I received the Fitbit Force for free. The (shocking) fact I utterly adore it and have proceeded to rave about it both online and off is all my own.
Once upon a time there lived a judgmental misfit.
I did not understand why you raved about pedometers.
You tweeted (I did it! I hit 10k steps!).
You instagram’ed (photos of steps counted).
I metaphorically rolled my eyes.
I judged what I did not understand.
After close to two decades of working out consistently I finally gave a pedometer a try.
- I learned–if left to my own devices–I walked about as much as a bedridden individual (!).
- I learned–if used consistently–my pedometer made me a better mother.
- I learned my pedometer made me a better person. PERIOD.
And I was happy with my little old school pedometer.
It tracked my steps. It told me what time it was. I was happy. It was all I needed.
Or so I thought until a week or so ago when I received an email offering me a FitBit Force for review.
I could lie to you and say:
I was quite curious about the sleep tracking and the ability to utilize the Force as an alarm etc.
but we’d all know that wasnt true.
Id looked around.
Id noted all the cool kids tweeted, facebooked & instagram’ed about their Fitbits and I was curious.
Could I figure out the technology? Would I r-e-a-l-l-y wanna convert from my most basic of pedometer-models? Do I *care* about sleep-tracking?
I paused for the merest of moments & a YES PLEASE. FITBIT FORCE ME RIGHT UP. email response was born.
Here’s what I learned:
I already knew I feared technology (Im a misfit. A Luddite who works in social media). The technology behind the Force is simple (to set up) & fast (to go from set up to use):
I knew I wouldnt use the food tracking option on the Fitbit personal dashboard. Being an intuitive eater, I never even bothered to set this up. Many of the cool Fitbit-using kids I follow *love* this tracking option. Im a misfit. Food logging would knock me from happily intuitive to cray cray obsessive.
I had no idea how Id adore receiving badges. Im internally motivated. Im an intuitive exerciser. I freakin loved the emails alerting me to steps reached etc. as I tend to forget to check throughout my day.
I found the sleep info interesting not shocking. Upon waking I already know whether my night was restful or not. As a result seeing I woke, for example, nine times in a night was interesting not surprising. I did, however, use the “hardcore data” on the Husband who tends to deny his snoring situation. The Fitbit did seem to have more persuasive powers than my incoherent rambles. So there’s that…
I enjoyed the dashboard/mobile app more than I’d anticipated. Quite frankly I’d thought Id use the Force as I did my low tech pedometer. I didnt think Id look at either online option. I was wrong. To my surprise I liked seeing all my data in one place (I know. Who am I?).
I loved I could easily & quickly see step count etc *and* the numbers glowed in the dark. The Force is the first Fitbit device to display all data on the face. You need to press a small button to access. I pressed the button a lot.
I. Freaking. Loved.
And I think no one is as shocked as I am that I do.
The Fitbit Force is easy to set up, accurate, motivating and–as we tested and discovered–counts stilts walking as part of your daily step count.
Win. Win. Win. Win.
Was a new pedometer part of your holiday haul or gifting this year?