Fitbit or am I acting like a Fit TIT!

There’s been a lot in the press recently about fitness trackers, and whether they are worth it or not. I can see it from all sides, but the way I feel about it is..

It’s totally individual, for some people they may be a waste of time and they may not encourage you to move more or be healthier, and for others they may become some sort of an obsession.

I would say I sit somewhere in the middle, I can easily become obsessive about diet trackers or whatever, probably to do with my past. I am also slightly competitive with myself, so having some evidence of what I have achieved will often drive me to do better the next time.

I have had my Fitbit for about a month and for me it has been a positive purchase. I have the Fitbit Alta. It’s quite small and lightweight with a nice screen display and interchangeable straps. I got the gold face one, as I am much more a gold person than silver.

I found it easy to use and set up, you put in your daily step goals, activity/exercise goals and put in your weight etc. You can log in how much you have to drink and eat, with it encouraging you to drink more, and showing where you are at in your calories in compared to calories out.

I don’t pay too much attention to the food/calorie tracker, because I am much more focused on macro and micro nutrient intake, compared to calories. As 1000calories from vegetables are not equal to 1000calories of cake. So counting calories to me is a pointless exercise, its all about being aware of your nutrition intake.

It can also track you sleep and see how restless you are, when you wake in the night. I did that for a while, but now I take it off at night.

The step tracker is great, as you set your daily goal, and then can break it down into hourly achievements for certain hours of the day. I have mine set to 250 steps per hour between 9am-6pm. Usually I easily do this, but if its 10 minutes before the hour is up and I haven’t reached the goal, it gives you a little nudge and tells you how many steps left. Even if I am sat working away at the computer, it will make me get off my arse and walk around in circles like a crazy person.

Weird I know, but encouragement to move can only be a positive thing, surely! The sense of achievement you feel when you smash your daily goals and you push yourself to do more is great. I can imagine some people will go, aha, daily goal met, now I shall sit on my arse and do nothing. So far, that is not me, I try to achieve more than the previous day if I can. If i’ve spent an hour in the car and missed an hour of steps, I feel slightly disappointed and try to move lots following on from that to make up for it.

A clever little feature is you can connect it to you phone and when someone calls or texts you, it flashes up on your Fitbit. Helpful if your phone is shoved into the bottom of your bag and on silent.

The main app has a great display, showing you where you are at, and how far to go until your reach your goals. They also have a great fitness app, called FitStar, which has circuit/Hiit workouts on it, and any you do log straight into your Fitbit tracker, showing the calories burned etc.
Obsessive, slightly.. Annoying, possibly… Good for my health, yes. I am moving more, feeling motivated and more focused on exercising and eating well.

For me, it’s a big Thumbs Up.

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