hayley 365


first world problems - my fitbit doesn't always count my stairs

01 Dec 2013

2013-12-01 00:59:43 -0600

I had a fitbit once upon a time (the original). The clip case broke so I started wearing it bare and then the fitbit itself sort of snapped in half.

I haven't been big on exercising for awhile (nix that, it's been ages), so I didn't have a real compelling reason to replace mine. But recently, for whatever reason, I've been interested. And then the black friday deals made it worth it enough for me to pick one up (though based on camelcamelcamel, amazon has had a lower base price in the past).

I had kind of thought about getting the wrist band version. I never did lose my fitbit, but apparently that was a common complaint with the fitbit one. And of course, as the joke goes about the wrist versions, if I lose my arm, I've got bigger problems to worry about.

But several things kept me one from getting the wrist version: * far more negative reviews * I would've wanted the fitbit force for the stair tracking and actual display, and that thing looked too bulky to me * wrist bands wear out * I haven't worn a watch in ages, I don't know if I would feel "comfortable" with something permanently attached to my wrist again

So this is day 0.5 with the Fitbit One.

My big complaint so far is that my home stairs don't always count.

Apparently the One and the Force have altimeters in them to measure your stair usage. Well, if you go too slow, or if the fitbit doesn't detect enough of a change, it nixes the counting altogether.

In other words, if you take a half flight of stairs, stop, then go the rest of the way, it won't record it as a flight of stairs.

So far, I have yet to figure out why it sometimes counts the stairs in my house and sometimes doesn't. I did have better luck when I freaking ran up the stairs, but that's not sustainable, and I don't think that even worked 100% of the time.

Part of my motivation with the fitbit was to do sleep tracking. Except for Black Friday morning, recently, once I finally fall asleep, I seem to fall asleep hard. I have no data to back this up.

Since I now have a new iphone also thanks to Black Friday, I'm going to be teaming up Sleep Cycle with the Fitbit to track my sleep.

I'm real curious about Sleep Cycle's smart alarm clock. Apparently that was one thing that the Jawbone Up had over the line of Fitbits. Basically, a smart alarm monitors how you're sleeping and tries to wake you up when you're in the lightest phase of your sleep.

I figure it will be interesting.

Whether it helps me eventually pull my bedtime back is another question entirely.