Wellocracy: What kind of tracker(s) (device/app) are you using and when did you start wearing it?
Rebekah: I just started to track my activity this year. I wear a Fitbit Charge HR and I use the Fitbit app. My Fitbit tracks my steps, distance, floors climbed, calories burned, and workouts. It also monitors my heart rate and my sleep. I can set specific goals and challenges as well.
Wellocracy: Why did you start using a tracker? Do you have specific health/wellness goals?
Rebekah: I decided to get a tracker to improve my fitness and to lose weight. I was hopeful that getting a Fitbit would motivate me to exercise more regularly and it definitely does. My goal weight is 125 and I’ve already lost 7 pounds.
Wellocracy: What did you learn about yourself by using a tracker?
Rebekah: Using a tracker made me realize just how inactive I was on my days off from work. Being aware of how little I’ve walked makes me want to get moving.
Wellocracy: What do you like best about your tracker? What do you like least about it?
Rebekah: I love that I can challenge my friends to see who can walk the most steps. It really keeps me motivated.
My Fitbit vibrates when I meet my daily step goal but it doesn’t let me set a time or distance goal. It would be nice if my Fitbit would notify me when I reach a certain time or distance while working out.
Wellocracy: Do you share your data with family or friends?
Rebekah: My sister and I share our data. We challenge each other daily and send messages to keep us motivated or to praise one another’s accomplishments.
Wellocracy: What advice would you give someone thinking about tracking or, do you have other thoughts you would like to share?
Rebekah: I highly recommend trackers. I think that they are a great tool – but do your research before buying one! I chose my device very carefully after reading many reviews and talking to lots of people about their devices.