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Taylor Billie, senior, shows off her Ultra 2 Fitbit. She has been using Fitbit products since 2013.

Meghan Blenck

Taylor Billie, senior, shows off her Ultra 2 Fitbit. She has been using Fitbit products since 2013.

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Somewhere between first tries and finish lines. Pillow fights and pushing limits. That’s where you find fitness.”

Those are the words on Fitbit’s website for their countless numbers of fitness watches and products.

Fitbits came out in 2009, and are still improving. The company has released seven models of their wearable fitness tracker from the simple Fitbit Zip to the Fitbit Surge. All of the bands are available in a variety of colors.

The tracker is able to sync up to a computer and a smartphone and you are able to see the progress you have made each day on charts.  

“I have the Charge 2,” Taylor Billie, senior, said. Billie has been using Fitbit products since 2013.

The Fitbit has many features for tracking. The most used is the step tracker. The app suggests you try to get around 10,000 steps everyday.

“Having a fitbit makes it easy to see my progress towards my goal. If I see I’m close to making my goal, I might take a walk around the block, or take the long way through a store or parking lot to add a few extra steps in,” Ms. Kristen North, CTE, said.

The app also allows people to add friends and join into challenges. The challenges can be from completing your step goals for the day, the work week, or the weekend.

“The challenges are the best part,” Lizzy Cook, senior, said, “My family does them. I never beat my dad, but I always beat my mom and it’s always rewarding.”

The device also helps you get badges. The badges come from completing a certain number of steps and achieving lifetime miles.

The Fitbit has other things that it tracks as well. Including weight, water consumption, heart rate, weight, and sleep. Some of the newer models allow you to set alarms, and see incoming calls.

Some people do have complaints about the trackers not working as planned.

“Sometimes I worry that the tracker is off, like I’ll move my arm and it tracks it as a step,” Abby Boland, senior, said.

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