The other day while I was on my way to pick up Big at the bus stop, I walked the Golden Gate Bridge, the Big Sur coast, burned off a cupcake and donated clean water to children in need. Pretty amazing for your average day, right?
That pretty much sums up why I fell in love with the concept of Striiv when I heard about it at BlogHer. I arrived at a brunch early and got to talking with a guy who was completely and totally passionate about what he was saying. It wasn’t just a product he was sharing, it was a frame of mind. One I try, try, try to embrace. Let’s not feel bad about what we don’t accomplish, let’s celebrate the little things we do accomplish. And when I went to their headquarters a few weeks later, I realized it wasn’t just one guy, it was a whole team of folks excitedly working around the clock to help launch this product that would change the way people approach their day.
So what is it? It’s a little piece of genius disguised as a pedometer/trainer/motivator/do-gooder/game. It not only measures your steps, it knows if you’ve walked, run, hiked or climbed stairs. It tells you how far you’ve gone and how many calories you’ve burned. But not just in numbers, in milestones…so you can see if you just go a bit farther, you’ll have walked the beaches of Cannes. (Even if it was in Target.) And as you walk, you earn money for charity (either polio vaccines or clean water for children in need) without having to ask anyone for a cent. For the gaming types, your walking helps you build and conquer Myland. All that right there in your pocket as you pace the nursery, shop the aisles and chase your munchkins.
I was lucky enough to get a prototype before it hit the market, so I’ve been using my Striiv for about a month. What I love it the way it changes my thinking. Instead of going insane as I walk in circles trying to get Pink to sleep, I watch the calorie count going up and bounce a bit more. When I get to preschool pickup early, instead of checking email on my phone, I walk around the block. (Ok, I still look at my email while I’m walking, but you get the point.) So far I’m not shedding pounds. But I’m motivated to make better choices and I’m setting a new goal. Starting this week, I’m going to try to walk 10,000 steps a day. My personal best so far is 9,308, so it won’t be easy. But I’m excited to watch the points, donations and miles add up. And, hey, if the pants size goes down, all the better!
And since Striiv is creating a movement around movement, they want to make two Using Our Words readers a part of the movement (I know, that’s a lot of movement!). Just leave a comment sharing where your Striiv would go with you and two winners will be selected at random on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. To be eligible, you must have a non-P.O. box shipping address and live in the Continental United States. And if you don’t win, you can buy one ($99.95) HERE.
All opinions expressed and steps walked are my own (much to Big’s dismay), and I did not receive compensation for writing this post. I was provided with a pre-market unit by Striiv and the giveaway prizes are provided by Striiv.