Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fitbit for dummy

- Fitbit Noun from the Latin meaning: “Get off the sofa and go walk 10,000 steps.”

Couple of days before my birthday, my wife asked me if I would like a Fitbit. I didn’t know what it was and I wasn’t sure if she was joking. So I answered: “No thank you!”

She must have guessed my ignorance because she started to tell me what it does. I had said NO so I was not about to change my answer and look like she was right about me wanting one. A man has to assume himself!

Today we went to Costco and while she had her eyes examined I just walked through the store aimlessly, just browsing. In the electronic department what did I see? A gizmo that does something similar to the Fitbit, it’s a distant cousin, a Vivofit.

I looked around, my wife was no where in sight, so I approached the Vivofit to see what it’s all about.

Interesting, I thought, maybe it would be useful. Now that this is MY idea it must be a good one, right?

For those who won’t admit they don’t know what it is I’ll tell you what I understood. It’s like a pedometer, it measures the number of steps you take. You wear it around your wrist and keeps counting all day. It will help you keep track of your daily activities. You can set goals (like walking 10,000 steps) and when you reach your goal it will vibrate at which time you are free to use your sofa. It also tells you how many calories you burnt. The most advance one will also monitor your heart rate. Every thing is downloadable to your smart phone or PC.

My problem with it is that I don’t like wearing stuff… I don’t wear my watch; I don’t have bracelets, chains or any other piece of hardware on me except for the clothes I wear.

With all the research I did, I still couldn’t figure out if it also tells time. If you have to wear it all day it might as well have another purpose.

If you wear it in bed, well I don’t know if it will track all exercises but it will tell you how you slept. I’m at a lost on that one; I think I sleep with both eyes closed, that’s pretty much my only concern.

Do you own one? Does anyone you know have one? Do you (or they) like it or after a few weeks did it took a last step to the bottom of a drawer?


  1. I don't own one, but you hear a lot of people talking about them here in the blog world. I have a hard time spending money on something that tells me whether or not I'm working hard enough. Since I'm overweight the answer is kind of intuitive.

    Hey can I get on your blogroll?

    -FogDog Weight Loss

    1. You were already on my blogroll... on the right end side.

      To me my main concern with the fidbit it's tracking all activities in your day. At the end of the day, it can give you a total calories burned. Let say I burned 400 calories, could I have cake? That would defeat the purpose of getting healthier.

  2. I don't own one, and in fact, I didn't know what it is. Not only is this an entertainment blog, it's also highly educational. And, of course, motivational :)

    1. Pleeeeease Martha if you could limit the compliments to only one per comment; I already have an over-size ego and I'm trying to loose some of it, it is so difficult when you are so perfect! LOL

  3. What do you mean you don't wear chains??? You used to come to work all pimped out everyday!! Just like this guy!

    Wow, retirement really has changed you!

    1. Elaine I was wearing the chains because it attracted the chicks! ha ha ha

  4. Hi Richard ..... followed you / hopped over from FogDogs blog.

    Obviously read your profile and wish you and your wife sincere best wishes as you travel along 2015, you are in my thoughts.

    With regard to the 'Fitbit' some I know who have one are pleased - but I don't have one.

    Take Care and .......

    All the best Jan

    1. Thank you Jan for your good wishes, we are so grateful and optimism about 2015, I think we barely touch the ground at times :)


  5. Fitbits: don't buy a used one before doing a lot of research. There's been a few recalls because of the fitbits causing skin irritation.
    You don't want to be irritated, do you? :D

    I've met a professor that wears one and LOVES it. I spent a while admiring all the beautiful data he generated.

    - WWE

    1. Thanks for the info WWE. You are right I don't want to be irritated but, my kids, at time can be irritating ha ha ha