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I focus mostly on healthy food on this blog, but I’d be remiss not to mention this incredible health tool which I use every day: the Fitbit.
I’ve been using a Fitbit every day for almost two years now (I was an early adopter), and I absolutely love it. It would be a perfect gift for anyone looking to boost their healthy habits, or a gift for yourself!
The Fitbit is a nifty (and cute) little tool to help you achieve a higher level of movement during the day. It’s a gentle reminder to get up, walk around a little bit, and keep active. Why is this important? The average American walks less than 3000 steps a day. 5000 steps are generally recommended for baseline fitness, and 10000 if you are trying to lose weight. I don’t walk 10000 steps every day, but the Fitbit certainly helps me get in some extra steps.
What does the Fitbit do?
1. Primarily it is an incredibly useful pedometer. It measures your steps, the number of stairs you climb, how far you walk in a day, how many calories you burn, and your general activity level throughout the day. You can press a little button on your Fitbit to toggle through the different data during the day while it is clipped discreetly to your pants.
2. It also measures your sleep! You can slide it in a soft wrist band, and it has an accelerometer to measure your movements and sleep patterns. It’s unobtrusive – I rarely notice that it is there.
3. It uploads wirelessly to your computer, and turns your personal data into beautiful (and readable) graphs and charts. (Free!)
Here are a couple of snapshots of my charts below:
The activity monitor tells you all of the important data in one spot. (Don’t feel bad, I don’t typically get in this many steps during the day…)
You can then see how you performed throughout the day: this graph tells you how active you were at different time periods. The chart breaks down the activity levels into a really clear picture of who much time you spent in different active zones.
Finally, you can monitor your sleep patterns. This was an evening where I a) went to bed pretty early, b) fell asleep faster than ever, and c) got in an ungodly amount of sleep. It was delightful!
When clients or friends are looking to improve their health, I never advocate drastic diets or fitness regimens – one of the best ways to get healthier is to make small changes and add more of the good stuff to your life. For me, walking is the best way to keep healthy and fit, and the Fitbit is an invaluable tool to help me do this. I highly recommend it.
If you have any other questions, please ask in the comments, and I’ll do my best to answer them!
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