I’m a “goal girl”. I love making lists and accomplishing things both small and huge. While many people have their opinion on fitness trackers and their effectiveness, I’m a firm believer in them – in fact just last week, I just achieved a MASSIVE goal of 7,900 Fitbit miles. That’s the equivalent of walking through the Earth’s core! A) I now know how long the earth core is and B) I can’t believe that I’ve logged that many miles. #awesome
Some of you might be saying, why do you need a fitness tracker when you run marathons?! Great question. Basically, I’m lazy. Yup. I’m a lazy, lazy runner. If I’m not running, I could sit and watch movies all day long. It’s true. My tracker reminds me to get up and go for a walk. I try hard to hit my daily step goal and love the challenge of beating a friend for a weekend competition. Another feature I love is the “GET READY FOR BED” alert. I have it set for 10pm and no fail, every night, when it buzzes my wrist, it’s always a surprise as to how late it is already. And since my GOAL FOR THE WEEK is bed by 10pm – it’s important.
Until a month ago, I never really thought of activity trackers for kids. I mean, getting our children active is important, a necessity really especially when more and more children are getting diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes than ever before. ReimaGO with Suunto is the world’s 1st activity tracker for kids. It’s new to market and I was lucky enough to get my hands on one to test. I wore the ReimaGO tracker for the past 2 weeks and downloaded the easy to use app on my iPhone.
This tracker doesn’t need charging (awesome), can survive a washing in the laundry (more awesome) and will track the active minutes of the child (not steps). The parent can then set up different rewards and fun badges for the child to earn. The more active minutes the child completes, the further they move through the different levels on the app. It’s not meant to be a fancy video game but more of a “look how much I moved” Candyland type chart.
The whole system is easy to understand and use. I think it would be a fabulous way for the parents to check in on the babysitter or nanny to make sure the kids are getting in their active time. ReimaGO is a product from the beautiful country of Finland. In Finland, children stay and play outside for at least 2-4 hours a day! In order to make sure they stay warm and dry, Reima makes high quality outdoor/active wear for kids. Their mission is to guarantee kids the freedom to be active in any weather. What an awesome mission statement! And now their active wear includes perfect little pockets for the ReimaGO sensors, just click in, zip up and GO…looks like they’ve thought of everything.
With all this new technology around these days, you might even have a fitness tracker and not even know it… Many new running watches now also have a step counter built into them. A couple of weeks ago, I was sent the brand new, bright orange TomTom Adventurer watch – it’s swoon worthy. I’m not done testing out all it’s bazillion features but I love it and it’s basically only left my wrist for charging purposes. Seriously, if you are interested in a new running/trail running watch – look into this bad boy ASAP. Totally digging how it can tell you while climb a hill, how steep it is…during my last trail race I was quizzing my friends and laughing at their answers…37%, 31%…it was barely 17%. I promise a full review soon but this would make a killer Holiday gift for the active member of your tribe!
Do fitness trackers help get you fit? The answer is maybe. I think they can help encourage you and motivate you to get moving but just because you got a shiny new Fitbit doesn’t automatically mean your going to shed the extra weight. They are a tool and can be very effective but can also just become another electronic thing to charge taking up space on your dresser. Tracking my movement throughout the day helps me get going and it may help you too. Am I still using my Fitbit? Yes. Will I be packing it away any time soon, probably not. I did lend it to my husband last week so I could prove he wasn’t getting as many steps as he thought he was – it’s helpful. So, maybe if you have one and you’re looking to get your family moving over the holidays – let them give it a go for a day or so and maybe, just maybe…you might have a fitness partner for the holiday!