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Valley App of the Week: Fitbit Zip

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Fitbit really part app and part health tracker, but there is a cost to this one.

We went with the Fitbit Zip, the company's most affordable device, $59.99 at most places or online.

Fitbit Zip is basically a high-tech pedometer.  Clip it on your clothes and wear it all day.  It tracks your steps and counts calories burned and then sends that data your smartphone or computer.

Fitbit has it's own app or you can use the info with other fitness apps like My Fitness Pal or one we reviewed earlier, RunKeepr.

One downside for Android users, the Bluetooth syncing feature only works for Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 phones.

Overall we liked Fitbit's app, they recently updated it with lots of easy to read interactive graphs to quickly see how your doing by week, month, or even year.

Like other health apps it also connects to a huge database of foods to easily track your calorie intake.

As for the Fitbit Zip itself, set up was easy.  Lisa admits she is not a tech person and had no trouble. 

The step tracker seemed reasonably accurate and the screen will tell you how your doing.

You get a smiley face if you're moving around enough, but if the Zip thinks you're getting a little lazy it will stick out it's tongue.

The Zip is not rechargeable so you will have to change the battery every few months.  If that's a deal breaker and if you can spare it, Fitbit offers a pair of pricier health trackers.

The Fitbit One and Fitbit Flex.  Both include a rechargeable battery and a sleep tracking feature.

For more on the Fitbit Zip check out the company's website

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