I kept telling myself that I would write a review of the Fitbit a “few weeks” after I got it for Christmas, and, well, here we are at the end of June and I’m finally doing it!
I got the Fitbit Charge, not the heart rate edition. I have heard that the heart rate is not that accurate so it wasn’t that big of a priority for me (although it would be fun to see how low it goes with all the running that I do, ha!).
One of the things I’ve noticed about the Fitbit world is that people generally get one, wear it for a few weeks during which they are absolutely obsessed with the data and then they put it on a shelf one day and never wear it again.
I vowed that I wouldn’t be that person! So for the past six months, I’ve been wearing it every day, only taking it off for a shower and to charge it. And here’s what I think about my newest tech accessory:
- It is a really cool device, and fun that you get so many stats to analyze about yourself! For awhile, I was also entering in my water intake and my food just to stay on top of that. Since it estimates how many calories you burn, you have a good idea of where you stand when you do that. But, I got a little lazy and have since stopped entering that information.
- As for the data… it’s neat, but honestly, I don’t even remember the last time I opened the Fitbit app. I do love that I have it all available to me, but when life gets busy, having time to see all of it does go the back seat. At some point, I know it won’t be so busy, and I’ll have a chance to analyze it some more.
- My favorite data point? The sleep. So interesting to see how much sleep I’m actually getting, how restless I am and how many times I wake up. My Mom’s data is pretty crazy, she is such a restless sleeper! I’m not too bad and have even had a few nights where I wasn’t restless or woke up once!
- I strive for the 10,000 steps each and every day. I am disappointed when I learn that I didn’t hit my 10,000 steps. It has motivated me to be more active; I’ll go for walks in the middle of the day and remind myself that I need to get up a move around.
- Speaking of the 10,000 steps, I’ve noticed that it’s off a tad bit, especially when I run. I have heard there is a way to calibrate it, but I haven’t had a chance to dig into that. Since it underestimates, it’s not a big deal as I would rather have that than something that doubles what I’m actually doing.
So, the bottom line? I think the Fitbit is a really cool device that can help you stay on track to meet your goals… meaning any of your goals related to eating healthy and getting fit! It can really be shocking to see how much you DON’T move around, despite what you think. But, it’s not going to do all the work for you. It’s as good as the information that you put in, so you do need to put some effort into it.
Do you use a Fitbit? What do you think?
How many steps do you average a day or think you average?
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