Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fitbit Fans?

My sweet hubby Ben got a free Fitbit through his work a couple of weeks ago.  After he had it a couple of days, I asked if I could borrow it, just to see what it was like. 

I'm glad he hasn't asked for it back yet.

Most of you know I am fairly technology averse.  I don't need gizmos doing things for me.  So when he got this Fitbit, I didn't even know what it was.  I am apparently that uncool.

Turns out (for any of you readers who are also uncool) Fitbit is like a fancy pedometer.  It calculates your steps, very active minutes, calories burned, and distance covered.  It tracks your sleep, too, calculating how many times and when you were restless or awake.

Magically, the Fitbit syncs up to your computer whenever you are nearby and uses this data to compile graphs and keep track of your data.

Now all this is well and good.  But here is the evil-genius beauty of it:  online Fitbit communities.  You can compete against other people in online communities.  There is no lying about how many steps you take, because the Fitbit enters all the information. You can see where you are ranked in the group and how many steps other people have taken.  You can see how many more steps you need to pass the next person.

Ooh.  The competitive person in me loves this.  Ben is much more self-motivated.  I used to be, but after seven kids I need a little more to get me out of bed at 6 AM to exercise. 

Here's my question - are any of you, dear readers, part of an online Fitbit community?  I'd love to creepily stalk your steps have the chance to encourage each others.

*  I am not sponsored in any way by Fitbit.  I just think it is cool.

This isn't actually my arm.  I am charging my Fitbit and am not going to walk up the stairs to get the camera if my Fitbit overlord isn't going to count it.