Update on Fitbit replacement and JAMA step count guidelines

Posted By on July 14, 2020

NewFitbitVersa200711_mAfter my much enjoyed Fitbit Versa smartwatch died in less than a year (it was replaced under warranty – thank you), I have been a bit more careful when wearing the new one. I no longer wear it in the pool or even shower and find myself forgetting to put it back on as often. All of this make the ‘stats’ less useful and les encouraging since I’m not wearing it 24 hours a day.

Previously I worked diligently on trying to hit my 10,000 steps per day goal, but that is no longer the target .. and not having the “heavy statistics” watchface doesn’t help (for some reason can’t get my previous purchase back?) That aside, a JAMA study (10,000 steps a day – or fewer) offers some good news for those of us falling short of that 10K goal – although it sure doesn’t hurt to try and hit that 10,000 steps per day target.


This is encouraging for those of us who regularly fall short of the 10K target … as we will still see a drop in mortality vs walking 2,700 steps. The graphic above illustrates the benefit of “just a little more” effort in getting that step count up – that’s good because I need some encouragement, besides I’d still like to lose 5 –10 lbs. (and keep it off) over the next couple of years (that’s a realistic and in my opinion a healthy goal)!


Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.
My Desultory Blog