I have a drawer full of pedometers (most of which I can’t figure out how to reset) because I love knowing how many steps I have taken or how many miles I have logged. I can’t resist. Whenever I see a new tool to help me keep track of how many calories I have burned off I am first in line. This is what it is all about, right? I enjoy the idea of being physically fit and am really good about keeping to my routine, but I also want to have my piece of cheese cake and eat it too. I log miles on the treadmill or running around the neighborhood to balance out the piece of cheese cake that I had for lunch or plan to have after dinner.
Just think how neat it would be to be able to track your calorie burn 24 hours a day. There are a number of products on the market but the latest one to catch my eye is the Fitbit Tracker. It has a motion sensor that senses your motion and converts it into all sorts of information for you. The tracker measures the intensity and duration of your physical activity, monitors the calories burned, steps taken, distance traveled, or even how long it takes you to fall asleep (and how often you get up during the night). You can wear the tracker in your pocket or clipped to your clothing 24 hours a day.
The Fitbit FAQ says it is most practical for everyday activities such as walking, running and household chores. It cannot be used for swimming and is less accurate for things like biking, but you can manually enter the activity into the program and it will give you an estimate.
The Fitbit has a blue OLED screen that displays steps, calories and your overall activity level. You manually enter in the calories that you consume to be figured into the overall readings. Information can be downloaded onto your PC. The software will run on Mac OS and Windows XP/Vista.
Sounds like a good idea doesn’t it? I am especially intrigued by the idea that you can wear it at night too. Seeing that I am a restless sleeper I am hoping that it will tell me that I am burning a lot of calories at night too (dream on). Will this work for us? I would love to hear if anyone has tried any of these new toys, and it they are an incentive to you?