Dashboard. Below is a screen shot of how I’ve organized the panels in my online Fitbit Dashboard. I’ve moved to the top, those items that I have the greatest ability to do something about in real-time (what I eat and how active I am). This way, throughout the day, I’m visually reminded of these things and can at any time take positive action and see immediate feedback. Not shown is water intake tracking. That shows up in the iPhone app and elsewhere in the online account.
The above article was written by Greg Johnson.
Summary. If you forget to start the “I’m going to sleep now” mode of the FitBit app on your iPhone, you can enter the sleep time the following day:
- Go to More
- Choose Sleep
- From the sleep screen, press + to add a new sleep session
FitBit will suggest a time that you fell asleep based on when your last activity was the night before. It assumes lots of activity leading up to no activity is the point when you fell asleep.
Determining Wake Time. The FitBit app will assume the current time is your wake time. If you’ve not thought to enter your sleep session until an hour into your day, you may have trouble remembering exactly when you woke up if you didn’t note it at the time. You can create the sleep session and then adjust it online at FitBit.com under the Sleep heading in your Log page. You’ll probably see a normal night of sleeping with a lot of activity toward the end. That’s when you were awake in the morning and walking around. You can trim back the wake time to the point that you first noticed activity in the morning. This will give you a fairly accurate record of your sleep session for the previous night.
Click here to read the full article on FitBit.
Activity Tracking and Sleep Monitoring iPhone Apps. I’ve tried a few of the iPhone apps designed to track exercise and monitor sleep. Some of the drawbacks to these devices are:
- Use up excessive battery power.
- Don’t integrate with online wellness programs.
- GPS programs don’t work while walking indoors or on a treadmill.
- Pedometers don’t track sleep.
- Sleep monitors dependent upon sound or bed movement are inaccurate.
Activity Tracking and Sleep Monitoring Devices. There are a few independent devices that resolve almost all of the above issues: Nike FuelBand, Jawbone Up, and the Fitbit One. After some research, I decided to get the Fitbit One. The Jawbone Up requires a physical connection to an iPhone to synchronize. I prefer wireless real-time synchronizing. I also wanted something small I could wear on my shirt rather than a wristband. So, that left the Fitbit One as the device of choice. It also includes an altimeter to measure stairs climbed.
My Personal Goals. My goal in using the Fitbit One is to provide me with some data so I can be motivated with immediate measurable feedback as I pursue my wellness goals. In particular, I’m exploring ways to improve my sleep quantity and quality. As an IT support person, I want to make an effort to be “more active” during the day, but measuring my success requires some device to do the tracking. Combining these three functions in one app is useful. Previously I’d used different iPhone apps to track nutrition, exercise, and sleep. The Fitbit iPhone app and online console track these as well as pulse (resting, normal, and high), blood pressure, pulse, and blood sugar levels. You can also create new items for tracking (such as blood oxygen level).
What’s Included. Shown below are the FitBit Plus, clip, USB wireless receiver, nighttime wrist band, and USB charging cable.
Areas Needing Improvement. The Fitbit does have room for improvement. For example, it has no pause button, so all movement is tracked as if you’re walking or running. If you do a lot of bicycle riding or spend time in a vehicle, the movements will likely be interpreted as walking or running. Keep this in mind when taking advice from the system about your caloric intake. The system will think you’ve burned more calories than you actually have and thus you’ll be encouraged to eat more than you should.
Resources. Below are some documents and resources for the FitBit.