So, you’ve received a shiny new fitness tracker, and you want to start using it right away. Where to start?\nRon DeAngelo, ATC, director of UPMC Sports Performance, shares some tips to help you make the most of your new gadget.\nSet Some Healthy Goals\nIf you are a fairly sedentary person (i.e. you work an office job and sit most of the day) a good start is to aim for 10,000 steps per day. We recommend wearing your fitness tracker during your daily routines for a few days so that you’re able to get a baseline.\nHere are some ways to get some extra movement in during the workday:\n\nGet off the bus a stop early\nTake a walk at lunch time\nPrint to a printer that is far away from your desk\nTake the stairs (Some fitness trackers actually track floors climbed)\nDrink a lot of water (This is good anyway but will also force you to get up for bathroom breaks)\nChoose a parking spot farther away from your destination\n\nAnd on the weekend:\n\nPlan a fun family outing to a park\nWander around a museum\nGo to an amusement park\nGo on a hike, run, or bike ride\n\nGet Some Sleep\nMost fitness trackers these days also track your sleep cycles, which could give you some great insight if you’re feeling tired during the day. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults should aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep nightly.\nSet Movement Alerts\nWe’ve all heard about how sitting too much is bad for your health. Most fitness trackers have a setting that can buzz when you haven’t moved for a certain interval of time, to remind you to get up and go for a walk.\nGrab Your Friends\nMany fitness trackers allow you to add your friends so that you can each see each other’s activities on the app or website. This can help with encouragement or accountability, or some friendly competition.\nGet Your Heart Pumping\nFitness trackers usually include a heart rate monitor\u00a0\u2014 take advantage and participate in activities that will boost your heart rate. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity.\nWant more tips to help you stay healthy? Visit the UPMC Sports Medicine website.