Wellocracy: What kind of tracker(s) (device/app) are you using and when did you start wearing it?

Tara: Fitbit Flex. May 2014.Tara2_Wellocracy

Wellocracy: Why did you start using a tracker? Do you have specific health/wellnessgoals?

Tara: To help me lose weight. Yes – and my health coach can see my daily activity.

Wellocracy: What did you learn about yourself by using a tracker?

Tara: I’ve noticed that during the summer and fall it is easy to fulfill my 10,000 steps. In the winter it’s a little more challenging because of all the snow we have. It’s difficult to walk outside, so I have to make it to the gym. I’ve also noticed that on days that I’m not working with clients, I am very active, rarely sitting still.

Wellocracy: What do you like best about your tracker? What do you like least about it?

Tara: I like seeing my progress and it inspires me to stay active. At the end of the day if I don’t have my 10,000 steps, I put on my favorite dance music and dance around the house until I reach my goal! What I don’t like about the tracker is that I have to remember to recharge it. It is such a bummer to have been walking and realize the battery was dead.Tara1_Wellocracy

Wellocracy: Do you share your data with family or friends?

Tara: Yes, this provides accountability. I love that my health coach, friends and family members can see my progress and cheer me on.

Wellocracy: What advice would you give someone thinking about tracking or, do you have other thoughts you would like to share?

Tara: If you are using the Fitbit to lose weight, be sure to take advantage of the calorie counter. I find that the combination of tracking my exercise as well as my food intake has led to my success.