Good day to you, Readers! I’m assuming you know what a Fitbit is, given the recent fitness-tracking craze. However, I’ve had some mention to me that they did not know what to do with it. So let’s talk.
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Get the Most Out of Your Fitbit
Your Fitbit is a device that tracks personal metrics (things like your steps taken and your heart rate). I use a Fitbit Charge HR, so most of this article will be tailored more towards using that device. The basic principles should apply to other Fitbit devices too, though.
FIRST, thing you do when your Fitbit comes out of the package is to charge that baby up! You should have a power cord included that plugs into any USB adapter.
SECOND, you should read your little Fitbit manual. It will familiarize you with the anatomy of your Fitbit and its features.
NEXT, you should download the smartphone Fitbit app and follow the setup instructions. Let me help familiarize you with how the app is laid out.
The Anatomy of the FitBit App:
- This tab displays your stats in a quick and easy format. You will see your steps, heart rate (if your device tracks heart rate), distance traveled, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes, and so on.
- Tap on any of these categories to see more details about that particular personal metric.
- At the top, you will see challenges you are currently participating in.
- Below are the challenges that are available for you to join.
- Displays friends you have already connected with and allows you to connect with new fitness-oriented people. (Add friends by clicking the button that looks like a “+” and a little person.)
- Displays your name, device type(s), goals, settings, and compatible apps, and allows you to log out.
- Tap any category to see more details or options.
Now that you know how the Fitbit works, and how the app works, how do you get the most benefits from your Fitbit???
- Set the goals on your Account tab. Be realistic, but push yourself a little. For example, my first goals were 5,000 steps, 2.5 miles, 2,000 calories burned, 30 active minutes, and 10 floors climbed. I still had to exert myself to reach these goals, but when I did reach them, the success inspired me to try even harder the next day.
- Track your food and water intake. I use MyFitnessPal (a Fitbit compatible app) for this purpose. Chances are unless you’re a nutritionist, you may not have a good idea how many calories, grams of fat, and grams of sugar you are taking in over the course of a day.
- Follow your Fitbit app’s suggested calorie intake. If you link in with your MyFitnessPal app or log your food in the Fitbit app, it will display how many calories you have consumed and how many you have left. From time to time, tap this category to see how you did during the past week, as this will give you a better idea of your progress.
- Fuel your body! Eat what your body NEEDS to be healthy! We all know the drill. Plenty of veggies, fruits, whole grains and, if you choose, lean meats. Keep the fatty or sugary foods and drinks to a minimum. Check out this recipe to help get more veggies in your diet!
- Get plenty of sleep.Try to set aside enough time to recharge your body. If you have trouble getting enough sleep, like I do, try going to bed a few minutes earlier each night.
- Drink plenty of agua! Your body is 50-75% water. You need to drink plenty of water to be healthy. Keep your water interesting by infusing fruit!
- Get active! Reach you step goals, log workouts, anything to get your body moving!
- Put forth an effort to reach your goals, and surround yourself with people who do the same. Connect with like-minded individuals on the Friends tab.
- Celebrate even little fitness victories. Did you finally get your skinny jeans on? Turn down the second slice of cake at a party? Take a moment to recognize and appreciate your achievements.
- Wear your Fitbit as often as possible, but do take it off to charge it from time to time. I charge mine while I’m in the shower or driving since there’s nothing really for it to track during those times.
And that’s it! Follow these ten simple tips and your Fitbit will help you get on your way to a fitter, healthier you!
You can find a great selection of Fitbits at this link!
Updated on January 13, 2017.