If you live in the year 2017 like me, and you’ve stepped outside lately, you’ve probably seen one of these rectangular watch-looking things on someone’s wrist. They look sort of like one of those “smart” watches from Apple or Samsung, but they’re not. They don’t do anything related to a phone. They’re Fitbits, and they’re here to help you lose weight, get fit, and achieve those new years resolutions!
Should you get one of these? Well, let’s take a look at the some of the notable features, one-by-one:
Records Steps / Distance
Basically, this is a pedometer. This measures the amount of vibration that goes up-and-down throughout your day, and converts that to the amount of steps you took (and thus the amount of distance you walked). This is a good feature, and it’s key in knowing how many calories you burned. However, something you should know is that there are FREE pedometer apps on every smartphone. Seriously. Go to your Apple or Samsung app store on your phone, and you’ll find tons of free pedometers that use the sensors on your phone to track your steps. However, I’m a fan of just eating less instead of constantly trying to increase my cardio.
Shows Clock / Time
Uhh…. nothing to explain here. It’s a watch. All watches show the time. And if you don’t wear a watch, then your smartphone shows you the time.
This is an interesting one. Fitbits record your movement, sleep schedule, and “restful” sleep and combines this all together to give you a “Sleep Efficiency”. I’m not quite sure how accurate these numbers are, or what the health implications are. But it is important to get at least 7.5 hours of sleep a night, not only for health purposes, but to just be able to focus during the day. Another thing you should know: there are FREE sleep tracking apps on your phone as well, although probably not as accurate.
Heart Rate Detection
Basically, this records your heart rate, for all hours of the day. This is a big one, and it carries over into other features of the Fitbit (such as being able to recognize what workout you’re doing, or to automatically record stats for multiple sports). But, this really isn’t all that important when it comes to most cardio exercises (because you already can estimate the amount of calories burned).
Again, nothing to explain here. This tells you where you are in the world. Again, your smartphone already has this.
So, in conclusion, should you get a Fitbit?
Well, if you’re really interested in tracking your sleep or monitoring your heart rate, sure. These are somewhat unique features that could be useful to you if you need to track those sort of things.
But for dieting purposes? There’s almost no benefit whatsoever in getting a Fitbit that your smartphone doesn’t already provide, other than to have that cool-looking rectangular thing on your wrist. Save your money, ya’ll.