I've been using the Fitbit for about a month now. Truth be told, the idea of using one never really appealed to me. I didn't "get it". Steps aren't fitness. How is counting them going to help anything?
So how did I end up using this thing? It was one of Joe's Christmas gifts from my Mom. He seemed to show a little interest on Black Friday. I passed along the info. He never even used it! Like, ever. It sat there.
I considered picking it up once or twice but never did. Then, last month I made the decision to jump back on with my fitness. Enter the neglected (and still brand new!) Fitbit.
Many experts believe we should strive to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. There have been numerous studies showing various health benefits of doing so. That's where this handy little device comes in. It gives me that extra push to get up and move. Seeing those 8,256 steps and nearing the end of the day motivates me to go for a walk, or maybe pop in that DVD. Gotta hit 10k.
The version I use is the Charge. They also make one now that monitors your heart rate (accurately too, I hear!). It's called the Charge HR. I use a Polar HRM when I jog or workout so I don't really need this feature. I totally would have wanted the HR version if I didn't already have my Polar.
You install the app on your phone (or access the dashboard on your computer). The device sync's up with the app using bluetooth. Through the app you're able to network with other people you know who also use a Fitbit. There are even fitness groups that one can join.
Then, there's the the challenges. Those are my favorite. After hearing about these, Joe wanted his Fitbit back. So we ordered him one too!
The challenges are basically step competitions with your "Fitbit friends". You can create one on your own or be invited by a friend. There are enough spots for ten people. Challenges run either one day, over the weekend, or a full week - Monday to Friday. They can get pretty fierce. I kid. Kind of. But seriously, you've been neck and neck with the same person all day. You get that little alert "you're only 853 steps behind Susie Q". You go for a jog. Or pace in your bedroom while sipping wine and watching Orange is the New Black. Same difference. Hey, you're moving! Susie Q is already in bed. No more steps for her. You WIN. But really, this is a legit thought process of a Fitbit user. Like right now, my steps are kind of low. I've been on the computer. Gotta hit 10k. I'll need a long'ish jog tonight.
It helps. And that's why I'm a fan. Sure, it's counting steps, but it's also pushing me to take a lot more of them...