The Pros and Cons of Owning A Fitbit!

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A few weeks ago I was gifted a Fitbit Flex by my best friend Sarah.  She had gotten one for herself and absolutely loved it, and decided that I must have one as well. (Thanks Sarah!)

Before receiving a Fitbit, I had little to no knowledge about how these bracelets work.  I just knew that they tracked a person’s steps and that was about it.  I’ve now been officially wearing my fitbit for two and a half weeks!  Here are the pros and cons of my new Fitbit:

First, to clarify:  I own the Fitbit Flex.  So these are my reviews on that style of Fitbit.  I have not used any other kind of Fitbit.

Pros:

-Very comfortable and light to wear (I can even wear it in the shower!)

-Easy to charge. (Only needs to be charged once every 5 days or so and charges very quickly)

-Tracks steps, miles walked, active minutes, sleep, calories

-Really inexpensive ($100 for the Fitbit Flex)

-Tracks your progress throughout you day and lights up to show how close you are to your goal. Each light represents 20% of your goal.  (My goal is 10,000 steps so each light on my Fitbit equals 2,000 steps)

– Vibrates and flashes lights when you reach your goal.  (This is my favorite part!)

-Motivates me to keep moving and staying active. (It’s like a personal accountability partner)

-Tracks my sleep (how many times I wake up, how long and well I sleep)  Even has a silent alarm to wake me up!

-I can synch my stats, see my progress, and track my goals through the Fitbit App and become Fitbit buddies with my friends to see how they are doing and motivate them to reach their goals

-Can use GPS from your Fitbit phone app to track your walks/hikes

-App allows me to enter what I’ve eaten for the day and track my calories

-Band on Fitbit is well designed so it won’t easily fall off

Cons:

– Fitbit is always a bit delayed in tracking and synching up with my app

– Fitbit isn’t exactly perfect- it tracks arm motion on your non-dominant hand.  I washed and detailed my car one day using both hands and it showed that I walked more steps than I believe I actually did.

-Fitbit is good for walkers /runners / hikers.  Not so great for people who do other activities on a constant basis like biking. swimming, etc.

-Sleep tracker could be more accurate.  You have to tell the fitbit when you are going to sleep, and that is not often possible.

-It does not track heart rate (this would be an awesome improvement to the band)

-App works on I-phone 4S and newer, I-pad 3 and newer only

All in all, I think this is a great product for what it does and the price.  It’s not perfect by any means, (what is?) but it does a pretty good job.  I would recommend this product to anyone who wants to be motivated to move more, and those whose main form of exercise is walking, hiking or jogging.

Let’s Move!

Health Coach Autumn

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Is It Time To Bury The Hatchet?

 

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I recently heard the story of a family whose father was murdered in cold blood. On the date of the sentencing, the victim’s family bore witness as the guilty man’s incarceration record was read aloud in the courtroom. It contained offense after offense of violence. Suddenly, it was time for the son of the deceased to address his father’s murderer. Everyone waited for the young man to speak; to speak of hatred, of disgust, of pain, anger and injustice. Although, to the contrary, he spoke of nothing but forgiveness, hopeful prosperity, compassion and kindness for the accused.

I thought; if this young man, at age nineteen, could reach outside his unfathomable pain and loss to forgive his father’s murderer in nine short months; than we certainly, as neighbors, as family members, as coworkers, peers and otherwise have the power to forgive the lesser wrongdoings of our enemies.

It is said that anyone can judge, but it takes a person with true character to forgive. To forgive, we must first tap into the place where our pain lives, and then allow ourselves to let go of the burden of that pain. Forgiveness isn’t about excusing another’s actions; it’s about releasing those actions so they don’t destroy our hearts.

According to studies, doctors have found that there is a huge relationship between a person’s unwillingness to forgiveness and their health. Being hurt, envious, angry, feeling guilty or suffering loss can profoundly alter your brain waves, create chemical imbalances, distress your muscular-skeletal system, affect your digestion or even make it difficult to sleep.

How is it possible to forgive someone who has wronged you? The process is different for everyone, so here are some questions to think about as you start your own journey of forgiveness:

  • How is the story of this wrongdoing serving me or my enemy?
  • How can I practice compassion towards my enemy?
  • Have I too, at one time, treated someone else unfairly?
  • Is my enemy capable of doing good?
  • Is my ego getting in the way of my willingness to forgive?
  • Is it possible that my enemy did not know the implications of their wrongdoing?
  • How could my life or the lives of my loved ones improve by forgiving this person?

Remember, forgiveness takes time, but can also reap huge rewards.  As philosopher Paul Boese says, “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”

Lighten Your Load!

Health and Lifestyle Coach Autumn

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