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My New FitBit Flex & 5 Ways to Walk More Throughout the Day

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Hey guys! Today I'm going to talk about the FitBit Flex. I just got one last week and already, I'm loving it! This little gadget is easy, fun to use and it's really doing the trick to make me move more!

When I setup the Fitbit, it automatically set my daily target to 10,000 steps, which is recommended by the American Heart Association. Can you believe I thought getting 10,000 steps a day would be easy? I've since learned it's not! And if I'm going to do it, I've got to vehemently resist society's sedentary lifestyle--driving to work and sitting at a desk all day-- and get moving!

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The FitBit is a great motivator, though! Just the other night I was waiting for Aaron to finish looking around REI (his favorite store, my least favorite) and when I double tapped my FitBit and saw that I was still several bars from reaching my daily goal, I decided I'd walk around the store to wait, not sit! I started walking laps around the store aisles and even though I might have looked a little crazy, I got an instant burst of energy and it wasn't long before I achieved another bar closer to my goal (which is an awesome feeling, btw)!

The flashing LED lights are probably my favorite feature (it makes checking my progress so easy!), but I'm also incredibly impressed with the battery life on this little guy-- it's amazing! I only charged it 60% the day I got it and it's been going strong for four days! (That's more than I can say for my cell phone!) Here are a few other things I love:

// It's waterproof: I can wear it in the shower or if I go swimming! I love that I don't have to think about it at all! I can hardly feel it on my wrist and I can wear it anywhere!

// There's two bands: Right now I'm wearing the smaller of the two bands around my wrist but it came with another band that is slightly bigger that can be worn around the ankle. I'm just so glad I don't have to wrap anything around my body and be uncomfortable. I can totally handle an anklet or wristlet!

// It syncs with my smartphone: It syncs with my computer and my smartphone! I can open the app anytime and see my friend's activity and my own stats: how many calories I've burned, steps I've taken, even sleep patterns! The app even has a really clean interface, too, which I love, and did I mention it has the ability to with MyFitnessPal too?

// There's a silent alarm: The wristband vibrates to alert me of alarms I've set, whether it's to wake up in the morning or remind me to make a call! I love having an alarm that's not connected to my phone, but still close by at all times!

// It's like a game: Have you heard the phrase Gameify? It's a word used to describe a unique way to get people intrigued. The idea is that if you gameify something, i.e., make it fun and like a game, people are more likely to use it. Well, there's definitely a gaming element to the FitBit (an easy one - I just double tap my wrist - that's it!) and I LOVE IT!

Alright, so, as much as I love this device and think that it makes moving a lot more fun, it still takes dedication do get going! Here are some things I'm doing to walk more throughout the day and make the most of my FitBit!

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When you have to go to the bathroom, walk to the furthest one.

I used to think working in a big building was annoying because the bathroom isn't right outside my office. But, since getting the FitBit, I'm now walking to an even further bathroom! I take the elevator down to the first floor, walk the length of the building to the bathroom and then back! It really helps add a few steps throughout the day!

Park further away.

I used to love getting the closest spot to wherever I'm going, but now I realize the value in a few extra steps. Again, I work in a big building with a big parking lot and it's not such a bad thing to have to walk further!

Treat your pup and go for a longer walk.

Now that it's nicer outside, I don't mind taking a long walk with my pup, which is great for him and me! I can get so many more steps just taking a longer walk in the morning or evening with him, when I'm already walking him anyway!

Setup walking dates.

My hubby doesn't love this idea but going for a walk (sans cell phones) is a great way to connect and catch-up! Especially during the spring, it's nice to get out in nature and enjoy each other's company.

When you're idle, walk (or squat!), don't sit.

I often find myself waiting, whether it's to go into a meeting, for my coffee to brew, or for my husband to finish shopping at REI... I've decided to pace, walk in circles, or squat! (Squatting through the day is good for you!) You'd be surprised how many extra steps you can get in when you'd otherwise just be standing around. So, now, even if I'm in a store, I'll walk around in circles or up and down the aisles. I might look crazy but I'm burning calories. :)

Do you have a FitBit or FitBit Flex?

What are your favorite features?

How do you get in extra movement throughout the day?

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Electric Run 5k at National Harbor

Ever thought about becoming a runner?

Now's definitely the time! To get started, sign up for an Electric run and brace yourself: this won't feel like exercise. I promise! In fact, it doesn't even resemble exercise! With its glow sticks, DJs, black light body paint, and costumes, it'll feel more like halloween. A halloween rave. That's what the National Harbor felt like on Saturday night.

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People were decked out in full-on custome, lit from head to toe. Many wore bright-colored tutus or at the very least, neon tanks. The Harbor was buzzing with runners - they'd practically taken over the resturants and shops. I love the Harbor, by the way. We had our rehearsal dinner there and it's just as gorgeous now as it was then, if not moreso with the addition of several new restaruants and shops.

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Before we got in line to start the run, we had to get some swag! They were selling everything from t-shirts to light-up moholk headbands (see the image on the left below) to wigs and glowsticks and leg warmers... you name it!

I showed up wearing the race t-shirt and plain black shorts - totally boring! - so I bought some black light body paint (in bright pink) and a glow ring, and got myself ready!

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I still felt somewhat underdressed. The costumes were outrageous!

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And I decided I'm wearing a tutu next time.

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As the sun went down, the energy in the crowd went way up! It felt like we were inching our way to the starting line - runners were let go in waves - and over and over again, we counted down from 10.

I could not wait to be released onto the course!

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When we finally did take off, it was a fairly easy first mile. It was quiet along the first stretch and pretty boring compared to what awaited us near the end. I loved the first stop, though - a black light tunnel! What a perfect photo-op!

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By the way, that's our resident photographer in the black tunnel with me. This was her first 5k! CONGRATULATIONS LAUREN ON AN EXCELLENT RUN!

I thought it was really cool that we got to run along the water. I especially love the view below from the far west end of the Harbor. The Gaylord Resort is simply gorgeous all lit up at night!

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The next few stops along the trail were really elaborate! They had a whole stretch of umbrellas hanging in the trees with blue and green spot lights on them. Then, in the second picture on the left below you'll see a tunnel of enormous lit-up rings that actually changed in sync with the beat of the music. Coolest. thing. ever.

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The finish line was pretty elaborate, too with a smoke machine and an entirely lit-up water station with neon-colored cups! It was really cool.  Not to mention the DJ. My God! The DJ was amazing! Everyone was dancing and throwing up their glow sticks. I think they might have been jacked up on caffenine (the event was sponsored by Rockstar and they were passing out free engery drinks all night). You can definitely get a feel for the intensity, watching this video I posted to instagram.

Afterward we took pictures in front of the official Electric Run sign, which was in all black lights, of course!

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 And then, because I was exhausted, I went home! It would have been fun to party along with the other runners - and the party didn't appear to be ending anytime soon - but I was ready to call it night! I got home a little after 11 p.m., which for me, is the latest I've ever come home from a race! They're usually first thing in the morning. I have to say, I enjoyed the night-time vibe and I can't wait to do another!

I'm looking at signing up for the 5k dance party in November!

Who wants to join?

Have you ever done an Electric run or other kind of fun run?