Let me start by saying the the FitBit is not good. It is GREAT!!!!
In an effort to better track my activity and calorie intake I decided that I cough up the $100 and get the FitBit One. I almost waited for the Flex, but I really didn’t see anymore room on my wrists for another device. So I went with the FitBit One and I love it.
When I opened the box I noticed that everything was well packaged. Each FitBit One box contains the FitBit, the sleep strap, the USB dongle that allows the FitBit and computer to communicate, a clip for your holding the FitBit, and a USB charger. The unit seems very well made and, though it is not totally waterproof, it can handle some splashes of water, rain and sweat. As you can imagine, I was excited to get it setup and ready for action.
Setting up the FitBit is actually quite easy. You plug the USB transmitter into your computer and steer your web browser to http://fitbit.com/start/one. Once there you download a small program to install on your computer and answer a series of questions. Before you know it you are finished setting the FitBit up. Your FitBit starts to sync with your computer immediately and sends the data up to the FitBit servers. You can access your data anywhere by going to FitBit.com and logging in. Or you can download an app for your iOs or Android Smart Device. As a caveat, your FitBit only uploads data to the FitBit Server when you are within 20 feet of the device in your computer. However, if you have am iPhone 4 or above or a Samsung Galaxy 3 and up the FitBit will also sync with your phone. Otherwise your smartphone will only relay data from the server to you.
What the FitBit Tells You
The FitBit is a powerful reporting tool. Mind you it can’t make you work out or eat less, but if you are honest with your reporting then it can be an amazing, objective indicator of how you are doing and when you will reach your goals. I have included a few screenshots below that will let you see what all is reported on:
As you can see from the Screen Shots, the FitBit is extremely detailed. You are able to easily see an hourly break down of steps you’ve take, calories you’ve burned and so much more.
When you log in activity with the FitBit you actually enter the time so that the FitBit can more accurately determine the calories burned. For instance, in the screen shot above I did some weight lifting at 5:45. I recorded that information in the activity tab and it shows in my Calorie Burned chart as Yellow Bars. This indicates that I was not just walking around at that time, but I was doing a different activity and burning calories at a different rate. This feature is so useful and vital to weight loss and healthy living that I’m surprised more devices don’t have it.
The FitBit also records your sleeping habits (exclusive to the FitBit One and FitBit Flex). It really is just tracking the movement of your arm, however it is quite interesting to see how much you move at night and how efficient your sleep is. I do think it is quite useful information, especially since getting enough rest is so vital to losing weight.
Simply stated – get it! This device is great to keep you informed as to what your habits are. We are increasingly finding ourselves sitting more and more. With all that sitting we are shortening our lives and also lessening the quality of those years. So we need to make sure we are moving as much as we can, and this is one amazing tool to keep us accountable to ourselves.