Yesterday, a friend asked me what I think about my Fitbit, which I’ve been wearing for nearly a year. In fact, next week is the one year mark. Knowing the enthusiasm of the Fitbit folks, it would not surprise me at all if they send me some sort of congratulatory email next week, complete with my statistics.
The short answer to my friend’s query is that I am very happy with my Fitbit and have no plans to stop wearing it.
Of all the Fitbit options, I went with the Flex. I wrote about it last fall, when I had had mine for only a few months and was just coming out of the glowing honeymoon phase, during which I obsessively checked my stats almost hourly.
In short, I chose the Flex because I wanted something that I could wear on my wrist and pay attention to. This was before the Force was released, but I still prefer the Flex because I can change out the bands to match my outfits. Priorities.
One of the things I like about the Fitbit is that it appears to be accurate for tracking distances. I’ve cross-referenced my walks with Map My Run and Google Maps and all three come in at pretty much the same distances.
Another thing I like about Fitbit is the recordkeeping. If I were food journaling, this would be the place to do it. Not only is it easy, but the Fitbit pays attention to my activity and adjusts my daily calorie intake accordingly. (For the record, I’m not food journaling, weighing myself, or counting calories these days. I’m just eating and exercising and not focusing on numbers.)
In the morning, I strap on my Fitbit — matching my band to my outfit, natch — and just go about my business. At some point, my Fitbit lets me know that I’ve hit 10,000 steps. It’s rare for me not to hit my goal, but it does happen. When it does, I don’t fret about it. We all need easier days, right?
These days, I’m much more relaxed about it. I make a point to move every day and let the rest take care of itself. I usually go days or weeks without opening the website or app. In 360 days of having my Fitbit, I’ve worn it all but three days, I think.
So what are my stats at the 51 week mark with my Fitbit? I’ve walked almost 4.3 million steps, which translates to around 1,775 miles. I usually average 35-40 miles a week.
Having said all that, I need to wrap this up. I have errands to take care of and I plan to lace up my sneakers, grab a backpack, and walk downtown. I’m wearing a blue band today.