11.22.2014

Getting Fit - Bit by Bit | A FitBit Review

So I have jumped on the FitBit train.

FitBits are basically pedometers -- on steroids. They sync to your mobile device or computer and track your steps, calories, sleeping patterns and on. It is a Type A person's fantasy so needless to say it satisfies my organizing and control quirk. Working at a desk job, I knew that I was not moving as much as I did when I was a yoga instructor but on my first day when I logged 6,000 steps (goal is 10K) I knew that I was going to have to make some lifestyle changes.

I had already started those changes on Sept. 1 when I unfroze our YMCA membership. I set myself a goal of working out 4X a week for 45 min. to one hour each. Since then I have only missed one workout, other than vacation week. There are a lot of days that the last thing in the world that I want to do is spend 45 minutes on an elliptical but I always feel better  -- after it is over.

Sidebar: If you are looking for some new workout music to get you motivated, I have really been digging Janet Jackson's Number Ones. Standout track -- "Feedback." 


Yesterday was a good day. The temperature wasn't in the twenties as it has been this week, so the Chunk and I were able to fit in a walk.

So far the only facet that I am not impressed with is the calorie counter. I think that it plays fast and loose with how many calories that you can eat to maintain/lose weight. The first week, I actually gained two pounds. FitBit does not take into account that type of calories that you are ingesting, so if you are staying within your allotted calories but eating crap all day then you are not going to lose weight.

What I do like is the water log. I don't think that I have made my goal of eight glasses yet, but I have come close. The water count is easy to use and a visual kick in the butt when I am existing on coffee and soda. There are several options that I am still learning, this really is much more intensive than your run of the mill pedometer. It has a social feature where you can connect with your friends with FitBits and send them messages, or Cheers/Taunts (which is akin to a Facebook Poke). I make a point to Taunt the Bestie once a day. I do wish that it were easier to connect to other users online.

The FitBit is pricey if you purchase it new from Amazon or another store/site - running around $100. I found mine -- brand new -- on eBay for $60, plus shipping. So that is an option. I have the dark grey  FitBit but if you don't want to wear a plastic wristband every day there are some fancy options out there, such as Hinged Bracelet by Tory Burch:


So far, I am really digging my FitBit. It gives me the motivation that I need on days that I just want to scavenger for leftover Halloween candy and sit on the couch. The jury is out on whether I will see any weight loss -- I have quickly found that trying to lose weight at age 37 is much different than trying to lose weight at age 27 -- but I do think that it will be a valuable tool in the quest to be healthy.

Have a great weekend!


1 comment:

  1. I have been curious about them. I have seen people say they broke out from the band and that worries me as I have really sensitive skin.

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