I’m sure all of you have heard about the Fitbit by now. I actually had not heard about it, until one of the kids last fall said that she wanted one for Christmas. I said, “What’s a Fitbit?” She said, “It is an activity tracker that can keep 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 into it, and she was right. It looked like the perfect Christmas gift for each of our children and their spouses. 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, which was not too long after Christmas. Now, I’m challenged daily by several of the kids to keep up. I actually like it a lot.
The Fitbit records several of my daily activities, including the number of steps taken, the distance travelled 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.