Fitness Friday – Fitbit Flex
Sometimes it’s hard to be active during the week, as I sit behind a desk almost all day. I had heard of Fitbits, but I wasn’t quite sure if I wanted to pay for one. Well…lucky for me, I have Humana health insurance and my employer also lets us participate in Humana’s Vitality program. What does that equate to? Me paying $0 for my Fitbit Flex!
I’ve had my Fitbit for almost a month now, and I’ve been religious about wearing it. Is it the most fashionable thing? Uh, no. But, I like to see how much I’m moving during the day. Not just how much I’m moving, but how well I’m sleeping. Yes, it even tracks your sleeping patterns. How cool is that?
Here’s an example of my dashboard when I sync it with the computer. Most of the time I have it synced with the iPhone app, which is so convenient.
I find myself competing with, well, myself. You can connect to friends through your email and Facebook, but I find myself trying to beat my steps from the day before. I think wearing this device has motivated me to move more. When I’m so close to 10,000 steps, I’ll just start walking around the house. Seriously. If you have a Fitbit, you know what I mean.
Now, can the results be skewed a little? Absolutely. If you stand still and just move your arm back and forth, it will count as “steps.” Even when I blow dry my hair, it will skew my steps. So I have learned when I need to take it off, depending on the activity I’m doing. Of course it also makes me mad when I’m doing a ton of squats and it doesn’t count it all. I think it probably equals itself out.
Like I said, it tracks your sleep. When you put it into “sleep mode,” it knows during the night when you are restless or awake. Needless to say, I sleep pretty well. There’s only been a few times in the last month where I’ve been restless more than five times. Here’s a typical night for me…
If you need a device to help motivate you to get your booty moving, the $99 for a Fitfit Flex is worth it in my book. It’s gotten me to rethink how much I move!