(Wearing my Fitbit Flex)
I’m only sharing about my Fitbit flex because all the reviews I saw basically praised this thing to high heaven and I felt like it wasn't the whole truth. While I do like this thing a lot, it’s not perfect. So, here are the pros and cons for those that are curious.
Disclosure: I bought this with my own money and no one is paying me to say anything. I've been using the Fitbit Flex for about 2.5 weeks or so and I feel like I know enough to talk about it.
HUGE MOTIVATOR. Seeing your stats all day, being reminded about how lazy you are really get you going. I find myself walking around the house in laps just to get my steps in. I work full time at a desk and so getting 10k steps in is actually a bit difficult. I’m squeezing steps in everywhere I can.
SILENT ALARM. The bracelet will vibrate to whatever set time you want acting like a silent alarm. The vibrations are strong and I have never slept through the alarm. In fact, if you don’t wake up, within a few minutes it’ll go off again. I guess it can sense that you’re not moving.
SLEEP TRACKER. This is a pro and a con. I’ll explain the pros here, basically you can see the amount of time you’re asleep, which is cool. I don’t know what you can do with that knowledge? Just know?
GENERAL TRACKING OF STATS. You can track your calories, water intake, activity, steps, mileage, weight, and basically everything you’d need to track. I like it being an all in one. I know a lot of people like to sync the Fitbit Flex with other calorie tracking apps, but I don’t. I’ll explain later.
SIMPLE CHARGING. The Fitbit Flex is actually just this tiny tracker that you slip into the silicone bracelet (don’t worry, it’s very secure). My battery lasts about 5 days and I can charge using a usb charger adapter. I usually just charge it using my iphone base, since the charging cord fits into a usb. Pretty simple. It charges within 2 hours.
WATER PROOF. The Fitbit Flex is meant to be worn 24/7 so wearing it in the shower is no big deal, and I do. I heard you can wear it underwater up to 6 ft, so that might be a pro if you’re a swimmer. Taking off the Fitbit Flex isn't a big deal, so if you don’t want to wear it underwater you don’t have to. I basically wear my Fitbit all the time unless I’m charging it.
SIMPLE, LIGHT WEIGHT BAND. The band isn't an eyesore, and I forget I’m wearing it. I chose a plain black band which I’m glad I did. It doesn't SCREAM fitness tracker.
Back to the sleep tracker, it’s useless and basically a gimmick, as long as you know that and are cool with it, I guess it’s no big deal. I have to admit it was a feature I was excited about when I was researching it. I’m not sure if everyone just wanted to make this thing sound cooler or there’s a general ignorance when it comes to how this sleep tracker works, but it basically just tracks how still you are. There have been nights that I've been awake but still, and the sleep tracker said I got basically perfect sleep. What the sleep tracker actually does is track how often you’re moving around in your sleep. So, not perfect. If you’re interested in the sleep tracker, don’t take it that seriously. It’ll just tell you how often you’re moving around which I guess can be helpful to you, sorta.
I noticed that what the Fitbit Flex estimates for my calories differs from what MyFitnessPal estimates. In fact, I can’t sync my Fitbit and MyFitnessPal up properly at all. I’m not sure what the appeal is to sync the two except that the food database on MyFitnessPal is huge and the Fitbit’s is rather lacking, but hey, I have a smart phone and Google. I spent 99 dollars on the Fitbit Flex and I kind of don’t want to have to use another app after spending that much money (hey, that’s a lot to me). I feel like the fact that you can sync the Fitbit Flex with other tracking apps is a pro for some, but to me it’s just confusing and there’s always a weird number deficit on either side. I never know which one is the true number to follow, be it calories or calories burned. Fitbit might say you've burned 200 calories while MyFitnessPal will say 50 calories. I don’t know. I’m not into syncing if you can tell. Why would you still use MyFitnessPal AND the Fitbit? Seems redundant.
The Fitbit isn't THE most accurate, which isn't the biggest deal. From what I've researched though, it’s the best you can get for the price though. If you bike or swim, it’s not going to track your steps the way you’d want it to. I've heard people saying they put the tracker on their ankle when riding a bike, but I haven’t tried it personally. I find that tracking rigorous activities like running is calculated like steps, but the Fitbit has enough technology that it knows when you've picked up the pace. I guess this is neither a pro nor a con. You could technically cheat your steps by banging your wrist on a table, but why would you? There is a social media aspect to this thing and you’re in mini competition with your friends that have Fitbits, although we can only see their steps. Maybe I’m nosy, but I’d love to see what calories they’re eating and stuff too. I think it would be a good way to keep each other accountable.
And that’s about it. That’s basically what I think about the Fitbit Flex. It’s definitely motivating me to keep moving. I feel like I can’t go to bed at night without hitting my daily steps goal, which I do most days. If you’re looking for a tracker to motivate you to move or you’d like to see how much you actually do move, I highly suggest the Fitbit Flex.
Do you have one?