Review: FitBit and Other Health Trackers

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Greg’s doctor recommended he get a Fitbit to keep him from sitting for too long. Being an Apple fan, he opted for the I-watch.

Me, being cheap, not to mention suspicious of the claims of these trackers, got a Fitbit knockoff.

After nearly three months, both of us are happy with our choices.

I should mention that most of my friends use the Fitbit and to date I haven’t met one person yet who didn’t love theirs.

I wouldn’t have even bothered getting one but it’s become a fun contest between Greg and me on who travels the greater distance during the day.

I’ll give you a clue. It’s not Greg. LOL! I generally average three miles before noon time. On days when I’m shopping, checking on animals (like I’ve been doing the past two weeks), or cleaning, I’ll easily clock in twice that distance. It’s a big property. My legs are short so it takes many steps to get me from here to there.

The truly sad part is that Greg burns three times the calories I do. I call that unfair. 🙁

The I-watch and the higher end Fitbits do a lot of extra calculations, which is great for those who need to keep track for health reasons. Even my cheapie tracker gives me all the information I need, including how I slept the night before.

If you’re looking for a way to easily record and document your fitness progress, these are very handy tools that come in all price ranges.

Of course, the Apple I-watch syncs easily to your Apple phone, but the rest of us on Androids can use any number of other fitness trackers. The key is the software.

Although I don’t have much experience with other apps, the one I use, VeryFitPro gives me all I need. The app is free. All you have to buy is the tracker.

If you’re not sure whether you’d like it, do what I did and buy one of the knock-offs. (I really shouldn’t call them knock-offs, but they all look the same to me, so who knows.) They’re everywhere. If you’re big into fitness, running, or have health issues, these little devices offer a wealth of information.

No matter what you choose, be sure to read the description of each to see what each one offers. Some come with more functions, others with better watch bands.

Okay, here are some links for you to try.

This is the one I have. It’s called Fitness Tracker. There’s nothing fancy about it, but it’s a solid workhorse. I’d call it the bare bones model.


The FitBit brand comes in an assortment of styles, colors, and functionality. If you’re serious about fitness or need it for health reasons, I don’t think you can go wrong with this brand. My friends swear by theirs.

Click on any of the images to go to the link.

I’d be interested to hear if you’ve tried any of these trackers and if you think they’ve helped you. I thought for sure I’d never leave mine on. I gave up wearing watches decades ago. But sure enough, I only take it off to charge it which is about once a week for me.


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