“A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” Steve Jobs.
This quote above pretty much sums up how I felt about a Fitbit. I didn’t know much about them but I was seeing this accessory more and more on everyone’s wrists. At first I viewed it as a fad that would pass in several years. I live in the state of Colorado where the majority of people live an active and healthy lifestyle so the Fitbit is the perfect accountability tool to have and track your progress. I attributed this fitness trend to perhaps a “must have” for the physically health conscious. I don’t work out but I do a lot of walking, hiking, and biking.
Rewind to February last year, at the Denver Super Bowl Parade. I was walking around with a couple of friends both wearing Fitbits, they commented they both had over 17,000 steps by 2pm! They explained 10,000 steps is the target goal of the average person. I realized if my friends had 17,000 steps so did I, and how many other days do I perform 10,000 steps or more. It made me think I walk everywhere, go on hikes with friends in the mountains, walks with the grandkids, and to college campuses. Therein hatched the idea- I wanted a Fitbit.
I checked a few Fitbits over several months off and on and inquired to anyone I spotted with a Fitbit on how they liked and how they use it. After much research I decided that this was going to be top on my Wish List for Christmas this year. A few people I work with have them and are always challenging each other and of course, I want to be included. One of my friends has a Fitbit Ulta and that’s what I was eyeing . It calculates steps, your sleep and activity. I researched a couple new ones this year including the Fitbit Charge HR. It calculates the time, your steps, heart ratecalories burned, miles, and flights of stairs climbed. It also records your sleep and when you log on to your fitbit app it will tell you how many times you were awake, restless and calculate how many hours of sleep you get and creates a weekly average. It also alerts you of incoming calls by vibrating and scrolling the name of the caller through the contacts of your phone. No incoming texts just calls.
After much research, guess what I got for Christmas? A Fitbit Charge HR. I LOVE it! I didn’t know how much I wanted until I started using the features.
your miles you’ve tracked and your heart rate.
The best part of the Fitbit is the app on your phone that you connect to your Fitbit to. The summary calculates your sleep, steps, calories burned, not only on a daily basis but a weekly basis and gives you a summary of each category. I find the nightly summary of my sleep valuable in reflecting why I had a restless or sound sleep. I sleep with my Fitbit on needless to say.
I am hooked on this Fitbit and I now even participate in a daily challenge with a couple of my friends to stay on track. It’s a fun challenge with friends but it keeps me motivated daily. My husband wants a Fitbit now to help him monitor his steps, sleep and calories burned. He’s caught the Fitbit Fever too! Maybe after reading this I hope I inspired you a little, too.
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