Frugal Fitness: FitBit Edition

wpid-screenshot_2015-02-12-23-28-16-1.pngI mentioned last week that a few family members received FitBits for Christmas and I also (finally) jumped on the bandwagon I had been thinking about for a while, and got one too. I do well with competition and was intrigued when I saw my sister-in-law spend an entire Friday night on my treadmill in an attempt to beat her aunt in a work-week challenge. I wanted in on it!

After I decided that I would be buying one I had to decide which one of the FitBit line was for me.

I immediately ruled out anything I had to wear on my wrist. I have a hard time wearing a watch so I knew permanent wearing something would drive me crazy. This narrowed my options down to the FitBit One, for $99 and the FitBit Zip for $59.

The One has the advantage of containing a rechargeable battery, a screen that you can see your stats, clips onto clothing, measures steps/kCals burned/distance/floors climbed and sleep patterns.

The Zip is similar to the One except that it is a little smaller, comes in multiple colors (if that’s your thing), runs on watch battery and does not measure floors climbed or sleep patterns. Since none of these ”extra” things (sleep and floors climbed) interested  me, I opted for the cheapest option at $59 and bought the Zip.

I knew I wouldn’t be able to stand sleeping with something ”on” me so that feature was irrelevant to me. Also, I have a 2.5 year old daughter, I know my sleep is total crap, I don’t need to be reminded. I also don’t really care about floors climbed, though it would be sort of cool to see how many floors I climb in a day I’m not curious enough to pay the extra $40. I wanted the basic features of the glorified pedometer that needed to compete!

I knew I was going to have fun with this little device but I had no idea how powerful it would be. I’m not exaggerating when I say it rules my life. I wake up, get dressed and immediately clip it on me (you can wear it where ever you want, I like the middle of my bra since it’s totally discrete and more out-of-the-way than my pants). I must get my step count it every day. Maybe it’s my type-A personality but I can’t stand going to bed knowing I haven’t met my goals for the day. Huge bonus being since starting this fitness challenge I’ve lost almost six pounds.

Though I think I would do well without any competition, it definitely helps (and is crazy motivating) to have ”friends” who are participating in challenges against each other. I keeps me moving for sure!

If you’re looking for a little motivation to move I can’t say enough good about the FitBit, at less than $100 it’s much cheaper than a gym membership too 🙂

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  1. I heard these type of devices are really helpful with getting fit. I was thinking about getting one, but I’m one of those old school type of chicks who just cut back and work out. Now that I’m older its not working out for me like it use to so it may be time for me to step up my game. I may need one of these. Thanks for the tip.
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  2. That’s amazing! I’ve heard of the FitBit and everyone I know who has one seems to like it. I’ve heard the sleep feature isn’t always accurate, so it may not be worth the $40. I’m curious to look into this when I have some extra $!
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  3. I have the Flex and so far it has presented no problem wearing it on my wrist. The only quirk is that since I know that something is present on my wrist, I’ll often attempt to check the time. But it definitely helps and I love feeling that buzz when you hit your steps limit!
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    • I just didn’t want one mostly because I was my hands SO frequently at work and dislike anything on my wrist. Personal choice!

  4. I have the Flex and I’ve been using it for about a month. I have had to reset mine at least 5 times as it will stop syncing with the app on my phone. That is annyong but otherwise I do like it!
    I find it interesting to see how I active I am on gym days vs rest days.
    I have found the sleep thing to be fairly accurate, but it is only so much as movement (ie. it does not register you as being awake until you actually get out of bed and log steps).
    The step counter is fairly accurate (I think) but I noticed it logs steps when I am moving my arms to dry my air. I assume soft steps taken may not register so hopefully it balances itself out with things like that.
    I do like it, but my parents ordered it from Airmiles and gave it to me. I think I would have been disappointed with it if I’d have spent $100+ of my own money.
    Just my $0.02!

  5. I got a wrist fitbit for Christmas. I have worn it 90% of the time since then and I do have to say it has made a change in me. I am so much more aware of how much I move in my daily job. I don’t know if the novelty will last, but I am enjoying it now.
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  6. I have a Jawbone and absolutely love it. I ended up picking that over the Fitbit because of the partner apps the Jawbone had. Now though, most apps are supported by either brand.

    I love it because of how it keeps me moving and focused in not sitting for long periods of time. I’ve even got my wife, sister, mom and mother in law all hooked on it as well!
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  7. That’s awesome! Hey whatever works! Some people like the competition to keep them motivated. Keep us posted on your progress. And I agree that if I had something “judging” my sleep, I think it would make me sleep worse. 🙂
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  8. I’ve had a fitbit for almost 3 years now – I just upgraded to a One from the Ultra (the very first fitbit). It really has changed my thinking on getting more steps in the day, especially with the new challenges! Enjoy your fitbit for many years to come!
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  9. I’ve thought about getting a FitBit, but I just don’t think I’ll use it that much…
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    • The main idea is that you never take it off. Unless you choose not to sleep with it
      I find it crazy motivating but to each is own. I was on the fence for over year. Glad I jumped on!

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Frugal Fitness: FitBit Edition

wpid-screenshot_2015-02-12-23-28-16-1.pngI mentioned last week that a few family members received FitBits for Christmas and I also (finally) jumped on the bandwagon I had been thinking about for a while, and got one too. I do well with competition and was intrigued when I saw my sister-in-law spend an entire Friday night on my treadmill in an attempt to beat her aunt in a work-week challenge. I wanted in on it!

After I decided that I would be buying one I had to decide which one of the FitBit line was for me.

I immediately ruled out anything I had to wear on my wrist. I have a hard time wearing a watch so I knew permanent wearing something would drive me crazy. This narrowed my options down to the FitBit One, for $99 and the FitBit Zip for $59.

The One has the advantage of containing a rechargeable battery, a screen that you can see your stats, clips onto clothing, measures steps/kCals burned/distance/floors climbed and sleep patterns.

The Zip is similar to the One except that it is a little smaller, comes in multiple colors (if that’s your thing), runs on watch battery and does not measure floors climbed or sleep patterns. Since none of these ”extra” things (sleep and floors climbed) interested  me, I opted for the cheapest option at $59 and bought the Zip.

I knew I wouldn’t be able to stand sleeping with something ”on” me so that feature was irrelevant to me. Also, I have a 2.5 year old daughter, I know my sleep is total crap, I don’t need to be reminded. I also don’t really care about floors climbed, though it would be sort of cool to see how many floors I climb in a day I’m not curious enough to pay the extra $40. I wanted the basic features of the glorified pedometer that needed to compete!

I knew I was going to have fun with this little device but I had no idea how powerful it would be. I’m not exaggerating when I say it rules my life. I wake up, get dressed and immediately clip it on me (you can wear it where ever you want, I like the middle of my bra since it’s totally discrete and more out-of-the-way than my pants). I must get my step count it every day. Maybe it’s my type-A personality but I can’t stand going to bed knowing I haven’t met my goals for the day. Huge bonus being since starting this fitness challenge I’ve lost almost six pounds.

Though I think I would do well without any competition, it definitely helps (and is crazy motivating) to have ”friends” who are participating in challenges against each other. I keeps me moving for sure!

If you’re looking for a little motivation to move I can’t say enough good about the FitBit, at less than $100 it’s much cheaper than a gym membership too 🙂

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  1. I heard these type of devices are really helpful with getting fit. I was thinking about getting one, but I’m one of those old school type of chicks who just cut back and work out. Now that I’m older its not working out for me like it use to so it may be time for me to step up my game. I may need one of these. Thanks for the tip.
    Petrish @ Debt Free Martini recently posted..Ways to Manage Your Emotions While Paying Off DebtMy Profile

  2. Carly says:

    That’s amazing! I’ve heard of the FitBit and everyone I know who has one seems to like it. I’ve heard the sleep feature isn’t always accurate, so it may not be worth the $40. I’m curious to look into this when I have some extra $!
    Carly recently posted..Goals, Plans and Thoughts for 2015My Profile

  3. Money Beagle says:

    I have the Flex and so far it has presented no problem wearing it on my wrist. The only quirk is that since I know that something is present on my wrist, I’ll often attempt to check the time. But it definitely helps and I love feeling that buzz when you hit your steps limit!
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    1. Catherine says:

      I just didn’t want one mostly because I was my hands SO frequently at work and dislike anything on my wrist. Personal choice!

  4. Dayle says:

    I have the Flex and I’ve been using it for about a month. I have had to reset mine at least 5 times as it will stop syncing with the app on my phone. That is annyong but otherwise I do like it!
    I find it interesting to see how I active I am on gym days vs rest days.
    I have found the sleep thing to be fairly accurate, but it is only so much as movement (ie. it does not register you as being awake until you actually get out of bed and log steps).
    The step counter is fairly accurate (I think) but I noticed it logs steps when I am moving my arms to dry my air. I assume soft steps taken may not register so hopefully it balances itself out with things like that.
    I do like it, but my parents ordered it from Airmiles and gave it to me. I think I would have been disappointed with it if I’d have spent $100+ of my own money.
    Just my $0.02!

    1. catherine says:

      So far I’m happy with my Zip, my husband just ordered a flex though so I’m interested to see how different they are.
      catherine recently posted..Frugal Fitness: FitBit EditionMy Profile

  5. jolie says:

    I got a wrist fitbit for Christmas. I have worn it 90% of the time since then and I do have to say it has made a change in me. I am so much more aware of how much I move in my daily job. I don’t know if the novelty will last, but I am enjoying it now.
    jolie recently posted..Where the money standsMy Profile

  6. I have a Jawbone and absolutely love it. I ended up picking that over the Fitbit because of the partner apps the Jawbone had. Now though, most apps are supported by either brand.

    I love it because of how it keeps me moving and focused in not sitting for long periods of time. I’ve even got my wife, sister, mom and mother in law all hooked on it as well!
    Don @ Breath of Optimism recently posted..4 Truths About Alcohol AddictionMy Profile

    1. catherine says:

      yeah I think they’re pretty similar. I was not interested in wearing anything on my wrist though since I wear gloves all day and knew it would bother me so I’m happy with the small size of Zip.
      catherine recently posted..Frugal Fitness: FitBit EditionMy Profile

  7. That’s awesome! Hey whatever works! Some people like the competition to keep them motivated. Keep us posted on your progress. And I agree that if I had something “judging” my sleep, I think it would make me sleep worse. 🙂
    Tonya@Budget and the Beach recently posted..Freelancing Lessons: You’re Worth It!My Profile

  8. I’ve had a fitbit for almost 3 years now – I just upgraded to a One from the Ultra (the very first fitbit). It really has changed my thinking on getting more steps in the day, especially with the new challenges! Enjoy your fitbit for many years to come!
    Mom @ Three is Plenty recently posted..Detailed Financial Picture – February 2015My Profile

  9. I’ve thought about getting a FitBit, but I just don’t think I’ll use it that much…
    Kayla @ Shoeaholicnomore recently posted..Valentine’s Day TeaMy Profile

    1. Catherine says:

      The main idea is that you never take it off. Unless you choose not to sleep with it
      I find it crazy motivating but to each is own. I was on the fence for over year. Glad I jumped on!

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