Five Reasons I Love My Fitbit

Hello Thursday Thirsties! Thirsties…? Let’s just go with it.

I mentioned yesterday that while spending time at home with my family, it’s easy to let my healthy habits slip. One way I’m combatting a total-fitness-regression (TFR) is by making a big effort to stay active while up here. This is where my love of Fitbit comes in.

Note: This is not intended to be a full review of the Fitbit One. This is simply a list of what I love most about it. And to be honest, there are way more than 5 reasons why I love my Fitbit, but for the sake of time, here are my TOP five…

Five Reasons I Love My Fitbit

1. Easy Data Collection

I’ve always been interested in numbers. Not so much in a math class way… more in a raw data way. I’m specifically fascinated with data about myself, my body and my habits.

As long as I remember to wear my Fitbit (I sleep in it, so it’s not that difficult), my daily steps and activity is recorded, analyzed and presented in colorful, easy-to-read charts.

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2. Charts!

If there’s one thing I love more than data, it’s charts. Who wants to look at a bunch of numbers and words when you could get the same information from pictures!

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Eventually with enough data (and therefore charts), my hope is that I’ll be able to recognize overarching trends that will reveal some profound answers or truths. Answers and truths about what? I don’t know yet. But I’m going to keep on collecting the data until I figure it out.

3. It’s Easy to Hide (or not)

The Fitbit itself is tiny and super easy to conceal. I usually keep mine clipped to my waistband, or in my bra if I’m wearing something really form-fitting. More recently, however, I find that I don’t mind letting it show a little. I’m more than happy to talk Fitbit with a stranger because it’s a toy device that I truly love.

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I don’t think I’m quite there yet, but Tory Burch recently designed some jewelry casings that enclose your Fitbit, and they’re not terrible looking. I’m actually a fan of the gold bracelet. Pricy though…

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4. Motivational

Before I had a Fitbit, I had no idea how many steps I was getting on any given day.  For all I knew, I could have been walking 5 miles over the course of a typical work day. WRONG. Turns out it was more like 3/4 of a mile. Good to know. And knowing is half the battle, so once I had a clear picture of my daily activity, I was motivated to step it up (pun totally intended)!

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Beyond challenging myself to get up and move more, Fitbit lets its users challenge each other. You can add friends to your dashboard and see who’s slacking and who’s not.  For a competitive person like me, this is very effective. (About 5 minutes after I took that screen grab, Margie passed me by about 9k steps.)

5. Presents a Complete Picture

The Fitbit app tracks more than just steps.  It tracks sleep duration and quality, flights of stairs, distance traveled, calories burned, and water consumption. Steps are a great starting point in cultivating a healthy lifestyle, but they’re not the only piece of the puzzle.

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Case in point: before Fitbit, I knew I was drinking well under the recommended daily amount of water, but I never had much luck improving that particular habit. Tracking each glass of water (8 oz) that I drink throughout the day holds me accountable and provides a visual reminder to keep chugging. I’m definitely feeling the benefits of increased hydration: my skin is clearer, I get fewer headaches, and my appetite is way more stable throughout the day than it used to be.

 

Amy

I wanted to be sure to mention that this post was in no way, shape, or form sponsored by Fitbit. All of these opinions are my own; I’m just very passionate about my Fitbit!

2 thoughts to “Five Reasons I Love My Fitbit”

  1. I have the fitbit zip, which is even smaller. As a dude, its nice to have it completely hidden. I’m not sure if I care about the sleep tracking, but it’d be nice to track flights of stairs.

    1. I used to have the zip! I agree that it would benefit from the addition of stair tracking, but for its lower price point, I think it’s a pretty good value. 🙂

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