Fitbit

Have you guys heard of the Fitbit or used it?  In an attempt to be more accountable and get myself out of this stupid rut, I decided to use the Christmas money I got from my parents and spend it on a Fitbit…

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What is a Fitbit?  Well, this is what the company says:  “The Fitbit Ultra monitors your all-day activity to provide you with real-time feedback on steps, distance, calories burned, and stairs climbed to encourage you to walk more and be more active. It wirelessly uploads your data to Fitbit.com so you can gain deeper insight into your daily or monthly fitness and sleep levels with free online graphs and charts.”

So yeah, it’s like a pedometer, but with more features (it even counts steps!).  I don’t know anyone who has used it yet, but the Amazon reviews were pretty encouraging.  I had a friend that used the BodyBugg and swore by it, but the thought of using something around my arm all day (when I mostly wear dresses, where the band will definitely be visible), and having to pay monthly to use a website otherwise the device is useless, was not exciting (plus, it costs about $60 more than the Fitbit).

I actually almost bought one a couple of years ago, when there was a month-long waiting list that turned out to be almost a year-long.  I gave my credit card info and waited.  And waited.  And waited.  So when I finally got the email that mine was ready to be shipped I just had to confirm I still wanted it, I was broke, and therefore no longer interested.  Funnily enough, now I’m back and buying it!  (Yay for no longer being broke?)

The Fitbit is not some miracle device, but from reading the reviews people say it’s the motivation they needed, since they feel like every little thing counts so it makes them do more.  We’ll see.  If any of you have used it (or something similar like the BodyBugg), feel free to pipe in!  I’ll definitely do a review after I’ve used it for a while!  And once I calibrate it, wearing alongside the Garmin might make my runs outdoor in Makati slightly more accurate

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  1. Pingback: Singapore! | Carla Runs the World

  2. Rei Uychiat

    Hi Carla, I just got a fitbit and need some help, i’m here in the Philippines and i’m having a hard time setting up the time zone on my fitbit… got any ideas?
    thanks a lot,
    REI

    • Did you register for a fitbit account online? If yes, go on your dashboard and on the right hand side click on “edit profile” — scroll down and you can choose your timezone. (In this case, it’s the same as Asia/Shanghai.)

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