I learned about the Fitbit activity tracker when a couple of my former co-workers began wearing them. I would overhear them mention how many steps they tracked on a daily basis.
I asked more about what exactly the Fitbit could do and it does much more than track your steps. It tracks every part of your day—including activity, exercise, food, weight and sleep. It is actually a very cool fitness tracker and the first in its category to introduce automatic wireless syncing.
How the Fitbit Works
The Fitbit tracker can track your activity such as the steps you’ve walked, the floors you’ve climbed, your active minutes, your sleep, and heart rate. These activities are synced with the Fitbit app which is available for 120+ smart phones.
The app software will monitor and display your activity as well as allow you to connect with other Fitbit users. You can have friendly or not so friendly fitness competitions with family and friends. The app lets other users cheer you on as they can view your progress and vice-versa.
The Fitbit Products
If you’re wondering if all Fitbit products are the same, there are some slight variations between them. Like most products, the models range from the low-end to the high-end. However, it really all depends on what you want to track.
Here is a quick breakdown of the models and what they track:
Zip – steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes
One – steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes, sleep tracking and alarms
Flex – steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes, sleep tracking and alarms
Charge – steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes, sleep tracking and alarms + caller ID
Charge HR – steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes, sleep tracking and alarms + caller ID, continuous heart rate
Surge Fitness Super Watch – steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes, sleep tracking and alarms + caller ID, continuous heart rate, GPS tracking, music control
Why Bother Tracking Your Activity Anyway?
You may think that wearing a fitness tracker like the Fitbit is a waste of time. However, I say don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Tracking progress, particularly when it comes to fitness, holds many benefits. Let’s consider some of them below.
1. Tracking keeps you accountable
There was one thing I noticed about my co-workers when they wore their trackers. They were constantly mentioning how many steps they wanted to fit in as well as other physical activities they intended on completing by the end of the day. The tracker helped to keep them accountable for staying on track.
2. It keeps you highly motivated
Since the activity tracker monitors your activity throughout your entire day, it can be highly motivating to check your progress and see how much you’ve accomplished. When I began tracking my steps, I was surprised to learn that on some days, I walked close to 3 miles by the end of lunch. Simply knowing that information pushed me to do it again the next day.
3. Monitoring your progress
Monitoring your progress means you are not only maintaining an active lifestyle but you can also exceed what you normally do. For example, if you have only been averaging 5,000 steps a day, you can set a goal to double it to 10,000 steps.
Keep in mind that the Fitbit tracks so much more than steps. The models that also track your sleep are great because many adults do not get enough sleep. At my former place of employment, I averaged about 5 to 6 hours of sleep per night. I was always exhausted. Tracking sleep may help you realize that you have to make it a priority the same way you do with fitness.
After all, sleep is when our bodies recover and repair from the activity we’ve done throughout the day.
Are you a Fitbit user? How has tracking your activity changed you?