Fitbit Data

Although I’m not particularly interesting as far as my Fitbit data goes, I do enjoy reviewing it after a backpacking trip.  I’ve compiled some of my data so you can see what it looks like if you’re curious about what your data would look like.  I own a Fitbit One, which logs floors climbed, steps, calories burned (estimate, of course), and sleep data.  It does not log heart rate or GPS data, like the Charge HR or Surge.

This is what a normal day looks like for me:



I am definitely not a super active person.  I hang out in my office, walk occasionally for meetings, and move around a bit at home.

However, when I’m hiking, it looks much more like this (some data from our trip to the Porkies) :




On a non-hiking day, I’m lucky if I get 8,000 steps.  I take about 1,500 steps from my car to my office (and back), so I do try to schedule walking meetings and walk around at least daily.  But, it’s hard to get to 10,000 steps in a day.   In addition to steps, my Fitbit also tracks the number of flights of stairs I climb.  I do work at an office with lots of stairs, so I do usually get 10 flights of stairs a day minimum.

Here’s some data for you if you’re considering purchasing a Fitbit!

Hiking Day (4/17):


Hiking Day (4/18):

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Non hiking day:


Bonus!  What happens when your Fitbit goes through the washer and dryer (Fitbits aren’t waterproof, I don’t recommend!!!):




  • I like knowing what I’m doing on a day to day basis.  In addition, I’m not really interested in a wrist strap, so I like that you can wear the One in my bra or in my pocket.
  • Tracks floors along with steps, and easily syncs to my phone.
  • Lightweight (17 grams, or 0.6 oz)!
  • Fitbit’s customer service is great!  They replaced my old Fitbit because it would no longer hold a charge nearly a year ago.


  • Fitbits aren’t waterproof.
  • No heart rate tracking – but that’s because I own an earlier version of the Fitbit.
  • You do have to recharge it semi-regularly – about once every 2 weeks for me.
  • The charger is proprietary.  It’s not a simple USB plug in, which means you need to travel with its charger (which does connect through USB).

Overall Opinion

  • If you’re curious about what your day-to-day life looks like, I do like the Fitbit One.  I don’t recommend the Fitbit Zip (~$50), because it doesn’t track floors, nor is it rechargeable.
  • I don’t think that the Fitbit One is the answer to all of your activity tracking needs.  There’s no GPS tracking, which can be a deal breaker for some.
  • I think that there are better fitness trackers out there, but for $100, I’d say the Fitibit One hits 3/5.
  • Will I carry this on the JMT?  Yes!  I absolutely want to track this information, for as lightweight as it is (17 grams with its clip).  Even if I can only track the first 2 weeks of our trip.  The charger does only weight an additional 14 grams, so it may be worth carrying that as well.
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