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Counting calories, tracking steps with iBitz and Best Buy

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Right now this Internet Deals reporter has two little pedometers attached to her jeans’ waistband. Of course, one of these ibitz™ by GeoPalz® wireless pedometers was intended for my son, seeing as though the new ibitz Kid and Adult Wireless Pedometers, are devices intended to help adults and kids track their level of activity throughout the day. (I heard somewhere that we’re supposed to get 10,000 steps of walking in daily.)

The things that seem cool about the iBitz Unity pedometers is that they are linked to an app to encourage kids to use them, which makes for working out seem like a game or a fun challenge because it is synced up with a rewards system that lets them earn coins and content on Disney's Club Penguin™, a place they’re probably familiar with from previous gameplay.

For us adults, they can track our steps – reminds me of that “Order My Steps” song my dad loved – along with the distance we walk and other factors like BMI and our weight, which we can add manually. I'm already a fan of adding my weight to calorie-tracking apps to help keep my eating and weight loss in line.

I loved how easy the thing was to set up with my iPhone 5 (it’s not compatible with Android devices – another reason to love those Apple products!) and the fact that you can clip it on your hip or shoe and go. I put in one of the codes from the back of the iBitz and went through the steps of entering my email and even reluctantly entered my credit card number when they requested that information according to some child privacy act. Then I got started, at least with the colorful kid’s version on my hip, and dismissed the message in order to get started and see the steps tracking even in real-time at certain times, within an asteroid-like game.

Planning to check up on my daughter's pedometer to see how many more steps had been taken since I last checked it, I laughed when she said she'd been shaking it up. Ingenious.

So there you go for another way to inspire the people in your family to get more exercise.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

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