Have you found the right motivation to run or walk or live a healthy lifestyle? What is it that will motivate you to want to live a healthy lifestyle?

As a tech gadget addict, I have found that any time I can find a tech way to do something, it makes the task a lot more fun, even running. Running sounds like a lot of work and kind of boring, but add the Apple iPod nano with Nike+ and THAT is exciting.

About 5 years ago, I decided I was going to get my family to live a healthier lifestyle. I knew that meant I had to make the changes first.

For months, I struggled with even the small ones. Motivating myself to move more and eat better wasn’t easy.  That is until I found a tech solution.

Running, Tech Style

A friend showed me how he used the iPod nano with the Nike+ app to track all of his runs. He could look back at the past 5 years and see all of his runs with their ups and downs. Best of all, he could see how far he had come. I was hooked. I needed to run.

Now, 5 years later armed with my iPod nano and Yurbuds headphones,  I not only run 3 times a week, but I ran my first half marathon last year.

michele mcgraw running half marathon training

Yes, I said half marathon. I went from hating running to completing a half marathon and it all started because I found my motivation! I am really proud of what I have accomplished.

Sharing the Motivation

My 8-year-old daughter is now running after school with Girls On The Run and I will be running with her as she completes her first 5k in 2 weeks.

Finding the motivation to run has taught me that if I want to do something, I need to find a tech way to do it and then it is fun for me, especially when it comes to exercising! Go Fitness Gadgets!!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I wrote my fitness gadgets wish list for Best Buy and this post is the story of why I chose a few of the items on my Best Buy Gifts That Do Wish List. #GiftsThatDo

You can find my full #GiftsThatDo profile on the Gifts That Do site.

Fitness Gadgets Live Chat

Live Chat: Be sure to join me for a live chat on December 10 with Best Buy and I’ll be talking more about the fitness gadgets on my Wish List.

When: December 10, 8:30 Eastern, 7:30 Central, 6:30 Mountain, 5:30 Pacific

Where: Twitter #GiftsThatDo

Who: @ScrappinMichele & @BestBuy

What: Discussing fitness technology

Giving away 4 $25 Best Buy Gift Certificates