Earlier in the year Kevin and I decided to make more of a conscious effort to improve our health and wellbeing. We had both let things slip with our fitness stalling and our weight slowly creeping higher and higher. Since then we’ve had a lot of success with the Michelle Bridges 12WBT program – both losing over 25+ kilos and feeling much healthier and happier since the start of the year, but I want to talk about some of the steps we took to get started.

One afternoon Kevin came home with two Fitbit Flex devices (activity trackers/pedometers that sync data to your smartphone) and gave us one of our first starting points to better health. The Fitbit Flex automatically sets you a challenge of reaching 10,000 steps per day. This is a uniquely motivating challenge – when you hit the 10,000 steps for the day the tracker vibrates on your wrist and tells your smartphone to let you know you’ve reached your goal. Within a week we found ourselves doing laps of the lounge room before bed – driven by the fact we hadn’t yet reached our 10,000 steps for the day. The smartphone app is also a really great way to keep track your activity and your progress over time.

Using the Fitbit device was a really great way to get started increasing our activity before we started taking on a more intense program like the 12WBT. I found the 10,000 steps a really simple, but motivating challenge and an simple way to ease into a more comprehensive health and fitness program.

I would love to hear what devices/apps/tools you’ve used to get started on your health and fitness goals. Let me know @JB_AU on Twitter or in the comments below.