Taking Steps with Striiv

by Elena on November 23, 2011 in Be Enough Me,Fitness

Movement. Taking Steps. Being active. Being Fit. Feeling Strong.

It has been one month since I have had my Striiv personal fitness device, and I have one REALLY big realization.

10,000 steps a day is no joke.

These are not just things that happen naturally in regular day.  While some may be more active than others during their day to day work, activities, or errands, getting 10,000 steps, which is the commonly held number of steps that is recommended for a healthy lifestyle.

Even as a teacher, who is up, walking around during lessons, my average is closer to 6,000 steps.  To reach the highly acclaimed 10,000, there needs to be seriously targeted efforts.  I only come close to 10,000 if I have run that day, and even then, no prolonged twitter or social media time, unless I am pacing up and down with my phone while I tweet.

My lesson, after my first month with my Striiv is not to take movement for granted. I did not think I led a very sedentary life, but the numbers do not lie. As I reflect on the accountability that comes with watching your steps, I think back to my Weight Watchers days, where I was logging my food and keeping track of points. There is a reason that logging, keeping track, and monitoring your progress throughout the day works….because it makes you aware. It makes you conscious of every bite you put in your mouth, like the Striiv makes you conscious about every step that you take (or don’t) throughout your day.

Making Movement a Part of Everyday Life

Movement and a healthy lifestyle go hand in hand.  To me, being active helps me maintain mental clarity, “more” even keeled emotions, and gives me self confidence as I approach life. Whether I am at my ideal weight or not, knowing that I went for a good run, a long bike ride, or had a great pool workout makes me stand taller.  Granted, a bad workout can deflate my sails pretty easily, but a good one?  That can make me smile for days.

Striiv by the Numbers

In one month (29 days), I walked 159,399 steps. I climbed 7,323 stairs, ran 5,445 steps, and traveled a total of 67.5 miles.

I donated 4 polio vaccines, and have collected trophies like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Eiffel Tower, the Beaches of Cancun, and the Statue of Liberty.

So what are you waiting for? Are you ready to join the movement around movement?

The great news for anyone that is interested in learning about Striiv?  Just.Be.Enough. is hosting TWO chances to win a Striiv. One is by linking up on Monday November 28th for Be Enough Me by answering the question: What are you Striving for? And the second way, is to RSVP to the Striiv 2 Be Enough twitter party on Tuesday November 29th from 8-9 pm EST.



Just.Be.Enough. is partnering with Striiv on a month long challenge. This post is the last post in the series. Striiv provided the JBE challengers with the devices as well as devices for the giveaways.  No compensation was received. All opinions are our own.

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Kelly November 23, 2011 at 8:58 am

It is hard to hit that number, isn’t it?? I look at some of the days and realize, wow…I sat a lot today!

You did such an awesome job with this challenge!!! :)

Hopes@Staying Afloat! November 23, 2011 at 8:29 pm

OH man! I think this would REALLY hold me accountable! Way to go!

I’m hoping to make the twitter party but will definitely be linking up on Monday!

Sweaty November 23, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Wow, it opens your eyes to what it really takes to be “active,” doesn’t it? I am amazed at how you diligent you are in continuing to find ways to improve your health, Elena! You truly are an inspiration.

Anastasia November 29, 2011 at 11:27 am

Hi, this is sucha cool concept! I have been to the website and have tried tweeting and contacting Striiv with no luck – do you have any idea which Vaccines campaign the company donates to?? Thanks for inspiring,having fun and doing good

Elena November 29, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I think that right now the only vaccine is for polio–but I would need to check.

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