If you’ve been around here a while, you know I’m a big fan of my Fitbit. I’ve now had one for nearly two years (crazy, right?) and feel like I’ve learned a lot along the way. If you’re on the fence about getting one, just got one and aren’t sure what to do, or could just use a few tips, I’ve got them. I’ve really worked to make the most of my Fitbit and made it work for me, so I’m sharing my top tips!
- Choose the right model for you. When I first got a Fitbit, I chose the Flex. At the time, it was the best option for me, but I then upgraded to the Charge, followed by the Charge 2. When you’re choosing which one you want, think about how you’ll use it. Do you want to wear it on your wrist or on your body? Do you want information about your sleep habits? Do you want to know things like how many stairs you’ve climbed, or your heart rate? How often do you think you’ll be able to charge it? ALL of these factors need to go into your decision – trust me, you’ll be much happier if you really think about it and do your research ahead of time! Definitely reach out to people for their opinions on the different models – it’ll help your decision!
- Start with a small goal. When I first started wearing my Fitbit, I just left the goal at the default 10,000 but didn’t pay much attention to it. For the first few weeks, I just kept an eye on what my average was, which ended up being about 7,500 steps per day… so that’s where I set my goal. Once I was consistently hitting my goal, I started slowly upping my goal until I got to the recommended 10K steps/day, and am now set higher than that. There’s something really motivating about hitting your goal for a while before upping it – it helps keep you positive!
- Be consistent. The overall goal of a Fitbit, or any active device, is to increase your daily activity. Rather than a big workout at the gym, it’s a tool to build activity into your everyday life. It’s much more effective to have a week of 7,000 step days than to have a 20,000 step day one day and 4,000 another. Consistency makes it a habit, which is why you got a Fitbit in the first place, right?
- Find Fitbit friends. If you’ve connected your Fitbit account with Facebook, it’s really easy to find friends that have Fitbit and make them your friends on Fitbit. You can also add people by their email address, or directly from a link to their profile. At this point, I’ve got a long list of people on there, and it’s cool (and motivating) to see where you stack up against the people you know.
- Do challenges. Fitbit has challenges built into the app – Goal Day, Weekend Warrior, Workweek Hustle, and Daily Showdown. I’ve done a TON of these challenges and they are so much fun – they give it a bit of competition and you can challenge different people for different things. I’ve got a group of blog friends (you ladies know who you are) that I have challenges with regularly, but I’ve also done challenges with work friends and sorority sisters. It’s a great way to push each other with a little friendly competition.
- Have fun! Fitbits are gadgets, and they’re meant to be fun. They should add to your life, not take away from it. If you’re stressing about it, you’re not doing it right!
Any other Fitbit tips I missed?