We took our dog, Charlie, to the vet in the fall. He’d gained almost 10 lbs since his last visit, and we hadn’t even noticed. Sneaky puppy. As biased parents we think he’s perfect, but the scale doesn’t lie. He has a sweet face, though, doesn’t he?
His weight gain was a catalyst for us to investigate various activity trackers. Truthfully, I’d been wanting an activity tracker for a while, and tracking Charlie’s steps served a legitimate excuse to proceed with the purchase. But there are so many to choose from …
Daniel and I have been into wearable technology for several years, and as far as GPS watches go, I love my old-school Garmin Forerunner 205 and Daniel beams over his Suunto Ambit2. When it comes to everyday wearable gear though, those watches just aren’t realistic – or stylish! We wanted something a little more subtle and suitable for our professions.
After lots of comparison, we ultimately chose the Fitbit Flex for it’s minimalistic design, it’s compatibility/sync-ability (?) with our Apple products, and the price. At about $95 a pop on Amazon we’ve been very pleased with it’s accuracy, battery life, and customizable online dashboard. It’s cool that it also tracks our sleep activity, although that wasn’t one of our must-haves.
In general, our goal is 15,000 steps per day. There are about 2,000 per mile so you figure we’re need between 7-8 miles/day to hit our goal. Daniel averages closer to 17,000 while I lag behind at a daily average of about 13,000. What’s with that?! I need to step it up. Literally.
Our daily routine has been altered in an effort to make room for “puppy steps” every morning and evening. Charlie gets about 6,000 steps with us for the day for now. When we have time, he gets a little more.
On days Daniel and I run for our own workout, it’s pretty easy to hit our 15,000 step goal. On weight-lifting days, however, we wind up taking late-night laps around our apartment. Sounds fun, right?
Anyhoo, Charlie is a happier, healthier hound since we’ve gotten our Fitbits. Walking twice a day as a family makes me pretty happy too!
Do you have a favorite wearable tech?