Fitbit One: A Look At The Badges, Emails, & App

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I’ve been using the Fitbit One for 4 weeks now and I can’t believe what a life changing device it is. I simply attach the wireless activity & sleep tracker to my jeans pocket in the morning and throughout the day it gives me motivation to get moving.

It greets me in morning with cute messages:

Fitbit One ChatterIt keeps track of my steps, floors climbed, miles walked, and calories burned. It even has a cute little flower that grows bigger the more steps you take.

Fitbit ReviewsIt sends me emails with badges for completing certain goals like walking 50 miles since starting to use it.

Fitbit 50 MilesAnd a badge for walking 10,000 steps in one day. I like this one because it even gives a little nudge of encouragement to try to get in 15,000 steps. This sparked my competitive side and I’ve been trying!

Fitbit 10,000 StepsWhile I love the badges and that I can see my history of them in my account, after they are first given you are no longer alerted when you receive one. I would love a push notification on my phone alerting me to every badge I earn as well as an email notification. It’s such a simply but extremely motivating tool to receive these achievement alerts and I hope there will be an option to receive them in real time one day.

Another inspiring feature of the Fitbit One is the weekly progress reports that appear in my inbox every Tuesday morning.

Fitbit Weekly ProgressThey’re informative and motivating. I was interested to see that it points out your most active and least active day. I also love that it shows my steps for the week vs. Dave’s. We connected through our online accounts and now we have a friendly competition each week trying to see who can walk more steps!

While I find the Fitbit One’s digital display very easy to read, I love have a little bit of extra information in the iPhone app. Whenever you open the app it wirelessly syncs with the tracker. It’s great because I can see all my stats for the day right on my phone.

Fitbit AppIt also offers a bar graph that gives you a great snapshot of your activity level based on the number steps you’ve taken or the calories you’ve burned. You can view it  by week, month, 3 months, or year and it gives you a daily average at the top.

Fitbit Monthly Stats

Fitbit 3 Month CaloriesIn the app you can also keep tabs on how your friends are doing. I found this very motivating and it’s fun to check in on Dave to see how he’s doing with his steps and to try to beat him.

Fitbit FriendsThere’s also a fantastic Food Log. You can simply type in one word of what you ate and a list will come up for you to choose from.

Fitbit Food LogOr your can add custom foods.

Fitbit Custom FoodI also like the Water Tracker where you can use the slider to record your food or simply click on the size of the glass or bottle you just drank.

Fitbit Water LogThe Fitbit One also allows you to sync with other apps as well to make tracking your progress easier. Some of those apps include:

  • MyFitnessPal
  • LoseIt!
  • SparkPeople
  • …and many more.

This wireless activity tracker has been incredibly motivating for me and I find myself much more active in these past few weeks. I check my progress multiple times a day either on the device itself, through the app, or online and sometimes I realize I’ve been more sedentary than I thought. After this realization I find myself making a concerted effort to get in more steps to watch the number climb, the flower grow, and to earn more badges.

I recommend the Fitbit One to anyone looking to improve their activity level. It’s such a small, simple device with so many fantastic motivating features that it’s made moving fun again.

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Tésa (pronounced Taysa) is a work-at-home mom who enjoys blogging while raising her family in Cleveland, Ohio. In between naps, Tésa enjoys writing about family life, giving back, food, tech, and travel.

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  1. md kennedy says:

    I keep telling my couch-potato husband (my hip hurts! my toe hurts! I can’t walk! Riigght…) that he needs to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. Iwill get him one of these little toys!

  2. I would love to have this! more motivation like this would be a great help

  3. Looks really cool! Thank you for the review!

  4. I like how it not only gives you fun incentives like badges but it provides you with your weekly stats via email. I’ve seen some health tools that you have to remember to login on a website or hook to your computer to check only. I like how this one sends you the reminders so you stay motivated and don’t forget after a week.

  5. i can’t find my fitbit. i want to be able to earn badges! i think it’s time to replace mine, don’t you?

    i need a kick in the rear

  6. What a great motivational tool! I would love to have one!

  7. Wow I need the water tracker for sure. Hubby used to set up a chart on the fridge but I would totally ignore it! :) Love all the details it gives you. Want one!

  8. I really want a fitbit, it sounds cool!

  9. I have seen this somewhere before…I really like all the stuff it keeps up with. Looks like a very useful tool.

  10. I’ve calculated recipes and then added those in as custom foods. I agree that a push notice would be kinda like a little hurrah during the day.

  11. This looks like a great tool!

  12. I just ordered my Insanity work out dvds. I am anxious to start my progress and see results. I love that the fitbit allows you to track you progress even before you can see the results on your body.

  13. I always love getting rewards for doing things I SHOULD be doing anyway! It’s such a great motivator.

  14. saminder gumer says:

    i remember when u first started using it. i cant believe it has been 4 weeks already. i am happy to see it working out well for u. i may have to get one of these.

  15. Wow this really does give you a ton of information. I love how the flower grows through out the day. What a great way to keep you motivated.

  16. This is a great app. If I had a smart phone, this is one app that I would get. Thanks for the info, Tésa.

  17. I’ve heard lots of great stuff about the FitBit and am honestly contemplating getting one. Anything to get up and start moving!!!

  18. I’ve seen a lot of buzz about this product around the blogosphere lately. It sounds so cool, I really want to try one out. Thanks for sharing all the details!

  19. I just bought one from when they had their 15% off of other day. It’s day two of using it and I like it so far!

  20. I may just have to get this just for the weekly progress reports =) love your review definitely makes me want to try it out.

  21. I like how the flower grows bigger as your walk. My flower would be stunted lately.

  22. Every body likes getting awards. Badges are like awards, right!? Great motivation!

  23. Oh wow, what a cool little device! I’d love to know how many steps I’ve taken or how far I’ve walked. I think I’m going to go check it out now, thanks for sharing!!

  24. Nice! Check out your amazing progress! I love my fit bit one. I just have to find my charging USB cord my daughter took of with so I can get it recharged.

  25. I absolutely love all the progress updates and encouragement you get with Fitbit. I have been looking into getting one for some time now. I think I just need to bite the bullet and get one! Thanks for sharing!

  26. This sounds amazing!!! I think I need something like this to get me motivated!

  27. I have been wanting to try this for a while, but you have me convinced now! I like the pop-ups like how you walked 50 miles. Way to go!

  28. Am I the only one who doesn’t have fitbit yet? LOL! I am still using Lose It, because I don’t do a lot of exercise. I need to change that!

  29. That is awesome! It’s amazing how much information and inspiration such a little device can give.

  30. I cannot believe how much this does! So neat!

  31. I love how much success you are having with your fit bit. It is an awesome device!

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