Fitness Friday: Fitbit Review Pt. 2

It has officially been 3 weeks since I purchased my Fitbit and I’m extremely pleased with my fitness tracker selection. Especially since the day after I received my Fitbit in the mail Nike announced that it was going to discontinue the FuelBand. So that just helped verify that I made the right decision.

So, what makes the Fitbit so great?

*Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not contacted or compensated by Fitbit for this review.

Wear

As mentioned in my first review, this product wears well. It’s light, not cumbersome and I love that you can shower with it on making it easy to keep clean. Since I’m in workout clothes all day, I can keep it on all the time but the few times I’ve had to dress up I did have to remove it since it was a little too sporty to wear with my outfits. This isn’t a big deal for me because 90% of the time I’m in workout clothes and it goes perfectly with those. If you dress up for work or are extremely fashion conscious, you might want to go with the Jawbone UP, since it can be easily  styled with bracelets. Men, you’ll probably be fine with a solid black Fitbit no matter what your style is.

Function

The Fitbit tracks your wrist movement and associates that movement with steps and activity and I’d say it does a pretty good job of this. The biggest downside is that if you’re not moving your wrist, it can’t track any movement. So if you are doing mountain climbers in a plank position the Fitbit doesn’t think you’re moving. If you’re walking through the grocery store pushing a cart the Fitbit could care less. Because of this, I’ve started to exaggerate my wrist movement when walking and often opt to carry things in my right hand so I can move my left hand to rack up steps. Whatever works, right? You can always enter activity that the Fitbit failed to track so keep that in mind. 

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A look at my Fitbit iPhone app dashboard at the end of the day.

Practicality 

Overall, I think the Fitbit does exactly what it’s designed to do. Motivate you to move more. When I’m wearing the Fitbit I’m constantly checking my dashboard to see how many steps I’ve racked up (my daily goal is 12,000). I’m also tracking my water intake and calories burned and love trying to outdo the previous day. You can even add friends from Facebook and compete with them. This is a great tool for someone who’s very goal oriented or driven by numbers. The best part is when you hit your step goal and your Fitbit vibrates to congratulate you. If I hadn’t hit my goal by the end of the night I would be walking around my apartment trying to add to my step total. Whoever lives below me probably hates me but, oh well.

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Fitbit + Pajamas + Slippers

I would absolutely recommend this to my clients (or any individuals) who have specific weight loss goals. You have a visual diary of your activity level and food intake and that’s a huge asset when trying to lose weight or tone up.

As you can tell, I’m happy with the Fitbit and would recommend it to anyone who has been on the fence about buying an activity tracker. And with Mother’s Day around the corner this would be a great gift for Mom.

Would you wear a fitness tracker? Why or why not?

 

Author: Keisha Frazier

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