Last year, my mom gave me a fitbit for my birthday. I was initially excited about the fitness tracker, but as time went on I realized just what the wristband was capable of as well as its positives and negatives. There are a lot of fitbit styles out there (not to mention other brands as well), so I thought I’d share why I picked mine and what my thoughts are on the very popular gadget!
One of the things that deterred me from a fitbit previously was the color options. On the average day, I don’t mind have a bright purple ‘accessory,’ but when I dress up (even if it’s jeans and heels for dinner), I really don’t want something so bold. When I learned that the new (at the time) Charge 2 had interchangeable bands, my world opened right up. My first decision was to order the rose gold “special edition” fitbit. The basic black was obviously my first choice, but when I saw the rose gold metal and the lavender band that came with it, I was immediately sold. I love that it’s cute but also versatile and not overwhelming at all. I also think rose gold goes with just about anything (though the rose gold isn’t that noticeable when you’re wearing the fitbit itself). I also ordered the brown leather band. Since my leather jacket and favorite tote are the same camel brown color, it seemed the most versatile and, again, I think the shade is fairly universal. I haven’t purchased any more bands since this – I’m pretty happy with just these two colors. The light pink leather band is pretty cute though!
For the guys: I bought my husband a black fitbit for Christmas, so he could join in on the fun. He has the black leather band, but even he borrows my brown leather band and I know he’d like one of his own in case we both wanted to wear it at the same time! #twinning to the max, right?
WHAT I LOVE: The obvious thing that I love about having a fitbit is tracking my movement. I try to be an active person, so keeping an eye on how much I move each day is fun and exciting to me. Another unexpected thing I love about it is that you can set reminders each hour if you haven’t taken 250 steps. You can specify which hours you want to hit that goal and weekdays/weekends as well. I’m great at the gym in the morning, but once I sit down to work, 2-3 hours can easily pass with very little movement. At ten minutes to every hour, my fitbit vibrates a little to tell me to take some steps to reach 250. 250 steps isn’t actually that many, so I can get them in just a few minutes (I usually walk laps around my living room). If there was only one thing to love about my fitbit, it would be these reminders.
Other great features about fitbit are the ability to track exercise, heart rates, and mileage. One great aspect of knowing my heart rate is during my weight training days at the gym. You get a better workout if your heart rate stays up, so I know to check my fitbit to make sure I’m in a good zone for weight training. This is especially important for me since I have such a low heart rate (my resting heart rate is usually in the high 40s to low 50s), so my heart rate tumbles back down to resting fairly quickly. I love that I can check in quickly and know whether or not I need to add a few seconds of cardio!
Two last things to love about fitbit are the achievements and the social community. Fitbit has badges and trophies related to getting so many steps or stairs each day. You can also try to top your best days/weeks, which is good for personal improvement. And what I didn’t realize about fitbit was the social aspect. You can connect with your friends to “cheer” or “jaunt” them. And then you can participate in “workweek hustles” where you compete against one another for the most steps in a week. I’ve been doing them with my friends recently and having fun, tracking how they’re doing and, oftentimes, pushing myself to walk a little further! Health and fitness are always so much more fun with friends!
WHAT I DON’T LOVE: While I love my fitbit quite a bit, there are a few things that do kind of bother me. Because I set my main goal each day to hit 10,500 steps, walking/running is prioritized over other workouts. My pilates classes register as calories burned and nothing more (i.e. no steps). Yet, I know my pilates class is one of the best things I do for my body. Another somewhat frustrating thing is that steps are measured based on movement of your hands or based on your movement in accordance with the gps on your phone. When I’m on the go, there’s no problem whatsoever with counting my steps. If I’m wandering around the house without my phone on me and holding my arms still, however, I don’t usually get an accurate step count. On the flip side, it’ll count steps for other back-and-forth movements on my arm even if I’m sitting down. I think overall, it all balances out, so I’m fine with it. But on those days when I’m working hard to hit my step goal at the end of the day, it can be frustrating.
REAL TALK: At the end of the day, I absolutely love my fitbit (as does my husband, my mom, and my nephew)! It’s not a perfect system, but it does get the job done and keeps me moving. I think my thighs have narrowed a bit since I got my fitbit because of the extra steps I’m taking and because it prevents me from sitting for more than an hour or so at a time! And if for no other reason, I will preach my love for my fitbit til the cows come home!