Looking for a great gift for your significant other? I recently purchased a Fit Bit and love the fun and fitness it has brought to our relationship!
I recently purchased a Fit BitFitness Tracker and I want to tell you all about it!
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Fitness/Activity Tracker or Not?
I was a total skeptic. From hearing of people who got hundreds of steps playing the piano, to wondering how many steps the people leading the music in church were getting while swinging their arms. I didn’t think a tracker was really worth the hype. For the most part when I am out walking, I am pushing a stroller or a shopping cart, so I didn’t think it would accurately track those steps either. I knew it tracked sleep, but with a new baby, I wasn’t sure those numbers were something I wanted evidence of. So, why did I buy one?
It took learning about the “game” or competitive aspect of a fitness tracker to really get me interested. I am a fairy competitive person and once I found that there were specific challenges and milestones that you could reach, I was sold.
I purchased a FitBit Charge 2. It did feel a bit bulky when I first started wearing it, but I got used to it fairly quickly. I haven’t worn a watch or a bracelet in years, so it was a bit of an adjustment overall. One of the biggest reasons that I purchased the Fit Bit over other fitness trackers is because mI had family and friends that already had these. I wanted to be able to do challenges with them, so that was really all that I was looking for when comparing online reviews.
I was debating between the Charge 2 and the Alta, but after doing a little bit of research and checking out the features, I found that the Charge 2 was more of what I was looking for.
What I Love
According to the website, one of the downsides is that the battery life only lasts 5 days. It charges very quickly. I charge mine every day while I am in the shower and have never ran out of battery.
The Fit Bit App is super easy to use. At a glance you can see all of your daily information and can easily navigate to see your history and see your overall averages. You can track your food and water intake, weight, steps, flights of stairs, active minutes, exercise, and sleep just to name a few.
There is also a Fit Bit Coach App that has all sorts of workouts on it. I love that all the videos are right there and super easy to follow. No more searching YouTube to find new videos each day! I am only using the free version and have not paid for the yearly subscription, and so far have enjoyed using it.
I LOVE the challenges, just like I thought I would. Pretty much every weekend since I have had my Fit Bit my little group has had some sort of challenge. Because I am a competitive person I really push myself to win!
This may sound totally lame that I needed a tracking device to get me off my butt, but these challenges have really been the catalyst to get me to exercise. I have even gone running (gasp!) My kids and I will walk for miles exploring our city just to get steps so I can try to win the challenge.
My daughter loved participating in the challenges with me so much that she saved her money and bought her own fitness tracker. She got a much cheaper version, but it is perfect for her. We compare steps at the end of the day, and it is apparent that to be more fit, I just need to go back to Elementary School!
What I Would Love to See Change
I would love more milestone badges. There are some that I would NEVER be able to achieve in my lifetime. 100,000 steps? Yeah, not gonna happen! I like working toward goals, maybe they need mom badges like changed 10 diapers, or did 5 loads of laundry! I’ll have to talk to them about that.
Even with the different bands available, it is still not my favorite looking accessory. I think the only way that I would love it more is to make the face round like a real watch instead of so boxy and bulky looking.
I have loved the focus on fitness that it has brought to our family. My daughter and I will compare steps throughout the day and try to beat each other. My older kids and I have gone on late night walks to get our steps in for the day and have done other activities to get our elevated heart rate minutes in together. I know that exercise is a healthy part of life, but a gym pass just isn’t in the works right now with so many little kids. Having a fitness tracker has provided a fun way to include fitness into our family and I love it!