This pedometer geek has been wearing a pedometer since early 2001. I have gone through countless pedometers (well, if I really thought about it I could probably figure out how many of them I have owned (and then lost, broke, or otherwise had to replace for various reasons), but I digress).
I have always resisted the idea of a Fitbit despite the ravings of friends and family. I didn’t wish to be tracked that thoroughly through Bluetooth. Despite this, I have succumbed. I now own a Fitbit, thanks to my husband.
I haven’t quite figured it out. The technology is still confounding me. As I don’t have a smart phone (nor do I want one, but I digress once again), syncing the Fitbit to my Kindle Fire has been difficult. The various bells and whistles may take me some time to understand. And being “buzzed” every so often is a weird sensation.
Because of this, I don’t trust the data I am obtaining. I am currently wearing both my current pedometer, an Omron, which counts steps, aerobic steps, calories burned, and mileage, and the Fitbit, a Flex 2, which requires some input.
According to my current data, there is a discrepancy in the number of steps. My Omron shows 5,768 steps with 2,503 aerobic steps obtained through 22 minutes on the treadmill this morning while my Fitbit indicates 7,237 steps with 10 minutes of “active” steps. Ironically, I know many of my first steps of the day weren’t recorded by the Flex, or at least they didn’t seem to be because of the syncing issue.
Why the discrepancy between the two? Which of the two results is the more accurate? And totally unrelated to the number of steps, but still perplexing to me is how does the Fitbit know when I am sleeping (and waking briefly, etc. which seems kinda spooky to me)?
I know eventually I will figure out all the bits and bobs to the new hi-tech pedometer, but for now, I will trust my traditional Omron results while wearing both for some time. Will I abandon my trusted pedometer soon? Only time will tell. In the meantime, helpful tips or tricks, suggestions, and information about dealing with the Fitbit by those who have utilized theirs would be greatly appreciated. Now, gotta run; my Fitbit is indicating I need to move.