So for my recent birthday (Big 50 in December) my Sweetheart bought me a great gift. She pre-ordered me a new Fitbit Surge that was only recently released to the public in January. If you are not familiar with Fitbit and their line of products I would highly recommend you look them up. Just for a bit of context, Fitbit is known for its products of the same name, which are activity trackers, wireless-enabled wearable devices that measure data such as the number of steps walked, quality of sleep and other personal metrics. The first of these was the Fitbit Tracker. Announced in October 2014, The Surge is more like a smart-watch than an activity tracker and aimed for the fitness demographic. The Surge includes a heart-rate monitor and the ability to track pace, distance, and elevation.
Now for a guy like me, this present was the perfect thing to get me. You see, for most of the last several years, I worked on spreadsheets and performance statistics as a big part of my job. I mean A LOT of spreadsheets and numbers…… it’s kind of funny and dumb all at the same time, but I really started to miss that part of my old work week. The numbers and stats, NOT the work week!
I had already started on my journey to getting in shape at the early part of January when my new Surge finally arrived in the mail. Well I can tell you I was pumped. What could be better than a piece of electronics that basically measures everything, charts it, provides feedback directly to you and also prepares reports on a weekly basis?! Fantastic! All I had to do was put in the time being active and enjoy myself because I “get” to do this and don’t “got” to do this. Then sit back and watch the information roll in.
So far I really like this tool/toy, although, I am still going to reserve judgement on the accuracy of the GPS until I do a bit more research on the web. I may need to do some programming on stride length for both walking and running but that is for another day. I went online to my Fitbit account and dashboard and pulled off some of my early numbers and thought I would share them. So far things are really going well and I find myself almost playing games with it now and making sure I hit all my daily goals. Overall my health and fitness levels are really improving and I have never felt better.
Month Steps Taken Floors Climbed Miles Calories Burned
January 85,932 75 43.28 62,245
February 148,176 179 67.60 66,916
March ????? – The numbers are still rolling in but I suspect they will be even higher than February. The sky is the limit really!