In just a few short days, I have completely fallen in love with my FitBit Alta.
Compared to my previous fitness tracker app MisFit, FitBit offers an incredibly detailed analysis of my physical activity and sleep monitoring. I am pleasantly surprised by this but also very grateful… an inevitable part of my night-time routine is getting up to comfort my baby back to sleep.
For the most part, FitBit recognised these parts of the night down to the minute… one night it even recognised that I was trying to comfort Zack back to sleep for so long that it no longer considered it as a ‘restless’ part of the sleeping period… Instead it categorised it as normal time being awake and recorded that night as two sleep sessions. Very useful! 🙂
It’s not always this accurate, however. One one night I went to bed at 10.20pm and didn’t actually fall asleep until roughly 1.10am. FitBit thought I had actually fallen asleep though, despite my tossing and turning. Fortunately, you can edit this manually by changing the start and end times.
It seems to work well for differentiating between my normal brisk walks to the office and actual exercise sessions at the gym. Below you can see it registered my 15 minutes of running as a separate bout of activity from brisk walking, which is also very useful.
The food records are excellent. Like My Fitness Pal, you are able to search for almost any food or drink so you can record what you put into your body. The calorie count is never going to be 100% accurate, of course, especially as my wife and I cook lots of meals at home. But as a general guideline, it’s very handy at keep myself in check when it comes to snacks.
Whenever I get the urge to snack, I’m having a cup of tea instead. It somehow fills me up (I guess because of the milk) and is far better than a Snickers bar or a packet of Peanut M&Ms. Now I just need to eat more fruit, or at least something with a bit more nutrition.
As I mentioned in my previous post, my favourite thing about FitBit is the social aspect. Having added a bunch of my friends, my wife fired up a weekly challenge to see who could get the most steps from Monday to Friday.
I had so much fun with this! It really kept me motivated to keep getting steps and going for walks when I was at my desk (especially as FitBit buzzes you with hourly reminders to keep moving). It was really great to check in on everyone’s progress and it got incredibly close at times.
What I love is how gamey this all feels. Getting more steps and updating the app to see where I rank on the leaderboard… it feels just like a video game 🙂 In the end, came in 3rd place in the weekly challenge. Not quite as high as I hoped, but that’s the trouble with having a desk job and working at home 😛
Overall, I am absolutely loving my FitBit!
Thanks for reading, everyone! Feel free to share any thoughts in the comments below 🙂