Fitbit Alta

Road-testing the Fitbit


Our Today’s Special Value offer on Thursday 4th August is the brilliant Fitbit Alta – an activity and sleep tracker to help you monitor your fitness. The Fitbit is taking the world by storm, and many of our presenters and guests alike are loving this innovative little gadget. Here Jackie Kabler talks about the Alta, our upcoming offer, while Lee Hohbein and Gill Gauntlett share their experiences with their own Fitbits…

Jackie Kabler

I’d heard loads of hype about this little fitness tracking gadget for ages but never tried one – and I have to confess, I was a little reluctant at first, partly because I wasn’t sure if it would be just too complicated to bother with.

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However, I now see how people can get quite addicted – it’s fab! I found it so simple to use  – you just need a smartphone or computer, onto which you download a free app which links up with the Fitbit and sets it up for you, and then keeps a record of your progress. I’m not very tech-talented but it’s really easy, honestly! The Fitbit itself looks like a really cool watch/bangle, and you just tap the little screen to see the time, the number of steps you’ve taken so far today, the distance you’ve travelled, the number of calories you’ve burned and the total number of minutes you’ve been active.

I was amazed to see that some days I do five or six miles just running around the building at work between shows. The recommended number of steps we should be taking each day is 10,000, and by early afternoon on a day which included a training session for the charity event I’m doing this summer I had already done over 30,000 steps which was astounding – no wonder my feet ached! (See photo.)

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But of course not every day is that active, and I did find it very motivational to see the step count. It certainly made me take the stairs instead of the lift at work and other little things like that, on days when I didn’t have time to do any formal exercise. If you have a sedentary job, or just generally want to become more active, I thoroughly recommend it. You can compete with yourself (or your friends!) and build that step count – you even get an email every week if you want one, summarising your activity for the week so you can build on that too.

Love Jackie x


Lee HohbeinLee Hohbein

I can’t imagine life without my Fitbit now. I got my first one 18 months ago and it’s now an integral part of my daily life. I may even be a touch obsessed! It’s a good/healthy obsession though.

I’m a five-times-a-week guy (gym sessions that is) so guess I’m relatively fit after religiously doing that for the past 13 years, but the Fitbit gives me that extra push to be even more active in my life. A good example is my journey to the gym… I always used to drive there but since having the Fitbit strapped to my wrist I’ve realised that walking to and from the gym adds around 4,500 steps to my day so there’s no way I’m missing out on those.

Subsequently I’ve only driven to the gym about four times over the past year and a half so I’ve saved myself a ton of money on car parking (£6 a time) and have got even more exercise into the bargain too.


Another thing I love about my Fitbit is the silent alarm. I travel a lot when I’m not on-air at QVC and all those different time zones can play havoc with one’s body clock. I’ve always disliked the mad rush to the plane loo 40 minutes before landing to freshen up so I always ensure that I place my phone back on UK time before I leave for home and set a silent alarm on my Fitbit 1.5 hours before I land.


Coincidentally I’m writing this blog right now sat in my aeroplane seat in San Francisco and as you can see I’ve put my plan in action so I can wake from my slumber before everyone else does and try and get myself looking human before we get off the plane! The silent alarm is amazing and the gentle vibration it gives off is far more pleasant than being shaken awake by a friendly member of the cabin crew.

I also love the fact that the Fitbit will track your sleep patterns. It’s not always a great reading for me with my rather manic schedule but it’s good to monitor it and work out when I need to re-arrange my schedule to get a little more time in bed.

If you’ve wondered what all the excitement is about the Fitbit then please take the plunge. It doesn’t matter how inactive or active you are you’ll find that it will make so much difference to your life. I’ve even been found to do several laps around my dining room table at the end of the day just to make sure I meet all of my daily goals. I’m so competitive like that!”




Gill GauntletGill Gauntlett

My first Fitbit was a One and a present from my son. From day one I was hooked on keeping a track of my steps! One of my best presents ever. I sadly lost it and had to get a replacement ASAP…

I bought another Fitbit when it was a TSV and I don’t think it’s been off my wrist for more than two days since I got it! I usually walk about 10,000 steps every day and if I am short, I make myself go up and down the stairs at home… Since May this year my goal has gone up to 20,000 steps a day. I have tried to do 10,000 steps fast walking each morning, (when possible) on a local walk, it usually takes about an hour and 20 minutes. Then I do my other 10,000 steps during the day… If this is the only exercise I do I feel better for it!

Off for a walkMy daughter joins me whenever she can and I love that not only do I get my steps in but I get to spend time catching up and have real mum-daughter time! The most steps I’ve achieved in one day is 29,000 whilst in New York, 26,000 on a TSV day at QVC and 24,000 in Paris! Wouldn’t be without mine now! I bought my 86 year old dad one for his birthday and he makes sure he does 10,000 steps a day too!!

Happy walking…


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  1. Linda Rees August 3, 2016 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    I love my fitbit best thing I’ve bought altogether lost 3stone so far 1 stone to go fabulous fantastic.

  2. Toni George August 3, 2016 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    Well done to all of you. Will be staying up to get mine. I need healthy competition,even if it is just to better myself each day. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Debra Hallett August 4, 2016 at 4:02 pm -  Reply

    I bought my Fitbit when it was the last TSV and I was really excited about it as I’ve joined Weight Watchers and the two combined is really helping. However, I’m a bit concerned as I don’t think the steps are recording properly…I walked from my office through reception and into the kitchen and it was only 19 steps but the fitbit said 96, this is giving a very false reading so I was wondering if somebody could advise how to get this right please. I love it how it tells me how much sleep I’ve had or NOT in my case!! Kind regards


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