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Fitbit or FitBUST?

I’ve been rocking the Fitbit Force for about a month.  I feel it’s enough time to give one of the top fitness trackers on the market a fair review.  The Fitbit Force (FBF) tracks daily activity, calories burned, sleep & weight. Your information is uploaded wirelessly & you can see your progress  on your mobile phone app and/or on your computer online dashboard. 

Before I get going I should mentioned the same day my Fitbit Force was delivered, my mom texted me and told me she had just seen on the news there was a RECALL on the item! WHAT? REALLY? Apparently some people had issues with the band creating skin irritations.   The recall was voluntary.   So I decided to throw caution to the wind and strap the band on my wrist and hope for the BEST – YOLO ; )

Fitbit Recall

It took a few days for me to get used to wearing the band on my right arm/wrist.  It initially felt heavy and little awkward since I’m not used to wearing a watch or bracelet/jewelry on my right arm.  Fitbit Force recommends to wear the band on your non-dominant wrist. Once I got past the newness, it became a non-issue.  My FBF is all black which blends in nicely with most my gear.  The LED display remains dark until you activate it.   I think it looks pretty cool when it’s activated – I feel like I’m beaming up Scotty! LOL One of the best & strongest features for me is   the durability and security  of the band! I wear the FBF morning, noon and night.  It stays on through my pretty active workouts and even in the shower.  I wear it 24/7 and it stays securely and comfortably on my wrist the whole time.

FIT BIT

Let’s get down to the meat and sweet potatoes now – the fitness trackers functionality.    Like I mentioned previously, it tracks steps taken, distance traveled, stairs, activity time, calories burned and hours & quality of sleep! As a health and fitness professional, I was more than curious and interested in the information and accuracy of the device.   The FBF uses a MEMS 3-axis accelerometer that measures your motion patterns to determine your calories burned, distance traveled, steps taken, and sleep quality. It also contains a vibration motor, which allows it to vibrate when alarms are set to go off.

 

Fitbit appI was pretty impressed to say the least after the first week.  I really like being able to monitor my  daily activity .  I recently started to challenge myself to 10,000 steps a day goal! There have been a few days I walked around the house before bed just so I could get those last steps in for the day ; )  I feel the FBF is great tool to help motivate and encourage activity through text messages, reminders, emails and badges.  You can use the online tool to set up your own fitness and nutrition goals as well as monitor your progress through various detailed charts and graphs.  The phone application also wirelessly syncs up the FBF and allows you to see  and update your progress on the spot!

 

I was most curious about the sleep tracker feature.  I basically log in my sleep time the next day and the FBF shows me a graph of my sleep pattern for the night.  It’s tracks how many times I move or get up during the night.  It’s FUN for me to see how many times I move during the night!

FBF sleep

 

 

 

 

 

In a nutshell, I’ll be the first to say to my clients and anyone who asks that most fitness trackers, pedometers, calorie counters and heart rate monitors can be great resources and tools to assist and encourage a healthy lifestyle.  However these devices are not the holy grail of complete and total accuracy! I feel the FBF gives me a good estimate of my daily activities and helps to keep me ON POINT! LOL I would recommend the FBF to anyone who is thinking about getting started on a fitness program or who is already an established fitness guru! EVERYBODY can use a little motivation and direction to reach SUCCESS. I say Fitbit Force is a PLUS not a bust!  BTW – NO skin irritation to report! ; )

 

QM 5K Race bibs

Reflections from the Finish Line

The 5K Challenge is behind me now! It was all that and BIG bag of Baked chips ; ) In preparation for my blog this morning I took some time to reminded myself of my objective for setting this challenge up for myself in the first place.  Did I reach my goal? Did I learn anything from the experience? Would I do it again??

5K StartFirst things first – I initiated this 5K challenge to gain more knowledge and actual experience in motivating & training my clients for 5K, 10K, half marathons and marathons.  Running is an AMAZING sport/exercise.  It’s low cost, you don’t need special equipment or a gym to do it and you can do it alone anytime of the day.  Running is also great for boosting your immune system and one of the best forms of exercise for losing or maintaining weight. It’s one of the leading ways to burn off extra calories.  It ‘s also  known to relieve stress and eliminate depression.

I also wanted to build up my cardio endurance and perhaps “learn” to appreciate and incorporate running in to my personal workouts.  I started the training for the 5K six weeks ago and religiously followed the training schedule.  I really never considered myself a runner simply because I didn’t ENJOY doing it as much as I did other forms of cardio activity.   It honestly took me a couple of weeks to get over the mental block of the whole “I’m not a runner” mentality.  Once I broke through the block, the remainder of the training was a much more enjoyable experience.  I started to look forward to my runs and challenge myself by increasing my speed or decreasing my times on training days.  NOTE – I didn’t say it was EASY! The training was still quite challenging at times however changing my mindset allowed me to gain more from the experience overall.

5K Pups

 

I did reach my goals! I gained additional knowledge and experience in nutrition, training regimens, proper running attire, stretching and the importance of mental strength necessary for runners.  My cardio endurance did increase.  Well I had nowhere else to go but UP! LOL I finished the race 17th out of 135 in my age/gender group!  I consider those stats as Mission Accomplished : ) Going forward I will continue to keep running in my workouts.  I don’t want to lose the momentum and need to start thinking about a 10K next?!?!

 

 

5K ThumbsUp Would I do it again??? YUP YUP! This 5K was EXTREMELY special for me.  I shared this journey with my BESTIE Robb.  Robb is a constant source of support and encouragement for me.  He is NOT A RUNNER! I repeat HE IS NOT A RUNNER! LOL He accepted the opportunity to share this experience with me and increase his cardio endurance in prep for springtime basketball.  Although we did most of our training separately due to busy schedules, we still talked daily about the ups/downs of  training.  In the end we crossed the finish line TOGETHER, ENTHUSIASTIC & SMILING just like we started!