My wife and I both got a pretty cool late Christmas gift: The Fitbit Force. It’s a fitness/activity/sleep tracker that you wear on your wrist 24/7 (except when showering or swimming). It counts your daily steps, distance you’ve gone, calories burned, flights of steps you’ve climbed, sleep quality, and more.
We’ve both been wearing the Force for a little more than a week and I have to say that so far I am impressed. It’s comfortable and stylish. I thought it might annoy me wearing it while sleeping but it hasn’t.
For me it’s a constant reminder to be active. Instead of calling a co-worker to ask a question it compels me to walk to their office. It gives me a reason to park a little farther from the front door to the office.
It can also help you keep track of what you eat and drink via the mobile app and website. Earlier this week I saw a picture on Facebook with the caption “If you bite it, write it.” The app helps you do just that. There is a convenient place to log the foods you eat and it lists the calories you’ve taken in. When you’re honestly entering everything you eat you’re a lot less likely to have that extra Oreo.
Through the website you can set up a group of friends that use Fitbit devices. It allows you to encourage, taunt, and keep up and compare your progress to theirs. It’s a pretty cool way to stay motivated but I have to say my chance of getting more steps than my wife is pretty slim. She works in a large retail store and just going from the parking lot to the break room probably nets her 500 steps. Plus, she’s up and going all day helping customers. Yesterday she broke 20,000 steps!
I think one of the coolest things about the Force is the sleep tracking. You press a button when you’re ready to sleep and press it again when you wake up. It keeps track of your movement throughout the night and lets you know how many times you were restless and gives you a sleep efficiency rating.
It also has a vibrating alarm feature. Set it and when it’s time to go off it pulses to wake you up. No jarring alarm to startle you and your spouse.
I like the Fitbit Force and would recommend it to anyone who wants to get a little more active. Sure, you could walk more and keep better track of your sleep and foods eaten without one… but it wouldn’t be near as much fun.
Do you have a Fitbit device? A tip you use to stay more active? Leave me a comment. I’d love to hear about it.