We all know that being active is one of the keys to staying healthy, and we should aim for a goal of 10,000 steps per day. But who really wants to take the time to track that? Don’t worry, because this little “bit” does it for you.
We all want recognition for the work we put into our fitness, and this little device helps cheer you on. The FitBit One is an activity tracker that you discreetly clip to yourself and wear throughout the day. It automagically uploads your stats to their website through your computer (with the included dongle) or through your supported smartphone. You can earn badges for hitting certain goals, such as climbing 10 flights of steps or getting 30 minutes of “very active” exercise. It also estimates how many calories you’ve burned throughout the day, so you know if it’s OK to have that extra snack based on how active you were that day (yes, I’m one of those people who sometimes exercises just so I can eat more).
You can also wear the FitBit One as your sleep with the included wrist strap. It tracks your movement throughout the night so you can see how restless you were throughout the night. Although this is a cool feature, the product really doesn’t provide any advice on how to get a more sound sleep. So while I can see that I tossed and turned all night, I’m not sure what I can do about it (maybe less coffee? Ha, yeah right!)
+ Small and discreet. Fits well in the small coin pocket of your jeans.
+ Syncs with newer iPhones, iPads, and some Android devices as well as your PC or Mac computer via the included Bluetooth 4.0 dongle (sorry, there is no Linux sync client)
+ Integrates with other apps, such as Lose It and MyFitnessPal
– Proprietary charger, so don’t lose it!
– Only tracks walking and running. It can’t accurately track biking or weight lifting.
In summary, this is one of my favorite fitness gadgets! It’s easy to use, the charge lasts about a week (and the smartphone app can notify you when it is time to recharge), and it’s somewhat water resistant. While it is great at measuring steps, it doesn’t accurately measure other activities, such as weight lifting, bike riding, or swimming. However, you can manually input other activities into the app to estimate your calorie burn. So if you’re looking for something to motivate you to be more active throughout the day, the FitBit has got you covered.