I like tracking my daily activities and workouts through various devices. I have a Fitbit Flex and a Polar FT4 watch and I reviewed both of them on the blog in the past. I am always on the lookout for new fitness gadgets though and the Fitbug Orb* really caught my eye. It is everywhere at the moment and everyone seems to love it, but is it worth the hype?
I have been wearing my orb with the belt clip and I either clip it onto my leggings/trousers, my t-shirt or my sports bra. The wrist strap is very comfortable as well and looks very nice with my workout gear and casual clothes.
The app shows you the amount of total steps, aerobic steps, distance and calories burnt. To be in the aerobic zone, you have to do a brisk walk (over 100 steps per minute). Walking is definitely the easiest form of exercise and if you walk fast enough it will count as daily aerobics/cardio.
I tried tracking my sleep with the Orb, but I can't get a good sleep with anything on my wrist, so I will only use it during the day from now on. Some people might struggle with activating and deactivating sleep mode, but it isn't hard. You simply press the button 3 times to activate and hold it in to deactivate (until the green light flashes 5 times). Sleep mode also automatically switches off if you take more than 50 steps.
Fitbug Orb is powered by a simple 3V battery (a cheap very watch battery) that lasts for 6 months, so you don't have to worry about recharging it.
I find activity trackers very motivating and they always make me want to move more and be as active as possible. I have been very lazy lately and Orb gave me a little push in the right direction again. It's a nice little gadget and a great gift idea for those who like fitness or want to get fit and healthy!
You can buy the Fitbug Orb from Fitbug's website.