Fitbit Ultra Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker Review

Perhaps The Best Fitness Gadget of the 21st Century

fitbit ultraI’m thirty two years old and this is basically, other than desktop and laptop computers, the first piece of techno-gadgetry I’ve ever owned. For whatever reason I have never gone gaga over cell phones, smart phones, Ipods etc. In my mind, these things tend to distract people from what is really important, life itself. I ended up purchasing this on the advice of a few co-workers who had managed to get in amazing shape within about six months.

I work in retail at a major department store that is primarily for women. It turned out that they had one of these little miracle workers for a while and I didn’t even know it! I’ll be honest and say this gadget takes some getting used to and there is a bit to learn, but now I’ve gotten the hang of things, I love it! Here’s a brief breakdown of how I use it.

How I Use My Fitbit

  • I’m able to keep a record of how many steps I take around the sales floor and back and forth to stock rooms. It was a shocker when I realized I was walking roughly 5-9 miles a day. I couldn’t believe how much exercise I was getting on average five days a week. It helped me realize that the whole issue all along had been my eating habits.
  • I was also able to get a better idea of my sleeping habits, which turned out to be rather awful if I do say so myself. After the initial revelation once I had some data compiled, my husband decided to chime in and let me know he noticed my sleeping habits affecting my attitude years ago! This tiny machine is so faithful and honest, I adore it.
  • The worry that I would lose it was a big deal at first. However, it has become a habit now to clip it under my shirt or on my bra without thinking. While it is small, I haven’t lost it once.
  • I’m familiar with the computer but the degree and depth to which I could manipulate and understand all the information, through online tables and charts and stuff, was at first overwhelming. I especially find the food log, in conjunction with the calories counter, the best way to see where I need to shift and alter to maintain my goal weight.

The After Affects of Fitbit

At first I became a little obsessed with figuring it all out. As I mentioned, the amount of information that comes with this thing is substantial when you tackle all the online stuff. However, whenever it is on me, I walk more, I take the stairs, I have gotten more into working out at the gym because it is teaching me which exercises are better. I’m learning how to work out smarter rather than harder.

My best friend got one and in the last few months has gotten into the online competitive aspect pretty hardcore, but I’m still in a training phase. I used to dream of chiselled fitness trainers but now I have everything I need and more without any sexual tension!

The Two Big Downsides

  • I went through other reviews of Fitbit and found this to be a prevalent failing. For some reason the machine is not as durable as it should be. I’ve already noticed mine beginning to get a little shabby and I’ll need to get a replacement soon. Thankfully this isnt a problem, and as long as I send them the old one. For the money I paid for this guy though I expected it to last longer. All they need is a little plastic encasement, similar to the ones that are used with athletic mp3 players that people wear on their arms when jogging. Those things can take a licking and keep ticking a long time, so should Fitbit.
  • It isn’t as accurate with other cardio machines as it is with stepping. The stair climber is fine, but not the elliptical, rowing machine, or weight lifting. I usually have to ball park it in my mind, which is fine because I don’t want this to completely take over my life. The maths, formulas, and data are awesome, and have changed my life but I don’t want this to turn into everything I hate about cell phones and Ipads. Furthermore, I find it annoying that I can’t bring it into the pool with me. Again, I need to create a durable, water tight, plastic container for this thing.

What It Comes Down To

The price is worth it. For those heavy users, expect replacements, similar to other handheld technologies. When all the online stuff is added into the bundle, especially the community which I have been starting to get to know, this thing is an amazing deal. Already a few more of the ladies are looking into Fitbits because they are noticing the changes in those of us who have them. I have turned around my eating habits, I make it a point to exercise more and have lost twenty five pounds and 6% body fat since I started using mine.

So far I haven’t been able to share my zeal with my husband. I’m sure there are plenty of men with one of these things, but I have yet to meet one. There are plenty of them online, but it would be great if I could share this with my man. He isnt a runner or a walker. His thing is racket ball and softball with the guys from his office.

Other than the durability issue, and the learning curve, the Fitbit is a miracle worker and I would recommend it to anyone who has a lifestyle like mine where walking, stepping, stairs, and escalators play a big role. Fitbit makes it more fun getting in shape!

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