Imagine having your own personal trainer 24/7. Someone monitoring your fitness and giving you the nudge to maximize your potential!…
This only happens if you’re Kim Kardashian right? …Well kind of… I’m actually talking more along the lines of soft tech brand, Fit Bit.
These gadgets make some pretty big claims, so we wanted to put them through their paces and give you the inside scoop on how they fared!
Anyone who regularly trains is likely to have heard of these devices but you don’t have to be a sports fanatic to reap the benefits of using them.
Without trying to sound too techy, the wristbands come with in-built Pure Pulse heart rate technology, to provide you with continuous heart rate tracking and are pretty aesthetically pleasing too!
The band is made out of comfortable rubber with a sleek integrated screen. They come in two sizes and a range of cool colours. I chose grey in the smaller size (I have quite thin wrists…which is about the only part of me!) because it basically goes with anything I wear when I’m not in the gym.
The Alta HR, which essentially looks like a futuristic timepiece, informs you of the number of calories you’ve burned whilst you are active and helps you regulate the intensity of your work out, making your fitness goals even more attainable.
Well-being isn’t just about exercise though… your sleep plays a critical part in your overall health too, protecting you against cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity and helps boost your neurocognitive functions aiding your mental health, which is pretty darn cool if you ask me….
Here’s where things start to get really interesting though….The inbuilt heart rate technology monitors your sleep patterns and tells you what’s going on when you’re off chasing sheep in the land of nod.
It accurately estimates how long you’ve spent in light, deep and REM sleep, as well as the time you’ve spent awake each night.
Fit Bit have worked tirelessly (excuse the pun) with sleep specialists over at Stanford and Arizona Universities to report on all the different stages of sleep and have figured out the effects this has on the body…
Being a secret geek I actually quite liked learning this…
Light Sleep – occurs throughout the night and is important for your memory and learning. This is basically the time when your body recovers from the day-to-day and for most people that’s up to 50-60% of your night.
Deep Sleep – promotes a healthy immune system, muscle growth and repair but unfortunately for most people, this only accounts for 10-25% of your night.
REM Sleep – is when most dreaming occurs and is important for mental recovery and memory formation; for most people that accounts for 20-25% of your night.
Most REM sleep comes at the end of the night and is often the stage to be cut short when your sleep duration decreases.
Everyone has their own unique sleep cycles and by monitoring any changes and being aware of what’s happening during the night has helped me make the changes I needed in my routine.
So, if you’ve ever woken up in the morning and thought, why the hell am I so tired today? Now you’ll know the answer!
The thing we loved about our Fit Bit is all of your data is recorded in a simple app on your phone or computer, in real time so you can keep track of your daily health goals.
We were really impressed by how easy the app displayed data which includes steps taken, calories burned, distance travelled, active minutes. As well as this you can see your sleep habits and set personal goals even adding food and water intake if you really get into it.
You’re not on your own with your quest for optimal health either because the social aspect is a big part of their philosophy, social feeds allow you to connect with friends and fitness activities going on around the world.
So in summary, the Fit Bit is way more than simply an activity tracker and being made aware of my own daily health and fitness levels has been a real eye-opener. I have actually become a little competitive making statements like “I’ve done more steps than you” and “look how many times I was awake last night” Cringe but it’s true. It gets quite addictive!
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