Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Techie Tuesday

After two years of lurking and scoping out and researching, last week I purchased and received my Fitbit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker.  As a personal trainer/Pilates/Pilates Reformer trainer, I try to keep up with the latest gadgets and fads that come along.  As a woman who loves techie toys and working out, I was especially curious about the Fitbit One.  

Well, I have not been disappointed.  Since purchasing and wearing the Fitbit One, I have found it much easier to track my steps, distance, calories burned and stairs climbed.  Now I've used free websites to do my food journaling, so that wasn't a big selling feature for me with the Fitbit One. But... one of the features that I was particularly interested in was the sleep tracking mode.  I found out that I'm actually only getting about 5 1/2 hours of sleep a night, and I wake up on average three times a night!  That's about six percent of the total population of my age bracket, and certainly (no surprise here) NOT in the recommended range of sleep!  I should be shooting for at LEAST seven hours a night.  

You clip the Fitbit One to your belt or bra and it syncs very easily to your computer or tablet or smartphone (free apps available).  I recommend clipping it to the inside of your bra - just set it and forget it - it's very comfortable and you won't even know it's there.  At night I wear it on my wrist in a very comfortable wrist band.  There is no montly fee for the basic dashboard website, but I did plop down the extra $49 for the premium one-year account because I felt as a trainer I need to really understand more about details of the reports, and I wanted more details in tracking my sleep patterns.  (... necessary for the average user unless you are a detail freak like me.)

It's all a fairly easy process and the return on investment is definitely worth it.  I'm not getting any $$$ for writing this, but I am putting it as my featured product for awhile here - so please click on the link in the left column to check it out on Amazon (best prices) if you're thinking of getting one for yourself.  It runs about $98... not the cheapest tool in the shed, but I do think it's worth the money.  Several of my clients have already been using Fitbit One, and now that I'm on the bandwagon, I'm recommending it from now on!  

So click on over to Amazon and check out the write-up and reviews.  It's a serious product for the person who want to get serious about tracking their daily health.  


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