I started this fitness kick last year, January 1, as a new year's resolution - "Lose the weight, re-claim your youth, delay the inevitable cardiac death that awaits me." I lost nearly 30 pounds through diet and exercise. I feel healthier, and more energetic. It seems its all about inertia. A body at rest tends to stay at rest, a body in motion... So the fitness thing kinda feeds into itself perpetuating more fitness. The FitBit seemed like a good motivator to keep the fitness momentum going. It supposedly tracks your steps taken with a good degree of accuracy and automagically uploads it to their web site. Keeping active, staying in motion, is the goal and you can set the number of steps you want to take each day. It isn't the first "biometric-type" device I've used. My first was the Garmin Forerunner 50 which has a foot pod (step/run counter) and heart rate monitor, among other devices. This device also seamlessly uploads my workouts to a web site and gives me pretty graphs to track my progress. While the Forerunner is meant to workouts. The FitBit is meant for use the entire day, tracking how sedentary or active you are.
I pre-ordered my FitBit way back in May 2009. It was supposed to ship early summer. After MANY delays, the device is finally ready and I must re-confirm that I still want the thing. It is with some hesitance that I confirm my order, but I'm still intrigued by the device even if the company's numerous delays and less than shining web site (http://fitbit.com) has shaken my confidence. I suppose all will be forgiven if the device works as well as they claim. Delaying the product to ensure the best, and most accurate, step counting etc. is admirable. But if it is still a shiny black turd, then I have no one to blame but myself. The writing was on the wall.
More on this when my FitBit arrives.
John Duprey is a husband and father. He is also a software architect for Thomson Reuter's Research and Development group.
When not making the world better, one line of code at a time, John enjoys a blessed life with his family.