FitBit Activity Monitor

By / Food / January 17th, 2014 / 3

If only there was something that monitored my movements throughout the day and synced automatically with my phone, letting me know exactly how much exercise I get, so that I can improve my exercise regime. Well, apparently there is. It’s called FitBit.

What is it, exactly?

It’s a line of products that you wear – Activity + Sleep Trackers – that use the latest technology to monitor your daily movements to calculate the success of your exercise regime. The devices synch via Bluetooth and Wifi with your computer and smart phone (providing you have the app), calculating the results of your exercise while you go about your day.

Why is it popular?

It’s part social, part info-graphic and part game. If your friends on FitBit, you can connect with them, view their progress and even compete for the top spot on the leader board. Your results are compiled into visually appealing and easy to understand graphics. Their badges appeal to the gamer in all of us – don’t deny it, you know you need to complete all the challenges.

What’s the catch?

The price… though it’s not that big of a catch in comparison other exercise gear these days.

The Gear

FitBit App
iPhone & Android only
Least expensive part of the system is the app – fairly useless without the complementing devices.

Activity Tracker
These run for around $60 USD.

Activity + Sleep Tracker
Around $100.

Aria Wi-Fi Scale
Around $130; calculates your BMI and syncs the information to your computer.

Additional Benefits

Food Diary – through the app or online you can use your FitBit account to track the food you eat. The calories will be counted and added into your daily results.

Sleep Tracker – the device tracks your sleep habits and lets you know just how much quality sleep you are getting.


A freelance writer and editor, Lisa Hoekstra loves learning and trying new things. She can be found with her nose in a book or multiple tabs open on her browser as she researches the latest and greatest in the world of food, style and everything in between.

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