An Ode to Fitbit

2 years ago

It is tiny, yet mighty

Two years ago I bought what soon would become my best friend and motivation for years to come, a Fitbit One. Since the day I took it out of the box, my life has changed. Trust me, it is not an overstatement. What is so great about this device? Read on for an answer! Oh, I almost forgot to mention that this post is solely my opinion and is NOT sponsored by Fitbit or any other company. I am writing this to share how I feel about the device and maybe help you decide if you need a fitness tracker. There are newer models out there, but I will be discussing the core features of Fitbit that are present in all of their latest trackers.

I, too, had struggles with staying active, especially during winter when you just want to stay in all the time (I live in Russia and it can get pretty cold here in winter, if you know what I mean). Previously, I had a pedometer but it wasn't much of a help because of its lack of interactivity.

 

One day, in Los Angeles, I came across THE fitness tracker. I rushed home (my LA home, I was studying there at the time) and to my computer to check out what it was. After about half an hour I realized I needed the thing and the one I needed was Fitbit One. That same day, I returned home holding a rather small box with an even tinier device.

The best thing about Fitbit? It works!

I mean, it does a great job at motivating you to move through a slight gamification of the whole process. You wear it 24/7 and it counts everything. You can set goals and see throughout the day, how you are keeping up with them. You earn badges for hitting some certain milestones and can engage with a wonderful community of like-minded people. The experience of using a Fitbit is so engaging that, pretty soon, moving more became a breeze for me.

Tracking and integration and other features

Fitbit tracks all the basics: calories, steps, distance, floors climbed, minutes of activity, nutrition, sleep, on newer models, even heart rate, and you can easily see the basic info any time you want because it has a display. If the device does not track something - it features a library of apps it can integrate with and, in total, they can track your whole life.

 

One of the great features is sleep tracking where it counts the time asleep, restless or the number of awakenings through the night. I found the measurements to be pretty accurate.

 

What I absolutely love about all the Fitbit devices is the silent alarm function. Basically, it is your average alarm that wakes you up at a given time. Only, it does so vibrating noticeably on your wrist. So, if you are living with a significant other or a roommate, they will not be rudely awoken at an inhumanly early time just because you decided you wanted to finally go for that morning jog. Also, I found silent alarm to be more gentle than the harsh sound of any regular alarm because it wakes you up gradually, just like a loving mother does.

Is it worth buying?

Fitbit has a variety of devices from budget to high end, and I am sure anyone will find a reasonably priced one. I would say yes to buying it if you want a little more motivation for leading a healthy lifestyle or if you are curious about your level of activity on a daily basis. It is a great lifestyle companion and tracks all the basic activities, although, I am sure, professional athletes would be better off buying something more specialized.

 

Do you have a fitness tracker? Which one? How would you describe your experience using it?

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