Nope. That’s not a typo up there in that title. It’s Striiv. Not strive. Although you pronounce them the same way. And they actually have the same meaning for me. I want to be fit. It’s something I’m striving for. It just so happens that Striiv is also a really cool little gadget that’s helping me. And you might want to add one to your Christmas list.
First, what is Striiv? Let me start with a picture.
See? It even looks cool. And I love to show my Striiv to other people. It’s when I try to explain what it is that I get a little tongue tied. The conversation goes a little something like this:
ME: “Want to see my new gadget?”
THEM: “Oh yeah! I saw you wearing that and was wondering what it was.”
ME: “It’s called Striiv. It’s like a pedometer. But not really. It’s not motion sensitive like a pedometer. Well, it is but in a different way. You don’t have to wear it on your waist for it to sense youe movements. I mean, it knows when you are walking and running and going up and down stairs. And it knows when you’re in the car.”
THEM: “Oh, okay.”
ME: “Wait! There are some other cool things too. Like it’s got this whole game component. Kind of like Farmville or something. And then there is the charity component. I’m helping to fight polio. And you can earn trophies and challenges.”
THEM: (more looks of intrigue coupled with confusion)
ME: “Anyway, it tells you when you’ve walked a certain amount like “Congratulations! You walked the equivalent of the Golden Gate Bridge today!” Cool, huh?”
ME: “I’m just gonna put it back on now.”
This, people, is why I’m not in sales. It’s why I write instead. All of what I said is true. I just can’t say it very succinctly. Until now. Let’s take it one step at a time. Here’s what Striiv does.
1. Tracking your activity.
You move every day, right? You walk to the car, to lunch, in the park, through the mall. You also climb (probably) a lot of stairs every day. Would it be nice for that activity to actually count as exercise? SURPRISE! It does. But Striiv allows you to keep track of your day to day activity. Then, as you decide it’s time to increase your activity, Striiv gets you motivated by giving you reasons to get motivated.
2. Donating to charity.
This component really intrigued me. My first thought was that I would have to buy this device and donate to charity and I was failing to make the connection. Turns out that Striiv has corporate sponsors that are banking on YOU to get fit. As your Striiv tracks your activity, you build up “energy.” When you reach a certain energy level, you donate it to your cause. When you finally have reached enough energy to complete your donation goal, you sync your Striiv device and the corporate sponsors make the donation on your behalf.
This last go-round, I chose to put my energy towards polio vaccines (because it’s ridiculous that polio still exists). Other choices right now include clean water and rainforest preservation.
3. Playing a game.
I am totally a gamer. But not that kind of gamer. I don’t play Farmville or Mafia Wars or whatever. I don’t water my plants and harvest my crops. It’s not my thing. So I approached the MyLand component very cautiously. Basically, you use your energy to build plants and buildings and then collect money from them. So you can buy other things and grow and build them. It’s fine. Still not my thing. BUT…
My 4 year old loves to sit down with me and see how much energy I’ve generated during the day. He loves to help me collect the coins and to build new things. And when I can’t build, because I don’t have enough energy, he challenges me to do some challenges. And he cheers me on every step of the way.
4. Completing challenges.
This is where I get really motivated. Because it’s self-motivation through competition. Yes, I have a competitive spirit. And when I’m competing against myself, I like to win. The challenges are easy, medium, or hard. I’ve only ventured into the easy and medium spaces. It usually involves running or walking or stairclimbing a certain amount in a certain period of time. I have yet to lose a challenge (because I pick the easy ones).
I absolutely adore my Striiv, especially on my good days when I walk 4000+ steps. On bad days, I don’t break 2000 and I quietly curse my Striiv for reminding me.
I’ve had it off for a few days and I’m getting ready to join up with the Mamavation 2 week challenge. So back on it goes as I try to reach 10,000 steps each day. I’m thinking of walking to the nearest Krispy Kreme to get my step count up. What about you? Is fitness on your mind for the holidays?
If you’re still making out your Christmas list, gently nudge your spouse or find one of your rich relatives to buy you this. It will run you about $99.00 from HSN.com or Striiv.com. It’s all about getting fit, giving back, and having fun.
Disclosure: I was provided a Striiv device to test and review. All opinions are my own and unfortunately so is my motivation to exercise.