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Should I get a FitBit?

Updated on April 8, 2016
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FitBit's tools to aid in fat loss

Many people think that FitBit's only track steps taken throughout the day. While the main feature of the FitBit is to track steps, they do so much more. Below I will outline the main features offered, and then I will go in detail and point out how each of these features will help you with your health and fitness goals.

  • Footstep counter
  • Heart rate monitor (With certain models)
  • Distance walked
  • Calories burned (Again, only some models have this)
  • Stairs climbed
  • Sleep tracker
  • Watch (Obviously)

Why these features should matter to you

As stated previously, the most popular feature on the FitBit is the step counter. The step counter is a very helpful tool, as it not only keeps track of the steps you take, but also motivates you to walk even further! All too often, we get so bogged down at work, and forget to get up and walk around for 5-10 minutes. The FitBit will remind you that it is time to get some walking in.

Another amazing feature offered on some FitBit's is the heart rate monitor. Many work out programs utilize heart rate training. The FitBit will keep track of your heart rate, letting you know when, and for how long, you are in your optimal fat burning state.

The distance walked feature is essentially the step counter, this feature just tells you how many miles your steps taken have resulted in. Again, this will help motivate you to walk further and further every day.

Calories burned is arguably the most important feature on the FitBit. This tool takes the guess work out of how many calories you need to eat in order to burn fat (or gain weight, depending on your goals). The FitBit utilizes your BMR and adds any activity that you perform while wearing the device. I have another article describing BMR, and why you should care about it.

The stairs climbed feature, you guessed it, counts how many flights of stairs you climb while wearing your FitBit. This gives you more motivation; now, you will want to take the stairs more often!

The last cool tool that some FitBit's offer is the sleep tracker tool. This feature will keep track of how many hours you sleep in total. It will take the amount of time that you sleep, and subtracts the times you wake up and are "restless".

And, finally... Your FitBit will tell you the time!

Different models of FitBit

As I have mentioned throughout this article, not all of the features are available on every model of the FitBit. If you have decided that the FitBit is a good buy for you, the next step would be to research the different models, and pick the one that best aligns with the features that you want, and the ones that best fit within your budget.


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