However, this year, hubby blew me away. He handed me a small box and I was so excited to receive this gift, partly because I had really been wanting to try one since reading about them, and partly because he surprised me and listened when I casually mentioned once that I thought it would be really neat to have one!
So, what is this? If you have not seen one it is called a FitBit and it is a rubber bracelet that you wear at all times (except in the shower). It is an activity tracker and it tracks your steps for the day as well as syncing to your phone or tablet to show you all kinds of cool stuff. The default is set to 10,000 steps per day and when you hit that goal you get a happy little buzz on your wrist and a CONGRATULATIONS on your smartphone. It is much more then just a buzz though, you can connect to other users and compete to see who has the most steps for the day, you can log your food, weight, and it even monitors your sleep patterns. All this is laid out in graph form on your smart phone that it can connect to via the bluetooth function. Pretty cool, huh?
Since Christmas day I haven't missed the 10,000 step goal, I have exceeded it daily and even felt competitive as I compared my total daily steps to that of friends I am connected to via the fitbit app trying to be sure I am stepping just as much as they are. I have to admit that this has even caused me to run up and down the stairs of my home for no apparent reason other then to log more steps!
So, my review? Any product that can motivate this gal to go outside and walk on Christmas day just to hit a step goal is a hit! The fitbit has more advanced models also that track your heart rate as well as have a display clock, those models are a bit more expensive but honestly I am very pleased with the one I got. It is very lightweight and I do not notice it on my wrist, since I don't normally wear a watch I wondered if it would take awhile to get used to but it does not. The band can be replaced with different color bands should you want a fashion statement or just desire a new band and they are relatively inexpensive running less then $6!
Hubby did good I must say and this gal needed some motivation, so here is to a sleek an svelte 2016...gotta get steppin!