Guess who is the new owner of a Fitbit?!
Last weekend I had some extra cash and Ryan, my fiancé, and I had already spent too much money and time in Best Buy getting a new TV, so I figured what the heck. I’ve wanted one anyways, so might as well jump ship and give in.
And it is awesome.
I know it sounds like a glorified pedometer, but it's so much more than that.
So here goes my official review of the Fitbit Flex!
First off, they have several colors to choose from, but the default colors are black, blue, and green. If you want a different color such as red, pink, purple, teal, etc., then you have to purchase those bands separately. I chose black so it would match almost anything. I also like how it’s not big and clunky so no one knows I am wearing a piece of a technology.
But to start with, the Fitbit is super simple to setup. You click here fitbit.com/setup and it gives you step by step instructions on how to charge it, how to track, and how to change your daily goals like steps taken, water intake, etc.
It has lights to show you how close to your goal you are. So at anytime throughout the day, all I have to do is double tap the band and it shows me how close to my goal I am.
My main goal has been to reach 12,000 steps a day. The Fitbit Flex starts you off with 10,000 steps since that's the recommended amount from the American Heart Association, but I wanted to try for something a little harder.
The band is also waterproof and Fitbit users are encouraged to wear it in the shower, out for a run in the rain and all over the place.
I was also curious to see how my numbers stacked up with me having an 8-5 office job where I am at a computer for most of the day.
My first full day of using the fitbit, I didn't reach my goal of 12,000. I was barely over 10,000. So not too bad, but definitely not where I needed to be.
I love getting periodic updates on my activity level throughout the day. While it’s discouraging to see how much I don’t move at work, it gives me more motivation to make sure I do something active when I get off. I’ve also tried to incorporate laps around the office or a quick walk around the block during the day to increase my steps.
On days where I don't workout or do something active for at least 30 minutes, I don't even come close to my goals. Days where I make sure to run, play tennis or walk in the park, I hit my goal easily.
The Fitbit Flex also tracks your sleep pattern. You can start a sleep mode when go to bed and wake it up when you do. It monitors how long it takes you to fall asleep, the periods of restlessness and actual sleep time.
I’m all about some statistics, so I love that I can track all of my data and get weekly reports on my overall progress. There is also an app for my phone, so I don’t have to be near my actual laptop to see my progress.
So if you've been debating on whether or not to buy a Fitbit, I would encourage you to do so. If it is something to help motivate you to get moving, then I’m all for it.
So that’s what is new in my world! (well you know, other than a job, house, state, etc.)
What are you guys up to? Have you tried the Fitbit or other similar products? Let me know what you think!
Run Happy! Meghann
All of these opinions are my own.