Do you wear an activity monitor to track steps, calories burned or distance? I’ve tried the ActiveLink (original 1.0 version) from Weight Watchers and there were a few things I did not like (though the ActiveLink 2.0 has some definite improvements!). After asking around on Twitter for suggestions, I decided on purchasing a Fitbit at Costco and thought a little Fitbit Flex review might be great to share with you now that I have used it for almost two months.
My first reasons for switching from ActiveLink 1.0 to Fitbit is that I was highly interested in the various tracking components Fitbit offered:
- Calories burned
- Active minutes
- Sleep quality
For me, meeting various goals throughout the day was something I wanted to take into consideration. ActiveLink 1.0 simply tracked activity and translated it to points I could eat (there were many things I didn’t care for with the ActiveLink, which also lead me to making the switch).
I created a starting goal of getting in at least 5,000 steps (that 19k steps is my current record!) — I wanted to start low and see how I did before boosting it up. My other initial goals were to walk a distance of at least two miles a day, get 30 active minutes and a calorie burn of 2,184 each day.
After getting the Fibit App on my phone, the Bluetooth capabilities allow my data to automatically sync as I am going — so I’m not going to lie, there have been times when I’ve had phone in hand walking around the couch getting in my last 50 steps to goal before sitting down to an episode of Vanderpump Rules. I love that convenience of always knowing where I’m at in terms of my goals and I can compare them to any of my previous days with the in-depth chart (shown above).
There are also some motivating features of the Fitbit — earning badges, competing with friends or additional challenges to engage in with people on your friend list. The sleeping feature on Fitbit Flex is another thing that highly interested me — I love seeing how much I am sleeping (quality or not), which counts restless and awake time as well.
In terms of my Fitbit Flex review, I really don’t have anything I don’t like about it at the moment. It motivates me to get those extra steps in when I normally wouldn’t have done anything out of my way to get activity — such as parking across the shopping center and walking to the other side, turning the television off and getting 3,000 steps in at the gym to meet my goal or just giving me the satisfaction to know I am striving to improve my stamina for the next 5k I do. It is so motivating, that hubby decided to go out and get himself the Fitbit Zip!
The bands are fairly stylish and chic, so I don’t mind wearing it on my wrist at all times. A certain someone has said he’s going to buy me the Tory Burch Fitbit Flex band, so that will make me happy — but in the meantime I am loving the different colors to wear with the traditional band design.
So, there you have it! Thanks for reading my Fitbit Flex review — do you have one? What are your thoughts on it?
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