Pros and Cons of Fitbit Gadgets

Thanksgiving is finally over, and with Christmas coming round the corner, we wonder if we can ever stick to the same shirt size. While we fool ourselves by taking a slice of pie for the fifth time, maybe it’s time to consider the effects of binge-eating, and take a hard look at the mirror.

Most of us consider ourselves to be pretty healthy. We drink clean water, use the stairs instead of the elevator, and spend less time near the microwave. For those of you happy with your life choices, good for you. But for those who wish to lose those few extra pounds, and lose the practice of sucking in your gut, read on.

Fitbit gadgets have been in vogue for some time. They have given tough competition to Nike and Jawbone. There are many reasons for their popularity, and the name isn’t one of them. They have launched a number of products, keeping in mind the demographic of users in the market, and all the while targeting overall fitness and the well-being of consumers. We take a look at the pros and cons of Fitbit gadgets, and what keeps the average consumer coming back for more.

Fitbit One
Cost: $99.95

For those who like to be free when running, this gadget is for you. Fitbit One is a sleek gadget that you can clip on easily. You don’t have to wear it on your wrist continuously. With a simple display, you can keep track of your fitness with one touch. It comes with a separate charging cable and wireless syncing. Fitbit One was the first to adopt Bluetooth technology. The wireless syncing is currently available on newer Android devices and iPhone 4S and higher. The One comes with a wrist strap which can contain the device, and it wakes you up with your preset goals. While syncing with the online account, Fitbit One devises a well-planned diet based on the intake of foods and your current goal.

Pros

►Very easy to wear; you can’t even feel its presence while running. It can be clipped onto your shirt or your belt. It won’t slip off even if you jogged your hardest trying to lose that last pound.

►You can scroll through the number of steps taken, calories lost, and goals you have achieved. You can create your account on the Fitbit website and sync it online with other users to compare your progress. An image of a flower is displayed, which keeps growing the more active you get.

►It has a set of default goals in-built in the system, like 10,000 steps a day, 5 miles a day, 30 ‘active’ minutes, and 10 floors climbed. Though the reason for setting these goals is still unclear, the recommendation is a minimum of 150 minutes of walking every week or any other activity. It also tracks your sleeping patterns and displays the result in a graphical format.

►The device wakes you up silently with a vibrating alarm. It gives you badges based on your performance. Plus, this gives you the chance to gloat to your friends on social media, and those connected to your Fitbit account. The device shouts out encouraging messages, unlike your PE teacher, like ‘You Rock!’ and ‘I’m Ready!’.

►One has a battery life which lasts a week. No need to keep it charging everyday like your cell phone.