Head To Head Commentary

How I use health apps

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1896 (Published 14 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1896
  1. Sylvia Warman, office based worker, London
  1. sylviawarman{at}hotmail.com

I received a Fitbit One as a Christmas present and have been using it pretty much daily since then. The sensor is about the size of an AA battery. I wear it clipped to my bra and don’t even notice that it’s there.

It works as an interactive pedometer but also measures the flights of stairs I climb, which is good cardiovascular exercise, and it can monitor sleep patterns. This model was the cheapest with these functions, at £79 (€109; $118). I find it easier to use than old-style pedometers that you had to programme with the length of your stride.

To set it up you need a PC: the online registration asks for your age, sex, height, and weight and should take less than 30 minutes. You can sync …

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