The day my fitbit arrived I have to admit that while I was excited about trialling it, a part of me was wondering if this was a ‘phase’ that I would soon get sick of, and the last thing I wanted to do was let anyone down. I’m not the most fitness orientated person although I do enjoy getting out and walking (once I’m out the door)so I was interested to see how things were going to go.
Setting it up
Wow, so easy that even a technology challenged person like myself can do it. Before I knew it, the dashboard was staring me in the face, taunting me to get up and get motivated. There are several things on the dashboard of the fitbit charge so it wasn’t all about the steps themselves. You can adjust the length of your step (not the easiest to measure though) so that you get a more accurate reading of the distance travelled. The dashboard also shows you the floors you do (eg going up and down hills or stairs) and it gives you the option of loading your calorie intake as well with a pretty comprehensive food list. This however I didn’t enjoy as the foods you could add were American based and I didn’t even know what half of them were. Luckily you can add your own foods which just means looking at the nutritional information on the packages.
Originally set at a base of 10,000 steps, we found this relatively easy to hit the target each day as it’s amazing how much you do just being around the house, I think we hit about 4000-5000 without leaving the house. Quite eye opening in all honesty. So anyway, we upped the goal of our steps to 12,000 which was just that little bit harder to hit. Some days we don’t hit the target in all honesty, but most days we do.
We found ourselves looking forward to the evening walk over school holidays. The walk (and the peace & quiet) was a relaxing end to a busy day, and with having hot days, the cooler air at night was more pleasant too.
If you hit the buzzer as you leave, you can gauge how far you’ve walked,the time that it took and things like the calories burned. We found we were walking about 5-6km a night and we had different routes we could travel, although one of our routes has a hill on it that was a real struggle EVERY time. But afterwards you feel like you’ve achieved more.
Now that school is back and we are walking the kids to school in the morning, and in all honesty I think the early morning walk does more good than the evening one. It gets you motivated for the day too which is always a bonus.
We have got competitive about it. We’ll offer to do something (eg walk to the shop) to get our steps up for the day/week and to get ahead of each other. We’re always asking each other how many steps we’ve done so the push is always there to do just that little bit more. And we LOVE it
Honestly this is one of the best inventions to come into our lives. We’re more motivated, feeling better and I’ve even lost almost 2kg which is great. It’s also encouraged us to look at other aspects of our lives and while I have to admit, I just can’t give up my food, I love it too much, we have made some healthier options
The one thing we did discuss is that we would have loved to have a heartrate monitor on it, but then we saw the Fitbit Charge HR and saw that this had been added which I think is a great option.
Would I recommend one of these ?
Oh my god YES !!!!
They are the best thing ever and you will LOVE it.
You become more aware of what you are (or aren’t) doing throughout the day and find yourself adjusting to do more.
It’s a watch as well which is handy, and you can set a silent alarm which is great
So easy to set up and use for anyone (and it even reminds you to charge it haha)