Fitness Friday: FitBit

The FitBit I received from the Verizon Wireless Health and Fitness Voices Campaign is seriously one of the best pieces of technology related to fitness I have ever used. Since I am not a big runner I don’t have a Garmin, and while I do use a heart rate monitor that has good data it isn’t as in-depth as what the FitBit provides.

I had heard of them prior to the campaign but never used one. It was easy to set-up and even easier to use. You enter in your stats (age, height, weight, how many steps per day) and just clip it on your belt, pocket or on the front of your bra. And then you go on with your normal day. Wear it for your workout, at the office or around home and to bed. It tracks your steps (with a daily goal of 10,000), you can enter how much water you had, what your workout was (ex. yoga or running) and sync it with your phone or computer.

You track your activity for the day. It has been incredibly helpful in making sure that I am staying active. Yes I workout a lot of mornings (yoga sculpt didn’t get me a lot of steps but I know that I typically burn 500-600 calories in the 60 minute class) but for the rest of the day I am sitting in my office or in a meeting. I walk around a bit but we have a smaller building and there isn’t that many places to walk to and from. I know that 7,500 is probably a more realistic goal for me given how much I sit. But I do really try to aim for 10,000.

I love seeing how I am doing for the day but the best feature is the sleep tracker. At night, you put the FitBit inside a soft bracelet and turn it on when you are ready for bed. It is “recording” how long you are in bed, how much you sleep, the efficiency of your sleep and most importantly how many times you wake up. This was eye opening for me. I am often tired and now I know why. I wake up so many times during the night and this is leading to me being overly tired. Look at Wednesday night:

I crawled in bed at 8:42 exhausted. While I fell asleep in 24 minutes I woke up 14 times throughout the night and was up for 5-40 minutes before I fell back asleep. I only got 2 hours and 45 minutes of sleep. Shocking!

Looking at this data I know I was tossing and turning from 1-3. While I vaguely remember that and how much I looked at the clock it is pretty telling just how little I do sleep. Now I need to figure out what the heck I am going to do about it.

Do you have any sleep tips? Anything NATURAL to help you stay asleep?

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Health and Fitness Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

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