Maybe you got a Fitbit for Christmas and you’re a little intimidated? Or maybe you’re a tech geek who is following all the news from the Consumer Electronics Show? Or maybe you’re wondering what all the buzz is about? We’re here to help you decide if Fitbit is right for you.
Fitbit is a wireless, wearable fitness aid that measures your movements in three dimensions with the use of accelerometer (very similar to the remote in a Wii). It counts your physical activity, calories burned, distance traveled, quality of sleep and step taken.
There are a lot of reasons why you should consider a Fitbit. Accurately measuring your steps traveled and calories burned can help you keep you on track on your diet and weight loss journey. The Fitbit is very small, so it’s easy to wear during the day or when you are sleeping. Unlike a traditional pedometer, FitBit does a whole lot more than just count steps. One thing that makes Fitbit unique is its ability to measure the quality of your sleep. It monitors the total number of hours of sleep, every movement you made and the number of times you woke up.
The really differentiated aspects of Fitbit are the reports and the community. Fitbit allows you to access all of your information through free online reports, or on your iPhone or Android mobile. You can also set goals and view progress with easy to see charts. Understanding exactly how active you have been can keep you motivated and directed in reaching your weight goals. Knowing you need to walk an extra mile each day in order to burn the extra calories and lose the additional pounds is a lot better than guessing.
The other unique aspect of Fitbit is the community. You can join groups of other Fitbit users and can see what their daily activity is. And you can set up competitions with them as well. You can also enlist your friends and family in helping you reach your goals by sharing your stats, creating fitness challenges, and taking a group leader board challenge.
Of course, no device is perfect and we have heard some complaints about the clasps coming undone. But all in all, we think devices like Fitbit, and mobile apps like MyFitnessPal or Loseit, can be great aids in achieving your healthy goals.