I’m delighted to be able to try and review a FitBit Zip fitness tracker provided to me by AT&T. To check out pricing and details, head on over to AT&T’s Accessories page
Finding the right combination of enjoying food and keeping track of it is WORK, people. It’s said that people who keep a food and exercise diary are more likely to lose weight – or at least not gain it – than people who don’t.
According to a recent mHealth story, wireless healthcare, fitness accessories market grows at healthy pace. Smart devices that wirelessly link to smartphones and tablets will begin to gain traction over the next few years, with health and fitness leading the way. Increasingly intelligent accessories that focus on training, weight management and healthcare monitoring of chronic disease will dominate the market.
FitBit Zip Fitness Tracker
FitBit Zip is a small electronic pedometer and fitness meter that tracks steps taken, mileage, and approximate calories burned. It syncs with the FitBit website via a small USB dongle that plugs into your USB port.
I began my trial of the FitBit Zip at the beginning of April. Right away I noticed how small and unobtrusive it is. I had previously tried an arm-band style fitness tracker and found it frustrating and unsightly, so this was a welcome change. It was very simple to set up, because it came with a BATTERY KEY. You know those flat batteries that have impossible-to-take-off backs? This came with a little key that made opening the back and installing the battery for setup extremely easy. Win.
Once you set up your account on FitBit.com, the device syncs easily, giving you accessible feedback on your daily progress. You set goals for yourself, and can check in with where you are regularly. There is also a friend feature, so if you have friends using the FitBit, you can connect with them on FitBit.com as well. Self-motivation and help from your friends? Win.
The online fitness and food database is quite extensive, and I had no trouble finding what I needed to add to my daily diary.
My favorite feature: it’s a tough little thing. I accidentally ran it through my washer AND dryer, but it still works like a charm. Also, I’m still using the original battery that came with the device, so the battery life is great too.
A few cons: there is a FitBit app, and while you can log food and exercise this way, it doesn’t sync with device, syncs with latest update on your main computer. What that means is that the feedback you receive via the app isn’t up to date with the latest data on the FitBit Zip. That’s frustrating. Also, instructions state that you can interface the software with other popular fitness trackers such as LoseIt! but I was unsuccessful in doing so.
I would love to see app have the ability to use bar code scanning technology to easily add foods to the database.
I had a great experience. Check it out!