As I said in my previous article below, fitbit needed to make some improvements–AND, they did!

Fitbit is now much more comfortable to wear, tracks your heart rate, synchs much better with your phone and computer, and gives you more relevant feedback such as how well you’ve slept.

The app is still clunky when it comes to weight training but I bet they are working on that (at least I hope so).

I’m still not crazy about its friend function.

I prefer to remain anonymous online for many reasons but I really dislike that jeering button! It’s MEAN.

For those of you who love to compete with one another, this interface works great though again, it doesn’t distinguish walks to the bathroom from walks up steep inclines.

I have such admiration for technology that I know one day you’ll be able to snap a picture of the food you’ve eaten, strap on a wrist band, and know just how much movement at how hard of an intensity you’ll need to move to maintain, lose, or gain weight.

I bet it’ll be the next version!

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I got a Fitbit for Christmas and have to say, I’m a bit more than disappointed.

When I heard the buzz about these fancy pedometers, and how some of my friends were racking up miles, burning calories and keeping track of all of it with their Fitbit, I was intrigued.

Now I’m not saying that the Fitbit does a bad job, in fact it is an excellent pedometer and catches every single step I make, but not a single squat, bicep curl, or push up.

In fact, I have worked out ferociously for 45 minutes only to look at my Fitbit telling me I acquired only a few thousand steps and that I wasn’t working out in what it considers the “very active” zone.

As I stood there with sweat blurring my vision, I swore. (Still working on that for my hubby, thankfully he wasn’t there to hear that outburst).

What do you mean I didn’t work out hard? Burpees, squats, overhead presses, bicep curls, triceps extensions and more for nearly an hour barely counted as anything.

When I went to log my workout, the Fitbit dashboard asked for some basic information on the activity but then asked me for how many calories I burned. Now if I knew that, I wouldn’t be bothering with the Fitbit! That’s when I realized the Fitbit isn’t what I wanted it to be.

Fitbit Pros

As a pedometer it is excellent.

As a sleep depth informer, again excellent (btw, I am a good sleeper and an even better napper)

As a motivator to climb more stairs and keep moving, again, it is superb.

Its integration with smart phones is fantastic along with its integration with myfitnesspal food logging.

Fitbit Cons

The wrist strap, in my opinion, is cheap and uncomfortable. Getting it to stay on and be at a comfortable length is difficult at best.

It’s interface for logging workouts that aren’t step based, i.e. biking, swimming, and weight training is disappointing.pushup

It doesn’t distinguish between 3 miles on the treadmill or 3 miles of long romantic walks to the refrigerator. Not all steps are of the same fitness value.

The “Friend” function is nice as it lets you compete against friends and/or strangers in your age group. BUT, the “taunt” feature is mean spirited. I’m not big into competition (the yogi in me I guess), but jeering your friends because maybe they forgot to recharge their Fitbit or took a day off OR SIMPLY DID A KILLER BIKE AND WEIGHT TRAINING DAY that doesn’t fair well on the Fitbit is at the very least, unkind.

What I Wanted the Fitbit To Be

Listen up app designers!

It needs to integrate a heart rate monitor so you know that you are working at a vigorous enough level when you are being given those “very active” minutes.

When you log in weight training etc. it needs to use your length of workout, the intensity of workout, body weight and age to suggest how many calories you burned instead of asking you what you think you burned – how the HECK (I really wanted to swear here) should I know?

Improve the wrist band to be more comfortable and user friendly.

In an ideal world, you could wear this little ditty on your wrist and have it tell you how much you have to move to work off the food you ate so you maintain a healthy balance. If it could magically determine what you’ve eaten that would be even better!

I guess we will have to wait to see if science can create that miracle!

I believe in miracles! One day I just know we will have that amazing technology. It’s just not the Fitbit (yet).

Overall, if you are looking to get motivated to move more and are willing to log your food and exercises, the Fitbit is very good at what it does. Honestly, seeing those steps add up or be very low, does get me to move more which is good no matter what.

Do you love your Fitbit? Why? Are you obsessing or competing with your Fitbit? Do you find this good or bad. I’d love to hear your experiences with Fitbit, UP, or any other pedometer. And, if you know where I can get my magical bracelet, be sure to share in the comments below!

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