Your Fitbit account doesn’t just have to be about tracking your daily steps and counting flights of stairs—although those are great stats to know! By thinking outside the box, users have come up with some pretty incredible life hacks involving their Fitbit devices. For example, did you know that with IFTTT (a website that lets you connect two different apps or devices), you can tell your smart coffee maker to begin brewing when your tracker or smartwatch notices you’ve woken up in the morning? And that’s just the start. Below, six more imaginative ideas.
1. Get savvy with your smart speaker
You can sync your devices, like the Fitbit Charge 2 and the Fitbit Alta HR, with smart speakers like Amazon’s Alexa. Just download the Fitbit skill to your Amazon Echo and you can ask questions about how you’re doing that day. A quick “Alexa, ask Fitbit how many steps I’ve taken today,” or “Alexa, ask Fitbit how many calories I’ve burned today,” and you’ll be instantly up to speed on your stats.
2. Pay yourself for a job well done
Ever wish you could reward yourself for an especially active day? Use IFTTT to sync your Fitbit device with Qapital, a banking app. Decide what goal is most important to you, like calories burned or steps taken, and every time you reach it, Qapital will transfer money from your checking account to your savings account. With enough motivation, after a few weeks, you’ll have enough saved to spend on a fun reward.
3. Force yourself out of bed
The aroma of freshly brewed coffee might get some people out from under the covers, but others might need a little more motivation. That’s where this life hack comes in: Set a smart lightbulb in your bedroom to blink when your Fitbit device has logged more than eight hours of sleep, and there will be no more hitting snooze.