Since getting my FitBit back in July I have hardly taken it off. Over Christmas 2017 I went through a phase of not using it for around 2 weeks until January came and I was on the “New Year New Me” hype. With working in an office 5 days a week, I wanted to make sure I was being active and getting a Fitbit has helped me do just that. Read on to find out why I couldn’t live without my Fitbit.
Which Fitbit Did I Buy and Why?
I decided to buy a Fitbit to help me see a more accurate amount of calories I was burning on a daily basis and to achieve my step goal. I am aware that you can see the number of steps you do in the “Health” app on an iPhone but I wanted to get precise figures. Not only this, but I wanted to know how many hours of sleep I was getting. FitBit’s can accurately monitor this, as well as showing which sleep stages I’ve been in.
Fitbit Alta HR
I bought the FitBit Alta HR which includes PurePulse heart rate monitoring. With having anxiety attacks a bit ago, I thought this would be great for seeing when my heartbeat races to help me understand what situations cause it and why.
There are more FitBits available that can track additional stats. These include the number of floors you climb, give you guided breathing sessions and give you insights into your cardio fitness levels. Great, yet with having thin wrists I wanted to choose a FitBit that wasn’t too bulky on my arms. That being said, the Fitbit Alta HR still tracks lots of worthy stats.
Reasons Why I Love My Fitbit
#1 It Helps Me Do 8,000 Steps A Day
Since February 2018 I haven’t done less than 8,000 steps a day. As I don’t go to fitness classes every day (who does?!), my Fitbit helps me ensure I’m being remotely active each day. This is by going for a walk on my lunch break and then again in the evenings so that I hit my 8,000 step goal. I’m quite OCD which is probably related to my anxiety and panic attacks, that means I literally feel like a failure/utter shit if I don’t do my steps. It means that I make time to be active in the day and with doing it for so long now, I couldn’t imagine being sedentary every day and every evening. Going for walks is something I look forward to and now do a LOT.
Why 8,000 Steps?
I remember when I first set my Fitbit up that it recommended doing 10,000 steps on a daily basis. Although, with working long hours and them being spent sitting at a desk, I found it difficult to meet this target. I also came across the below Pin which recommended 9,000 steps a day. With starting just below this figure I hoped to do more and more steps as I naturally become more active.
I still have my target as 8,000 steps in order to avoid putting pressure on me to do too much walking. (It’s nice to spend time lazing about every now and again too!) However, it means that when I reach 10,000+ steps in a day, especially in the week, I feel like I’ve accomplished something great.
#2 My Sleep Routine Has Been Improved
Not only has my FitBit helped to keep me in shape but it’s improved my sleep routine too. You can easily set alerts to notify you when you should be getting ready for bed in order to reach the desired number of hours sleep you entered. I try to get 8 hours sleep a day, which I saw was recommended on the above Pin from Pinterest. As I work 7 am – 4 pm, I set a reminder to “start winding down” at 9:30 pm. This doesn’t always happen but it definitely helps.
#3 I Go On My Phone Less
I wear my Fitbit on my wrist so it can track all of my fitness activities on the go. That means there is less need to go on my phone to check my health app. In most cases, I end up reverting to check other apps or notifications I have. As much as I love my phone, I do believe that you can be “addicted” and hence being on it all the time isn’t good for you.
For me, leaving the house without my phone assuming I’m with a friend, family member or my boyfriend is completely fine. I don’t miss it or wish I had it. However, if I had to go without my Fitbit, I’d be lost. I hate thinking I’m walking about, burning calories and not recording them. That’s mostly because then I don’t know how many calories to eat. I try to monitor these especially when my holidays are coming up – got to get that #beachbod!
#4 Friendly Competition
I’m not sure if you can challenge your friends on the other fitness apps but you can with Fitbit. In total there is me, my sister, my mum, my auntie and my boyfriend who regularly compete in Fitbit challenges. You can battle to do the most steps in a day, over the weekend and even do races where it’s the first to do say 35,000 steps.
I think I have won about 3-4 competition. My mum and auntie are often the ones competing for the first and second place. If either of you are reading this, I deffo let you win, (not).
Fitbits are great for many things. These include organising both your sleep and fitness routine, getting you active and keeping you motivated with its sociable aspects.
If you have a Fitbit, comment below and we can connect!