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Fitbit Tracks Your Workouts and Your Sleep

Although I think healthy living is often about simplifying things, I still love techy health gadgets. If you're a health nut like me, you probably wonder everyday if you've gotten enough sleep or how many calories you burned on your morning jog. Most fitness gadgets only monitor your workouts, but the Fitbit ($99) keeps tabs on your sleep too. So it keeps track of you day and night.

It contains a motion sensor like the ones found in a Nike+ Sports Kit or the Nintendo Wii. The Fitbit measures the duration and intensity of your walks or runs, how many calories you've burned, the number of steps you've taken, and distance you've traveled each day. It also monitors your bedtime habits by tracking how long it took you to fall asleep, the number of times you woke up during the night, and how long you were actually asleep. It has a small blue OLED display that shows your steps, calories, distance, and overall activity level. Interested in more details? Then

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Fitbit is also wireless. Your data will automatically be uploaded to the Fitbit website as soon as you walk within 25 feet of the base station, which comes with the Fitbit. This tracking device isn't shipping until late December/early January, so if you want to be the first on your block to have one, you can preorder on the website.

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shepptacular shepptacular 7 years
I like the look of this. I love having my nike plus sensor but it is only useful for runs ..this way I can truly see how many cals I burn a day and adjust my diet accordingly
frogribbit frogribbit 7 years
It sounds cool! I agree the BodyBugg is expensive. The GoWear Fit seems to be less expensive. I would think the arm band would be hard to hide under work clothes.
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
Can I be the crazy person for a minute?I do think that this is an absolutely awesome idea, however:It has a blue light on it, which is actually proven to disrupt sleep. It also is "wireless", which in some studies shows that is increases types of radiation to the body [you know all the cell phones will give you brain cancer type of research?]. Anyone else see some possible negative effects?
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
Can I be the crazy person for a minute? I do think that this is an absolutely awesome idea, however: It has a blue light on it, which is actually proven to disrupt sleep. It also is "wireless", which in some studies shows that is increases types of radiation to the body [you know all the cell phones will give you brain cancer type of research?]. Anyone else see some possible negative effects?
rwashum88 rwashum88 7 years
Wow! Christmas gift, anyone? I'm most definitely getting one of these!!!
metrocat metrocat 7 years
I couldn't help myself...I just ordered mine! I love the wireless aspect and the web-based interface looks great. January seems so far away now!
hardcorecupcakex hardcorecupcakex 7 years
This look pretty cool but I may wait couple of months or a year or so before I actually buy it so that if there are any bugs they can be worked out and fixed
Veronix Veronix 7 years
I love it!
Veronix Veronix 7 years
I love it!
pixelhaze pixelhaze 7 years
I'm really interested in the sleep monitoring ... that's something that would help me a lot.
cjzoller cjzoller 7 years
This looks like a really cool gadget. Aside from the sleep sensor, which does seem cool there are already many products like this on the market. Someone mentioned the Bodybug, i have used this and I think its crap for the price. My personal favorite is the Polar FA20. Polar is known for their HRM's but the FA20 is the first without a hrm and tracks a lot of this type of info. And is pretty inexpensive. http://www.polarusa.com/us-en/products/fitness_crosstraining/FA20.. I've been using this for about a month now, and having this in a watch display is motivational, when I see I'm acting like a bum some days(active time) I'll start walking to the far bathroom in the office and even walk over to ask questions instead of using email. This seems cool as well though
cjzoller cjzoller 7 years
This looks like a really cool gadget. Aside from the sleep sensor, which does seem cool there are already many products like this on the market. Someone mentioned the Bodybug, i have used this and I think its crap for the price. My personal favorite is the Polar FA20. Polar is known for their HRM's but the FA20 is the first without a hrm and tracks a lot of this type of info. And is pretty inexpensive. http://www.polarusa.com/us-en/products/fitness_crosstraining/FA20.. I've been using this for about a month now, and having this in a watch display is motivational, when I see I'm acting like a bum some days(active time) I'll start walking to the far bathroom in the office and even walk over to ask questions instead of using email. This seems cool as well though
walkinggal walkinggal 7 years
Fitbit looks like it will be great but a lot of people probably don't realize that there are several products that have computer connected pedometer type devices out on the market that have a web social networking type environment. You have several to choose from, WalkingSpree, Fitbug, SportBrain, WalkStyles, BodyBugg as someone above mentioned. WalkingSpree and Fitbug use the same omron usb pedometer which is also an accelerometer like Fitbit. Although Fitbit is the first wireless option and one to monitor sleep.
jessie jessie 7 years
that is sooo neat.....i would sooo lose it!
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i love this - and i think that i'm kind of with everyone else to see what kind of accuracy it has. i'm one of the biggest cheerleaders for new products like this but of course i want to make sure that i'm getting my money's worth. i'll have to read up a bit more on this one..it sounds cool.
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 7 years
this actually sounds really cool!
Neelloc Neelloc 7 years
On one hand this sounds great and I want one. On another kinda paranoid hand, I wonder if my info could ever be accessed by other people! Maybe one step away from Big Brother watching us! :)
Spectra Spectra 7 years
This is a really cool idea! I'd mostly buy it to track my sleep because I always estimate how much sleep I get, but I never really know EXACTLY when I fall asleep.
rebelde816 rebelde816 7 years
I want to see if there are any reviews because it sounds like something a lot of people use. But I wonder how it measures all the steps you make and how many calories you burn because everybody's different. But I would buy this too!
princessgouveia princessgouveia 7 years
I would so buy this. I already use fitday.com to keep track of weight and calories but something that did all the rest AND take over calorie count would be awesome. Plus of course I'm a gadget whore. :)
Allytta Allytta 7 years
hm, intersting, but how will it know when i'm asleep?
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
i wonder if it takes into account weight fluctuations. do you have to constantly change the weight program? looks pretty good anyways. i'll consider buying one since i need a good pedometer calorie counter burn thungy. lol.
bethiesny bethiesny 7 years
I can't wait to see how well this works. I'd love to get a BodyBugg, but they're just too expensive. This seems like a more wallet-friendly alternative!
SillyGirl SillyGirl 7 years
I preordered mine months ago - cant wait!! tlsgirl - for sleeping you have to wear it on a wrist band since it measures your pulse. gabiush - i think you tell it your height/weight/age so it takes that into account with calorie counting.
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