good morning, friends!
today i want to talk a bit more about my fitbit ultra and my thoughts about it. i’ve been using it for 3 weeks now, so i definitely feel like i’ve got a good handle on how it works & how i feel about it!
full disclosure: i paid for my fitbit myself and was not compensated for this review. fitbit doesn’t even know who i am – i just wanted to share my thoughts!
short version: i love it!
long version: are you ready?
first, i heard about the fitbit from laura. she was always mentioning the fitbit and it really seemed like she liked it. i did a little more research and was convinced to get my own.
a fitbit is an accelerometer, which means it measures movement on 3 axes as opposed to a pedometer, which only count steps. the fitbit ultra also has an altimeter, which also measures altitude so it can measure how many stairs you climb (or vertical distance travelled if you hike or run up a hill).
the fitbit is pretty reasonably priced, especially compared to other similar products on the market right now. it’s usually around $99 and it comes in blue or plum – i got plum obviously!
the fitbit tracks daily steps walked, calculates calories expended, measures sets of stairs climbed, calculates an activity score, tracks sleep, and more!
you can check your progress throughout the day by pressing the button on the fitbit and seeing your stats.
here is my morning so far. i didn’t work out this morning, so my steps or stairs climbed aren’t very high yet. but they will be at least 10,000 steps at 25 stairs by the end of the day!
when i first ordered my fitbit, i assumed you wore it on the hip like a normal pedometer and most accelerometers i’ve used for my studies. but that’s actually wrong.
they recommend you wear it somewhere on your torso for most accurate measurements. they suggest men tuck it in their shirt pocket and women wear it hooked in the middle of their bra. you can wear it at the hip if the other options don’t work for you, though.
i almost always wear a white tank under my shirts, so i usually wear my fitbit there. i tried it on my bra the first day, but i didn’t love it rubbing on my skin. (and yes, i am wearing a sports bra today – i need to do laundry. enough said.)
[p.s. sorry for the boob shot…just wanted to show how i wear it!][ p.p.s. no one can see it with my outfits - i unzipped my sweatshirt thing so you could see the fitbit. just wanted to throw that out there too....]
the fitbit also tracks sleep, so it comes with a soft wrist band with a little pocket that you wear at night. it’s really convenient and i have never been bothered by wearing the wrist band at night.
one last thing about the actual fitbit: it comes with a docking station that you plug into your computer and you use it to charge the fitbit. i’ve been really happy with the battery life. it can last 5-7 days without charging. i didn’t bring the docking station to st. louis and i still had battery left when i got home!
another awesome part of the docking station is that it will wireless sync your fitbit to the computer so all of your data will show up on your fitbit dashboard without having to take off the fitbit and put it on the dock. it will sync every 15 minutes and you just have to remain still within a 15-foot range of the docking station to sync. that’s very convenient!
but wait, what about that dashboard?
all of your data from day-to-day gets transferred from your fitbit to the fitbit dashboard, which looks like this.
my info from monday
it has all of your information on it as well as placed to log food, weight, mood, journal, add activities, etc.
you can also see a lot of the information in a graph.
here is my activity from monday broken down into 5-minute segments. grey is sedentary (lots of sedentary time spent at my desk at work…), blue is lightly active, yellow is fairly active, and pink/red is very active. i’m not sure what the cutoffs are, but the activity levels are determined by cut-off points for number of accelerometer counts/minute.
you can see that i am way more active in the afternoons/evenings after work than i am during the work day…
another thing you can see on the dashboard is your sleep pattern. here is my sleep from monday night.
yes, i am an old lady and went to bed at 9:19pm!
this was a good night of sleep. i didn’t wake up too much during the night and i slept for over 8 hours! (this isn’t a typical night!) i have definitely had some nights with poor sleep where the entire night has a pattern on it like you see between 4 and 5am on this night…
there is a place on the fitbit dashboard to enter and track your intake. i’ve been using it lately as i’m trying to get back on track with my eating. it’s very easy to use, but i have found that i’ve had to enter a lot of my favorite foods into the system – they weren’t already in there. but, the system saves them and other users who want to log that item won’t have to enter it themselves and i only have to enter each new food once!
you can also mark certain foods or meals as favorites, so they’re always on the sidebar of the food log so you just have to click on them instead of searching for them.
oh yeah, and there is a place to log water intake in the food log as well!
it’s a very user-friendly program!
i’ve got to say – it is so motivating to see my numbers each day. i can’t tell you the number of times i’ve seen my numbers in the evening and felt motivated to go run some stairs or take another jog or walk outside to get my numbers up!
also, all of the functionality of the dashboard to track almost everything is so much more than i was expecting when i ordered my fitbit.
i think the fitbit is an awesome tool to help with weight loss or maintenance. it gives quantitative feedback on your activity for each day, so even if you don’t use all of the options in the dashboard, it’s still a very valuable resource!
i highly recommend the fitbit!
if you have any other questions or if something i talked about isn’t clear, please leave a comment or email me.
on a completely different topic…today is my sister’s birthday!!!!
happy birthday lizzy!
everyone should pop over and send her some birthday wishes today.Pin It