I didn’t realize the heights (or maybe I should say depths) of my addiction to my FitBit until I lost it this week. At first, I thought I just wasn’t seeing it around the house because I didn’t have my glasses on. But when I put on my glasses, and still couldn’t spot that little neon green thing — I freaked! It took me almost an entire day to find it, and I was constantly bemoaning to Kevin the fact that I was “missing steps.” I kept tapping the place on my hip where it usually resides, and I felt like a piece of me was missing!!!
So I’ve had my little FitBit Zip for MONTHS!!! I can’t believe I’ve never blogged about it. Partially because I do enough advertising for free, but now I feel the time has come. I’m a fangirl. Let’s play I Spy The Fitbit! Bet you didn’t spot it here:
What about here?
And it’s not just limited to workout clothes. It’s a great accessory with some J.Crew too:
Okay, I guess working out isn’t limited to workout clothes either!! The point is that I’m always wearing it. Sometimes you see it, sometimes you don’t. It’s a teeny tiny little neon green thing that’s practically attached to my hip.
So what’s the point of it? Basically it tells me when I’m moving, and when I’m not:
What up — doing pretty good for a Friday morning thanks to the 400′s we ran in CrossFit!!
My daily target goal was automatically set for 5 miles a day, and I haven’t changed that setting. As you can see, there are tabs where you can manually enter activities, your weight, and check out your friends’ steps. Now, I’m ashamed to show you this, because I’m almost always winning, but keep in mind that it was lost for a day so that really had a serious (very serious – haha) impact on my step total:
Do you see “Linda” on the bottom?
Yeah, that’s right. That’s my MOM!!! She needs to get some more steps in, am I right? Just kidding. But what I wanted to say is that… my mom does not have a cellphone. Yeah, that’s right! It’s not that she doesn’t have a smartphone. She actually does not have a cellphone. But guess what? This still works for her because there’s also a place to login online and see all the same info. It looks like this: Isn’t it pretty? I mean this with love, but you know it’s very user-friendly when my mom set it up by herself. She has also put it through the washing machine, and it still works!
One of the best parts is that it syncs wirelessly. Yay!! There’s a little usb thing that syncs automatically whenever your FitBit is in a close enough range. My mom and I both just keep them in our computers at all times. It also syncs automatically with my iPhone app. I have a super old iPhone 4 (can you believe I haven’t broken it????) so I don’t think it’s quite as efficient, but it still works!!! Another perk is that it doesn’t have to be charged. It has a little battery that you have to replace every 4-5 months, but you can buy them easily at Target. I just bought a 2-pack, and I’m set for the rest of the year!
You actually don’t even have to sync it constantly because you can check your current day’s steps on the little screen. If you tap the screen, it toggles to show you the day’s mileage and the time (it’s a watch too!!).
Now why would I need one of these? I work out quite a bit, right? Yeah. In a way, it’s just a toy. But it’s a really fun toy! It motivates me to take Pippa for extra walks, walk around in airports, walk circles around my kitchen table, take the stairs, blah, blah, blah. You can use the website to see what hours of the day you were totally inactive:
Yep, that’s the day my FitBit was lost, found it around 2PM.
But guess what else ? I consider myself to be a very active person, but check out my stats even on a good day:
That seems fairly unimpressive, right? Especially for a runner and a CrossFitter who works from home!!!
We all sit way too much… even if you workout 60 minutes or run a 5k a day, that’s really not enough, in my opinion.
New evidence suggests, in fact, that the more hours a day you sit, the greater your likelihood of dying an earlier death regardless of how much you exercise or how lean you are. That’s right: Even a sculpted six-pack can’t protect you from your chair. (source)
So anything that encourages you to get up and move it throughout the day, I think, is a worthwhile investment. It’s a good reminder that what you do in the 23 hours outside the gym matters too!!
I’d like to get one on Kevin someday because I feel so bad for him sitting in an office all day!! :/
I do have to say on the thing for the runners out there:
I definitely wore it when I ran a half marathon with my dad it cheated me out of 2+ miles. I know because I was wearing a Garmin, plus it’s marked course that my dad has run for years. Not a big deal because I still got 13+ miles in that day, but I’m just saying. I would never use it to track running mileage. It does, however, seem very accurate when I’m walking.
Tip for the CrossFitters: You get great steps for practicing double unders.
One last cool thing is that you can sync it the MyFitnessPal app to track both exercise & diet!! I did this a little bit during my paleo challenge, mostly to make sure I was eating enough!!
Fitbit also has a wristband version with some cooler stats, but I like the Zip because it’s tiny, cheap, and unobtrusive. I have to also note that I was hesitant to buy it first because a while back, I had a BodyBugg. I’m always really nice up in my blog, but I can’t hate on that thing enough. It was big, ugly, you had to use a cord, it never really worked right, and the customer service was horrible.
Do you have a Fitbit? Or other step tracker? I want some more friends on there!!!!! Let me know. What do you think of it? They also make great gifts.
What do you think your Sedentary/Lightly Active/Very Active pie would look like on a typical day? I’ve been sedentary for 85 hours this week (excluding sleep)!
P.S. You can buy them on Amazon Prime for $59.95 and be counting your steps in 2 days!!
And no, I haven’t tried putting on Boyd or Pippa… yet. Boyd would be like 100% sedentary, but I bet I could get some good mileage out of Pippa C!