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The Joys of Fitbit

Saturday, January 26, 2013

I have had a few Sparkfriends ask me about my new Fitbit and after a few emails I think I will just blog about it.

How do I like it? I love it!

When I first took it it of the box and started using it, I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. The first couple days it seemed like an expensive pedometer.

But now, after using it for close to a month I go no where without it. To get the full benefit of the Fitbit you do have to use it along with the Fitbit website or the Fitbit app. And thankfully, it syncs well with Sparkpeople.

The Fitbit One automatically records yours steps, your stairs climbed and your activity levels throughout the day. You can use it to monitor the quality and duration of your sleep. With this information automatically syncing to their website , you have great information about yourself, your progress or lack thereof. The minutes of activity you gain on your fitbit sync with the fitbit website and if you set it up, it automatically syncs with Sparkpeople. I love the fact I don't have to record activity minutes on Sparkpeople anymore. It does it for me.

There are so many Sparkpeople who are using the fitbit as well and it is great to friend them on Fitbit as well. If you do, you get a comparison with them for steps as well, seeing their daily steps, weekly steps and daily average. Because of my competitive nature I have been determined to be in the top 5 each week for all my friends. I have had to add a few more steps to each day to get there. As well, you can send cheers and messages to friends very easily.

The fitbit also tracks your calorie burn through the day. This includes calories through activity as well as just being alive. You can set things up so you track your food and calories on Sparkpeople and the fitbit app lets you know how many more calories you are allowed though the day.

You can set it up to give you a little message of encouragement as you look at it, and it has a visual that gives you an indication of your activity level.

As I said, I love the fitbit and if I were to lose it today I would be rushing out to get another on ASAP.

Hope this helps. If you decide to get one, let me know and I will add you as a friend on fitbit as well.

Oh, and one more thing, if you like to share your progress with the non Spark, non Fitbit world, you can have it automatically tweet your successes on Twitter or post your progress on Facebook.



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