I used to think that if I got up in the morning did my little fitness routine (30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of strength training) I was good to go. No need to worry about those pesky lifestyle diseases like diabetes, heart disease, obesity and cancer. So what if I spend 9 hours a day on my butt in front of the computer, I did my workout. After all I told myself if you do your workout your “active”. But with new research out there pointing to prolonged sitting as a major health risk and that 60 minutes of exercise isn’t enough to combat the 9 hours of sitting, many of us are rethinking our positions. I mean for God’s sake, now they’re calling people like me “active” couch potatoes.But changing the way you think and the things you do can be tough. The good news is there are some new gadgets out there that can help. One of the hottest things in the fitness tech space right now the wearable activity tracker. These gadgets are basically pedometers on steroids keeping track of your daily activity, your sleep at night, your calorie intake, calories burned, as well as reminding you when to get up and move and much much more.There are several of these kinds of devices on the market and each one has different features that can be really helpful at helping you be more active all day long. So let’s take a look.
Fitbit One clips to your belt, pocket or bra during the day and slips into its sleep wrist band at night. This little baby not only tracks steps like a traditional pedometer it also tracks number of stairs climbed, calories taken in, calories burned, how many times you wake up at night and the quality of your sleep. The Fitbit One keeps track of your stats then automatically wirelessly syncs your data to PCs, Macs, IPhone, IPad or select Andriod phones.The Fitbit dashboard is full of graphs, charts, and tools designed to help you track your progress during the day and understand your health and fitness. The customizable dashboard and mobile app (both free) bring all that digestible data to your fingertips. Knowing how close you are to reaching your goals gives you added incentive to achieve them, sleep better, and aim higher.
It’s also compatible with several other popular fitness apps like SparkPeople, MyFitnessPal, Lose It! And Map My Fitness.
You can also share your results or even compete with others through Fit bit.com
All in all Fitbit One seems to have a lot of great features and it’s been on the market longer than some of the other devices we will feature, which means it probably has more of the bugs worked out that are inevitable when you look at electronic devices. Stay tuned for future posts that will give you great information on other devices.