the cult of Fitbit

I’ve joined a cult. The Cult of Fitbit. Let’s back up though. You know how Facebook is super creepy and tells you all the stuff your friends comment on, even when the post they were commenting on wasn’t even written by a mutual friend? Yeah, so, a friend commented on someones status that was an article about how addicting Fitbits were. I clicked on it and was basically sold right away. It was just one of those things that I could totally see myself getting into. I didn’t really expect to buy one any time soon, I just took a mental note to look in to more in the future.

Later that day Jeff and I were in the car, heading to the grocery store, when I remembered what I had read about earlier. I told him all about it and he was basically like “Yeah, I know! I was thinking about getting one too.” That’s how twenty minutes later we were in Target “just looking”. Ten more minutes and we were back sitting in the car getting our Fitbit Charge HRs all set up.

If you’re not familiar, basically Fitbits are pumped up pedometers. Depending on the model you get, it logs your steps, how many floors you’ve climbed, how many calories you’ve burned, your heart rate, how many miles you’ve walked and your sleep. In the app you can log what you’ve been eating and how much water you’ve drank. It displays all this information neatly in the app so it’s easy to read and understand. You can set goals, join challenges with friends for some healthy (literally) competition, and so much more.

Fitbit being worn
The last pose is called “try to annoy your camera hog dog so he gets out of your shots” and it didn’t work.

I have an embarrassing secret, I hate walking. It’s not that I’m lazy, it’s just that I need the right motivation. I need to know that I have a destination, or a specific reason to walk. Basically, I need some sort of reward for walking. Yeah, I’m kind of lazy… Fitbit is somehow turning walking into something fun for me though. Since I’ve gotten this thing I have gotten SO much more exercise than normal simply because I love beating my own “high score”. I don’t expect it to perform any miracles or all of a sudden make me super ripped but I am, without a doubt, moving more than normal, and that rules!

It seems so funny for me to be writing this post because I’m totally not into “fitness”.Β  Sure, I love riding my bike but I’m usually riding it to go get ice cream, or pizza. I don’t regularly work out, and I’m more than happy to eat a donut for breakfast.Β  But, of course, I would love to feel healthier. I know I need more exercise, and this stupid little watch thing-a-majig was apparently exactly what I needed to get my butt in gear. Fitbit has made getting up and moving around fun. I love checking my stats and trying to get more steps than Jeff’s mom (who is an absolutely beast! Three cheers for her!!)

This is in no way a sponsored post but I am totally encouraging you to join a cult so… I apologize. It’s the kind of fun you can’t really understand until you try it. Even Jeff is hooked! Any other Fitbit users out there reading? Aren’t these things so much fun?! Why didn’t anyone tell me to get one earlier?!

PS. Don’t worry, I’m not going to start talking about my Fitbit all the time. I might casually mention it from time to time if I totally crush my goals but other than that my lips are sealed… maybe.

Author: Kaylah

Just a green haired gal from Cleveland, Ohio.

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  • Does the Fitbit log anything when you ride your bike? I love the idea of tracking everything in an app. I joined Fitocracy years ago and logging my workouts is such a good motivator!

  • I won one at our company health fair a few months ago. I never thought I would want one but once I got it I was instantly hooked. A bunch of my co-workers have them and we are ridiculously competitive with our challenges and now people who never walked before are even running and we have a hiking group we formed. I guess if you are going to get obsessed with something at least it is good for you.

  • I'm so upset that I lost my fitbit!!!! I need to wait for a sale so I can buy a new one because it really does get me motivated! I love the color of yours!! =)

  • I too am obsessed by mine! It really encourages me to hit my 10k target daily, so if I've had a slow day I might even nip out for a run in the evening to up my steps (and I hate running really!). And on those days where I'm over 20k? Well, I feel pretty ace. It's usually on holiday exploring new places, so that totally gives me licence to eat more as well, right?

    Very surprised you don't like walking – from all your exploring I assumed you were the type to go on long roams just to see what you discover. Maybe your Fitbit will get you to love walking – it gets me running which is fairly miraculous! πŸ˜‰

    • I wish I was like that. I like riding my bike to see what I might find, or driving to do the same but walking? NAH. Things might be changing though… anything to hit my walking goal! πŸ˜›

  • I have one too- if you're a competitive person, they are very motivating.
    Do you have the Fitbit scale? Thinking of getting one as a gift.

  • GIRL. I COMPLETELY hear you! Around Christmastime I decided to look into getting a FitBit but I couldn't really afford it. I read up online about some less expensive ones and I decided I'd get one of those and see if I really cared enough to spend more money. Plus Misfit (the brand I have) had a deal where they were only 20 BUCKS and no shipping charge. It doesn't have nearly as many bells and whistles but it's doing the same thing for me that you're talking about–being more conscious about movement! I love the cult, too! Plus, the Misfit has one with SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS on the band! Hilarious and I want it SO BAD! Anyway, cheers to the fitness cult! <3

  • Welcome to the FitBit Club πŸ™‚
    I LOVE mine and I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a complete addict (and managed to convince my fair share of friends to get one!). I got the first version when it came out 5 years ago and I'm still as addicted than in day 1. I upgraded to the ChargeHR when it came out (mine is purple, my favorite color!) and I love it. Have fun with yours!!!

  • i have been thinking of getting one too! a bunch of my cousins and aunts have them, and they are in a "competition" with my grandpa. My grandma told me he checks the stats all day, and will notice someone is beating him, so he'll jump and go walk around their apartment! It seems fun!

  • maybe i need to get one, haha! i hate walking as well (why would you walk if you're not going anywhere, it's so weird?) and although i've been trying to be better fitness-wise lately i really don't do all that much. this would maybe be some kind of encouragement.. πŸ™‚ xx

    • DUDE, right?! Walking is not fun… but somehow Fitbit is making it something I actually want to do. Give it a try. I think the website has a pretty lenient return policy (like 45 days?) if you're not hooked.

  • Welcome to the beginning of the end! I'm obsessed with that buzz fix on my wrist. And when I get involved in weekly challenges with my friends? TRASH TALKING FOR DAYS. Even when I'm losing. Perhaps especially when I'm losing. At one point I clocked out of work early specifically so I could take my dog on a two-hour-long-walk to grind one of my friends' step counts into the dust. I was picked last for gym, and suddenly I'm trying to figure out if running is worth it. (More steps. Faster steps).

    For some reason, my entire last week's worth of stuff didn't sync (because I had the bluetooth on my phone turned off) and I AM DEVASTATED. My CRED IS GONE.

    Dude, you have no idea what you've gotten yourself into. If you ever want to friend me, please do. I promise not to swear at you.

    Leah / SuperStarling.Rocks

  • I just got one a couple of weeks ago – I love it! I have M.E., so it's really handy for telling me my heart rate and how much sleep I'm getting. Admittedly I don't walk far because of the joint pain (yada yada M.E.'s no fun…) but it totally has me more motivated. Had to reset it to 5000 steps not 10000 though, because it was depressing to do so badly πŸ˜‰

  • I don't have one yet (waiting for the new style coming out, Arie?)
    However I use my phone to track and it feeds into the "my fitness pal" app.
    I love it!
    It brings in your steps from your device and changes how many more calories you can eat. I know that is not the goal of these things but for me it makes me move when I want to have that extra treat etc.
    You can also add "friends" I just have a close few but it is fun to encourage them and see everyones progress.
    If you haven't done my fitness pal yet you should check it out.
    There are TONS of food in there already since everyone adds and you can add your own too if you cant find what your looking for.
    Making your own is good for homemade stuff so you don't have to add every ingredient one by one every time.

  • For a long time I thought I wasn't interested in a fitbit. Then my brother and his fiance got one, then my dad, then I got one for Christmas and now my mom has one and it's a whole thing for us! My husband won't get one, but I love it. I find I park further away and make a point to move and get out a little more. It's a great, healthy motivator! Also, if you ever find yours gets dirty (my aqua got dirty real quick and I can't seem to get it clean) let me know if you find a solution for keeping it clean! Have fun!

  • I got mine as an early birthday present and I love it! I'm in a challenge group with other teachers at my school and i'm really shocked at how much some of them move, like dang!

  • I got one for the holidays! It is super interesting to track my stats, especially since I work as a dog walker (always out walking) – it's amazing how the miles really add up each week.

  • Welcome to the cult! We're happy to have you πŸ™‚

    Just a heads up- the charge does this weird thing where it will auto track a bike ride, but double log it as steps. Hopefully it will be fixed soon, but if you bike 18 miles and it also says you walked 8,000 steps in that time, that's what's up.

  • Haha I love the similarites of your fitbit story to mine, although I got mine for Christmas and haven't taken it off since (although I wish it was waterproof to be able to go swimming or for showering). The Fitbit Charge HR certainly got me competing with myself more to beat my 'high scores'. But overall I think it's made me fitter as I'm riding more (either on the exercise bike inside or my mountain bike) and I get excited to see stats on how much I was in the cardio zone etc.

    Also walking far more just to get those all so crucial daily targets of 10,000 or 15,000… Gets very addictive! πŸ™‚

  • I too have recently joined the cult of fitbit! I'd waited for a while for them to come down in price, and now they're reasonable. I think it will help me stay better motivated when it comes to getting exercise. I used to just rely on my fast metabolism, but that's changed since I hit my 30s! πŸ˜‰

  • Yep, totally addicted! I'm currently out of the country doing fieldwork and the internet/electricity isn't great, so I haven't been using it πŸ™ I really miss the silly little thing!! Only 4 more weeks, then I'll have it back on my wrist where it belongs!

  • How funny! I got a new Fitbit Charge HR (purple!) today as a replacement for my black one because the band split. I am a definite addict. I love seeing how I slept and tracking my steps.

  • I have wanted one even before this post. In fact, my friend who works a store that sells them has one on hold for me. I am super excited to try one out, especially now that I am exercising more. I think it would be "fun" and "exciting" to see how many calories I have burned doing this or that.

    Thanks for sharing your opinion. It was valuable. πŸ™‚

  • I didn't know you could track your meals using the app! This makes me want a Fitbit even more. It helps that it looks super cute and sleek. I think I'll get this as a birthday present for my dad!

  • I'm right there with you! Yesterday I worked at the Philadelphia Flower Show and got all excited at the end of the day because I had passed 14,000 steps. It's a good obsession, I suppose. πŸ™‚

  • I've had one since July…totally addicting! My first one (which was black) broke and I had to get it replaced. I asked them for an orange one…and now I totally regret it! Within two weeks it started to look dirty. I googled it and apparently it's a huge problem with the lighter colored ones. It WILL NOT come clean no matter what I do. It's a totally bummer, but I still love it. I bought an additional two year protection plan on mine, so I'm hoping that I'll just have to get another replacement sooner or later. Next time I'll get a dark color again.

    ANYWAY, yes! Love it. Totally motivates me to walk my dogs more, and boy are they happy! It does register on the bike as well. I'm sure it's not totally accurate with the bike, but it gives you a fair amount for sure. I do spinning class as well…sadly inside it only registers if you're peddling while standing. ^_^

    • Eeeep! Well, good thing I was already thinking of returning this for the Alta which was just released. I thought I could change bands on this one or else I wouldn't have gotten the teal. Whoops. No big deal though, it's still in the return grace period so all is well! πŸ™‚

  • I got one from my fiancee for christmas, and love it! He's been into them for a couple of years, but I never thought I would…Until now! πŸ˜› We pretty much only have the challenges set up between the two of us, but even that is super motivating to me, being exactly like you in terms of not being into fitness for fitness' sake. (I've already lost some weight, too! Which I know is not a goal for everyone, but it has been for me so yay!) I look forwards to seeing a mention of yours here and there, as I'm sure it will motivate me even more πŸ˜‰

  • I'm totally the same way about walking! I actually love walking but when you live in the suburbs its super hard to find the motivation since its almost impossible to walk anywhere. It's part of the reason I moved to Russia because I knew if I didn't have a car I'd HAVE to walk. πŸ˜‰

  • Have you ever tried an app called the Walk? It's a fitness app by Six to Start that tracks your steps throughout your day and logs them as "minutes walked." The app is story based and after a certain amount of minutes walked you get access to an audio file of the next part of the story. No spoilers, but you get thrown into this spy mystery story that you become a major part in, and by the end of the app, you've walked the length of the UK.

    It was an excellent motivator for me, especially when I would get bored walking to work all the time. Its basically a video game as a pedometer and I love it :]