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I think I talk a lot about my Fitbit, but I’m absolutely addicted! When I started my journey to better health in May 2015, I looked into getting one, and saved up my birthday money. It took me a month or so to fully use it, but once I got going, I couldn’t stop! And once I found out it could earn me money, I became even more motivated to use it more! I want to share today how I can earn money with my Fitbit and why I love the darn thing so much!
It motivates me to move more
My previous jobs before I became a mom were McDonalds and then massage therapy. I so wish I had a Fitbit back in my McDonalds days; I remember my feet aching each day because of all the standing and walking. I didn’t do a lot of walking in massage, but I was still up and moving around the room. Now that I’m home with Allison, I found that I’m happy just sitting on the floor with her, watching her play. That doesn’t get me many steps, though! When I first got my Fitbit, I just wore it for a month or so to see what my average was, and it was only around 6,000 daily steps. With the goal being 10,000 a day, I was way behind!
The cool thing about my Fitbit is that as you progress, the colors on the meter will change. I’ve become obsessed with making each meter turn green (100%) now! Well, except for the stairs meter. I don’t have stairs in my house, so it’s hard to get that in every day.
It makes me feel/be healthier
Similar to above, I just feel really good about myself knowing that I’m making progress toward my goals and I have something tangible to look at and see how I’m doing. If I can see my progress, I’m more inclined to take those healthier actions, which help in the long run. And I love how I can sync my Fitbit with MyFitnessPal, so it’ll show me my calories in vs. calories out and will tell me how I’m doing for the day.
You can add your friends from Facebook to your list, and see where you stand with them and their daily steps. You can even join challenges to see who can get the most steps, either in a daily, weekly, or weekend challenge. It can be pretty fun to see how many steps you can get in a day, and a little friendly competition doesn’t hurt, either!
How it earns me money
There are a number of websites that will actually let you earn money for syncing your Fitbit! Here’s a small list of those that I’ve used.
Walgreens: Sync your Fitbit with Walgreens and for every mile you earn 20 points, up to 1,000 points per month. 5,000 points gets you a $5.00 reward to use at Walgreens! It isn’t a whole lot, but if you shop at Walgreens regularly and earn rewards points from purchases, it’ll add up quickly!
LEAP4LIFE: This is another site where you can sync your Fitbit, but the way you earn rewards points is by joining challenges throughout the week. My problem is just remembering to log in and join the challenges. With the other sites, you just have to walk and not worry about it!
If you’ve considered getting a Fitbit, I highly recommend it! The one I have is the Fitbit Charge HR, which monitors your heart rate and has a Workout mode that will tell you how many calories you burned during your workouts. It’s a little bigger than the Flex I had, but I’ve gotten used to it! You can buy the Fitbit on Amazon; through some hard work on Swagbucks, I was able to get mine for only $5.00! You can read about that process in a previous post here.
Do you have a Fitbit or other fitness tracker? How does it motivate you? Share in the comments!
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