I am really excited to be writing this Fitbit review! My new Fitbit Wireless Activity Sleep Tracker just arrived via FedEx this afternoon.
I immediately dropped everything and ran out to grab it because I literally could not contain myself.
Want to know what the Fitbit is? Haha, fitbit is a funny name. See this thing has me super silly right now.
I am not going to go too in depth into the nitty gritty of the Fitbit just yet as I plan to write a very thorough Fitbit review within a few days of playing with my new gadget.
Update: this post has been updated below with my fitbit experience and complete review.
But I do want to point out some of its highlights.
The Fitbit wireless activity sleep tracker is designed to keep you motivated and addicted to being active.
As you probably already know, being sedentary and sitting so much are killing you. One of my goals as your fitness coach is to try to provide you with the knowledge and motivation to keep you moving. Because it’s crazy how much your life expectancy drops if you sit at a desk for 8 hours a day or watch TV for more than an hour.
According to fitbit.com, for optimal health and fitness we should strive to aim for 10,000 steps walked each day. According to other sources, if weight loss is a goal we should look to increase that number to 12,000-15,000 steps.
The Fitbit measures the following:
- Sleep patters (cool!)
- Calories burned
- Floor climbed (stairs)
There is also a clock on it, a stopwatch, and a cool little personal greeting which you can help customize. I swear this thing has motivated me and I have barely gotten it out of the box!
The absolute best part is though, that it will automatically load all the data it collects into your profile on your computer whenever you come within 15 feet of your computer (or when you plug it in via USB to charge).
It took me about 5 minutes to download the software for my iMac, set up an account at FitBit.com, and go through their training on how to use it.
As you can see in the picture above, it looks sort of like a money clip, so you can really clip it anywhere on your person all day long and it can be discrete.
When you want to know how you are progressing, simply press the button on the Fitbit and you will see all your accomplishments so far for the day.
I can’t wait to see how active I am. I know I drive and sit and the computer a lot, so that isn’t good, but this will give me a baseline activity level from which to use as a springboard to increase my activity.
I will take good notes and report back to you in a detailed Fitbit review soon.
Fitbit Review Update: April 9, 2012
It has been two months since I received my Fitbit Wireless Activity Sleep Tracker. I am pleased to tell you that I have learned so much since using the Fitbit on a daily basis and that it has actually enhanced my life.
When I first got the Fitbit, my first goal was to access my current daily activity. That first day I walked 2,500 steps. That was a workday.
Hmmmmm……not so good.
The second day I put it on as soon as I woke up. I knew I had to greatly increase the number of steps I took each day and so I needed to figure out exactly what that meant and what it would take.
I went out for a walk in the neighborhood across the street and began measuring how far and long it took to log various step amounts. For example, I know the exact route I need to take to log 1,000 steps, and often times I simply go out and do that loop as many times as it takes to reach my step goal for the day.
My strategy became this:
I would put it on as soon as I woke up and would wear it all day long, logging all steps while working, running errands, exercising, and working around the house. Then after work and into the evening, if it looked like I would not make my step goal for the day I will go out on my marked route and walk until I did meet my goal.
It truly has been an eye opening experiment.
Despite my job and workout routines, I still fell short (often times WAY short) of the daily step goal for optimal health. I am glad to have acquired this valuable knowledge while I am still relatively young while I can still do something about it.
Fitbit Ultra – How it Works
- Shooting for 10,000 steps per day will help improve our health and increase weight loss.
- Tiny, discreet, and comfortable, you can wear it anywhere simply by clipping it on.
- Smarter and more accurate than a pedometer.
- Based on a 3D accelerometer just like the WII.
- Logs steps you take, distance travelled, calories burned, stairs climbed.
- Encourages you to make small but important decisions such as walking to store instead of driving.
- Fitbit users walk 43% further every day and lose 13 lbs more than non users.
- Tracks sleep patters at night.
- Automatically downloads data collected wirelessly to fitbit.com on your computer whenever you come within 15 feet of it.
- On fitbit.com also keep track of your food intake and other daily activities free.
- Keeps you motivated with fitbit badges for fitness achievements.
In summary, I am so glad I made the personal yet important decision to buy the Fitbit for myself. It has greatly increased the amount of steps I have taken in the past 2 months and I feel great knowing that I am improving my health and even taking off a little weight.
That concludes my Fitbit review.
If you would like to grab a Fitbit for yourself to lose weight and improve your own health please click the link below now.