My hubby received a Fitbit from work since the Human Resources Department decided their employees needed to get their weight and health under control to keep insurance premiums down. There are teams competing against each other. He liked his, so he told me to pick one up and try it. So, now I have a spiffy purple Fitbit Charge HR to match my cellphone case. They are pretty nifty, but they also have some drawbacks, if you don't know how to use one effectively.
When my hubby and I went cycling on the bike trail the other evening, I noticed my tracker said my heart rate was 88 beats per minute when I was working hard enough to have my heart rate in the 130s. UGH! His didn't record his exercise a week ago. Boy, was he not happy! I decided to use Map My Run app in conjunction with my Fitbit to make sure I knew the actual time, mileage, and estimated calorie burn for myself. I'm glad I did! It has been very helpful to show what is happening when I am doing work in the yard and garden and for him when he is working on the house. Also, I appreciate tracking my sleep patterns because of fibro. I've discovered some interesting benefits and shortcomings of activity trackers.
Activity Trackers come from several companies, in a variety of styles, and can be very simple to quite complex in the information they track for you. The first one I had was a MovBand the gym I last worked used for different exercise classes and group personal training weight loss groups. It recorded all movement, not just steps. In all honesty, the suggested retail was way over the $30 each the gym charged later just to get rid of them. Fitbit is probably the most well-known brand with several levels of activity trackers. Others include Garmin Vivofit, Jawbone Up , Nike Fuel Band, and many off-brands are out there stating they will help you get fit.
Picture from Walmart.com.
I see a lot of activity trackers on people's wrists nowadays. How well do they work? They have a lot of positive perks, depending on their features:
There is a downside:
The best way to get the value of these great pieces of technology is to be very deliberate in using all of it's features. You can do this by:
All in all, activity trackers can be helpful tools when used effectively combined with a healthy, lower calorie diet. I'd love to hear about your experience with your activity tracker. What do you think about them?
May God bless you!