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fitbit -WOW what a fantastic product!,
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This review is from: Fitbit Ultra Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker (Sports)So pleased I found Fitbit Ultra Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker via Google and delighted that amazon.co.uk are one of the first retailers of this product in the UK. I pre-ordered mine on the 25th December, a very nice Christmas gift from my wife. It arrived on the 4th Jan, 2012. In America it is THE health and fitness gadget of 2011 and having used it for the last few days I can see why.
This device is exceptional at giving you the motivation you need to keep active. Even sitting here at my desk writing this short review I am conscious of the fitbit Dashboard counting up my 'Sedentary activity' knowing I should be thinking about boosting my 'fairly active' or even my 'very active' activities.... so I'm off to the gym shortly, and I now walk the mile there and back to make sure fitbit gets its exercise of recording my activities.
The Sleep function is fascinating too, monitoring your sleep patterns. First thing I do in the mornings now is jump on my Withings Wifi Body Scale Black (this is connected via the home wifi to fitbit's Dashboard) then go down to my Mac (works on PC or Mac) and login to my fitbit account. Straight away I can see the 'Track Weight' graph has instantly shown me todays weight. Clicking the Log tab drills down to give me all the details and history I could ever want. The colourful graph and chart displays are excellent! The sleep monitor tells me how long it took to fall asleep, how many times I woke up in the night, and my actual sleep time. I got up last night at 02:37 to spend a penny, and sure enough fitbit tracked that I was active at 2:37 a.m for 2 minutes.
I'm currently in a weight loss period (on a diet) ... but one of the things I'm already really looking forward to is fitbit's ability to tell you precisely how many calories you can eat to maintain your weight dependent on your activity level.
Tracking the food you eat.... this has proved a little problematic mainly because the current fitbit database is very much orientated to the U.S. market. Most of the foods we eat here in the U.K. are just not on their database. So everything I ate I was having to input manually and this was taking too much time. However, the good news is that myfitnesspal.com a free app you can use on any smartphone, to easily capture what and when you eat, can now be connected to fitbit !!!. I ate a Sainsbury's rice cake - so I just scan the packaging barcode with my mobile phone, tell the app that this is Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner or a Snack, and the next thing you know the calories are logged onto my fitbit's Dashboard.
If you do decide to buy yourself a fitbit then please join the 'UK users of fitbit' community group on the fitbit website and we can discuss issues from a U.K. prospective to encourage the further development and integration of this fantastic product.
ps. If you are reading this review, then I think you know in your own mind fitbit is for you too!
pps. I'm also using a Sigma PC25.10 Wireless Heart Rate Monitor at the gym - this is fantastic for recording calories burnt and easy to update your fitbit 'Activities' Log manually.
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Initial post: 13 Jan 2012 12:27:03 GMT
Mr. Michael Nunley says:
I have just purchased a fitbit and had to give it a 1 star rating... Basically it records activity whenever I'm in a car which is of no use when I'm using it to record my calories burnt on My Fitness Pal.. How does yours do when you drive?
Posted on 15 Jan 2012 20:04:32 GMT
M. P. Taylor says:
..if you search for 'myfitnesspal' on the net and sign up, you will get a very good nutrition tracker that has a UK database... well worth it...
Posted on 16 Jan 2012 00:43:08 GMT
Miss Nicola Ryan says:
do you happen to know how it can tell when your are awake or asleep. Is it based on bp or heart rate rather than movement as im a very fidgety sleeper and not sure this would give me accurate information on my sleep thanks in advance
Posted on 19 Jan 2012 23:35:29 GMT
jason coldham says:
You have totally sold me! I'm buying one right now. I've been a mfp and withings user for over a year. It would be awesome if mfp joined up with withings as well.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Feb 2012 22:46:40 GMT
MyFitnessPal and Fitbit are now linked.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Feb 2012 22:49:28 GMT
I drive 20 miles to work every day, and have not encountered any issues with fitbit logging any steps whilst I'm driving.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2012 21:26:18 GMT
Richard, York says:
You press and hold the button before placing it into the wrist strap. Press it again when you get up. There's two settings for the sleep mode regular and sensitive.
I believe the feature is only a general guide rather than a professional sleep analysis.
Posted on 29 Nov 2012 23:18:23 GMT
Hi where do I find "uk users of fitbit" on website please? thanks Helen
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