I've had my Fitbit for a year. A year yesterday to be exact. It all started with a book about a group of women who accidentally start a walking club and, in doing so, rediscover the way they love their bodies and the meaning of friendship. As they walked with pedometers, I found myself fascinated, wondering if I'd be interested in having one myself.
After minor research (read: typing Fitbit into the Amazon search bar), I realized I had several options at several price points. I was interested in a couple things from my Fitbit:
- Step count. - I wanted this to be relatively accurate. Seems Fitbit is known for their well-calibrated devices.
- Convenience. -Small in size and easy to wear but not required to be around my wrist.
- Price. -Not interested in paying more than $60.00 for the pedometer.
Stair count, elevation gain, and sleep monitoring are three of the more advanced features that other models offer. I think they're awesome, but I'm happy with my cheap-y Zip so I just haven't looked at an upgrade.
Four reasons I think you need a Fitbit:1. STEPS.
Seriously, nothing will get you up and moving, taking a lap around your office or apartment complex like this. There is something about the number on that little screen that makes me want to move -even if just another lap out for Hazel to take a bathroom break.
I am an avid runner and was surprised to see how my "rest" days were essentially sedentary. I know rest looks different for everyone, but dropping my step count from 15,000 steps to just 3,500 felt too far for me. So, I find myself asking Jason to go on a long morning walk on Sundays and it's time we're now spending together without phones or computers or any other distractions (not even Hazel). I find those moments together set our week off on a really lovely note.
2. THE APP.
One of my favorite things is their application. It's on your phone and will sync through bluetooth regularly. I get little banner alerts that tell me I need more steps or that I'm doing a great job. It's a lame little flash across my screen, but it makes me laugh (and walk).
I find the app user friendly and informative. Remember, I have the base model so a lot of the features I could have in my interface aren't there because I'm not interested in them (and they're not being tracked). With a simple sync you have all your day's progress live at your fingertips.
The app also has awesome ways to review your step counts over the last day, week, month, quarter and year. I love to look through and see how I've done over time because some weeks just blend together.
The Daily Goal is automatically set to 10,000 steps, but you can change it to better suit your lifestyle and fitness level (easily done in the Settings tab of the app).
You might not believe it, but you'll walk places you never expected. If I need a thing or two from the grocery store, I walk. If I'm early for Jason's softball game, I take a lap around the park that where he plays. I've walked around malls while I wait for a friend for dinner, around SuperTarget before I settle into my grocery shopping, around the neighborhoods that surround us. There's something about seeing the world without rushing through.
You can connect with friends through the Fitbit app. There are challenges available where you can race for the highest steps in a certain period of time (ranging from one day to an entire week). There's a messenger that allows you to write back and forth as well as cheer on the people you're walking with (even if not in proximity).
It seems important you know that Fitbit's customer service is awesome. My mom got a Zip shortly after her Flex died and was struggling with it losing power. She emailed their help department and got a quick response that solved her problem.
*Not an ounce of this post was influence by Fitbit or any free things they might have sent me. In fact, Fitbit has not a clue I've written this. This is for your health, not for any sort of sponsorship or product opportunity.