FitBit - Any good?

Discussion in 'Training, Fitness and Health' started by FatherCrowe, 15 Aug 2012.

  1. FatherCrowe

    FatherCrowe Active Member

  2. LosingFocus

    LosingFocus Lost it, got it again.

    A friend of mine has one and uses the web-app to post to Facebook, proudly displaying that he took x-thousand steps and walked 1.3 miles that day. Makes me chuckle.
     
  3. OP
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    FatherCrowe

    FatherCrowe Active Member

    So migth be good but I might also get laughed at.....hmm <moves FitBit from Amazon basket back to wish list!>
     
  4. deptfordmarmoset

    deptfordmarmoset Full time tea drinker

    Location:
    Armonmy Way
    It doesn't look as though it was designed for cycling use, though.
     
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    FatherCrowe

    FatherCrowe Active Member

    Yep saw that, just wondered for general fitness type stuff. cheers.
     
  6. looked more interesting for monitoring sleep - hate to think what it would actually record for me but it might explain why I'm so tired lately.
     
  7. G2EWS

    G2EWS Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Devizes, Wiltshire
    I use the fitbit and you are correct it is not automatically any good for cycling.

    My key reason for buying one is the fact that it tracks sleep. I have been experiencing a lot of problems where I wake in the morning still feeling exhausted. I had suspected the reasons for this, but using the fitbit gave me all the information I needed.

    So here is a typical bad nights sleep:

    Sleep11-6-12.png

    The key problem is the average person needs about 90 - 120 minutes to hit REM sleep. It is only required for a matter of seconds to be of use. If you don't get to REM sleep your body has got to catch up or it will suffer. I had indeed been suffering for a long time!

    Here is last nights sleep:

    Sleep6-9-12.png

    As you can see a good solid sleep until I woke about 03:30. But that one REM sleep has done me a lot of good.

    Oh and the key to why I keep waking? You won't be surprised to know that the main reason is alcohol! It doesn't need to be much, but the wrong alcohol. So I know to be careful of some of my favourite whiskies if I want have a good sleep!

    I also find it useful for tracking my daily walking exercise and when I review it, I can make sure I reach the various targets I set myself.

    Since biking I add in the distance and time it takes which also calculates a rough calorie burn.

    All in all I think this is a really great product and recommend it to anyone who wants to track what they do or as in my case if they are worried about their sleep patterns.

    Best regards

    Chris
     
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  8. RaRa

    RaRa Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Dorset
    + 1 on the comments about using it for sleep. It's the main reason I bought one and compared to some of the other monitors out there I found it an easy, fairly cheap way of tracking your sleep patterns if you think you have an underlying problem. I do also wear it for monitoring activity - it was quite an eye opener to discover I take less than 2000 steps during an average office day.
     
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