I’ve always liked fitness, it started in first grade at my Elementary school during the presidential physical fitness test. The teachers kept telling me stop because they thought I would hurt myself, but what kind of inspiration is that from instructors that would tell you to give up, it wasn’t my style so I continued until I saw every person quit. That’s good enough for me I told myself, no one can beat me now. So I decided to stop at 104 sit-ups, shattering any previous records. I was a fitness king that day. But how do you become a fitness Guru and stay on top of it everyday? – With technology, that’s how.
Fitness devices help you get in shape by measuring and understanding your activity data. Using the data provided you can gain a better insight on your activity, the calories your using so that you can meet those needed requirements for optimum health and nutrition. How much fat, fiber, protein and carbs, etc. Even when you splurge for an ice cream sundae you know where you stand. Below are screens from the Fitbit.com dashboard.
Your sleep is also monitored so that you may adjust your sleeping times and habits to give you the most rested sleep possible. Sleep apps like Sleep for Android can give you similar statistics. (shown here)
Most of these fitness trackers are designed for all-day use, so they only have minimal feedback during your runs. Which is fine for me since anything more would be a distraction. The three exceptions were the RunKeeper app, which is only designed for workout tracking, the Scosche MyTrek heart rate monitor, and the Withings Pulse, which provides both run time and distance.
RunKeeper shows plenty of useful information such as time, pace, distance, and splits, but jogging with a smartphone is annoying — super annoying, not to mention I have pocket dialed 911 on many occasions. So jogging with a phone is thing of the past it’s OUT.
That’s why the dedicated devices exist in the first place RunKeeper, S Health Walking Mate, Fitbit Flex, Fitbit Zip, Withings Pulse, Jawbone Up, Nike+ Fuelband, and the Scosche MyTrek (which has been replaced with the Scosche Rhythm).
After a couple weeks with my Fitbit Flex fitness tracker (one the best out there) on, I have gained valuable knowledge about my everyday activities. Those tiny 5 leds will display your daily goal progress as well as give you a vibration alert when you have reached it. 5 taps will put it in sleep mode to track your sleep and wakes you up with a neat sequence of vibrations. I have a good idea how far I am walking during a work day even without using it now. I know how many calories are in certain foods before I eat them, I see my fitness goals being met or exceeded and I am feeling more rested every day. Yes , I am very close to becoming the Fitness King once again.
** The latest from FitBit – Force™ – Oct 2013
FORCE™ WIRELESS ACTIVITY & SLEEP WRISTBAND
A powerful Force for everyday fitness, this sleek wristband is with you all the time. Stay motivated to keep moving with real-time stats right on your wrist. Track steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed and active minutes throughout the day. At night, track your sleep and wake up silently with a vibrating alarm. Force gives you instant access to up-to-the-minute stats through the OLED display. With fitness stats right on your wrist, you don’t have to look far for motivation to keep moving.