Using IFTTT with Fitbit

By Robert J Nelson on 8 Jul 2014 03:30 pm
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We've offered an introduction to IFTTT, and even looked at using WeMo with IFTTT. Continuing with this series of posts and we find ourselves focusing on Fitbit. Similar to using WeMo with IFTTT, you'll first need to make sure you activate the channel for Fitbit. Then once that has been taken care of -- the real work will begin in deciding how you can use IFTTT to get the most out of your Fitbit experience.

When dealing with WeMo we were looking towards automation, and to some regard, simplifying things. In the case of Fitbit we are still automating things, however we can also use IFTTT to get better access to our Fitbit data. Sure, Fitbit already offers a solid web and mobile interface, but aside from looking at the data there isn't much else that can be done. This brings us to a personal favorite recipe.

One that sends your Fitbit daily activity summary to Google Drive. This means you will need to have the Fitbit and Google Drive channels activated on IFTTT. More important though, this recipe means all of your daily Fitbit activity will be sent to a single spreadsheet in Drive. And as any good geek will know -- there is quite a bit of fun that come come with a spreadsheet.

The screenshot sitting just above is what you get as a result of the above "Fitbit daily activity summaries to a Google spreadsheet" recipe. This will automatically name the spreadsheet as Daily Activity Summary and place it in a folder called Fitbit. All new data is then added to another line in the spreadsheet.

As we've already found with IFTTT -- use cases will vary from person to person. Another idea involves logging your weight. While it is nice to have a WiFi connected scale that will automatically upload your weight and sync with Fitbit -- IFTTT will allow you to log your weight by sending a text message.

Another idea involves a bit of shaming if you are not going to meet your daily step count. The shaming could be personal or public. The personal involves sending an SMS to yourself, and the public involves posting a message to Twitter. You could also go another route and have a message sent to your significant other (or personal trainer) so they can get on your case when you come up short on the daily step count.

IFTTT also plays nicely with Evernote, which means you should be able to easily whip together a recipe that sends Fitbit data to a specific notebook in Evernote as a way to keep an automated fitness diary of sorts.

We hope these few examples will be enough to stir some thoughts. Remember, IFTTT has more than 100 available channels so after you activate the Fitbit channel -- there are plenty of options to help you get the most out of the available data. If you have a Fitbit related IFTTT recipe that you would like to share, make sure to leave a comment below!

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