I have talked about how much I love my Fitbit before on the blog to track my steps, and multiple people have asked for a detailed review about how I use my Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker so I thought I would go ahead and give you the rundown! I have had it for a full year now (and haven’t lost it by leaving it stuck to my clothes yet!), so I have had a lot of time to evaluate it as a pedometer, fitness tracker and a motivational tool.
Basically, the Fitbit Zip and the other Fitbit devices are wearable products that are meant to empower and inspire individuals to live more actives lives. Fitbit users take 43% more steps with Fitbit, and I credit it all to becoming conscious of my active and sedentary habits! Above on the right is a screenshot of the Fitbit app that I love, which I sync throughout the day so I can keep tabs on how I’m doing.
I love the Zip and haven’t considered upgrading to the more complex Fitbit devices (Fitbit One, or the Fitbit Flex, which both have sleep trackers and will tell you steps climbed during the day) solely for the reason that is is hyper discreet and small. I actually clip it onto the middle of my bra (between the cups) during the day, and clip it facing inwards to my sports bra at the gym. It is obvious enough to me to not throw it in the wash, since it’s not hidden on a pants pocket. As I change, I just make sure to move it to my new outfit, and I set it on my dresser at night so I remember to put it on the next day.
When I first got my Fitbit Zip, I noticed how low my step count was on days that I wasn’t formally working out (anywhere from 2-5K steps). It has encouraged me to make sure I get up from my desk at work every so often to walk, even if it’s just to refill my water bottle or walk to get a coffee as a way to get away from my desk. After work, I often take a walk in Cheesman Park or even just to the grocery store (we have a Kroger and a Whole Foods that are only a few blocks away.. spoiled for sure!) instead of parking there on the way home. Instead of the 4K steps I would see on a non-gym day, I now consistently get around 8K steps on those days and 10-18K steps on days I make it to the gym for a workout!
As anticipated, working out on a bike or doing Barre/Pound group fitness classes doesn’t move my torso enough to register the full exercise, but that would be my only complaint. I originally bought it to participate in a work challenge where I had to get 10K steps 12 days a month, and now I find that it is more accurate to say that my steps are only under 10K a maximum of 12 days a month. That is a huge improvement for me.
I love buying these types of items to motivate myself – I recently also bought a Critical Cycles bike so that I can enjoy the summer riding around the neighborhood! It has already been used for loops around Cheesman Park and for a ride to brunch. My Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor is also a fun new gadget I got for monitoring my cardio at the gym. I have just started using it and I love pushing myself between moderate to high intensity cardio zones on the treadmill and the elliptical, or during running intervals around Cheesman Park.
I just figured out how to add friends on my Fitbit a few months ago and would love to connect if you also use one! After finding some lovely blog ladies to befriend (Lauren, Becky, Corrie, Amanda, Ashley, etc!), it is great to see how active these women are and that I can step up my game. I don’t see it as competition – just friendly reminders to get off my butt and move!
Do you use a pedometer or heart rate monitor to see your activity levels? Have I convinced you? I would love to hear about your favorite workout apps and gadgets in the comments!
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