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I have a terrible habit of not sticking to any kind of workout routine. Let’s face it, with three kids, it’s always go go go with them, but not so much for me. On today’s App Saturday, I’m going to be talking about the FitBit App!
I have the Fitbit HR, which I just recently started wearing again. After the birth of my 3rd daughter, I took it off for awhile, and lost track of it when we moved. Now that I have been re-united with my beloved Fitbit, I’m hoping to start working out more. If I don’t, my Fitbit is going to tell me how lazy I’m being. (Just to clarify, it’s not ACTUALLY going to tell you you’re being lazy. You are just going to be able to look at your App and see for yourself that you haven’t exactly been productive).
First things first: You need a Fitbit. It would make things easier. You can technically have the app on your smart phone, without having a Fitbit tracker. You won’t get the full benefits, but you will still be able to record basic stats like your steps, distance, and calories burned.
I originally bought my Fitbit at Best Buy, but most stores are carrying them now. Or you can just order it right off sites like Amazon and Ebay. There are several different options that Fitbit offers, so make sure to do your homework first. I chose the HR (back in early 2016) because I really wanted to keep track of my heart rate, on top of everything else.
Got your Fitbit? Okay, time for the App. The App is able to be downloaded on 200+ devices, so don’t just think you need an Iphone (or a smartphone for that matter). You can do this right on your laptop as well. Your Fitbit will automatically connect with the App on your phone to show you your stats from the day, and when using a computer, you just log in, and plug in. (Each Fitbit will come with directions, don’t worry.) For complete details on Fitbit and their products offered you can head on over to their website by clicking here.
The Fitbit App has so many amazing features! You can set your own personal daily goals, and Fitbit will track your progress throughout the day (just make sure you are actually wearing your Fitbit). I don’t even need to check the App on my phone during the day for my progress, I can just look right at my watch! My Fitbit tells me:
- The time
- Steps taken during the day
- Current heart rate
- Miles walked
- Flights of stairs I’ve walked up
- Calories burned
All of this, right on my wrist! The App will track all off this, so I can see my trends over time. The app will give me insight into my resting heart rate, what days were my most productive, and even how well I have been sleeping! I think the sleep tracking is one of my favorites. When I check the app in the morning, Fitbit is able to show me the hours I was asleep, when I was restless in my sleep, and when I had my best sleep! It’s kind of nice to see just how well I slept, and if I actually got the sleep I needed.
Like I mentioned before, I bought my Fitbit in 2016. Since then, Fitbit has really expanded and developed. You can now link multiple trackers to the app! I can wear my Fitbit HR during workouts, but if I wanted something more discreet during the day, I can get the Fitbit One. The Fitbit One clips on easily to your belt, pocket, or even your bra! I’m happy with my Fitbit HR for the moment, but I have had my eye on the Fitbit Aria! It’s a wi-fi smart scale! You can read more about it by clicking here. Let’s just say, if you are looking to get in shape and lose weight, this scale is going to help you stay on track!
The Fitbit App has an amazing digital support system for those of you who need the help staying on track. (Shyly raises my hand at the back of the classroom). I have several friends who wear Fitbits, so I’m able to connect with them on the app, take part in challenges with them, and be motivated by their progress. If you don’t feel like competing against your friends and family, you can take part in solo challenges, and set up your own personal goals.
On top of the counting steps, sleep tracking, and heart rate monitoring, the app also has an area where you can log your daily intake of food and water. This is a great tool to help you meet your daily goal of drinking enough water, and also portion control! My husband used his Fitbit HR for this purpose, and he was really surprised just how quickly you can reach 2000 calories based on what you are eating! I tend to eat a lot of fish and chicken, while he is all about red meat, so dietary changes are a bit harder for him.
With the cooler months ahead of us, I’m looking forwards to getting back outside more with my girls and going on our walks. Our first summer in the south hasn’t been too terrible, but it has been pretty rainy. The Fitbit app has a great sister app called Fitstar, that shows you some mini workouts you can do at home, and tracks your progress through your Fitbit! Fitbit really does have an amazing app, with great products, designed to keep you healthy and motivated!
Already have a Fitbit or something like it? Tell me what you have, and why! Any tips to staying motivated? I would love to hear those too! By the time my girls in bed, I usually just want to crawl in bed myself!