If you search on the internet for “is buying a fitness tracker worth it?” you’ll find all kinds of results depending on who’s answering. If you’re looking for a non biased, genuine answer from a busy mom who works full time and is exhausted most of the time then you’ve come to the right product review.
My FitBit History
A couple of years ago I bought my FitBit on sale at Costco. I thought, why not give it a try and see if it helps me move more. I would wear my FitBit every so often, especially if I knew I would be going for a long walk (I’m being honest here!)
After a few months, my first FitBit broke. The wristband detached from the tracker part and I stopped using it.
We initially bought two FitBits thinking that maybe E’s dad or sister would want it. After my first one broke, and since no one wanted the second one, I decided to use it.
Now I’ve been using it pretty much every day. Since setting my healthy habits this year I’ve been diligent about counting my steps and wearing my fitness tracker.
Benefits of Buying a Fitness Tracker
I find my FitBit does help me move more. Just having it on my wrist acts as a reminder to get moving every once in a while. This keeps it fun and I try to challenge myself to move more and continuously improve my own results.
The iPhone app is really convenient and is an easy way for me to keep track of my water intake and exercise as well.
I really like the new activity tracker that lists how many hours per day I’ve moved. There’s a section on the app that indicates whether or not you’re active each hour. FitBit defines active as taking at least 250 steps. I do my best to make sure I’ve been up and walked 250 steps for the majority of those hours.
Overall, I like my FitBit. I find it helps me increase the amount of time I spend moving around each day and acts as an incentive to make me move more.
Drawbacks of Buying a Fitness Tracker
My issues with my FitBit are pretty practical. I know it’s not the prettiest thing, but I’m ok with it as long as it helps me increase my daily activity.
One of my biggest problems is remembering to put it on. If I’m not wearing it, what good can it be? Aside from my own forgetfulness, I find the battery on the FitBit isn’t great. I’m often recharging the watch, which can be a pain. If I forget to charge it, then it doesn’t work and if I plug it in, I often forget it at home.
In addition, it would be helpful if the FitBit was waterproof.
Also, the bracelet isn’t the best quality. As I mentioned above, my first bracelet broke only a few months into wearing it. I didn’t put any extreme wear on it. It should have lasted longer than it did. I’m having better luck with my second one though. It seems to be withstanding normal wear and tear a bit better than my first FitBit.
Since I’m living with thyroid cancer, I’m quite concerned about radiation and other potential cancer causing elements in our environment. A while back I read an article about how you shouldn’t sleep with a FitBit or other fitness tracker because they can emit a certain amount of radiation. I’m not sure of the validity of these claims but for me, it’s better to err on the safe side.
Final Verdict – Is Buying a Fitness Tracker Worth It?
In my opinion, yes, it’s worth getting a FitBit since it helps me increase my activity levels.
Do you have a FitBit or other fitness tracker? Are you happy you bought it?
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