As you know, I’ve decided to make exercise a habit in 2013. 2012 was about getting the food demons in check, which I’ve done – so now I’m going after exercise. Keep in mind, I have the same love for exercise as I do for the Taliban: less than ZERO. In many ways, I feel like this is going to be a bigger challenge than my food demons ever were…so I’m gathering all the tools I possible can. Fitbit is one that I’ve decided to try (click here to read the original post about why I decided on Fitbit).
I’m still getting to know how it works, but so far I really like it.
Here’s a quick run down:
Set up is pretty easy. The packaging information gives you four steps to set up your device, including the set up of your free account on Fitbit’s website. It took less than 15 minutes.
I bought the Fitbit Ultra, which is the one that monitors your sleep patterns and stairs climbed. Normal retail price of this one is about $99, however I had a nice sized gift card thanks to my Best Buy Reward Zone membership…so I didn’t have to pay that much for mine. Unlike BodyBugg, there no monthly fee to use this device.
The Fitbit Ultra packaging contains the Fitbit device, a belt clip, the usb charging cord and stand, and the wrist band you can use if you want to wear it for sleep monitoring.
It’s interesting to me how small the device is. You can see here that it’s not even as big as a tube of lip balm. The device clamps onto whatever garment you want it to – even without the belt clip. In my opinion, the device is snug enough on it’s own. Judge for yourself, though!
After the set up process, I clipped it to my bra and immediately began wondering how it can the different between a step and just random movement. How accurate is it? How does it know? I had to find out in my very non-scientific way, so I did what any non-scientist would do: I shimmied my boobies like I haven’t shimmied in years, peeps. I’m fairly certain I achieved some kind of seismic activity. Then I reached down into my bra and hit the button on Fitbit that tells me how many steps I’ve taken. 0 steps.
Hmm…a good sign. I couldn’t fake it out with my giant boob dance. Cool.
(Oh, and I didn’t take pics of the scientific boob shimmy experiment. You’re welcome.)
WEARING THE FITBIT
I went about my day, mostly unaware that the little thing was clipped to my bra. You can’t feel it, it doesn’t interfere with anything. (Boys, you can clip it to your waist band or belt – although, personally, I think y’all should have to wear underwire undies just to keep shit real between the genders, but whatever. If you think underwire might be uncomfortable, just wuss out and put it on your waist or clip it to the front pocket of your pants. Wherever you put it, make sure you push it all the way onto your garment and you should be fine…it’s got a pretty good grip. Read the directions, use your best judgment. I barely noticed it.
Any time I want to see how many steps I’ve taken, I just push the button on Fitbit and the display shows me the number.
SYNCING FITBIT WITH YOUR ACCOUNT
Every once in a while, I would be back around my laptop and POOF my Fitbit would sync its data with the Fitbit website and my stats would update. Syncing didn’t happen every single time, but it did happen throughout the day. The online FAQ states that you should attach Fitbit to the charging cradle if you ever want to force a sync, which I did a few times the first day just because I wanted to see the update. The nice thing is that you don’t have to force a sync in order for the device to update your online account.
The online account is free and there is no monthly charge. Online, you’ll see the details of your activity – depending on which Fitbit device you have. Here’s a snapshot of just a portion of my online account yesterday:
There are mobile apps for iPhone and Android users. I downloaded the mobile app, thinking it would be handy to use when I’m away from the laptop for extended periods. I thought that’s what it was for…but Fitbit surprised me again.
There I was, sitting on the couch a few hours before bed time, when my phone vibrates. It was the Fitbit mobile app telling me “Almost there! You only have 287 more steps to take before hitting your goal today!!”
Seriously…eff’in awesome! Nudge, nudge, nudge, Dianne…get up off your ass and take 287 more steps please. And you know what? I did.
BODYBUG VS FITBIT: MY FIRST IMPRESSION
Fitbit’s price is easier on the wallet. Fitbit Ultra is $99. Bodybugg is $119 and $149, depending on which model you get. Also, Bodybugg doesn’t have a digital display, so if you want a display to see your steps, etc. then it’s another $50 and an extra device to wear (on your wrist…looks like an ugly black sports watch). Fitbit has a less expensive model for $49 that counts steps, but doesn’t track sleep or stairs climbed.
Syncing is wireless with Fitbit. My old Bodybug required a cable – although I believe they do have wireless syncing available now.
Unlike my old Bodybug, I can push a button on Fitbit and see how many steps I’ve taken. My Bodybug had to be synced at the computer before I could see my steps. As mentioned above, they have a wrist display that you can purchase separately…but Fitbit clips to your bra or your pocket and doesn’t require a wrist display.
There is no monthly fee required in order to sync my information to my account with Fitbit. Bodybug requires a membership fee. I do not like recurring charges of any kind and avoid them whenever I can. I figure the less I spend on crap like that, the more designer handbags I can put in my inventory. Priorities. 🙂
One last thing: Fitbit is very affectionate. I picked it up yesterday and it said “SMOOCHES” on the display. Adorable! I can always use more smooches. It probably seems silly to some of you, but think about it this way: I hate exercise with the fire of a thousand suns…and this little pro-exercise bugger got me to smile and take 287 extra steps. Before Fitbit, I would have kept on sitting.
Future blog posts will include more detail on sleep tracking and other features – so if you’re thinking of buying one, you might want to stayed tuned for that. For now, I can say that I’m a very happy girl. My money was well spent.
** I have not been compensated by Fitbit in any way for this blog post – in fact, they don’t even know I exist. This blog post contains my sincere opinions and experiences with the Fitbit device. I think it’s important to confirm for you that my purchase of the Fitbit tracker and my experience is my own…and that my opinion has not be swayed in any way by any kind of compensation from Fitbit. (And if Fitbit ever happens to read this…you’re welcome for the free advertising. LOL.)