You may know by now that Dave and I both made a New Year’s resolution to be healthier in 2013. We both have been working on improving our diets and upping our activity levels. That’s why I’m excited to announce that I was asked to be a member of the Fitbit Challenge Crew!
As a member, I will be testing out the Fitbit One over the next couple of weeks and sharing my experiences with it. The Fitbit One is a wireless activity and sleep tracker. It’s small, about the size of a flash drive. You can wear it wherever is most comfortable but typically it’s worn clipped to your jeans pocket, belt, bra, or put in a shirt pocket.
- Steps Taken
- Stairs Climbed
- Distance Traveled
- Calories Burned
- Hours Slept
- How Many Times You Woke Up
Since wearing the Fitbit One I’ve found myself much more motivated to get moving. Throughout the day I’m constantly checking it to see how many steps I’ve taken.
I’ve heard that everyone should strive to take 10,000 steps a day to match daily exercise recommendations. I’ve seen this number floating around online and in the news. When I first heard this, I thought that I certainly walk that much if not more. I often walk the kids to and from school and I’m up throughout the day running errands or cleaning house. Needless to say, since using the Fitbit One, I was surprised to see that I only average about 5,000 steps a day.
My competitive spirit kicked in and I made it a point to get to 10,000 steps this week. In fact I was excited when I was able to finally reach my goal on Monday. It took a bit of extra effort but I just kept checking my steps throughout the day and was determined to get there.
Here’s a look at the FitBit One and it’s easy to read display. You can see that the amount of information it provides makes it a great motivator.
One of my favorite display items is the flower. The more steps you take throughout the day the more it grows! It’s a cute and fun motivator that’s even got Kora & Logan interested in where I am stepwise. They are always asking, “Mom, can we see the flower on your Fitbit?” and “How big is the flower now?”
There are many other features of the Fitbit One that I love including:
- It automatically syncs stats to my online account and iPhone app
- Being able to connect with friends over the app to monitor their steps in friendly challenge
- The in-depth individual tracking information, graphs, charts, and tools on the website
- Earning motivational badges when I hit your goals
- The ability to track my sleep
Be sure to tune in over the next couple of weeks to see my progress with the Fitbit One. I’ll be sharing details, photos, and videos showing how the features mentioned above work and how I find them motivating. I plan to keep up with my steps between now and the next post. I’m excited to share my progress over that time and let you know how I’ve found time to squeeze in the extra steps and how the increased activity affects my energy level.
What about you? How do you stay motivated to exercise? Have you used the Fitbit One before?
Products and compensation were received. The honest opinions are my own.