What is it?
The Fitbit Ultra is a great product in a new wave of fitness gadgets. It’s a small device about the size of a USB key that is worn like a pedometer, clipped to your belt. It is used for tracking exercise, calories, and sleep. The device connects to popular fitness apps like LoseIt and RunKeeper with wireless sync ability.
What else does it do?
The Fitbit Ultra uses a motion sensor to track steps throughout the day and during exercise. It will display how many calories were burned, distance traveled and the altimeter tracks the floors climbed. The altimeter is great for those who use a stepper or anything with a vertical climb. Results can be viewed on a small screen on the side of the device or by logging into your account online. The device syncs wirelessly within 15 feet of the Fitbit base station. Simply, this means no painful data entry! It can also be set to wirelessly sync your food through other useful food/exercise apps like LoseIt and RunKeeper. It will really make life easier to have food, exercise and sleep consolidated to one place.
The Fitbit Ultra will track your sleep habits as well, which is an important part of good health. Each night, the FitBit Ultra unit is clipped onto a comfortable wrist strap. The sleep tracker results include length of time to fall asleep, duration of sleep, movement, times awakened and actual overall sleep time. This can be a very useful tool to determining sleep patterns.
These days, it can be difficult to keep up keep up with the overload of data entry required by multiple apps. Since Fitbit Ultra connects and imports from other apps and services, it will give you complete profile of your fitness levels (for a list of all compatible apps, check www.fitbit.com/product). The Fitbit Ultra is a good solution to cover all bases for fitness and provide a way to keep you motivated in your goal of becoming healthier.
Jon Janeway B.S Exercise Science NSCA-CPT
Owner of Welligee Personal Training & Lifestyle