Earlier in the week it was mentioned that I drove hubby Tom and I to REI to get some new gadgets. We got a set of fitbit one activity & sleep trackers. When I told hubby Tom about the fitbit one and all it could do he surprised me by saying he wanted one too. After I thought about his reaction it made sense, guys seem to like to statistics, they are competitive even if it’s just with beating their own numbers. I must admit that I am not the competitive type but I do enjoy tracking my fitness progress and garner satisfaction in seeing weekly improvements.
You can’t tell from this photo but one of these is black and the other is a dark burgundy. We purchased these devices with our own money and were not given anything for free nor was I asked to write a review of this product. I’m sharing about it because I thinks it’s a great product and a fantastic tool to help track activity.
See how tiny it is? Anytime during the day you can check and see how many steps you have taken, distance, calories burned and stairs climbed.
There is a sleep setting and the fitbit one nestles into the wristband that you wear while sleeping. It tracks hours of sleep, times woken up and has a silent alarm if you choose to use it. I don’t need an alarm – I’m one of those early morning risers with an internal alarm clock! Sleep is important to overall health and too little of it hinders weight loss and our ability to deal with stress.
The matching clip is rubbery so it stays in place really well. It can be slid into your pants pocket, clipped to your waistband, pocket or clipped onto your bra to be concealed under your clothes. Love that!
Data uploads wirelessly to your computer and can be viewed on the fitbit website, smart phone or iPad anytime during the day. The data can be viewed on the fitbit one device or check out the real time graphs on any of the linked devices. It’s so cool!
Edited to add: The fitbit products are sold through many stores such as on Amazon, REI, fitbit.com, Best Buy, HSN and Target.
Here is a quick run down of what it can do:
# of hours slept
Times woken up
Silent wake alarm
Computers, compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7+, Mac OS 10.5+
iPhone 4s or later
Select Bluetooth 4.0 or Bluetooth Smart Ready Devices
Works with Apps:
My Fitness Pal / Lose It!
Endomondo / Sparks People
Map My Fitness and More
There are different fitbit gadgets to choose from. fitbit one retails for $99.99 but there is a fitbit zip for $49.95. I chose the fitbit one because it is smaller, tracks sleep as well as activity and it works with food tracking on My Fitness Pal - a free on line food tracking program which I wrote about here.
Since I am recovering from foot surgery and not allowed to exercise yet I felt the need for some way to track my improved mobility even though it can only be measured in small baby steps right now. This device is perfect for that since it logs how many steps I take each day – it gives me a visual to see that I am indeed moving more – well on some days that is.
We have all heard it, 10,ooo steps that is what we are told to strive for each day. To put it all in perspective Monday was my first full day of tracking with fitbit one. I felt like I had been really active that day, doing some house cleaning, cooking, laundry and several trips upstairs. At the end of the day I had that tired feeling you get after a productive day. At the end of the day my log registered 4352 steps – I felt like it should have been higher than that! I guess I have forgotten what moving 10,000 steps would feel like.
Tuesday was pay back for being so active on Sunday and Monday. My foot was swollen and sore and barely fit in my one shoe that I have been able to wear. It ended up being a sit and prop day and my steps clocked in at a whopping 1453! That number sure made Mondays step count look amazing. It’s all about perspective.
Yesterday the foot swelling was once again under control and I had a play day in the kitchen. Three new recipes were made, I made a huge mess of my kitchen and it was just like old times pre-surgery! Okay not really, I had to take breaks and sit down now and then. Although hours had been spent standing in the kitchen as well as many trips to the laundry room, there wasn’t a lot of walking around so my step count for the day was only 3567 but an improvement over the day before. I’ll take it.
It may take me weeks or even months to get back up to 10,000 plus steps in a day but at least I can track it and see my improvement along the way. I can’t really set a goal for this because it all depends on how my foot is on any given day so I will just take it as it comes and continue to do my best!
Disclaimer: We purchased these devices with our own money and were not given anything for free nor was I asked to write a review of this product. I’m sharing about it because I thinks it’s a great product and a fantastic tool to help track activity. Nutmeg Notebook is not meant to be a substitute for any professional advice, guidance, or counseling. Any information contained on this site reflect the author’s experience and is not intended to take the place of medical advice from a physician.
I’m glad you are here and hope you will leave a comment!
Do you track your activity?
Do you know how many steps you take each day?