You may have seen the Fitbit pedometer being worn around or even the Fitbit iPhone/Android App in your local App Marketplace, but Fitbit is more than just a pedometer… it’s a healthy lifestyle choice. Fitbit have created a full suite of online tools and hardware to help keep your weight, food intake and fitness in check.
I have been using the Fitbit Ultra, Fitbit Aria and the Fitbit application for the last 6 months and have found it an invaluable tool in keeping track (and myself accountable) of my fitness and food consumption. Like all these sort of tools you need to get into a routine of updating the content that doesn’t automatically sync up, but after a week or so that becomes normal practice and the results will speak for themselves.
The Fitbit Ultra is the pedometer component of the Fitbit setup, best worn on your belt on pocket it keeps track of your movement through out the day. When used in conjunction the Fitbit website or app (which are both free) it allows you to keep track and encourages you to keep up your activity . Now since starting out with Fitbit the have released the Fitbit Zip (a cheaper cut down version) and the Fitbit One (adds more features like Bluetooth syncing to iOS devices) but unfortunately at this stage I haven’t gotten my hands on those so I cant comment on how they perform, but I have found the Fitbit Ultra to be fairly accurate and very useful. The Fitbit Ultra is also fairly small and can be word quiet discreetly on most pants with pockets.
Fitbit’s Aria are the scales component of Fitbit system, which not only measures your weight but also your body fat percentage and wirelessly sync’s that information back to your Fitbit account over your internet connection. This information is easily accessible via both the Fitbit website and the Fitbit app and is great for charting your performance over time.
Fitbit Application and Website
Now its the Fitbit website and the smartphone applications (available on iOS and Android) that bring all these tools together in a neat and clean interface. Both are great reference tools to see how you are going and can be used to track all Fitbit activity, but also track things like sleep, heart rates, blood pressure and water and food intakes. You can also set calorie and weight loss goals and the application keeps track of this information allowing you to monitor your performance against your goals. All of this gives you a daily snap shot of how you are going but also creates weekly, monthly and yearly graphs to chart how far you have come.
Now one thing about Fitbit is the food tracking isn’t great in their own application, but even Fitbit will admit to this and they have made it easy for you to pair up your Fitbit account with one of its partners like MyFitnessPal or Lose It! which have much more extensive food/meal databases, making things a lot easier. Fitbit also allows you to integrate with other fitness tracker services like Endomodo and Nike+ to be your one stop fitness and health application (but it does intergrates well with other services like MyFitnessPal or Microsoft HealthVault if you prefer to use those services instead).
Do you use Fitbit? Let us know your experience with a comment below. For more about FitBit and all its gear head to fitbit.com.