Thursday, May 1, 2014

Rewards of a Fitbit One Activity tracker

Thought I'd try something new today and talk about my Fitbit One.

What's a Fitbit One Activity tracker?

For those that don't know, it is a device that tracks steps, distance, calories burned, and stairs climbed. It can also monitor your sleep and can wake you with a silent alarm (a perk as I don't have to wake my husband up in the morning). They do have a wristband called the Flex but I opted out of that, as I already had a watch at the time and didn't need another accessory. I also like to keep it hidden, either in my pocket or strapped to my waist.

I've had my Fitbit One Wireless Activity Tracker since February 10th and I like it. Ever since I got it, it has motivated me to move around and get the 10,000 step daily goal. It wasn't hard for me to get the goal on the days that I ran as 10,000 steps is roughly 5 miles. But on days that I didn't run, my husband has caught me walking around or marching in place as I watch tv at night, just so I can get the daily goal (silly isn't it?). However, I have noticed that the Fitbit can be a bit off and is not totally accurate when it comes to running or climbing stairs, so I don't rely on it for accuracy in that aspect as I've got my Garmin for my runs. If anything, the Fitbit is definitely a device to get you to move more if you don't already. It also displays your stats nicely on their website.

Another aspect of the Fitbit that I like, is that you can add your friends and you can see how many steps they have so it can be a competition if you like, between your friends. If you are a competitive person (like myself) I found myself trying to get more steps than my sister. This competition can give you a little push to walk more, just so you can say you did. ;) There's even a weekly report email sent out and you see who makes it on top of the leaderboard with the most steps for the week. It's a nice thing to see when you make the top of the list.

The last thing but most rewarding aspect of having a Fitbit is you can earn rewards just for exercising. A lot of my friends know that I like to find good deals out there and there are some Apps and programs out there that will reward you or donate to charities just for exercising. Isn't that awesome? With these rewards, I have already earned the amount that I paid for my Fitbit and more. :)

Here are the programs/Apps I have found to be worth it.

1). FitStudio By Sears - You pretty much connect your fitness apps and devices to get rewarded for activity you’re already doing. I earn about $7+ a week just for connecting my Fitbit and RunKeeper. Only catch is you have to use your points by a certain date and you need to use the ship to store option if you don't want to pay shipping, but it hasn't been a problem for me. I usually buy shirts for the kiddos and they end up being free. Sometimes the kids shoes are on sale, so I only end up paying a couple of bucks for their shoes. It's a great deal. I never used to shop at Sears, but if they give me money, I will definitely use it for things that we need.

2). Everymove - Connect all your apps to earn rewards. This one does not have gift cards, but a lot of discounts on items. For example get a certain dollars off when you purchase a certain amount or, a special sale deal to buy a specific item. With just discounts, I don't usually pick them, however they do have $5 to donate to Make a Wish Foundation for 2000 points and I always choose that. I'm all for exercising for charity. Makes me feel good. :) I've already donated $15 to Make A Wish so far.

3). Nexercise - Just connect your Fitbit or you can track right from the App or even enter things manually. I like how this one has an extensive list of activities to choose from as exercise from playing with kids to housework, to P90X and of course running. Just track them through the app and you earn points. You earn what are called mPoints and you can redeem them for rewards like Starbucks or Amazon gift cards. 

4). AchieveMintYou get credit for all the activity you do for all the apps you connect. Then they will email a $25 virtual Visa card when you reach 25,000 points. I started the program on 3/14 and I am 79% to the 25,000 points. 

5). Earndit - Similar to Everymove, just link your device and start earning points for your activity. The rewards are more like discounts or a certain amount off for spending a certain amount. There are also challenges which are nice, where you can win things, but of course I haven't won anything yet. ;)

6). Weightless Project - Only for Fitbit or Jawbone users. Link your device and work out to donate calories. Every 1000 calories donated, raises $1 to fight world hunger. The more you work out, the more money you help raise. I've already earned $28.16 for fighting hunger.

These are all great and what's really nice is you are getting rewards, for doing something you already would anyway. So to me it's like free money or free donations. 

Do you have an activity tracker? Do you use these programs or know of any others?

Disclaimer: I purchased the Fitbit One on my own and am not being compensated or sponsored in any way whatsoever, so all opinions are 100% my own, along with the programs/Apps that I mentioned above. 

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