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Celebrate your fitness achievements

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Ever hit your step goal and let loose a fist pump?

We’re big believers in giving credit where it’s due, so we’ve cooked up a way to help celebrate your milestones with you. Cue the trumpets, Fitbit now has badges! You’ll now receive badges for hitting daily milestones. Get your first badge for hitting 5,000 steps.

Let’s not forget the name of the game is total cumulative steps––it’s all about how much you’ve done over time. You’ll also earn badges for racking up major mileage with your trusty tracker.

Badges will appear on your Fitbit.com dashboard once you’ve hit certain targets. You can share them with friends on Fitbit.com as well as by posting them through your Facebook or Four Square account.

Badges are pretty cool.  One of the biggest achievement we have is when you have achieved 3,000 miles which is nothing short of amazing.  It’s approximately the distance of San Francisco to New York! If you’ve received the 3,000 miles badge, please let us know on Facebook or Twitter or email us at welovefitbit@fitbit.com.  We’d love to hear how you did it and salute you — virtual fist bump!

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  1. August 9, 2011

    Hit 1000 miles!

  2. August 9, 2011

    Love it~ Next step, GAMIFY!

    I’m already using your site daily and I noticed the badges a couple of days ago, now I just need a list of all the badges I have earned and a list of badges you can get so I have something to shoot for!

    Thanks.

  3. Nancy F permalink
    August 9, 2011

    I’m pretty happy with my 250 miles. But you should consider adding a million steps! That was my summer goal — beginning May 29th. I met that goal on August 3!

  4. August 10, 2011

    Nice! I love the idea of achievements in “normal” application and not just games. Stackexchange does this achievement thing at its best.

    Are there some unexpected badges soon! Like “heavy coffee drinker”? :-)

  5. August 10, 2011

    This is great! What a fun way to reach for and track big achievements. Thanks for the update and I look forward to seeing some badges on my profile soon :)

  6. Cindy permalink
    August 10, 2011

    Love this! I want to share my 500 mile badge on fb but having trouble. What am I missing?
    Thanks in advance :)

  7. Katherine Willis permalink
    August 10, 2011

    Love my fitbit. I’ve been much more active since I received it because it provides a visual throughout the day of how far I’ve walked. Mine broke and I’m so lost without it. Hopefully, my new one will be here shortly. I like the badges concept and can’t wait to find out how to post it to facebook.

  8. Jacqueline permalink
    August 10, 2011

    I am looking forward to earning my badges.

  9. Alana permalink
    August 10, 2011

    Hurray! I LOVE the new badges! Thanks. I’m excited to see what other milestones you cook up too.

  10. August 10, 2011

    Is there a list of the badges somewhere? It would be cool if (like on the PS3/XBox) there was a list of the badges, and some where “hidden” until they were unlocked.

  11. August 10, 2011

    Thank you for the Badges – I need all the help I can get. Will keep you posted. Sister Geraldine Romano

  12. William Kulik permalink
    August 10, 2011

    Have averaged over 60 miles per week for the last 3 years.Walk seven days a week and did not miss more than two weeks of walking per year during that period.That calculates to over 9000 miles.You can check my statistics on the fitbit web site if they are available for the time I have used fitbit.I calculated the last 17 weekly progress reports and have averaged 65.92 miles per week which is above my 60 mile per week calculation.

  13. Michelle permalink
    August 10, 2011

    LOVE THIS IDEA! It is a motivator for me. Thank you!

  14. Laney permalink
    August 10, 2011

    I would love to know what badges are available so I know what I should be working to achieve. Will you be providing a list badges available?

  15. William Kulik permalink
    August 10, 2011

    Walked 9000 plus miles as of Aug.

  16. Taylor permalink
    August 10, 2011

    Thank you for the addition! I love getting awards like these!

  17. James Burton permalink
    August 10, 2011

    Good idea as sme of us do improvement for ourselves, not to boast with others.

  18. August 10, 2011

    Gosh! Sure feel like shouting my goal. But a badge is a little more normal. I DID IT! At age 61 !

  19. John permalink
    August 10, 2011

    You may want to consider having the badges in metric also, some of us in other countries automatically think in metric.

  20. linda smith permalink
    August 10, 2011

    great idea i personal train clients & they love rewards no matter how big or some

  21. Alec Dorling permalink
    August 11, 2011

    Introduction of Badges is great.
    Its been a missing element in the fitbit experience
    I am sure it will spur people on.
    Looking forward to the fisrt badge!

  22. Bonnie Rowley permalink
    August 11, 2011

    Thanks for the jump start! I’ve been off track, & will get started again.

  23. Robin O permalink
    August 12, 2011

    Great I’m ready to continue working towards my first badge. Great idea…let’s get started!

  24. John Dawson permalink
    August 12, 2011

    I had a heart transplant in March 2009. From the time I got out of the ICU the fitbit and the fitbit community have been a key part of my physical rehabilitation. I’m a believer in the adage you have to be able to measure it to improve it.

    Incidentally, I reached over 5,000 miles today from staring with fitbit September 30, 2009. Do you have a 5,000 mile badge?

  25. Patti Wallace permalink
    August 13, 2011

    I purchased my fitbit last December. I was enrolled in Weight Watchers at the time and not having any success with their program. The fitbit showed my how much activity I was doing but most of all it showed me how many calories I was eating and not burning. I love the fitbit for the feedback that I get. I’ve lost 12 pounds since I started tracking my food and activities with it. Thanks.

  26. Butlerdad permalink
    August 15, 2011

    Awesome idea !!!

  27. August 15, 2011

    Can we get a running lifetime count of the total distance in miles so we can track how much progress we have made and how much longer to 3000 miles?

  28. Julie permalink
    August 15, 2011

    As a gamer, I think this is a great idea, and I’m really happy that Fitbit brought the badge/achievement aspect into the site. I look forward to some really diverse badges! Perhaps badges for things like “5 days straight of 10k+ steps” – all with clever titles and images. And maybe you’ve already done this, but creating a page to see what badges are available would be fantastic – it would help people go after particular badges. Like a grid of “greyed-out” badges that become solid, with a description of the achievement, on mouseover, while the ones you already have are inline, but in color statically. Again, this brings another bit of depth and fun to the website, and I really appreciate the FitBit team on making it so!

  29. Adrienne permalink
    August 15, 2011

    it would be nice to know what badges you can earn in order to help motivate you to complete them =O)

  30. Jennifer Bower permalink
    August 15, 2011

    I love this!!! This will make the fitbit just THAT much more fun!!! Thanks! *smile*

  31. Sheila Friedman permalink
    August 15, 2011

    I can only see the badges I have already earned but I think it would be a great motivator if I knew what the next badges were…how far I have to go until the next badge….that way I would have a specific goal in mind and I could push for it.

  32. Nancy F permalink
    August 15, 2011

    We walked 500 miles from May 29 – August 14th. YES!!!

  33. Danielle permalink
    August 16, 2011

    Love these…it would be cool if we could see our progress towards achieving a higher total step count/mileage bage too! All about motivation, right?

  34. Sarah permalink
    August 16, 2011

    LOVE the added feature of badges!!! Working my way to 3,000!!!!!

  35. August 16, 2011

    I’d love to be able to see the badges I haven’t gotten yet. It gives me goals to work towards.

  36. Fredo permalink
    August 16, 2011

    Love it! Great feature!

  37. August 16, 2011

    publish badges to out social networks! makes it more fun ^_^

  38. Troy Nelson permalink
    August 16, 2011

    I just rolled over 2000 miles today in just under 9 months, and even though you do not have a badge dedicated for it is is a milestone of epic magnitude to me. I want yall to know that the FITBIT has helped get my health back in check and drop 50 pounds so , reduce to no insulin from a usual daily dose of 80units and various fast acting also. I aint finished yet and the device is helping me stay on track. When my grand daughter was born that I wanted to be able to enjoy her growing up, in my past condition that might not have happened. You can check my profile and see that I had a bit of setback in 2008 from a variety of injuries ranging from scorching lungs on a fire, to a poisionous snake bite to blood clots to blown disc at L5. Got the back fixed, finger and right arm still not 100 percent and will be on 325 asa for the rest of my living days and at 80% lung capacity I am glad I had already grown a full set over my previous years. At that point I could not walk across the room, I could not do anything productive, but I started working on it a little at a time. It was not until I got the FITBIT that enabled me to see my progress, to compare it to others across the US, to feel I was doing good. I do wish it was a bit more durable but its compact style contributes to its demise and I am on number 3. Waterproof and a less fragile slip on would help too. Thanks for the community and the product, I hope to be a FITBIT FANATIC for LIFE.
    Stay safe and stay hydrated.
    Troy Nelson
    aka – PYROMEDIC

  39. Frank Sandbye-Ruud permalink
    August 17, 2011

    I like the badges! Finally I get a medal for all my efforts. :) But, I have several times achieved 20000. 25000, 30000, but this not show in the badges.

    I would suggest a schematic overview alongside the badges, so that it is easy to check if all the data are correct, and see which days to beat.

    Frank, now a proud owner of the 500 miles badge. :)

  40. Justine Dotson permalink
    August 18, 2011

    I love the badges. I have a tendency to fall behind in my exercises. This gives me the incentive to keep it up. I don’t have any friends with fitbit yet. I have the goal of walking at least 4 miles per day. I need all the encouragement I can get.

  41. AnaMaria Maloney permalink
    August 18, 2011

    I just want to let Fitbit.com how happy I am with my Fitbit. I have it for only 4 months but it has help me so much in reaching my weight goal, eatting habit and exercise program.
    Eventhough, I was without myFitbit for a couple of weeks due to a device in the Fitbit. The customer service department at Fitbit were amazing. Quick response with my email and issue. Quick solution to my problem. I was up and running quickier than I expected.
    I wanted to thank Leanna and the support team that help me out with the problem and got me back on track.
    I hope everyone out is as happy as I am with their FITBIT.

    Thank you so much a very satisfied customer,
    Ana
    Brooklyn, NYC

  42. Laurie Copeland permalink
    August 20, 2011

    The badges are a great idea! Is there a list of the badges somewhere so, that you can tell how close you are to earning your next badge? Also, is the 5000 steps a day the 1st available badge? The reason I ask it that my Mom has a fitbit and has been doing very well with it but, she is almost 80 years old and has had open heart surgery about two years ago. She is having a hard time getting to the 5000 step a day mark. I was hoping that there could be a badge for 2500 or 3000 steps a day. I think this would really make her want to acheive even more. I also have a friend that has a fitbit and she has fibroid myalgia (sp?) and it it hard for her to reach 5000 steps also. Just a thought. I love my fitbit!

  43. Mary permalink
    August 21, 2011

    YEAH!!! I Love your badges… I find it very motivating when I get credit for my accomplishments!

    Kudos to you… If I could send you a badge for a great idea I would.

    Mary

  44. James Lipe permalink
    August 21, 2011

    I never really looked at the badges on my laptop, I have to scroll to see them, and was amazed to see that I had a 1,000 mile badge. Great motivator now that I have seen it and really impressive to my 8 year old granddaughter.

    I tell everyone that asks about my weight loss from 250 down to 175 that it is all due to fitbit tracking. When I quit tracking then I start gaining weight.

    Thanks for a great product and support services.

  45. Susan permalink
    August 22, 2011

    Thank you! This is a great idea to help motivation and mark milestones along the way. I feel as though I should be working for your company – I’m selling the bene’s of the Fitbit to my friends and co-workers all the time! Keep up the good work.

  46. Irene Holmes permalink
    August 24, 2011

    Having that accountability partner is key! Encouraging each other, promoting healthy choices, or holding you accountable when you’re slipping! It’s a must! I started at 174, I’m down to 136.7, 58 yrs old, and for the first time in my life, walk everyday for a minimum of 1/2 hr. Love seeing how well I’ve done in steps, and the premium service is worth every penny!

  47. August 31, 2011

    A list of all the badges available, or at least some top ones, would give us (/me) something new to strive for. (I’m digging the badges.)

  48. Kari Satrom permalink
    September 3, 2011

    Love the reward system! Thanks for making the fitibit so awesome!

  49. September 4, 2011

    Husband makes me walk to get fit

  50. Debi Forbes-Langton permalink
    September 6, 2011

    Hello, I love the badges. They are a great reward and motivator. I did 21,000 steps on August 27 but did not receive a 20,000 badge. I’m still happy for the accomplishment but wish I had a badge also :)

    Thanks.

  51. Neil permalink
    September 7, 2011

    Your Fitbit does offer Metres or Feet , so are the badges set to the user’s system or is everything simple converted to miles? It harder to get to 250 Miles tham to 250 KM, so which did I just get credit for after only 7 weeks?

    Who was it that said: ” Badges, we don’t need no stinking badges!!”….and they were wrong!

    Fervent Fitbit Fan.

  52. janice jackson permalink
    September 9, 2011

    I wondered if you can tell me what the levels are for badges I haven’t found them on the website anywhere

  53. aHHwee permalink
    September 10, 2011

    That’s great. Is it possible to list what are the badges fitbit has for their members?

  54. September 12, 2011

    What are the available badges?

  55. Jennifer Kapphahn permalink
    September 13, 2011

    It would be cool if there were ‘limited edition’ badges for each week if you meet certain personal goals you set and/or meeting/beating certain averages of the fitbit population at large or beating personal stats. I originally posted this idea a while back, but for further ideas look at popular facebook games with their ‘gotta collect em all’ mentality along with basic behavioral psychology. I think it’s important that these badges have a certain ‘visual appeal’-again see facebook games for ideas.

  56. September 13, 2011

    I love the badges and I can’t wait to get more!!! :-D

  57. Anonymous permalink
    September 14, 2011

    Is there a listing of all of the badges available? And how can I see how close I am to my lifetime mileage? I’m curious to know what the levels are – thanks!

  58. Janis Beck permalink
    September 19, 2011

    What about badges for meeting weekly goals?

  59. alice dorries permalink
    September 19, 2011

    what are the various badges you can work towards? Got the 50 mile, what is the next one?????

  60. Bruce Bauknight permalink
    September 20, 2011

    Made 3000 miles Feb. 23,2011-14 months after receiving my fitbit.

  61. September 21, 2011

    What are the milestones for the badges? Is there somewhere we can find that information?

  62. Angela West permalink
    September 22, 2011

    It would be great to know where we are at with lifetime data… but I can’t find it anywhere.

  63. Barbara Taylor permalink
    September 23, 2011

    I love my Fitbit, had it for almost 1 year. Never had a single problem with it

  64. Walter Watland permalink
    September 23, 2011

    What is the next badge after 1000 miles?

  65. harry permalink
    September 23, 2011

    Having the fitbit encourages more walking to hit certain goals. Keeping tract of food keeps me aware of what I’m eating, making me more aware of what I’m eating

  66. Ericka permalink
    September 23, 2011

    I was wondering if there is a list of all of the possible badges that exist. It would be motivational to know what I’m working for.

  67. September 26, 2011

    Would love to see a list of the badges you can earn. Might help give us another layer of ‘goals’ to work towards. Great idea – love it!

  68. Kathleen Smith permalink
    September 26, 2011

    I’m elated, but a bit sore, today after completing my fourth Half Marathon at the Adirondack Distance Festival on September 25th. I entered as a walker and added some jogging intervals for the last three miles of the 13.1 mile distance. My time was 3:09 which was fine by me. I pushed hard and, thankfully, did not experience my usual shin splint or runner’s knee. It was a beautiful day and the course was fantastic. The volunteers helping out at all the stations along the way were incredible! I highly recommend this event to anyone.

  69. Nancy permalink
    September 28, 2011

    Does the website list the badges that you can recieve? I love this and I want to know what my next goal is.

  70. Barbara Palmer permalink
    October 1, 2011

    The Fitbit is a powerful motivator. I find that I willingly park a farther distance in the lot when I am shopping. When I have a day that I do not plan to take a long walk, I tend to think of ways to add a few more steps throughout the day. I check the calories in compared to calories burned several times a day. That makes me more aware of what I am eating and how much and how often. All of it together is making a difference. The daily and weekly and long time records are excellent.

  71. Rosman permalink
    October 4, 2011

    I love it..

  72. Linda permalink
    October 8, 2011

    I love the badges idea. I used to give myself gold stars on my calendar when I exercised, but now I get badges.

    L

  73. Ann Sieber permalink
    October 9, 2011

    I just hit 103% of my weekly goal of 70,000 steps, and no badge! What gives!?

    But otherwise, thanks guys, I’m really digging my Fitbit.

  74. Dianne Finnegan permalink
    October 12, 2011

    I love the stairs climbed feature! It’s fun that you put “things” that we’ve climbed that day according to how many floors we managed to do. Thanks for that extra bling! It’s also a motivator to see what you will end up climbing if you manage to climb a couple more floors the next day. I love all the new features on the ultra. Great upgrade!

    I hope the bugs get worked out of the floors climbed status because I love using it to push myself to strive for more each day. I know it’s kind of an extra just-for-fun feature, but it’s become a favorite tool for me. (Today so far I have 4 floors and it is showing a basketball hoop and 1 floor climbed. I thought when I got the “1 floor basketball hoop” for my 13 floor day, it was just because only even no. of floors are used for the comparisons…but when I hit the even # of 4 floors today I was showing the basketball hoop again!)

  75. marcy kwas permalink
    October 27, 2011

    Great Idea! Everyone needs a at a girl sometimes.

  76. November 3, 2011

    This is awesome, please continue to make these, it definitely pumps you up to complete tasks and milestones. Go the XBOX way and make a bunch of random goals, focus on both a daily task, weekly task and a lifetime task (badges). Keeps me and other motivated. Awesome FitBit

  77. Arielle Glaser permalink
    November 6, 2011

    It would be helpful to have more incremental badges. Such as the step badge for 5 additional flights of stairs rather than leaping from 25 steps in a day to 50 steps in a day.

    Or to set the badges for an additional 500 steps to each day rather than from 5,000 to 10,000 to 15,000.

    It would also be helpful to have additional badges for incremental steps such as reaching 100,000 steps total.

    Love the badges, I would just like to see additional badges and more inccremental badges.

    Thank you.

  78. BJ Fisher permalink
    November 6, 2011

    I rthink if I go 20 times climbong stairs, you should give me a badge for more than 10 flights!

  79. rhonda permalink
    November 7, 2011

    I have had my fitbit for about 18 months. How can I find how many steps and miles I have taken since then?

  80. November 9, 2011

    I would like to try to achieve badges, so I will try for 5,00 steps each day.

  81. November 11, 2011

    Could you post something that tells about the badges, like how far along you might be towards getting to one of the goals?

    Thanks

  82. bill cook permalink
    November 14, 2011

    woo,,,,,,,,,,,,,,hooooooo

  83. John Quick permalink
    November 15, 2011

    I hit 3,000 miles by running a lot. ;-)

  84. November 16, 2011

    I love the badges. I think they give a new perspective to setting goals and an effective way to keep them in the forefront your mind. When you think to make an excuse to “skip” the exercise a small picture of the badge pops up in my head and I think….. okay 9 more flights till I earn my badge and off I go. seems to silly but it works. : )

  85. Demetria Jordan Specks permalink
    November 22, 2011

    I joined Walkfit with my employer Asurion. At first I was doing it just to be a team player, but as I was able to keep track of my daily movements; I now have a new bff!!! I love it!!

  86. November 25, 2011

    I LOVE the badges. Today, I was motivated to hit my 100 flights climbed! I just made it. Feels great. So helpful in motivating you to go just a little farther! Thanks. :)

  87. Jackie Matthes permalink
    December 1, 2011

    How do you earn badges? I’ve had my Fitbit since Dec 2010 and simply love it! I’ve gotten (3) people at work to purchase the product and they, in turn, have friends who have also purchased the unit. The unit has helped me so much that I’m now running a 10K eveery day. Look up my weekly reports. My daughter now has a Fitbit and she, too, is on her way to getting fit. Thanks for a wonderful product! Keep up the good work!

  88. January 18, 2012

    I love my fit bit!!!!!!!!!

  89. T Kelly permalink
    May 21, 2013

    I am new to Fitbit. Does Fitbit post any cummlative stats about its users? I think it would be interesting to know how many folks reach 5,000 steps a day, 10,000 etc. How many 50 miles in a day badges have been issued. That sort of thing.

  90. Kim permalink
    May 29, 2013

    Love my Fitbit!! Best Mother’s Day gift!!

  91. judy watson permalink
    August 15, 2013

    i love the badges but would love to have a physical badge that i could hang on my flex like a charm.. just hang it from an empty hole in the bracelet..i realize there might be a lot of them… maybe just hang the greatest achievement badge and keep updating? would others be willing to pay for a physical badge?

  92. Scott S permalink
    October 9, 2013

    I’ve been a FITBIT owner for about 40 days now and I can’t believe I earned three badges over the past two days – 35,000 step badge; 1000 floors cumulative and 250 miles cumulative.
    I hope I can keep up the pace….oh and I have lost 5 lbs. Not bad.
    Please request me to be your FITBIT friend (seattle.cougar@gmail.com).
    I love the ‘friendly’ competition. Thanks and Thanks FITBIT. Great Product!!!

  93. Rob Goldman permalink
    June 3, 2014

    I was wondering if there is a list of all the badges that can be earned.

  94. Russell B. permalink
    June 24, 2014

    Just earned my 2,000 mile badge today.

  95. Gerson permalink
    August 17, 2014

    1,000,000 steps ago I was size 38 pants and tight now I’m 40 pounds lighter and much happier.

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