Well, I did my first ever non-book blagging, and I’m ashamed of myself. But only a teeny bit, because the product I blagged is flipping fantastic! Striiv is only available from the US at the moment, but if you’re in the UK, you can order it from the US without a problem. It costs $99


I have to say, I’m not sure I’d fork out for it if I hadn’t got it for review, but that’s because I’m rather short of money. However, if I had the spare cash, I would definitely get a Striiv!

It’s basically a really clever, nifty, fun pedometer. It sets you little challenges of different levels, each of which brings you rewards. These rewards you can ‘spend’ as donations to charity – one that raises money for polio vaccinations in developing countries, one that helps to save the rainforest, and providing clean water to families in Africa. The donations don’t come from your pocket! You link the Striiv up to your computer and it syncs with something clever and updates itself, and sends your donations.

You can also ‘spend’ the rewards on your own little virtual island, building it up and encouraging little virtual animals and mythical creatures back to the area.

For a mum who struggles to get enough exercise, I can hand on heart say that this is a brilliant invention. Boring as it sounds, I actually found myself marching up and downstairs to get the rewards on the counter for 58 stairs in 15 minutes, for example, or marching round and round the living room to hit 7000 steps before the time ran out.

The aim, as you may already know, is to reach 10,000 steps every day, which is surprisingly difficult to achieve unless you’re a hospital nurse, or walk every where you go. Even on the days I walked places, I needed to top up the number of steps I’d taken by pacing up and down the hallway a few (OK, a lot of) times before I went to bed.

But it was worth it. I felt great knowing that I’d achieved all those steps and that it was really good for my fitness. Even without the little virtual world game, it would be a great incentive. We all know how motivating it is to reach lots and lots of small goals, which is basically how it works.

It also tells you how far you’ve walked, or climbed, compared to world landmarks. For instance, I have several times walked the equivalent of the length of the Golden Gate Bridge, and climbed the Eiffel Tower a few times as well!

I would really recommend this product, if you are struggling to get enough exercise each day. I would not, however, recommend leaving it in your jeans pocket when you put them in the laundry basket. I am now the sad ex-owner of a wonderful Striiv as I discovered I doesn’t wash very well in a washing machine. However, I will be looking out for competitions to win one in the future – Striiv is a fantastic invention!


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