90 Days of Using the Fitbit One – A Great Device for Living a Healthier Lifestyle

90 Days of Using the Fitbit One – A Great Device for Living a Healthier Lifestyle

Fitbit One Product Image

Fitbit One Product Image. From Fitbit.com

Seems like everyone starts the new year making resolutions that they want to lose weight or get in better shape. Fortunately, I started my journey with my wife in October when we started going to our local Fit Body Boot Camp (they're pure awesomeness by the way). While going to boot camp was a great start, I needed (and wanted) something to help me track my daily calories, my activity for the day, and as an added bonus my sleep patterns. After doing some research, I learned about the Fitbit One and immediately added it to my Christmas wish list. While I didn't receive it for Christmas, my beautiful wife bought it for my birthday on January 2nd, allowing me to start my new year's resolution in earnest.

In The Box

The Fitbit One comes in a small box that contains the following:

  • Fitbit One Tracker
  • USB Charging Connector
  • USB Sync Transmitter
  • Wrist Band
  • Tracker Belt Clip
  • Getting Started Guide

The device is high quality and is moisture resistant (it isn't waterproof, but will withstand a little rain and sweat). I don't recommend prolonged exposure to the rain. The included wristband is a velcro strap with a special pocket for the device. The strap is a little flimsy in its construction, but does well at holding the device in place at night. I have had only a couple of instances in the 90 days where the strap fell off my wrist, which probably affected my sleep measurements for those particular nights. The belt clip is really sturdy and holds the Fitbit in place well.

The Setup

Setting up the One was fairly easy. You have to create a Fitbit account in order to track your results and download the software from the Fitbit website. Once the software is installed, you can connect the USB transmitter  to your computer and do a firmware upgrade on the device (if needed) and register it to your account. It's also recommended that you download the Fitbit App to your iPhone or Android for on the go tracking. The Fitbit will sync with your device via Bluetooth without having to pair the tracker with your phone. Really convenient if you're not going to be around the computer or if you're traveling.

Use

Using the Fitbit One is really simple. Once charged (which takes about 2 hours or so for a full charge) the device will run for around two weeks without needing a recharge. Also, while it's recommended that you sync your device at least once a day, it will keep detailed track of your daily calories, distance traveled, and steps taken for 30 days. It also has the ability to store detailed minute-by-minute calorie burn and sleep data for up to 7 days.

I wear the device clipped to the inside of my pants pocket. You can also just have it loose in your pocket or for the ladies, you can wear it clipped on your bra. The included wrist band is meant for sleeptime use only.

The Fitbit keeps track of your activity and has a number of cyclable displays showing you the number of steps you've taken, the distance you've traveled, the floors you've climbed, the calories you've burned, and an activity flower (the taller the flower grows, the more activity you're getting). Feel free to write your own “Flower Power” jokes. You can cycle through the various measurement displays by pressing the device's lone button.

As for keeping track of your activities, you don't have to push any buttons to start the tracking, as it does it automatically.

Screen Capture of Fitbit Sleep TrackerWhen going to sleep, you insert the tracker into the provided wristband and then you need to press and hold the button until the display starts flashing. This begins the sleep tracking. When you wake up in the morning, you press the button again to stop the tracking.

I recommend syncing your device twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed. You'll notice that the Fitbit keeps pretty good track of your sleep patterns and shows your sleep efficiency. It's kind of interesting to see how often you may wake up in the night. Another nice feature of the Fitbit One is the ability to set alarms to wake you up in the morning. The device gently vibrates at the given alarm time, gently waking you from your slumber. This is really handy if you're not a fan of alarm clocks or don't want to wake your bedmate.

Fitbit Dashboard and Website

Screen Capture of Fitbit DashboardThe information collected by the Fitbit is stored in the cloud, allowing you to access the information from an app or any computer connected to the Internet. Using the website or the Fitbit app, you can get a great overview of the day's activity. You can also input calories consumed, activities, water intake, weight, and more. The website also allows you to drill down and see even more detailed stats with regards to the activities. You can also set goals and get an update about how you're doing.

Getting in better shape isn't easy for a lot of people given the time commitment and effort involved. The Fitbit helps get around this perceived barrier by including a gamification aspect to it, awarding badges for attaining certain goals. For instance, you can earn a badge for climbing 10 floors, or walking 5,000 steps. My wife and I recently went to Disneyland and I earned the 25,000 steps in-a-day badge, which  was pretty awesome (and tiring). In case you're curious, that translated into 12 1/3 miles of walking for the day. Wow! There are a lot of other badges that can be earned as well. Another part of the gamification component is that you can also connect with other Fitbit using friends and have friendly competition between one other.

Apps and Email

One of the thingsFitbit Weekly Progress Report Email I really like about the Fitbit service is that it sends out a weekly progress report (pictured), detailing everything that you accomplished in the week including the badges you've earned. It's pretty comprehensive, which is very appreciated. I file these away in Evernote so that I can do a year-end review.

Another great thing about the Fitbit and its service is the ability to connect it with other services and apps. For instance, you can connect it to the popular MyFitnessPal service or the popular Lose-It app for more in-depth calorie and exercise tracking. These apps coupled with the Fitbit bring added functionality and value to the whole package.

Tying It All Together

The Fitbit One is a robust activity tracker that measures a variety of daily activities. While it has competitors such as the Nike+ Fuelband and others, the $99 price tag is extremely reasonable for a device with so many features. Since wearing the Fitbit, I find myself constantly checking it to see if I can make a final push to accomplish my daily goals. Without it, I really would have no idea how many steps I'm taking or how well I've been sleeping. Coupled with bootcamp and the Fitbit, I feel a lot healthier.

If you're interested in getting into better shape, or leading a healthier lifestyle, I highly recommend picking up a Fitbit One. The modest $99 price is worth improving your overall health and well-being.

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