To fitness track or not to fitness track? I say, you should.
And here’s why:
It holds you accountable
Well, this seems kind of obvious, I know. But it really does work. Catching up those few extra steps each hour creates a small sense of accomplishment. The activity tracker allows you to set a workout goal each week, for example, to work out for five days each week. Having that goal set makes a difference, trust me.
It Improves Your Medical Aid
This was a big reason for me to get a FitBit. I’ve been racking up my points like crazy since I started using my device. I’ve even gone up a level on my medical aid scheme in the last six months. What does levelling up mean for me? I get better discounts on affiliated products and services and I get better rewards from participating companies. On a daily basis, I’m doing (and/or teaching) ballet and Pilates, and I try to squeeze in a walk with my dogs or a run with my family as often as I can, so I am pretty active.
It helps you keep track of your amazing progress
You’re working hard: doing Pilates, running every day, walking the dog, swimming a few laps, or even strength training. Do you know how the workout went? I never did. I figured every workout achieved the same as the next. Turns out, that isn’t true. The FitBit tracks every step, every heartbeat, and every workout. Just hit the app, and see how you did: how long your workout lasted, how intensely you exercised and how many steps you added. You can even check how many (approximate) calories you burned, the distance you covered and if you’re in “RUN” mode, your FitBit will give you the route you ran.
You think that you’re sleeping seven hours a night? Nope. Turns out, you’re actually awake quite a bit of the time. Don’t worry, it’s completely normal. But the FitBit’s sleep tracker has really helped me monitor my sleeping habits and I can often tell that I’m getting sick or that I’m pretty stressed out by checking my sleep data. Having this information is more helpful than you’d think.
Food and Water Journaling
The app has a lot of different features, including the calorie counter and the water tracker. The water tracker is exactly what it sounds: drink a glass of water and add it onto your app, so you make sure you get in enough liquids throughout the day. You can add a food journal into the app, choosing from a supermarket database that it built into the app; for us South Africans, the closest database to our own kind of products is anyone from the United Kingdom, so make sure to choose well. You can add your own foods in, too, if there’s something you can’t find on the list. This is a super helpful feature if you’re trying to get a good overview of what your eating habits are like. I don’t use it every day; rather, I’ll use it for a period of a week or two, to refocus my eating habits.
Weight Loss Tracker
If you’re looking to lose weight, you can monitor your progress on the FitBit app. This does require you to manually enter your weight each week, but it shows you how you have progressed throughout your fitness journey.
I can answer my phone or decline calls and read messages from my FitBit (this is not available on every FitBit model, but most have this feature!). While it’s not the same as a smartwatch, it’s really helpful to know while I’m teaching my classes whether or not the calls or messages are important.
Tracking my fitness has been a worthwhile experience. Since I spend so much of time being active, I find it invaluable to have the kind of information that my FitBit Blaze provides.
Disclaimer: This is not a paid review or article. This is my opinion on the benefits of a FitBit and my experience with this fitness tracker.