Fitbit and other devices can help us keep moving, and moving is our best line of defense against aging.
I’m sure all of you have heard about Fitbit by now. I actually had not heard about it, until one of the kids a few years ago said that she wanted one for Christmas. I said, “What’s a Fitbit?” She said, “It is an activity tracker that keeps up with how many steps you make in a day.” The cheap part of me told her that I had a step device that could do the same thing. She said that the Fitbit did so much more.
So I checked it out, and she was right. It was the perfect Christmas gift for each of our children and their spouses.
The Fitbit gives each an opportunity to challenge one another. Then it keeps up with what each is doing and displays it. Shortly after Christmas, all of them were involved in these challenges. They kept talking about who was ahead and who was lagging behind. I just couldn’t stand it, because I felt left out.
So Chuck got me one for my birthday, not too long after Christmas. Immediately I was challenged daily by several of the kids to keep up. I actually liked it a lot.
My Fitbit recorded several of my daily activities, including the number of steps taken, the distance traveled on foot, number of floors climbed, calories burned, the number of active minutes, sleep efficiency, movements during sleep, number of wake-ups during sleep, etc. It is a wireless-enabled wearable device that is always measuring data. The company who makes it made the first generation in 2010, I believe, and they are located in San Francisco.