Remember earlier this year when I posted about my main goal for 2016? I said I would write about the Fitbit once I had it a little longer. Today it is exactly one month since I got this nifty device and I am loving it.
There are a lot of different aspects to the Fitbit, so I am not even going to try and cover them all in the one post. I’ll start off by telling you a little bit about what the Fitbit is, then I will talk about some of the ways that the Fitbit has inspired me to get moving again, and then tell you what I love and do not love about it.
What Is Fitbit?
Fitbit is an activity tracking device. You wear it on your wrist. Depending on which model you choose, it can track other things as well. I wanted to keep an eye on my heart rate especially when exercising, so I chose the Fitbit Charge HR. It cost $124 to purchase in the Boxing Day sales.
Fitbit reports the data it gathers back to your smartphone and/or your computer. You have a dashboard, which contains many different fields, and you can move the fields around to get it looking how you want.
The wrist device itself has a very small LED display which you can tap to switch between the time, steps so far, heart rate, KMs for the day, and calories burned. You can set it so that a flick of your wrist shows you the current time. I deeply love that feature!
Fitbit Makes Me –
Park that bit further away.
When you know you have a daily goal of 10,000 steps, you begin to find opportunities to add them in to your day. There is this local meat place which has a carpark of evilness, so now I park in a street away from the carpark and walk there instead. I discovered that I MUCH prefer this to driving in and trying to find a park and negotiating every other person in the tiny and badly designed carpark.
Get on the treadmill.
I’ve had this treadmill sitting here next to me for over a year now. There were times when I was very disciplined and would get on it every day, and there were times when I ignored it totally. Now I am on it most days, even if only for 15 minutes to get those last few missing steps.
Get out and about.
I’d much rather walk out at Huskisson and Vincentia than on the treadmill. Since the start of 2016, I have managed to get down there on average twice a week, sometimes 3-4 times.
Be Less Rigid
In 2015, I would only get on the treadmill first thing in the morning, before my shower. This meant if I did not feel like exercise then, it would get skipped. Now, with Fitbit, I have all day to get my steps in. If I do not feel like it first thing in the morning, I’ll take a shower, do what I feel like, and get on the treadmill in the afternoon, then take a second shower if I need it. I’ve even exercised as late as 9:30 or 10pm, if I needed more steps.
What I Love About Fitbit –
It is so simple! Wearing this one item on my wrist gives me SO much information about myself and my health, from heart rate at different times of the day right up to how well I slept.
Fitbit is there on my wrist 24/7 reminding me to make better choices – whether it be move more or eat less.
Tap To Know –
Three quick taps at any time of day gets me my current heart rate. This is useful mid-treadmill when I want to see if I am pushing too hard.
Great Workout Tracking
Look at all the info Fitbit collected on my walk today!
Above is heart rate and which zones you are in during your work out. The very low dips – the first one is where I stretch after doing my slow warm up 2 mins, then there are 2 drink breaks in there.
Above shows calorie burn, and the impact of his exercise on my day.
Resting Heart Rate
Fitbit tracks my resting heart rate. You can see it has dropped significantly since I started my journey to fitness on 29 December. You can also see it went back up a little – I had a cold which I was fighting at that time.
What I Don’t Love About Fitbit –
Fitbit Can’t Go Swimming
I have always loved the pool – swimming and aqua aerobics are my first two choices of exercise, even above walking and kayaking. However Fitbit is unable to join me there – which means all the information I rely on when I exercise, like heart rate and calories burned is also unavailable to me.
Fitbit Needs Regular Cleaning
Not that cleaning is a problem for this germophobe, but whenever I do it clean it – usually once a day, twice if necessary – I worry that I might accidentally murder it. Fitbit is splash proof but not water proof.
Fitbit Needs To Be Placed Correctly
In order to measure your heart rate, Fitbit has to be in the right place. Sometimes I have had trouble putting it in the right place or I have bumped it slightly and there goes my heart rate measurements, sometimes for hours because I did not know it wasn’t measuring it. I wish it would beep or flash when it wasn’t picking up my heart rate so I could adjust it.
Fitbit Took Some Getting Used To
I found sleeping with it on extremely weird to begin with. However, I stuck with it and I got used to it, and I consider the data gained VERY useful – I’ll talk more about the data in another post.
I love my Fitbit, and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to get moving. Just remember what I said about lessons learned in my Main Goal post.
8 thoughts on “Fitbit – Part One”
I considered a Fitbit HR, but recently purchased a Garmin device, instead. It’s one of the more basic ones (no heart rate monitor, for example), but I wanted it primarily to count my steps and because it beeps at you if you haven’t moved around enough recently. Since I work from home and can get stuck in front of the computer for hours on end, this is very helpful! It’s also water resistant to 50 meters, which is pretty handy. I’ve been geeking out about it for several days and my husband seems a bit confused by my enthusiasm, so I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who’s exited about a device like this!
Interesting that your resting heart rate has dropped too! Mine’s gone down since I started the fitbit too. ;)
Wow! This is all too much for me. I’d be more stressed just worrying about what my FitBit says. But I’m glad you’re enjoying it and I wish you continued success!
Perfect timing, because I’m researching fitness trackers as I write this. Thanks!!
Thanks for your update on how the Fitbit is working for you! I’ve been thinking of getting one. I like how it encourages more creative ways to get those steps in. I tend to be quite rigid with exercise at the moment.
They’re a great idea IF they actually motivate you to get up and move more, like you have. I’d be more likely to stash it in a drawer and keep sitting, because it’s too hot outside to go walking or it’s too cold outside to go walking and walking around the block is boring anyway…..I’m not at all enthusiastic.
When I have a pocket and can carry my iPhone, it too measures my steps and helps motivate me to move more. However, I must have a pocket in my pants to do so and there seem to be few pockets in women’s pants. I am seriously considering an Apple watch which does much of what Fitbit does plus a whole lot more. I do wear a timepiece and wouldn’t think of not having a watch on my wrist.
I bought a Fitbit One about a year and a half ago and it’s a little thing you clip onto something – I usually put mine on my bra. I get annoyed with myself when I forget to put it on in the morning. I wrote a bit about it not long after I got it, http://semanticallydriven.com/2014/07/a_bit_fit.html. I don’t track my sleep any more because it was a pain to put into the wristband which kind of fell apart anyway.