Why I'm obsessed with my Fitbit Alta
I haven't done any health or fitness posts for a little while, have I? In the interest of honesty, it's because neither topic has been at the forefront of my mind recently. After being so focused on sorting my health out at the beginning of the year, I was a bit bored of always thinking about nutrition and supplements and general wellness. Don't get me wrong - it was absolutely essential for me to have that reboot to get rid of the issues I was having, but I have definitely let my hair down a bit more in the last couple of months. There has been wine. There has been many a carb. And mostly, there has not been very much exercise at all.
Enter the Fitbit Alta. I have been umming and ahhing about getting a Fitbit for a while - I really liked the idea of being able to track my activity and sleep, but wasn't in love with how they looked. I didn't want to spend so much money on something that I knew I wouldn't want to wear half the time, because what's the point? But when my colleague bought a Fitbit Alta recently I was won over - the Alta is much slimmer than previous models and you can change the strap too (there are even pretty pink and tan leather options!). When you add in the fact that it also doubles as a watch, I knew it was something that I would be much more likely to get some wear out of.
I headed to Argos to pick one up that evening and immediately put it to use - it was really easy to set up and charge and within an hour or so I had downloaded the app and was on the move. The app is pretty self explanatory and you can use it to access all sorts of data, including hours slept, steps walked, distance, calories burned, etc. You can set your own goals and can also input calories eaten too if this is something you're interested in - I haven't been using this function but it looks easy enough.
I love having all of the data at my fingertips and I am being totally honest when I say that it really is encouraging me to get moving more. I like to think I'm a pretty active person but wearing the Fitbit Alta for a few days really highlighted how far away from the 10,000 steps goal I was. I'm now always looking to fit more steps in - I get off the bus a few stops early and try to make sure I pop out for fifteen minutes at lunch time. My colleagues and I have also set up a couple of challenges on the app (again, really easy to do!) and my competitive streak means I've been squeezing more walks along the canal in the evenings to rack more steps in. The best thing is that this feels like a change that is totally sustainable - it's about squeezing more activity into what I'm already doing, rather than trying to find a spare hour or two to hit the gym or having to schedule my social life around classes.
In addition to encouraging me to move more, my Fitbit has also helped me get back into better sleep habits. I'm someone who definitely needs a full 8 hours to function at my best, but the data on the app showed me that I was getting more like 6 hours sleep a night, and I could also see that the sleep I was getting was restless and broken. I've made some simple tweaks to my bedtime routine (no caffeine in the evening, reading instead of watching TV, heading up to bed earlier, etc) and I can't tell you how much better I feel for getting being back in a proper sleep pattern. I honestly feel like a new me, I've got so much more energy and I'm not hitting snooze 5 times before getting up. It just goes to show how even an extra 1 or 2 hours can make a huge difference.
All in all, I'm pretty obsessed with my Fitbit Alta. I would definitely recommend it if you're looking for something that will gently encourage you to make some healthy changes that you can incorporate into your day to day life. And if you're already a member of the Fitbit gang, add me! I'm at firstname.lastname@example.org and love joining challenges to keep me motivated.
(FYI, this is NOT a sponsored post. I bought my Fitbit and am genuinely just a bit in love with it!)