Tuesday 6 December 2016

Case Study: 'I love my FitBit. It's a toy, really, but it's a gadget that's really functional'

Published 24/03/2016 | 02:30

Geraldine Lee with her FitBit wristband in D'Olier Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Geraldine Lee with her FitBit wristband in D'Olier Street, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Ger Lee, who works in the Intensive Care Unit in St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin got her FitBit as a present at Christmas.

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"I really like the sleep function. I do shift work so it's nice to see how much you're actually sleeping and if you're restless at night," she says.

"The other aspect I like is you're looking at the amount of steps you're taking so if I don't hit 10,000 steps, I go out for a walk before I go to bed. I really don't feel I'm getting the full benefit of it yet because the good weather is only beginning and I think that in the summer this will be brilliant."

After a recent spinning class, she was surprised that her heart rate wasn't higher, which has inspired her to push herself more.

However, she's not keen on the fact that her Fitbit isn't waterproof, so she can't take it into the pool with her, and recently when she went skiing that activity didn't show up because skiing isn't step-based.

"It's interesting at work as well because you know your busy periods because you can see your heart rate going up," she says.

If she were to get another one, she'd choose one with GPS so that she could track things like bike rides, for example. But overall, she's happy with her FitBIt.

"I love it. It's a toy, really, but it's a gadget that's really functional," she says.

Irish Independent

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