Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker

17.9.13

I was lucky enough to win this earlier this year from Sandra The Black Pearl Blog and it's something I use daily, it's the Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker. It attaches to my trousers or bra and tracks my every step, calorie and distance but let me give it a run down - above it shows the standby screen - a smiley face. You change the screen by tapping it with your finger.

 Calorie Tracker 
I was really looking forward to this having a calorie tracker on, within the box and online you don't get that much information regarding this so I took it upon myself to email them as I noticed, why am I waking up and already my calories have been counted - huh!? Defeated the point for me tbh, their response was:
The calorie burn you are seeing is not just activity specific - it is a combination of calories burned related to the tracker's recorded data, as well as your estimated Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR).

Your BMR is the rate at which you burn calories at rest just to maintain vital body functions like breathing, heartbeat and brain activity, among others. Your BMR usually accounts for at least half of the calories you burn in a day, and is estimated based on the data you entered when you setup your account: gender, age, height and weight. Your profile and tracker use that data to configure your daily BMR.

The daily calorie stats will reset each night at midnight, and begin counting up immediately thereafter. This is the reason that your tracker starts the day with calories already burned - even if you do nothing all day long, you will still burn calories just by being alive. The purpose of this function is to provide a more comprehensive look at your daily activity and caloric intake.

Oh well that's cool and explains a lot but in my mind - the mind of the supermodel who doesn't have the body of Gisele B√ľndchen doesn't really want to live by estimates with my calorie burning. Guess a HRM watch is in order for that with workouts.

Distance Travelled 
How far have I walked today, this will let me know, how many miles I've walked during the day, which also helps with the next step.
Steps
This one is quite a competition with myself, they say you should walk at least 10,000 steps a day and it's something I try my hardest to do daily, it's a hard thing to get but I kind of see when I do a certain amount of miles, how many steps I do etc.

Now the one thing about this is, you cannot switch it off. It's a bit like a digital watch, so the battery can run down quick, I had to replace it in July so it lasted roughly 4 months and the replacement battery cost me nearly £4. I ended up losing my tracker - that's how ity bity it is, so once I got my battery replacement and started to re-focus it's on!

It's a handy light-weight gadget, would I purchase it myself? I'm not sure, I probably could get this from a watch but the handy thing is, it can be worn discretely daily even when wearing a date night outfit rather than a bulky HMR watch.

The fact that it can sync up with my online profile wirelessly when I put the USB stick in, is the best part. It's a last thing to do before bed, just sync up my daily points and hopefully get myself some badges lol, so far I've got my 10,000 steps (best in a day, badge) 50 miles (lifetime distance) Everytime there's a milestone it pushes you to do more and more for your next badge.

My next review will be on the ARIA Wi-Fi Smart Scale

Fitbit Zip £49.99

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