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Track Your Fitness Morning, Noon & Night With Fitbit
Nov 22, 2010 Aug 20, 2013

Physical fitness is at the top of the priority list for many individuals nowadays. Charting your progress and viewing how far you have come is an important motivational activity as your enter the long process of maintaining supreme physical fitness. Fitbit is a device that allows you to track everything physical plus how well you are sleeping.

Fitbit accurately tracks your calories burned, steps taken, distance traveled and sleep quality. It contains a 3D motion sensor similar to the one found in game systems such as PlayStation Move, Xbox Kinect and the Nintendo Wii. Fitbit tracks your motion in three dimensions and converts this into useful information about your daily activities.  You can wear the device on your waist, in your pocket or on undergarments. At night, you can wear it clipped to the included wristband in order to track your sleep. While sleeping, it will tell you how long it took you to fall asleep, the number of times you woke up throughout the night and how long you were actually asleep vs just lying in bed. Anytime you walk by the included wireless base station, data from your Fitbit is silently uploaded in the background to Fitbit.com.

The website companion (Fitbit.com) to your actual device is also packed with several helpful features. You can use the calorie tracker to monitor the amount of calories you eat from each meal. There is also a blood pressure/hypertension tracker which is a very nice feature (and pertinent to the African-American community). There is also an Active Score within the website which captures data on how active you were compared to if you were completely sedentary all day. Users of Google Health can share information from your Fitbit to the website by simply using the Fitbit Share page (which also allows you to tweet your results or post them to your Facebook account).

The biggest omission is a mobile app for the iPhone and Android platforms. There has been no mention of when either will be released. Once that element is addressed, Fitbit could be a definite keeper. The cost for Fitbit is $99 plus shipping , and it takes about three weeks for it to ship as demand continues to be strong. Try out the Fitbit and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.