Gym Blog: A FitBit One Review
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
I might start a series of "Gym Blogs," blogs I write on my phone while at the gym while working out. Goodness knows, I don't have time otherwise.
I will write about my temp job, but maybe later this week. However, it's been pretty great and I'm pretty happy doing this. I hope it's something I can do long term. Buy more on that another time.
What I DO want to blog about today is my new FitBit. I've had my FitBit One for a bit over a week now, and definitely have formed some opinions.
For starters, I think the FitBit is TOTALLY FUN. I really enjoy tracking everything! It motivates me to keep moving because I enjoy seeing the step tracker increase. I'll stop by people's offices to ask them things so I can get a few steps in. If my number is less than 5000 by noon, I try to get a mall walk in. (I work in the managing office at a mall.) I care about climbing steps so I can try to get my steps badge. It's simple fun, but it keeps me moving. I totally think it was worth it. I also like that it syncs to my SP account because I'm lazy, so now I don't have to keep track of exercise minutes.
Now for the cons:
This is NOT a heart rate monitor, so it doesn't count my exercise minutes correctly. Yesterday I got a badge for doing 250 minutes in a month. I did not exercise for 250 minute yesterday! The FitBit takes my brisk walking as exercise, and while it's no stroll, my heart rate does not go up high enough to count as cardio. Since I do not have a real heart rate monitor, I don't know how accurate the calorie tracker on my FitBit is. However, I have noticed that it is incorrectly giving numbers to SP. SP thinks I've burned 1751 calories this week from exercise. I'm inclined to say that is not even remotely true. So that's a disadvantage.
Also, the sleep tracker is...alright. It has two settings: sensitive and normal. The sensitive setting will say my sleep is ABYSMAL regardless of how I felt I slept. The normal setting says I typically have a FANTASTIC sleep regardless. So I don't know if I just don't know how I'm sleeping, or if it really doesn't work very well.
However, I do love it. Maybe because it's chic and "in." Maybe because it encourages me to keep moving. Regardless, it's given me a positive outlook on exercising regularly again--my boyfriend has even noticed how much joy I take from seeing the numbers grow, seeing my flower bloom as I keep moving.
If only I could adhere to a better diet, these seven pounds would be gone already!
Do I recommend it? I don't know. That's up to you. But I love it.
I will remind you, though--it's not a heart rate monitor. Neither is the Jawbone, Nike Fuelband, nor Bodyfit. If you want the most accurate calorie counter, get a heart rate monitor.
I hope you all have a LOVELY week!