Now I’m a sucker for a new thing to use for a couple of days and then get bored and I was a bit dubious about getting a Fitbit as I didn’t want to do the same but after a lot of research to the one that I thought I wanted and it being on sale in Argos, I thought I would treat myself to one. (They didn’t have a purple one in stock though?! I had to settle for black but to be honest it blends in to my clothes a lot more and no-one sees it anyway so it’s not too much of an issue)
I work in an office so walking around isn’t something I do a lot of and now I can actually drive and I have my own car to get to work in, I know longer walk to work so that’s 2 miles a day that I no longer do. I have started to become a bit conscious that weight will start creeping on if I’m not careful so I thought being able to monitor exactly how many steps I take, how many miles and how many flights of stairs I do a day it would motivate me to do more!
I have the fitness app built in on my Samsung S5 but I find it unreliable as I can’t always have it on me so it doesn’t count all my steps. I use Strava too for when I go running/cycling/hiking but again that doesn’t do everything that the Fitbit does.
I clip it on my bra when I am at work as it’s not visible and I can just forget it’s there. When I go running, I clip it to the waistband of my leggings (can’t think of anything worse than peeling it off of my sweaty sports bra.. eww!).
It’s tiny, probably only 5cm when it’s in it’s silicone cover (which is has to be in to be able to clip on to your clothes) It’s very sleek and it has a small display screen and one button which navigates through a few screens and tells you the steps taken, floors climbed, calories burnt, distance walked, if you have an alarm set and it also shows a flower (the more exercise you do the taller the flower grows and it gains more leaves.. I think that’s a cute touch)
You can download the Fitbit app on your phone, you can add on there your weight and a goal if you want to lose some. You can set yourself targets, mine are:
- 10,000 steps a day : I think this is recommended and on a weekday I struggle to hit over 3,000
- 3 miles a day : This is mainly do-able on a weekday, especially if I go for a run
- 2,401 calories : The Fitbit set this for me after putting my weight in, I can usually get fairly close to it on a weekday, at the weekend I am more active
- 20 floors climbed : It was originally set to 15 but I was hitting that everyday so I upped it to 20, I always try and push myself to hit it
- 20 active minutes : I like to try and get this too even though it is hard at work.
The app also lets you create a meal plan, I haven’t done this yet as I don’t want to get in too deep with weight loss, I just need to get fitter and I eat OK anyway.
I do use my Fitbit every night to track my sleep, I take it out of the silicone case and into a wrist strap (this comes with it, you don’t have to purchase separately). You have to have the app to use this function, through your phone you select “Begin Sleep Now” and it will monitor you the whole night. You can set a sleep goal (mine is 7 and a half hours) and then try and hit it each night. This is my kind of app! It tells you the total amount of sleep and restlessness a night and at what points you were awake/restless.
(I’m currently suffering from a very chesty cough so I am trying to start sleep early as I am up most of the night coughing)
I have set an alarm on it for every weekday morning. It’s the “Silent Alarm” function which is great as it only wakes me up, not my boyfriend. When it is strapped to your wrist it gently vibrates until you click the button to switch it off. It’s doesn’t startle you awake like some alarm clocks.
The battery life is good, it lasts a week until it needs a charge and I usually go a night without monitoring and charge it fully overnight, ready for the next day.
I have had this for a couple of months now, I use it everyday without fail and I love it.
I would really recommend it to anyone who is considering getting fitter, wants to get themselves motivated and who also doesn’t want to spend over the odds. This is a lot cheaper than some of them in the Fitbit range, I paid £59.00 and I think that is a bargain for the piece of kit that I’ve got. I wear a watch, bangle and bracelet so knew I didn’t want a wrist type one (the price tag would put me off even if I did want one though!)
I am building myself up to be able to run 3 miles no stop without wanting to keel over and die. To some people this might not sound like a lot, but looking at my previous posts.. I’m a cake baker and eater, not a runner!
I enjoy it once I am out there and it really helps to clear my head after work, I just didn’t realise how unfit I was until I took up running. I am currently just doing a 2 mile loop a few times a week to build myself up but I think if I stick with it and think positively then I will be fine doing the 3 mile park runs in my area.
I don’t know if anyone has any tips at all? Feel free to comment if you do, I need all the advice I can get!