09.04.2014Personal Tech

#SmartSummer: Fitbit Fitness Fun at Minnesota State Fair

This is part of our #SmartSummer series, where we’re sharing stories related to using tech to enhance summer activities and fun with family and friends. Disclosure: We loaned Marney Gellner the Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband for the purpose of this post.

For 12 days, a record-setting 1,824,830 people gathered to celebrate all things deep-fried and delicious at the Minnesota State Fair. Exercise while at the fair is the key to guilt-free eating, when it comes to fair foods such as Big Fat Bacon or Sweet Martha’s. That is where the latest fitness devices can help shed light on a day of walking around the 320-acre fairgrounds, which proves to burn off more calories than you may think.

“How many steps do I need to take to have the extra cheese curds?” is the question on everyone’s mind, including Marney Gellner’s, a TV personality at Fox Sports North.

With the Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, Marney was able to buzz around the fair burning calories and walking miles in order to treat herself to many of the fair’s fresh and fried delights.

Marney-Gellner

Marney on air wearing her Fitbit.

“It's measuring how far I walk so, I'm checking my Fitbit on the phone to see how many steps I have taken and calories burned, and then eating that much,” Marney enthusiastically said while being interviewed at the KFAN radio booth at the fair.

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Marney wearing her Fitbit Flex and enjoying PB&J french toast.

It really is that simple: connect your Fitbit accessory to the Fitbit app on any compatible Apple or Android device, and begin tracking a multitude of fitness levels, including:

  • Steps taken, miles walked
  • Active minutes (where the most calories are burned!)
  • Calories burned and consumed
  • Water consumed
  • Weight tracking and weight loss goal (streamlined when paired with Fitbit Aria WiFi Smart Scale)
  • Sleep quality

After six hours at the fair, Marney burned about 2,000 calories, walked more than three miles and consumed a fair’s-share of calories.

“I have earned this, I deserve this—I have Fitbit my way to the beloved cheese curds,” Marney said before eagerly tossing a golden-fried curd into her mouth.

See more about Marney's trek through the Minnesota State Fair with her Fitbit in this short video:

Check out Marney Gellner on Twitter (@MarneyGellner), and catch her live on the latest broadcasts on FOX Sports North.

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