I got a FitBit this weekend! I am addicted already. I am constantly checking my wrist to see how many steps I have taken, how many calories I have burned, and how many miles I have walked today.
I debated on getting one for a while, I thought it would just be another 5 second fitness craze, but the more I thought about it, the more I didn’t care.
I know some people will say that I caved, and it’s not something I really needed to remind me to be healthy, but who cares.
I compared all the fitness bands for weeks before deciding on the FitBit Charge. I looked at the Jawbone, the Garmin, Nike Fuel, etc. I ultimately decided I wanted something that had a screen so I would not have to log into an account or go online to check my stats, and the Bluetooth capability of the Charge was a plus, and it had to track my sleep as well.
A co-worker also has the Charge and I have been drooling over her’s the past week.
I was surprised how easy it was to set up too, I simply plugged the USB stick that comes with it into my laptop and did the initial set-up including my location for time accuracy, and started walking. What I was most surprised about was how accurately it monitors my steps, for the first day, every time I took a step I would look down at the number to see if it was getting it right, but for the most part it was. Every now and then it adds a step if I am waving my arm around, or doing something like that, but for the most part it’s on point.
The other thing I love about the Charge is that I can monitor everything on my phone as well. It has Bluetooth so it automatically syncs when I open the app. The app is what tells me my sleep stats and I can add any water and food I consume throughout the day, and keep tabs on my friends with FitBits. In the app you can also challenge friends with FitBits to challenges, and keep track of who is winning day to day. I really love when you can create challenges, I am a pretty competitive person, and knowing that other people can see if I am slacking, really helps keep me on track.
My goal right now is 10,000 steps a day. I got it mid-day so the first day, I did not reach my goal, but I did get a lot of steps in, just doing things like cleaning the house, and running errands, I had no idea what kind of an impact these things make. And now that I am conscious of my steps, and winning challenges, I am always taking the stairs. Last night just to make sure I reached my goal before I went to bed, I walked and hopped around the living room while watching TV. I felt pretty accomplished reaching that goal! And that is always a good feeling.