"If you can't measure it, you can't improve it."
I've have been focusing on my wellness this year and one of the most helpful tools I've added is a FitBit Alta HR. I've always been fairly active, but have found the device to be a powerful motivational tool by quantifying activity and sleep.
I was a little skeptical at first, but have really come to love the lightweight fitness tracking band.
Initially, I was strongly considering an Apple Watch but felt it took a too heavy-handed of an approach to tracking and notification and was a little too pricey for the features I was got to be using it for. Plus, having to charge the Watch every day seemed cumbersome and would lead to me eventually abandoning the device and tracking.
I am about one month into using the Alta and there are a few features I really love
- Sleep tracking - I have enjoyed experimenting with my sleep and see what factors contribute to better sleep. The Fitbit is nearly unnoticeable when sleeping which I like.
- Silent alarms - Being able to wake up without a loud alarm in the morning was a small feature but one that I really like. It's form factor again and longer battery life makes this a much more compelling feature vs other fitness trackers.
- Fitness tracking - the device and app provide just enough tracking. I don't need microscopic insight, just general metrics that show if I am or am not getting enough exercise in a given day. Fitbit also sends a weekly email that gives you a high-level summary of your activity and sleep compared to previous weeks.
- Just enough alerts - On the Fitbit app you can toggle on text, call, and event notifications. Right now I only get notifications for upcoming calendar events and it has been perfect for me.
All-in-all I am very happy with the Fitbit Alta and would recommend it anyone looking to make strides toward their fitness goals. It is pretty remarkable how much motivation can be improved just by loosely measure some facet of your life.