Bit

You're never too young to power walk, yo. (Yahoo Images)

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.

Why didn't I think to arrange these in Roy G. Biv order? Not pictured: The cardinal red band that is on its way.

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 ┬átranslates 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.

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7 Responses to Bit

  1. Cassi says:

    Haha! You’ve cross-referenced your walks with Google and May My Run . . . you’re not obsessive or anything, are you? :-) That’s an impressive number of miles!

    I am happy to hear that you can switch out the bands. I plan on getting one after both hips are operational, and I was wondering about wearing the same color band all the time.

  2. I gave one to Tom for Christmas. Perhaps I ought to get one. Or open the box and use the one I gave to Tom. Because IT IS STILL SITTING ON HIS DESK. What? :-)

  3. Ally Bean says:

    I adore my Fitbit after only a few months of using it. I’ve even named her Fitty because–well, when you spend this much time together you need to be on a first name basis.

  4. Kris says:

    I prefer the Force because it has the watch feature and I also don’t have to check my app a million times a day. That said, I miss the FLEXibility (Ahahahaha). Also, the Force got recalled last month. I’m not sending mine in because it hasn’t burst into flames or caused a rash, and since I get rashes from any type of watch band ever, the risk is worth it to me.

    Also, I have a sweet tan line now.

  5. So THAT’S what a Fitbit is. I had no idea.

  6. bdaiss says:

    I am partial to my zip because it’s “invisible”. (If they make a funky silver band, I might upgrade. But until then my watch, hairband, and bracelet are enough.) But I find if I don’t check it, I don’t get my 10K. So I’m in the habit of checking at lunch, upon arriving home, and once the kids are put to bed. I’ve been known to take laps around my living room/kitchen/dining room if I need to get up to 10K. :D

    Did you read this? http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/06/30/140630fa_fact_sedaris Crazy town.

  7. Clare says:

    How do we get to be fit bit friends? I am on week 2 now and still loving it. I don’t always get my goal but it’s making me walk places a lot more and also take walks at work because that’s when I know I’m at my most sedentary… I don’t care about calories or weight loss but what it gnaw made me think about is water consumption- I love clocking up my water to 2 litres! Xx

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