Williamsville gladly offers residents of our program Fitbit Charge HRs! Fitness and adopting healthy habits plays a huge part in overcoming addiction. Fitbits are an excellent tool to help motivate you towards a healthier life. The built in pedometer keeps track of your steps and sets goals for you when linked with the Fitbit app on your smartphone. The heart rate monitor keeps track or your resting heart rate and gives you a timeline of how active you have been. One of my favorite features is the ability to monitor your sleep habits. Psychological studies have suggested sleep habits are important for ones mental health and wearing a Fitbit while you sleep can help determine if you are having trouble.
Residents often ask what determines the various Fitbit feed-backs – on the watch, you can cycle through time, steps, heart rate, distance, calories, and “stairs”. The most important are the first three – the pedometer function determines steps, then steps plus the weight entered calculates calories, steps based on your height calculates distance, and arm swing characteristics are used to determine “stairs”. Basically a flight of stairs is counted when the pedometer logic believes you are exerting a good bit of energy.
The dashboard has a sleep and exercise profile, view-able on a phone or desktop, although the phone app is becoming superior to the desktop with every update. The exercise profile is based on heart rate, and there is now a “trigger” value when the Fitbit automatically records some exertion that gets your heart rate up. The traditional way to record a workout is to press and hold the button on the side – this puts the Fitbit HR into high-use mode, and records your heart rate for the full workout. Heart rate is binned into three categories – peak, cardio, and fat burn. This gives the user instant numeric feed back about how good the workout was for overall health.