Getting in Shape with Fitbit
Getting in shape, living a healthier lifestyle, and losing weight are big goals I have set for myself in 2013. In order to be successful there are tools that I believe are important for my journey. A good scale, pedometer, and heart rate monitor are the three tools I use to keep me on track and motivate me. Having all my tools wireless and automatically upload to my computer for easy tracking? Bonus! I use a Fitbit One to track my steps, calories burned, and my sleep on my HTC 8x with the cool app. My husband uses the Fitbit Zip to monitor his steps and calories burned and all use the Fitbit Aria Scale to track our weight, BMI and % body fat over time. I guess you could say we are a Fitbit Family.
Fitbit Aria Scale
This scale is incredible. You can get it in either black or white. It’s Wi-Fi capability makes it priceless because it uploads your information to your private online Fitbit account to track progress at a glance. It has the ability to recognize eight different people so everyone has their own way to track their weight loss. Not only does it calculate weight, but it also has the ability to calculate % body fat (something my husband particularly likes) and your BMI (something I’m less excited about due to my high number). If you are looking for a scale that does it all and syncs wirelessly with your computer or phone, this is the one for you!
I used my Fitbit One every day and when I recently was in the hospital I was devastated that I wouldn’t be logging any steps because I was ranked #1 out of all my friends at the time. I love the healthy competition between friends and both the Fitbit One and the Fitbit Zip allow you to see who is ranked for the most steps each week. The online program and app don’t share actual weight, but accumulated steps only (thank goodness).
What sets the Fitbit One apart is the tracking of sleep. Since I have a couple sleep disorders this is of particular interest to me. This week we did a lot of work in the garden and I was really excited about getting up early to work. Unfortunately my excitement made for horrible sleep. It didn’t help that I went to bed so late the night before. The Fitbit One measures and tracks movement during sleep. You can compare over time and find patterns too. It’s a great tool!
My husband doesn’t need all the bells and whistles found with the Fitbit One and prefers the small Fitbit Zip. It still keeps count of calories burned and steps, but doesn’t offer the sleep tool found with the One. Since the Zip is so compact it doesn’t get in his way when working either, it’s a nice bonus. He finds it easy to use and since it syncs with his Droid smartphone it’s easy for him to “check-in”.
You can find the Fitbit online at stores like Amazon or in stores like BestBuy, Staples, and more. We are particularly excited about the Fitbit Flex bracelet coming out this year. If you are serious about getting in shape in 2013 and you’re looking for the right tools we highly suggest joining the Fitbit family!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Fitbit in association with MomSelect (Aria) and Verizon Wireless (Zip). We also purchased Fitbit products ourselves with no sponsor (One).
I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program and have been provided with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.