Using Fitdigits and Fitbit to Lose Weight and Get Healthy

Testimonial by Fitdigits user Dave H.

I’ve always enjoyed riding my bicycle, and have done so off and on for years. But I was never in really good shape. I wasn’t’ able to ride very fast and I never really knew how to get better at it without spending a lot of money on a trainer or classes. Especially during the winter, it was hard to keep up with biking. Plus, most of my day is spent sitting in front of a computer, since I work in IT. Not a good combination, for sure. As I’ve gotten older, my blood pressure has been slowly going up and my gut has been getting bigger, so finally, I decided that it was time to do something about it.

I had an older Garmin unit, but was in need of something better so started checking out the iPhone apps. Around Christmas of 2011, I found Fitdigits, and being a geek, thought it looked pretty cool. I didn’t want to have to use multiple devices while riding, and Fitdigits allowed me to get down to just one. Just my iPhone, for tracking all my stats and my route; listen to my own music mixes, and get calls and email without needing to stop and pull out some other device. It’s all there in one.

Customizing the screens to see the stats I want while riding and sync it all so I can access it online is another thing I love about it. And it worked with all the Garmin gear I already had, so no need to get more equipment or pay $400-500 for a new Garmin unit. I can also easily go from riding indoors with my bike stand, to outdoors on the road, and it’s still all in one place. How awesome is all of that?

Fitbit and Fitdigits work together seamlessly at My Fitdigits to show calories burned, distance and total activity.

Pretty quickly, I found out about the ability to link with Fitbit and so my wife and I decided to buy one for each other for Valentines Day. It’s been a permanent part of our daily lives ever since. Now, after only a few months of using these, my blood pressure has gotten better, my gut has shrunk, I feel better and look a lot better and my biking stamina, speed and strength are all improving. We also use the Withings scale and blood pressure monitor and are able to track everything in one place at My Fitdigits.

My wife and I both love using it and the combination of Fitdigits with Fitbit has been amazing, helping us to be more aware of how much activity we can get into our day just by taking the stairs or walking a bit more, for example. And I’ve gotten my wife into biking, now too, so we are both using Fitdigits to track it all. The combination of using Fitbit for daily activity and Fitdigits for my workouts has helped me burn more calories and makes it easier to reach my goals.

Without a doubt, getting the Fitdigits app has helped both my wife and I take a huge step forward in improving our lives and our health. We watch what we eat, exercise more and are much happier overall. Thanks for developing this app! We both love it!

I'm using Fitdigits Connect, Garmin Heart Strap, Fitbit, Withings Body Scale and Blood Pressure Monitor.

10 Tips to Walk 10,000 Steps Every Day

10 Easy Ways to Reach 10,000 Steps Every Day

Living an active and healthy lifestyle requires more than just one hour of cardio or weight training each day. Though a balanced diet is essential for any wellness makeover and weight loss plan, an individual will achieve faster, longer-lasting results by stepping up their daily activity level. For some, however, this may require walking a whole lot more as experts recommend taking 10,000 steps each day at minimum.

If you’re no where close to that figure, you’re not alone. But, don’t think you’re off the hook either. Here are 10 easy ways to reach 10,000 steps a day.

  • Park your car at the end of the parking lot when shopping, running errands or going to dinner. You’ll gain up to 2,000 extra steps.
  • Opt to take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator whenever possible. You’ll burn a lot more calories and gain strength.
  • Incorporate walking lunges into your weightlifting routine with either bicep curls or overhead shoulder presses to burn more calories and gain those extra steps.
  • Schedule a walking work meeting or take a conference call outdoors.. The fresh air will get your creative juices flowing.
  • Go window shopping at the mall. It’s a great way to get extra steps in on a rainy day.
  • Offer to walk a friend’s or neighbor’s dog. You’ll surely walk further with a four-legged companion tugging you along the way.
  • Skip the drive thru and walk in to get your morning coffee.
  • Set your alarm clock 15 minutes earlier and use the extra time to take a lap or two around the block before heading to work.
  • Instead of meeting a friend for lunch, plan an hour walk or hike during your break.
  • Skip the cart return in the parking lot and walk the shopping cart back to the store front.

Getting in those daily 10,000 steps each day may seem like a challenge. That’s why we recommend tracking your daily activity with Fitbit and Fitdigits. Fitbit’s daily step tracker keeps you motivated to move more. Now integrated with Fitdigits’s heart rate monitoring app, you’ll obtain more accurate data for calories burned during vigorous workouts for a complete fitness and weight loss tracking system.

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We love this video and the message behind it. Thank you, Dr. Mike Evans, for creating a wonderfully informational and entertaining video that communicates the message that exercise and walking is not only necessary, it’s good for you!