Last summer my step son’s girl friend invited me to be part of her Fitbit step group challenge. I welcomed the opportunity to kick all their 20 year old asses! We didn’t meet in person. Our Fitbits tracked our steps and would sync to our phones. We didn’t know each other but could see how everyone else was doing. A daily pattern started. I would go to bed in first place. And wake up with a message, that Rob R passed me while I was sleeping!! What? I started compulsively stepping every chance I could! While marching up and down my street I decided to do some investigating! I wanted to size up the competition. I creeped on Ashley’s Facebook page to get a visual. The above image was my competitor’s profile pic! Rob R turned out to be a 25 year old active Marine! Ha! The message about Rob R is one of the periodic updates my Fitbit sends me through out the day. Does Fitbit know, when I receive information that I’m slipping, I feel compelled to start moving? Damn you Fitbit! I have a desk job! Don’t get me wrong! I love my Fitbit! I have logged thousands of extra steps due to this little pink device I wear on my hip. At times I must admit, I become obsessed with this gimmick. The other day, I was walking across the locker room wearing a towel and I automatically touched my hip to see if my Fitbit was there! No, I don’t wear it in the shower. I have developed a habit. If I’m moving, I want my Fitbit with me. Step counting challenges are examples of external motivators. Other examples of extrinsic incentives are trophies, cash or skinny jeans. Anything outside of ourselves that prompts us to do something. It’s nice when we engage in healthy activities because we want to. But superficial triggers can help us get started. What gets you moving out of your comfort zone? Do rewards, consequences or a little friendly competition give you enough reason to do the things, you don’t feel like doing? As I type this, my Fitbit isn’t functioning properly! Will it effect my desire to go the extra mile today? Absolutely! Am I prompted to purchase the Fitbit upgrade? Absolutely! I wonder if it’s waterproof!