I LOVE MY FITBIT! I check my fit bit more than I check my texts. The version I have is the Fitbit Charge HR, which is the one that also monitors my heart rate. There are so many reasons why I think my Fitbit helps me stay on track with exercising and eating right. I am going to try and make this blog post not sound like I am not advertising for them but, hey, maybe I am, because so far, I haven’t found anything that works better.
So, what is a Fitbit? When I first found out about them, I figured they were just a techy version of a pedometer. That you could probably just shake the wrist you were wearing it on, like I did in elementary school, and it would count your steps no matter what. I was wrong. Not only does it count my steps, but it also monitors my heart rate, tells me how many miles I’ve gone, counts my calories, the floors I’ve climbed, and even tells me if I am getting a phone call.
Fitbit has an app that is connected to your phone. This app tells me everything that the band tells me but also some extras such as the specific kind of exercise I’ve been doing. For example, if I go to the gym and walk on the treadmill, it can tell me how long I was on it for, whether or not I was walking or running, and how many calories I burned doing that exercise. The same goes for an aerobic workout or getting on the elliptical. It KNOWS! Another thing that my Fitbit keeps track of is how I am sleeping. It can tell me how long I have slept for, how many times I woke up in the night, and at what times I was restless. It knows everything… it’s almost creepy.
One of the nicest things that Fitbit does is ask me what I want my weight loss goal to be. In doing this, it can tell me how many calories I can eat for the day based upon a pound and a half a week weight loss goal and how many calories I have burned for the day. It has a log in which I can add everything I have eaten into a database for it to keep track of. This lets me pay close attention to what I am eating and to be careful not to over eat.
The funnest part about Fitbit is that it can connect to your friend’s Fitbit as well. You can compete in competitions and see who can walk the most steps or who’s is in the lead for amount of steps taken for a week. There are so many different ways to get involved with everyone! In my opinion, Fitbit is definitely making an impact on the change I want to have on my life. 🙂