Exercise Tools – Nike FuelBand vs FitBit

January 23, 2013 by  

Do I Like To Exercise? No – But I’m Going To Learn To Love It!

Do I Need to Exercise? Absolutely… big time!

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I’ve gone through so many phases in my life, and even on this blog, where I’ve started to exercise and get in shape. I’ll do good for awhile, and then I tend to fall back into my old ways. I think there is a part of me that doesn’t think I can ever be one of those “in shape” people. I know that sounds dumb, but after watching my mom struggle off and on for years with exercise (Jack Lalanne and soup cans.. for some of you who might remember), I just have this block in my head – that I’ll never be that person out running a marathon.  Do I have a desire to run a marathon. Nope. Would I like to be able to run for a few miles? Yes!

I have a zillion excuses, I have plantar fasciitis and my Podiatrist said that walking should not be an exercise for me. The nearest club is over 1/2 hour away and my work schedule won’t allow it. My heart rate goes into the 200′s when I try to jog. Oh… there are more, believe me. But I have to break through those.

At the beginning of this year I decided I have to get 70 pounds off.  I did it in 2008, I used Jenny Craig and took off 50 pounds, but I went off their plan and slowly gained it back.. plus another 20 pounds. Menopause hasn’t helped either… along with sitting on my butt for at least 12 hours a day working.

When I lost my 50 pounds, I wasn’t exercising. This time I have to do both. Now I have the fat arm stuff happening, the big belly.. (I never knew your boobs could touch your belly when you sit certain ways! lol) As always my hips, legs and butt are huge. There are things I never have experienced before. I was always very thin growing up.. and this extra 20 pounds in the last year has thrown me over the edge. I’ve had to buy new fat clothes, the backs of my arms will bother me because things are too tight. It’s the pits and I feel gross.

Nike FuelBand

Part of my inspiration is because I feel terrible.  The other part is watching all my co-workers at Collective Bias show all their pictures of running and working out on Path and Facebook. This company is so awesome to work for that they gave us all Nike FuelBands this Christmas. How cool is that? John Andrews and Jay Thornton both got a Fuelband and liked it so much for themselves, that John decided to get them for all 50+ of us.  For a company to care so much about it’s employees, that they REALLY want to see us healthy. That is just one of the reasons I love working at CB. Not because they gave us a cool gift, but because they really care about us. They want the best for us. Love that!

nike fuelband

This is really neat. I love the look of it. It comes in a white/clear one or a black/clear one.. or this solid black. You get fuel points for your activity. If you are walking or working out, doing laundry etc. It also tells you how many steps you’ve walked, calories burned and what time it is.  You set a goal and you work to meet it each day. The little red dots at the bottom.. go across as you work towards your goal. They get green when you are into the good zone. Then you can share on Facebook or Path your progress and compare with your team. That is where Collective Bias has been really productive with this. There are several runners at CB, and many of us that aren’t, but they have had fun with sharing their fuel points with everyone. It shows the path they have run, or walked. It syncs with your computer and your phone, so you can easily track what you’ve done.

I think this is an awesome tool if you want to get in shape. If you want to track your progress for the day, have competitions to see who can get the most fuel points or just track it yourself. It is a great way to inspire exercise. You want to get more fuel points to hit your goal for the day.

FitBit

Before I knew I was getting one, I had asked Dave for a FitBit for Christmas. He got me one, so now I have both tools. I also got one for Dave for Christmas. He’s been using it and is happy to show me how far he does walk at work everyday, inspecting the job site he manages.

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They are both awesome tools to tracking your exercise and activity. I highly recommend them both. The FitBit is small and clips onto your clothing. Dave wears his clipped inside his pants pocket. I wear mine clipped to my bra. It tells you your steps for the day, calories burned, time of day and a growing flower for your progress. It has an automatic sync (this model of FitBit at least) to your computer and your phone. You can also share with your friends and post to FB or Twitter.  Very similar features of the Nike FuelBand.

What it does do that is different, than the Fuelband  is that you can track your food intake and it also tracks your sleep. There is a wrist band that you slip the fitbit into. It comes out of the rubber clip you see above and easily slips into this Velcro wristband. Then you just hit the timer to start it. In the morning you turn the timer off. The wristband doesn’t bother me at all to sleep, although I did see on a few people who reviewed it, that they didn’t like it.  I like being able to see my sleep patterns. I was surprised I woke up as much as I did through the night.

exercise fitbit

This also has an alarm feature on it. It will wake you up in the morning. I have yet to figure out how to set that, but I think I saw a way, and just haven’t taken the time to try that feature out yet.

This is what the dashboard looks like. You can earn badges for your accomplishments. Climbing stairs, steps, miles.  You can see where I did my short work out in the morning.. where the yellow spikes are.

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The feature I like the best with this FitBit is that I can track my food intake. I picked a program of easy, medium or hard (I picked hard) in order to lose my weight. It has me losing 2 pounds a week, so that I’ll hit my goal of 70 pounds in August of this year. It then calculates your food intake (you plug in the food and there are many options that come up to pick from. If those don’t fit, you can enter your own food item with the portion and calories.) and exercise for that day.

It tells you how much more you can eat for that day… or if you’ve gone over your calories for the day. Several times when I’ve gone over, then it has inspired me to go up and do more exercise.

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For me, because I am trying to lose weight along with the exercise.. the FitBit is a better exercise tool. It has been more inspiring to me due to the calorie intake feature, than the Nike FuelBand.  If your main goal is the exercise and getting in shape, then I think the Nike Fuelband would be ideal. I think the guys like the look of the FuelBand.

The FitBit One that I have is $99. I got mine for Dave at BestBuy. He got the one for me online.
The Nike Fuelband is $149.

I can highly recommend both of these exercise tools, and I’m very thankful to Collective Bias and my husband for giving them to me. Neither one expected or asked for a review – I just wanted to share part of my big inspiration for exercising and losing weight.

So far since January 1st of 2013, I’ve lost 8 1/2 pounds. What I was thrilled with, was that it also included a six day trip to Bentonville, AR for work, and I’ve always gained weight when I’ve traveled before. I’ve always had an attitude of “I can eat whatever I want when I’m traveling, because it’s too hard to try and eat healthy”.  But not this time. I exercised 3 of the 4 available mornings I was there with Debba from Girlfriendology. Of course she was far past me in her running and exercising abilities, but she was great encouragement and  inspiration while I was there.

 

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21 Responses to “Exercise Tools – Nike FuelBand vs FitBit”
  1. I say whatever it takes to get one to exercise. If this device motivates you, Go For It – hmmm, good slogan? I like to exercise by DOING – especially skiing, which I’m about to do so I gotta run…I mean ski…

  2. Dadblunders says:

    Amy,

    I lost over 50 pounds in the last two years (and I have been really proud of it). I will be honest though and tell you the main reason I lost the weight was because I a stay-at-home dad of a very active 3 year-old (soon to be 4). He doesn’t allow me the opportunity to sit back and take it easy very often. He also doesn’t care that I am an older dad at 43. All he cares is that I run, play, jump and love him to my full ability. I used to go the gym all the time and hopefully there might come a day in the near future I get to do that again. I say we do whatever it takes to help us live better more productive lives!

    Aaron

  3. Rosey says:

    Your mindset sounds absolutely perfect for success! Good luck, Sandy!

  4. Dadblunders says:

    You know I actually noted that you wrote the article Sandy but also saw at the top Amy was writing too. I then of course then addressed wrong writer in my post. Forgive me for my mistake! I am human and a stay-at-home dad (sometimes a little too busy for my own good)

    Aaron Brinker

  5. arm fat is the hardest part for me- and i also need to work out more. i used to be so good about it, too

  6. Sandy – I’m so proud of you! You totally inspired me to work out more and eat healthier. Thanks for being a fun fitness friend :) (& funny #CBias roommate!) You go girl!

  7. Sandy says:

    Awesome. I haven’t gone skiing in.. like a lot of years! lol I used to love it. Happy skiing Bruce!

  8. Sandy says:

    Thanks Aaron! That is great that you lost the weight! I am SO ready to lose mine (again.. sigh). Love that you are the kind of Dad that does get up and play with your son. Dave (my hubby) was 40 years old when his triplets were born. lol

  9. Sandy says:

    Thanks Rosey!

  10. Sandy says:

    lol.. just saw this comment. Thanks. It’s easy to do when I have both of us on the sidebar.

  11. Sandy says:

    Yeah… it’s a new one for me.. and I don’t like it at all.. but then again, I don’t like it anywhere else I’ve got it either. lol

  12. Sandy says:

    Thanks Debba! It was fun. Wonder if there is a work out area in the Bob Evans! LOL..

  13. JONG says:

    The first time I saw Fitbit was from CNET Mollywood. This little band really excites you huh :) I haven’t been running for a month (tomorrow). Can’t believe I skipped for that long.

  14. Jasmine says:

    I LOVE my fitbit!

  15. Sandy says:

    I like them both. But for me, if I could only have one; I would pick the FitBit – because of the food logging issue.

  16. Eric Butts says:

    A buddy of mine at work just got the Nike fuel band also and it seems to be motivating him to maintain his routine. The thing is he already had decent motivation before. I find myself missing not prioritizing workouts during the week, which is when I need them most eating at restaurants every night on the road. Does it have any sort of alarm feature for when you’re eating something you’re not supposed to?!

  17. Sandy says:

    Boy.. I wish! lol The Nike Fuelband doesn’t do anything with food intake. The Fitbit does, but it only gathers the information for the food you program into the dashboard on your computer or phone that you ate. There is no alarm, but it will show you on the dashboard when you’ve gone over your calorie intake for the day.

  18. Patrick says:

    I’m glad I saw this! I’m trying to lose a good bit of weight myself, and wasn’t really aware of either of these products. I will definitely check them out now.

    Good luck on your weight loss. It’s never easy, but definitely worth it!

  19. MELISASource says:

    Congratulations on your weight loss!! One of my goals this year is to exercise more. Thank you for this information!

  20. Sandy says:

    Thanks Patrick. There are a lot of reviews for both of them on Youtube also.

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