I bought a cheap pedometer the other day at Wal-Mart. It was five bucks. It basically does two things: counts steps, and guesses how many steps equal miles for me. What it really does, however, is motivate me to keep moving.
It’s amazing how putting a number to something gives a little extra motivation. For example, the other day, I managed about five miles of walking throughout the day. This didn’t involve any specific outings to go walk. It was just what I got out of my daily activities. Mind you, knowing that something on my foot was counting my moves, I certainly got around a little more than normal. And that’s the point.
I’m finding that this $5 dinky little gadget is motivating me to burn up a handful more calories day to day. It gets me in the mood to move around, just to see the number go up.
Now, add to this the fact Kat has one, and then you’ve got competition. I’m calling her from time to time and asking, “How many do you have?” She knows what I’m talking about.
So there are two competitions: one between each other for who gets the most miles out of a day, and one with ourselves to see if we can’t top the day before’s number, even by a little bit.
For five bucks, I’ve got a fairly motivating little gizmo. I think that’s an investment worth making. Don’t you?