Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Itty Bitty Fitbit

Hey guys and gals!

Proud new Fitbit owner. I've only had this little guy about half a week and I'm already in love. For those who don't know, the Fitbit is a fancy pedometer. It counts your steps, how far you travel per day (estimate given in miles), estimates how many calories you burn, and counts the flights of stairs you climb in a day. Very handy info if you're trying to change your bodyweight or keep it where it is. :)

Clockwise from top-left: my burgundy Fitbit carrying clip (the color IRL is a little more red), the actual Fitbit, the USB syncing device, the USB charger, my hilariously bubbly handwriting, and the sleep cuff
Oh, I forgot to mention that above, you can use the Fitbit to track your sleep. I have absolutely LOVED this feature and feel that being able to see exactly how long (and well) I've slept is extremely valuable. Especially on days like yesterday... I didn't sleep very well the night before and adjusted my workout to not load my spine because I tend to pull things in my back when I squat/deadlift on little sleep.

The pull-ups were definitely not done in the gym but at home about two hours after all of the rest of this stuff. Also... it would appear that my phone auto-corrects glute to flute. That explains a lot.

That's how yesterday's workout ended up having medium weight squats and medium-heavy deadlifts. :)

BACK to Fitbit!

My online Fitbit dashboard. You can see that I was really active at noon (walking to the store for lunch), between 5pm and 6pm (at the gym), and at around 9pm when Dr. Boyfriend and I tried to walk to dinner (the sidewalk was closed!).
There are three ways to view your Fitbit info. You can view it on the actual Fitbit by pressing that button you can see in the photo above, you can view it on a Fitbit smartphone app (so long as your phone meets their system requirements), or you can look at your Fitbit dashboard on after creating a free account and syncing your Fitbit. I prefer the online dashboard because the info is laid out  really well and you can also see how you stack up against your friends.

Oh! You can have friends on Fitbit! You'll compete against them to see who logs the most steps per week. It's very fun. I'm currently friends with my friend Emily, Cassie (who is a group exercise instructor and racks up an insane number of steps per day), family members, and my coworkers. Being friends with my coworkers is especially great because we become more active during the day at work.

Just snapped this with my phone. I have my Fitbit clipped on and ready to go to work! This photo shows the color much more realistically. #onwednesdayswewearpink
Makes me think I should start a program at work where we all compete for prizes...but I digress.

Dr Boyfriend and I were in San Francisco on Saturday afternoon. After walking around and exploring for a bit, we pulled up Yelp and found a place for dinner...about a mile away. No big deal we thought. Fun fact, if you walk up a steep enough hill, your Fitbit might think it's a flight of stairs. On the walk to and from dinner, Fitbit says I climbed about 40 flights of stairs. #buildingthatbooty

My stats from Saturday and those San Francisco hills!! Killer!!
Fitbit allows you to set personal goals for yourself. I set my calories burned goal to be what I eat in an average day, that way I can see if I'm on track of meeting my goal of maintaining my bodyweight. You can set personal goals for distance, "very active" minutes in the day (i.e. how long you want to work out), how many steps, and how many flights of stairs you want to go per day.

I wish you could set a sleep goal, that would be very cool, but being able to track it is awesome. I've figured out that my previous hypothesis of "I do best when I get about 7-7.5 hrs of sleep" is dead on. Very nice to have that confirmation.

Another neat feature of the Fitbit One (the exact model I have), you can set a silent alarm! It's not entirely silent, but it's darn quiet. The Fitbit One has a cylindrical motor/vibrator in the body that vibrates against your non-dominant wrist (if you use the wristband) to wake you up. Way more pleasant than an alarm. I'm still not convinced that the vibrations alone would wake me up, so I have it set to go off one minute before my extremely disruptive audio alarm. So far, I've reliably woken up to the silent alarm, so I think I can get rid of that awful alarm clock sound.

All in all, Fitbit is a fun new way for me to track my fitness levels. I love my Polar FT40, but it's not something that I can wear all day. The Fitbit allows me to easily get a general idea of how I'm doing throughout the day and adds another fun social aspect to fitness.

If you've been thinking about getting a Fitbit for a while and this post tipped you over the edge in favor of this funky little piece of tech, I suggest ordering it from Amazon or picking it up in person. I ordered mine from Amazon the day after a coworker ordered hers from the Fitbit website...and I got mine a few days before she did. Amazon Prime never hurt anybody. :)

What do you think about the Fitbit? Do you have one already? Do you wanna be my Fitbit buddy?!? How cool is the sleep tracking feature?! Let me know in the comments section if you have any questions about the Fitbit, l, I'd be happy to answer them.

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