The personal trainer of the future…?
The Fit Bit is a little rubber band that goes around your wrist. They recommend your non-dominant hand. Not the most stylish “bracelet”, but the best! It keeps track of your steps, your sleep cycle, calories burned, calories eaten, active minutes, distance, goal weight.
The best part? There is an iPhone app that lets you get all of this information real time right on your phone. Once you open the app, it will sync up & update all of your information!
Here is a screen shot of the app. This was my activity from February 7th. Funny thing? I didn’t make it to the gym yesterday. Yet, with how much I walk around the office & around Boston, I still managed to walked 6 miles during the day.
Do I completely believe the fact that I walked 6 miles yesterday? Not completely. But, I was talking to an exercise physiologist I work with & he said that even if it gives you more steps than usual, it is consistent. So, if it logs you brushing your teeth (due to movement), then at least it logs that every day!
What do I think is the best part of the app? The friends! You can compete with your friends over a 7-day period to see who can get the most steps in. This is where the personal trainer thought comes in.
Here is what happened to me. I was home visiting my parents for the night, sitting on the couch trying to understand the economics of obesity ready to cry, my mom asks me to go for a run, I say no. I look at my Fit Bit, my boss was ahead of me in steps……. NOT okay. I changed my mind, and went for a run. I got into work on Monday and he asked me “Hey, did you go for a run Saturday afternoon?” Ha, yes, just to beat you I did. Maybe it helps that my boss shoves it in my face every time he is ahead of me! But, that doesn’t happen very often. See below for the “friends” part of the iPhone app. Perns is my boss, please…. he can’t keep up!
All in all, I firmly believe that the Fit Bit is the best little personal trainer. It runs just about $100, a lot less than a real personal trainer (trust me!). It keeps you motivated, it keeps you honest, and it keeps you active. It is really interesting to see how many steps you really do during the day. You may take the stairs this time, instead of the elevator just so you an beat your boss. I give Fit Bit a huge thumbs up! It keeps me going.
Off to get my long run in for the week… watch out Perns, you can’t keep up.