Fitness Band is the new ‘in thing’. Have you considered buying one for yourself? It’s one of those things that you think you can do without until you try them on. I bought Fitbit Charge a few months back and absolutely love it. It has its short-comings but it met my criteria exactly which is why I am just as excited to check my progress on it even now as I was when I tried it the first time.
Your experience with it will depend on your reasons to purchase it. Lets explore the right reasons to buy yourself a fitness band:
1. You want to be more active.
All of us are guilty of over estimating how active we are. To give you an example, how much do you think you have walked in the morning as you got up, had your tea /breakfast and got ready for work? Wear a band and you will find out that it will be probably close to 300-400steps. This is equal to about 4 minutes of walk at leisurely pace.
And there you were thinking that your morning alone would easily account for 30 active minutes. This and many other revelations from my fitness band made me realise that I was not qualified to put even ‘moderately active’ against my daily activity levels.
We have evolved from ancestors who used to walk for miles everyday. Strike that. Even our previous generation used to walk way more than us. And we find it difficult to pull together even 20 minutes of activity in an entire day! (my lowest was 995 steps in a day, thats only ~12mins!!)
Fitness bands are great to help you keep track of your daily activity monitoring. The band is like a lifestyle device that will allow you to introspect on your activity levels. And once you know where you stand, you should start by making small changes that add up in the long run.
2. You need some motivation. Everyday.
Most fitness bands will allow you to keep daily targets of number of steps, etc. You remember the hacks in fitness magazines that tell you to park your car further from your office or take the stairs when you can? Well, with a fitness band you would want to do all those things just to meet your daily target.
It is like being part of a game where you get points when you walk, climb stairs, etc. At the end of the day when I meet my target, there is a little celebration on my fitbit screen which I love to see repeat everyday. 🙂 These bands really do make you move a little bit more.
Besides that, you have weekly progress reports and alarms to remind you to get moving. Fitbit awards you badges as you make progress every day. You can also connect with your friends and have leader boards and competitions, etc to keep things interesting.
Even if you want to keep things to yourself, it is great to put a number to how many steps you have taken, how many minutes you have been active, how many calories you have burned. I have increased my weekly steps from 14,000/week to 24,000 in only 2 months almost effortlessly*. It is brilliant.
3. You are not good at tracking your fitness stats.
Your fitbit device links via bluetooth to your phone where all the information is stored in their app and you can view your history at anytime. The app can also store your weight, body fat levels, calories consumed, water intake, etc. But these need to be manually entered by the user.
I have not used these extensively except to record my weight and body fat levels because I almost always forget my previous measurements. By entering this data every few weeks, you can see a trend of how your diet and exercise are faring with respect to your weight. It can serve as a guide to make course corrections accordingly before things get out of hand.
In short, if being active is on your agenda but you are not able to make progress on it, then a fitness band might be the answer you are looking for.
Continue reading about My experience with FitBit Charge.
*Note: It is important to not let these devices take over your lives! Make small adjustments to start with and keep your target to be just a little bit more than you are used to.