I walk as my primary mode of transportation, which means I walk a lot. Recently I became curious about exactly how much I actually do walk in terms of steps and miles. A friend of mine offered to let me borrow his Fitbit One and I accepted, excited to see how I could utilize wearable tech to gauge distance.
The first thing I noticed with the Fitbit One was how easy it is to use. The interface is simple, with one button to toggle between displays. My favorite feature is how hands off it is. It resets every day, saving up to a week of data, and with the wireless syncing I never had to manually enter my walks into my account on fitbit.com. Another great feature is that you can sync your Fitbit account to other online fitness trackers. With that feature, I don’t have to manually enter in calories burned into my myfitnesspal.com account or into my fitstudio.com account (where workouts are rewarded with Shop Your Way points!).
The first week I used it just for tracking. I used the feature on the Fitbit website to add Facebook friends so I could to see how much they were walking as well. I can appreciate how this might be a motivator for competitive users, and also can provide a sense of having workout buddies. After about a week I started to increase my goals. I already walked around 14,000 steps a day, what would 20,000 look like? As it turns out, adding a walk along Lake Michigan to my morning commute effortlessly added the extra 6,000 and is a relaxing start to my day.
Overall I think that wearable tech for tracking fitness is for me and will be buying my own tracker. What fitness trackers have you used, wearable or online, and what would you recommend? Please leave your experiences in the comments.