While your diet plays a big part in controlling your cholesterol, it’s only part of a healthy lifestyle. Even if you eat perfectly, it’s still important to get some exercise in your life. Of course, adding an exercise plan into your schedule is easier said than done. If you need just a little extra motivation to start exercising, the Fitbit might be exactly what you’ve been looking for.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the Fitbit. If you’re like I was, however, you only have a vague idea what it actually does. Sure, it’s an activity tracker, but what does that mean? Let me compare Fitbits for you, tell you what they do and show you where to buy Fitbit.
More than just a pedometer.
At first, I thought the Fitbit might just count your steps or something. That’s useful, but there are cheaper pedometers out there. Then my friend showed me his Fitbit, told me a bit about it and basically sold me on the spot. This is way more than a pedometer, folks. If you’re in the market for a device that doubles as an exercise buddy, look no further.
What does it do?
Well, the feature set actually depends on which Fitbit you want to buy. I found it hard to compare them by switching between tabs, so I decided to make this handy little chart listing the features of each product so you can easily compare between Fitbits. Below the chart I’ve listed the current prices (on the Fitbit website, as of Christmastime 2015) for each of these Fitbits.
Every Fitbit has the following features:
- Tracks the amount of steps you’ve taken and how far you’ve walked/run
- Tracks the total amount of time you’ve been active in a given day
- Tracks how many calories you’ve burned
- Wireless syncing to your computer or phone, so that you can see your stats for the day
- Water resistant (though not waterproof — so probably not a great option for swimmers)
Some of the Fitbits have extra features beyond those above, such as:
- A display to show you anything from the time to your heart rate (depending on the Fitbit you end up investing in)
- Wearable on your wrist (as opposed to one you clip onto your belt/pocket/whatever)
- A clock, so that it basically doubles as a watch
- Sleep tracking and alarm functions, so that you know how long/how well you slept and can wake up without sleeping next to your phone
- Caller ID, so if your phone starts ringing you can know who’s calling without taking your phone out of your pocket
- Heart rate tracking (I mean, it’s already on your wrist, right?)
- GPS, so you can set out on a run and not worry about getting lost
- Text notifications, so you basically never have to take your phone out of your pocket if you don’t need to
- Music control right from your wrist so you don’t have to disrupt your workout
Fitbit Zip – $60
Fitbit One – $100
Fitbit Flex – $100
Fitbit Charge – $130
Fitbit Charge HR – $150
Fitbit Surge – $250
Luckily, these are the prices on Fitbit’s website, and you can actually find these for a bit cheaper elsewhere (like Amazon, for example! See below).
So which one should I get?
Well, if you only want basic functionality (activity and calorie tracking) and don’t need a wearable device, go for the Zip, since it’s the cheapest by far. If you prefer a wearable device, on the other hand, go for the Flex. If you like the Flex but really prefer some sort of display, maybe you should shell out the extra dough for the Charge.
If money is no object, the Fitbit Surge is probably the best choice for you, since having GPS capability along with control over your music is pretty great. Personally, the Fitbit Charge HR is enough for me, since I prefer a wearable Fitbit that also acts like a clock and tells me my heart rate. The Surge is great, but I’m not sure if I can justify spending an extra $100 for a few cool but ultimately unnecessary (to me) features.
It’s about motivation.
Of course, no device by itself will make you any healthier. The point of the Fitbit is to help you track your journey to a healthier you, along with making it just a bit more fun. It’s easier to stick to an exercise plan when you can passively track your progress with a simple device. It takes a while to notice physical changes resulting from a new exercise plan, so it helps to have something that confirms you are actually losing calories.
Ready to buy Fitbit?
Now that you know which one is the right one for you, let me show you where to buy Fitbit. Your local electronics store (like Best Buy, for example) is a great place to start if you can’t wait for shipping. If you want it delivered to your house, however, Amazon is the place to start looking:
Thanks for reading a bit about Fitbit, and I hope you enjoy the one you decide to buy! If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to come back and ask me. I’ll try to help you out in any way you can.