Monday, 23 February 2015

fitbit one


2015 is the year I get in shape. The first step I took was starting Slimming World, which you may have seen me talking about in previous posts and on my twitter and instagram - stay tuned this week for my first post on how I'm getting on. But of course, healthy eating should always be combined with an active lifestyle. Being a teacher means I am on my feet most of the day, but the heavy workload also means I don't have as much time to workout as I'd like. I've been trying to find ways of monitoring my fitness, so when I was asked to review the Fit Bit One I jumped at the chance. 

This handy little gadget claims to help you both get fit and sleep better, all in one teeny tiny device. For me, sleeping is really important. There are two things which just send me over the egde - a lack of sleep, and a lack of food. Like many people my stressful job means my sleep can often be disrupted, meaning I wake up feeling tired and agitated. The first thing the FitBit One helps you to understand is the quality of your sleep - pop it into the wristband provided and whilst you're sleeping it does all the hard work. 

I find the data (which syncs to your laptop or phone) so fascinating! It tells you how many times you woke up and how long you slept for in total, allowing you to get a better understanding of your sleep patterns. Mind blowing stuff! Not only does it measure your sleep, but it also measures what you do in daytime hours. A little like a pedometer, this clips to your clothes and measures the number of steps you take, stairs climbed etc, giving you an idea of how active you are and how many calories you burn daily. As it's so small, it is totally discreet - you can even pop it in your bra! 

For me, the FitBit One helps me understand my body. I never thought I did much exercise in the day - how wrong I was! I love checking out how many miles I walk each day, and using the online tools I can record a load of other stuff such as what I eat, drink and when I workout. So far, I'm super impressed. This year I am determined to slim down and develop my fitness - this is really helping me understand how I need to go about doing that. What a clever little thing!

Disclaimer: I was gifted the FitBit One for review purposes on behalf of LV = Love Life. You can see their top ten smart fitness tech here. All views still my own. 

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