My niece received a Fitbit for her 21st birthday. She is in college and a star lacrosse player. She does regular workouts, including crossfit, to keep in shape. Listening to her talk about how she planned on using a Fitbit, I decided to look into getting one for myself.
They have different ones. Each has a few more “extra’s” you may or may not wish to use. I went for the Charge 2 for:
- Counting steps
- Seeing my resting and fat burning heart rate
- How well I sleep
- Recording for specific activities (walking, elliptical, and weight training)
- A stopwatch
What is good about the Fitbit is its linkage to MyFitnessPal. That’s a time saver.
- I no longer need to record any of my cardiovascular activities (steps/walking, rowing, or elliptical).
- I do not need my phone with me to catch every step I take in the house.
I set my exercise goals.
- My step count is now set for 13,000 steps (how many daily steps are you up to?)
- How many active hours (at least 300 steps per hour) during the day. I have it set from 9a to 7p
- How many daily exercise per week (I have it set as 5 days per week).
I manage to stick with this most of the time. Snowy/rainy/cold days I may not reach my goals. But seeing my progress daily does motivate me to try.
There are many smartwatches out there. Samsung, apple, as well as others have health apps to go with their smartwatch. These are all more expensive. Since I wasn’t sure how I would use and like this, I tried the original … the Fitbit. I also didn’t want all the other “features” as I usually do have my mobile phone with me. I didn’t need to read my texts, emails, or accept calls. I just wanted a health app on me.
The Fitbit syncs with MyFitnessPal. That’s not the only one. If you have a smartwatch, see which apps you can link to sync. I’m sure Fitbit (as it was the first) is one they include.
You can set up your Fitbit to always sync. I found that to be a battery drain for both my fitbit and my cellphone. It is because the syncing is through the bluetooth. If you have the bluetooth on all the time anyway, no big deal. I don’t. I want a battery that lasts throughout the day.
How the linkage works with MyFitnessPal is through the bluetooth and location settings. Both must be on for the information to be transferred to my cell phone. The syncing happens once my phone locates the fitbit. Once it is complete, I turn off both my bluetooth and location settings. I sync only twice a day. Once in the morning to see my sleep activity and then at night to see how many calories I have left. Each sync takes under a minute.
I actually found the Samsung S Health to have a more accurate step counter. That’s why I increased my daily step count goal to 13,000 steps a day (over the 10,000 the department of health recommends) in the Fitbit settings.
I realized this when I was sitting on my sofa watching TV. My pup was sitting next to me. I was rubbing his back when I noticed the step count went up with every stroke. Yes, he has a long back to rub. Still, it isn’t an actual step.
Sorry, all those rubs do NOT count towards your daily step count. Remember the old rule:
Over estimate what you eat;
underestimate what you burned
I do recommend you use a smartphone app for your get healthy journey. If you are tired of entering in so much information every day, find a smartwatch that fits your healthy needs. I found the Fitbit is a good start.
Get Back In Shape To Do List
- Weigh In DAILY (recording the date/weight)
- Increase your steps every day by 250.
- Eat your meals within 12 hours.
- Drink 64 oz of water a day.
- Record what you eat.
- Know your meal-calorie guidelines
- Know what foods will heal health issues
- Snack on purpose
- Add aerobic exercise to your schedule
- Burn daily to earn daily
- Don’t cheat, earn your treat
- Develop a cheap calorie “go to” day of meals.
- Use a health smartphone app
- Healthy habits help you lose and maintain a good weight and health.
- A scale is just the provider of information to help you make healthier choices.
- Don’t just eat more calories; earn them!
- Flush out the bloat.
- Know your calorie boundaries.
- Consistency matters.
- Eat your way to better health
- Exercise your heart
- Over estimate what you eat; underestimate what you burned
- Underestimate what you burned to record what you’ve earned.
- Carrying over excess calories leads to weight gain.
- Earn your treats.
- Record your efforts in a manner you feel comfortable.
Welcome to the journey to better health! You can do it!