Fitbit Fitness Tracker – Big Brother Yo’ self (in a good way)

fitbit fitness tracking device

Is that a Fitbit in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

First off, I don’t normally hawk products on this website that aren’t basement, home or tool related in some way.

Okay, you got me, yes, I did recommend a radio for Father’s Day, but that’s sort of tool related.  My Dad always has a radio when he paints and painting is part of basement finishing.

I’m getting off track here.  Sometimes I post stuff about life in general under the category “That’s Just Life”.

A few months ago I wanted to lose a few “beer pounds” before we went to the beach. The only problem was I suck at working out, I needed a motivator.

The Fitbit : One Fun Little Techno-Beast

Then one day I’m flippin’ around online and see this little beauty.  The Fitbit.

  • It clips on to your clothes and counts your steps.
  • It has an accelerometer, which admittedly I am clueless about, but it’s pretty accurate at measuring steps.
  • It has a built-in altimeter so it knows when you’ve climbed a flight of stairs.
  • The battery lasts almost a week with no recharge
  • It syncs without wires to a website where it tracks everything.
  • Plus a bunch of other cool features
fitbit fitness tracking device blueI started wearing this thing all the time. I barely notice that it’s there.
What I have noticed is that:
  • I want to take the stairs more.
  • I’m more motivated to go on walks.
  • I’m losing a few pounds and having fun doing it.
  • I’m more aware of sleep patterns, yes, sleep patterns.

Sleep Hacking with the Fitbit

In addition to getting in shape I also was looking for a way to gain a few extra hours out of my day.  I have been reading about sleep hacking and how with a few changes you can gain an extra two hours a night just by being more efficient in your sleeping.

I know, I’m a sleep geek, deal with it!

Think about it.  7 nights a week, 2 hours a night, that’s 14 hours.

You could watch all three Jason Bourne movies (my personal fav) 2 times through and still have time to make some pot holders from those kids craft kits.  Come ‘on, you know you did those as a kid and you know you loved them.

The Fitbit comes with this very silky smooth strap that you wear at night.  It measures when you fall asleep and how many times during the night that you wake up.

Here is my sleep graph from a couple of days ago.  I see a lot of room for improvement.

fitbit sleep hacking

My record is 98% efficiency. Our cat "Mouse" was missing on this night, my wife was up all night looking for her. Yes, 4am, she found her, and woke me up to tell me.

I Finished My Basement – The Fitbit Group

So you’re on the newsletter list and maybe you’re part of the Facebook group.  Big deal.  If you’re not part of the Fitbit group for basement finishers then you don’t know what you’re missing.

Wear the fitbit while you’re remodeling your basement and share with the group how many steps you take and calories you burn.

basement finishing jasonStart measuring your sleep patterns and see if you can gain two more hours.  Leave a comment below and let know what works for you, I’m super interested in knowing how to squeeze out some more time.

Cheers -



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