My Friend, the Fitbit

Over at 11D, Laura asked, Do you Fitbit? My answer could be summed up as “heck, yeah!” I received a Fitbit for my birthday in the spring and promptly fell in love with what it could do for me. Not only did it replace my rather generic watch in functionality and the annoyance of carrying my phone as a step counter, but it does so much more that I find useful.

Who needs an alarm clock when you can program your Fitbit to buzz you awake in the morning as you need? I haven’t used this for naps but this would also be a great way to ensure that if I do fall asleep on the sofa, I don’t let it go on too long!

My Fitbit alerts me to appointments and texts with a buzz followed by a scrolling short text description when I cock my wrist to see what’s up. So if a text comes through while I’m cleaning the kitchen, I don’t have to have my phone on me to know what’s happening. This is helpful as my phone is almost always muted and vibrations are my only alerts to incoming messages. But it’s also great for all of my Google calendar reminders to come through on my Fitbit.

I also love the Fitbit’s reminders to get up and get active every hour. I don’t always make the goals, especially during seminar classes or writing sprints, but my reminders run from 10-6 and I usually achieve at least six hours out of ten.

I know that the Fitbit isn’t a magic tool but it keeps exercise as a priority by giving me the reminders and incentives. It may seem silly to be motivated by a small piece of technology but when it does so much, it works for me!



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3 responses to “My Friend, the Fitbit

  1. undine

    I wish I could Fitbit! I had one (a more primitive version than yours) for about 2 years, but then I developed a rash around my wrist. Even wearing the Fitbit over clothing didn’t help, so I had to give it up. I loved it, though.

    • J Liedl

      Now that’s disappointing! I find the rubber on mine pretty comfortable, even in wildly warm weather. I couldn’t handle the metal ones, though – anything banging around much on my wrist annoys the bejeesus out of me, let alone runs the risk of metal sensitivity!

  2. I just have the little Fitbit Zip, which is really just a step-counter without all that ever functionality. But I don’t like rubber bracelets, so I don’t think I’d be able to wear the fuller versions. But I do still love my Fitbit, especially since some of my colleagues have started doing the weekday challenges with one another.