The summer is that time where a lot of people want to get 'beach ready'. Instead for me I have decided it is time for me to improve on my fitness. So for weeks on end I have been debating buying a FitBit device to monitor my activity levels. I kept trying to talk myself out of it. Getting all the way to the purchase button and chickening out at the last minute. Well, I've finally taken the plunge.
On Tuesday my order arrived. The box contains the FitBit itself, at just under 2 inches in size, a charger cable and charging unit and a wristband in which the device can sit. Altogether it comes in a reasonable sized package whilst not being too overwhelming. The way in which the device has been created makes it easy to set up. It is fully charged on opening and so the only 'hard' work that needs to be done is to download the mobile application. The Fitbit app is only available for iPhone through the App Store, so this may limit specific users who may not own an Apple device.
The mobile application itself is very simple to set up and use. When you first download the app it asks you to turn your Bluetooth connection on. This is to ensure that the app can acquire all of the data that the device is collecting during the day. You can then customise specific targets that you wish to meet; desired weight, steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and water intake.
One aspect I find quite frustrating is documenting the food that I have eaten during the day. I have never been one to watch calories before, simply making sure I eat all the right foods. This isn't my problem with the Fitbit One. My problem is that the food I eat doesn't exist in the database! Because it is an American product the closest I can get is an American database. But of course places like Asda and Sainsbury's don't exist in America, and so neither is the food I'm eating. The one redeeming quality is that you can input customised foods, all you have to do is to give it a name and then make sure to document the amount of calories it has. This can be rather tedious to begin with, however after a while you should find that if you eat some foods quite often, then it will make your life a whole lot easier.
As stated earlier the Fitbit comes with a wristband. This could be used when taking the device out during more physical activities, however its general purpose is for when you're asleep. The Fitbit can be used to keep track of how well you are sleeping to see if you need to work on your body clock. The app is used to start and end the sleep cycle with you having to press a button on your mobile to set the timer. While you are asleep the device then monitors how much you move around and can even tell when you are awake and start moving around. This is then put down as moments of 'restlessness'. I must admit that I didn't realise just how restless of a sleeper I am!
One problem that a lot of people have mentioned is the battery life. The battery life itself lasts 10-14 days, however the device does not have a battery icon on it and so cannot tell you when it is about to lose charge. The app however does. On the home page to the app it shows your device, and next to that is a visual battery icon. If you click on this then it will take you to a page that gives you more information about the device, including exactly how charged it is.
An issue that I have been having is that it is so small that sometimes I forget that it's there. In the long run that is a good thing. I keep it tucked away during the day (being a woman I can attach it to the strap of my bra using the clip), and so it isn't noticeable underneath my clothes. However at the end of the day I have actually already forgotten to take it off and almost put it in the wash. It is of course early days and so I'm expecting that it will come as natural after using it for a few weeks.
All in all I have been very pleased with the device. It manages to do everything I ask of it and I am well on my way to smashing my next goal. If you need more information you can find it on their website here.