FitBit Flex Now Has an Auto-Sleep Tracking Mode

itBit recently released a firmware update for the Flex that adds a useful feature. Once your Flex has been updated to version 81, it will automatically detect when you sleep and when you wake up so that you no longer need to remember to tap the device to put it into sleep mode and to […]

3 Days Without My FitBit

hree days ago, the band for my FitBit Flex broke, and I didn’t happen to have a backup handy, as I have in the past. This means that for the first time since around March 2012, I missed three consecutive days of collecting step data. The good news is that a replacement band (my 5th) […]

A Competitive Bunch of FitBit Steppers

n Monday, my buddy and coworker, Rob, invited me to the FitBit “Workweek Hustle” challenge. This is a little challenge in the FitBit app that allows you to compete with friends to see who ends up with the most steps through the course of the workweek. Apparently, I have a competitive set of friends when […]

5 Tips for FitBit Newcomers

ith the holidays approaching quickly, people are beginning to think about New Year’s resolutions. Getting into better shape is always one of the more popular resolutions. And with the explosion of wearable tech devices–like a FitBit–on the market, I imagine there will be a lot of people eager to improve their fitness with the help […]

FitBit Milestone: Ten Million Steps!

his morning at around 9:15 am Eastern Standard Time, I surpassed 10 million steps on my FitBit device. Here is what it looked like after I passed this milestone. For those wondering, 10 million steps comes out to about 4,600 miles.   According to Google Maps, that about the distance from Washington, D.C. to the […]

An Index to My FitBit Posts

y FitBit posts seem to be quite popular. Indeed, 2 of the top 3 posts for 2014 today are posts about FitBit. So I thought I’d collect links to all of the FitBit posts I’d written in one place for easy access. Here they are: 5 tips for getting the most out of a FitBit […]

Automatically Send a Summary of FitBit Activity to Evernote with IFTTT

esterday, IFTTT introduced the FitBit Channel. This is something I’ve been waiting for! Now it is easy to trigger IFTTT events based on FitBit activity. As an example, I created a recipe that will automatically send a daily summary of the previous day’s FitBit activity to Evernote. There’s a ton of other things possible with […]

My First 30,000 Step Day

‘ve had a FitBit device for more than 2 years now. I average between 15,000 – 20,000 steps/day. I’ve gotten my 25,000 step badge, but the 30,000 step badge has always eluded me. Not anymore. ¬†Yesterday evening, as I turned back onto my street from a long evening walk, this happened: Kelly and the kids […]

Fun with FitBit Data: Seasonal Activity on Weekdays and Weekends

thought it might be interesting to take a look at all of my steps in the last year or so, but breaking them down into seasons and weekends vs. weekdays. I’ve done just that in the charts below. These charts1 are not composites of my daily walking. They are total steps for the seasons on […]

FitBit Experiment: Measuring Battery Life from Low-To-Empty

esterday, I performed a little experiment with my FitBit Flex. When I arrived at the office, I received an email alert that my FitBit Flex battery was low. My charger was at home, and I certainly didn’t want my Flex to miss counting any of my steps, but I decided that this was an opportunity […]

2 Useful Insights I’ve Gained from Personal Analytics Data: Sleep and Productivity

n writing about personal analytics and data collection, one question I get more frequently than most is: what do you get out of it? Today I thought I’d share 4 insights I’ve gained into my own behavior from scrutinizing the data that I collect. For those who haven’t been following along, I am fascinated by […]

Does a FitBit Flex Accurately Track Your Steps if You Walk with Your Hands in Your Pockets?

t was bitterly cold here the last few days, making my lunchtime walks a little more challenging. I normally walk 3 times around the large block where my office is located, which amounts to about 3 miles, or roughly 6,000 steps on my FitBit Flex. With the weather as cold as it was, I was […]