step count. Still under your goal? Finish strong with an end-of-the-day stroll.
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.