Happy Friday and first day of February! Where did January go? I don’t know about you, but I keep track of my workouts in my calendar and love seeing all the yellow lines for the workouts I’ve done this month! Yes, just like with everything else in my life, I am OCD about my workouts. I have color codes for different things that go in my calendar, like work, and doctor’s appointments, and my blog. Yellow is workout.
Speaking of OCD, I love stats and numbers. So when I was with my cousin over Christmas break and she had this cool little thing called a FitBit, I was intrigued. It’s a pedometer on steroids. My mom is a physical education teacher and had a FitBit within a couple of days after seeing my cousin’s, so I also had to jump on board.
What is the FitBit?
These little guys are the FitBits. The one on the left is called the One and the one on the right is called the Zip. I got the one on the left. It comes with a little case that you can attach to your pants or your sports bra when you are working out.
There is also a bracelet FitBit coming out later this spring. It’s called the Flex.
I didn’t want to wait for the bracelet because it doesn’t appear to have a screen to tell you your stats. I decided to go with the One because that is what my mom got and she loved it.
What does the FitBit do?
Brace yourself. This little guy does everything but the dishes.
*Tracks numbers of staircases you have walked
*Tracks miles walked
*Tracks calories burned
*Shows you have active you have been with a flower (As seen on above picture. If you are active, it’s big like you see on the picture. If you are not active, it is small.)
*Has silent alarm
Lots of features, right?
The goal it sets for you is 10,000 steps a day, 10 staircases, 5 miles, and calories depends on what kind of weight loss plan you set up.
I love all of the stats and find myself checking it throughout the day and when I realize my numbers are low, I’ll go make a couple of laps around the office and do a couple sets of stairs to boost my numbers. I sit from about 9:15 until 6:30 , and have made myself get up and get steps in during the day. I find it very hard to get my goal steps in unless I work out. One day I’ll be able to get them.
When it comes to calories, I love seeing how many calories I burn just doing my daily routine. Normally when you count calories, you may just add in your amount of workout time. But with this, you can also account for your grocery shopping trip and just everyday walking around that you do.
My favorite feature of the FitBit is the sleep tracker. When you buy the device, it comes with a little cuff that you wear at night. You start your sleep counter on your device when you go to bed and it tracks your movement (how many times you move your arm) during the night so you can see how well you are sleeping. It’s kind of creepy, right? The best night I have had was a night where it says I only woke up 6 times in the night. The worst, when I was sick, was about 30 times.
The silent alarm feature is also great. Since you are already wearing it on your wrist, you can set the alarm and it will start vibrating to wake you up. My husband and I generally get up at the same time, but I used it once to test out and it worked well. Great for people who work different schedules than their spouse or roommate.
How do you check your stats?
You can check most of your stats right on your device, but you can also check them on your phone or online. The app and online site are free, which is a nice gesture on FitBit’s behalf.
Now before I get to the app and website, there are a couple of ways to sync your FitBit. If you have an iPhone 4S or higher, you don’t have to do anything. It automatically syncs to your phone. If you have an iPhone 4 or lower, the device comes with a small flash drive you plug into your computer and you can sync it that way. I only have a 4, so I sync mine in the morning when I get up, a couple of times a day at work if I have time, when I get home, or get done working out, and right before I go to bed. I really like the auto sync for the more advanced iPhones and will definitely consider shelling out the extra dough for one when it’s time to renew so I don’t have to manually sync all the time. One nice thing about the sync is that if you are out of town and can’t sync or aren’t near a computer, the device stores info for 7 days for you, so you can do it all when you get home, if you can stand not knowing your stats for that long.
Now to the app. Here is a screen shot of my home screen.
On the app, you can see all of the stats that your FitBit tracks. It also helps you keep track of you weight and your weight loss goal. It will tell you how many hours you slept the night before, along with what time you went to bed, what time you got up and how many times you woke up. You can also use this to keep track of calories during the day (which I’ll touch on more in a little bit). And you can keep track of water you consumer during the day. And that’s all on the first page.
It also shows you a graph of your steps, calories and floors walked in the past couple of weeks, a graph of your weight loss, and one of my favorite parts, what my friends are doing.
Since my mom and cousin also FitBit it, we can all see how the others are doing and have made a competition of it, although mom smokes us every week. She got 25,000 steps in one day this week. How is that even possible?
On the more tab, you can add in your food and water intake, as well as set your silent alarm.
The website is very similar, but has even more stats for those who love to crunch numbers.
What else does it do?
I know you are probably thinking there can’t be much more, but remember last week when I told you about the MyFitnessPal and LoseIt apps? Well you can sync your accounts with your FitBit.
You can technically do everything in your FitBit app, but I really like the MyFitnessPal app and since I can sync them, keep them both. I add my food and exercise into my MFP app and it automatically updates into FitBit. Also, when you sync your FitBit, it automatically gives you an adjustment into MFP for the calories you have burned just doing your daily routine.
There are several other apps you can sync up with. Check out this page to see them all.
How much does it cost?
I am sure this is a burning question you have had. And the prices vary. For the Zip, you can get it for $60. The One is $100 and the Flex will be $100 when it is released. The Aria scale is $130.
Where can I get it?
You can get the FitBit on the website, but if you want to check it out in person you can buy a FitBit at Best Buy. And I’ve recently heard that there are FitBit accessories at AT&T.
What if I don’t want the FitBit?
Don’t like the FitBit? Don’t worry. There are other options. Like the Nike Fuel Band. A friend recently got this and appears to really like it. I wasn’t a huge fan of the bracelet. I think it’s very masculine and would clash with my jewelry. I know, I’m vain. There is also the Jawbone UP. Again, I like to see my stats right on my device, but I’ve heard great things about this as well. And there tons of cheaper devices that you can get from your local hospital (probably for free), but keep in mind, the bells and whistles don’t all come with them.
I have heard about great results with people using the FitBit. A coworker lost more than a dozen pounds using hers. My mom has lost nearly 10 pounds in a month. It holds you accountable because it’s right in your face. Get your steps in, don’t go over your calorie count and beat your friends and family.
I am loving my FitBit and may even be a bit obsessed (big shocker there).
Does anyone have a FitBit? How has it worked for you? Do you have a different device that I don’t know about?