Fitness gadgets are hot property at the moment. Whether you use a Fitbit, Nike Fuelband, Jawbone Up or something else, you'll have daily goals, such as a number of steps, miles or calories. For a full breakdown and comparison of all the Fitbits see our feature “Which Fitbit is Best”.
As an avid Fitbit One user, I compete not only with myself, but also other friends who have Fitbit trackers.
Top 10 fitness tips
Here are my Top 10 tips for squeezing in those extra steps each day without any major changes to your routine. These work for any Fitbit device, and really any of the increasing number of keep fit wristbands and wearable tech gadgets available to keep you motivated.
1 - If you already walk to work, consider leaving five or 10 minutes earlier so you can extend your route and get closer to your daily step goal.
2 - Always take a lunch break and go for a walk or run. If it's bad weather, maybe you can walk around your office or a local shopping centre instead.
3 - When taking a toilet break, walk to the one that's furthest away: preferably a few floors up or down if you can.
4 - Aim to get up from your desk at least once an hour - walk to the water cooler.
5 - Instead of emailing a colleague go and see them in person. This is much better business practice anyway!
6 - Stairs are your friends. Use them instead of the lift or escalator. The Fitbit One and Fitbit Charge measure how many flights of stairs you climb each day, and the Zip and Flex count these twowards your daily step goal.
7 - Pace around when waiting for the kettle to boil or talking on the phone.
8 - When waiting for a train don't stand still: walk slowly up the platform.
9 - Get competitive. Find friends with activity trackers (it's easier if they use the same system) or compete against yourself. Try to beat your previous best figures, whether that's steps, distance, calories or stairs climbed. Fitbit also now offers challenges you can set between friends. The leaderboard is a real motivator.
10 - Set tougher, but realistic, goals. Don't stick with the same daily goals month in, month out. Try adding 10 percent more steps each week and see if you can still hit the targets.