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Fitbit: Will it Improve Health?

Especially over age 50: If I’m any judge, Fitbit and other wearables can significantly improve health … “Fitty is Great for Over-50”

Amy Sterling Casil
6 min readMay 28, 2019


I got my Fitbit Charge 3 for Christmas and started wearing it December 25. Since that time I’ve walked over 500 miles and 1.2 million steps, gone up and down over 2,500 floors of stairs, and walked over 20,000 steps in a day.

I aim for Fitbit’s goal of 10,000 steps a day. If I can hit 5 miles, I want to: for me, 11,000 to 12,000 steps works out to five miles.

You have to have been living under a rock to be unaware that the majority of people in the U.S. walk less than two miles a day, amounting to only 3,000 to 4,000 steps on average.

So now, almost 6 months later, has “Fitty” been worth it?

For me? Absolutely.

For those who haven’t gotten there yet, a bunch of dreadful things happen once you get older, from horrid age spots and precancerous lesions to sagging body parts, alarming, irritating, and inexplicable fat deposits in undesirable areas, bizarre heart palpitations, sleep disturbances, indigestion, creaking joints … I could go on …

It’s all bad. Some of the effects of aging are unavoidable. But not all.



Amy Sterling Casil

Over 500 million views and 5 million published words, top writer in health and social media. Author of 50 books, former exec, Nebula nominee.