Last year I blogged about how much I loved my UpBand by Jawbone. Well, for my birthday Rock got me a Fitbit and I have since ditched the Jawbone.
While I don’t necessarily need a fitness tracker. I enjoy seeing the data each day and this tool does it in such a way that you can’t help but enjoy watching your progress.
Unlike the Jawbone, my Fitbit shows the data right on the face of the “watch.” The Fitbit shows the time, as well as steps taken, calories burnt, miles completed, my heart rate (available on certain models) and flights of steps completed. The data doesn’t stop there. The App is super user friendly and also tracks my sleep.
I admit that the sleep tracking is a tad depressing these days with a new baby. But it is helpful to see that I get a certain amount of sleep each night including how many times I wake up and am restless. This is great motivation for me to get to bed earlier (sometimes this happens and often it does not).
I love being able to see my step averages over time as well as my other data spread out over days, weeks, and months. For someone who is working towards losing weight or living a healthier lifestyle, these are all very helpful parameters to keep in mind. While the distance tracker isn’t as accurate as a GPS, it comes in pretty close to what my Garmin reads.
The App also allows you to friend your contacts who also have Fitbits. You cannot see anything other than your friend’s step averages, but you can all engage in friendly competition. With daily and weekly step challenges, this is often just the motivation one needs to stay a bit more active each day.
I recently blogged about the benefits of increasing your non-exercise activity levels, which is a major factor for increasing calorie burn throughout the day. This device can be a great motivational tool to keep you up and moving.
Finally, I love that the Fitbit sends you badges for completing new challenges, steps completed in a day and the lifetime of your tracker. You receive this both on your phone and via e-mail. You also receive a weekly e-mail that lays out your entire week’s stats, including total amount of calories burnt and steps taken throughout that period. Another bonus is e-mails to let you know when your Fitbit needs to be charged. How nice is that?!
The major downside is that I find this tracker does not hold a charge for very long. But it is easy to charge it up off of my USB port when I am doing things such as blogging!
I have the Fitbit Charge with heart rate monitor. The price on this varies a bit but you can find one at Costco for about $130. The Charge also has a caller ID built in so that when you receive a phone call you can check to see who it is straight off of your wrist. This is super helpful when I am out running and don’t have to take my phone out of my pocket for a call I wouldn’t answer until later. In my opinion, all of this is a small price to pay for all of the bells and whistles this device offers.
This review is strictly my own and I am not being compensated for this. I personally wanted to share my experience with my followers in the hopes that it might be helpful for anyone who is working to take on a more fit and healthy lifestyle.
Do you use a fitness/activity tracker?