The Fitbit is pretty awesome

About a month ago I ordered a Fitbit.

Fitbit

In a nutshell it’s a really advanced pedometer that tracks and uploads your activity to the web.  I’d seen one some time ago and decided it wasn’t for me – I don’t walk or run much, as I’ve got bad feet and knees.

Having a puppy in the house has changed all of that.  I’m walking for 30 minutes to an hour with him after I get home from work, and we try to take at least one trip to the dog park each weekend.  I started wondering how much distance we were covering, and that’s when I remembered the Fitbit.

It was pretty easy to talk myself into ordering one, but they’re having a really hard time meeting demand and mine isn’t expected to ship until mid-June.  Then, I got lucky.  A friend got one but decided I had a better use for it than he did right now – so he gave me his, and when mine arrives I’m giving it to him.

Today was only my third day with it, and I’m in love with it.  If you’re the kind of person who’s fascinated by achievements and gamerscore, this is the way you should track your activity.  It automatically uploads data wirelessly when you walk near the USB-connected base station, and then you can check fitbit.com to see how many steps you’ve taken, how often you were active during the day, and much more.  It’s all tracked so you can see your history and compare yourself to friends or the complete fitbit population.

So far today I’ve taken 9,698 steps, traveled 4.32 miles, and burned an estimated 2,421 calories.  If only I could get achievements for this…