Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Fitbit Flex is a wireless wristband or bracelet that will track your activity whether it be night or day. It will monitor the number of steps that you take in a day, the distance that you travel (on foot) and the calories that are burned. You can personalize your goal using the Fitbit website, which the Fitbit Flex will sync with wirelessly.
I am a 40 year old mom of two who has found Fitbit to act as a wonderful incentive to keep my activity level where it needs to be each day. In an extremely busy world, it is often very hard for most of us to fit in the active movement that we should each day to be healthy.
Fitbit Flex is a wristband that comes in either teal or black. Or, if you want a different color, you can buy the pack of 3 different colored bands. The Flex can even be worn in the shower and comes in either small or large size. My husband wears the teal large band every single day.
I used to have a Fitbit One . This is the smaller and older version that Fitbit created in 2008 that you could clip to your belt or waistband or inside a bra. I religiously used my Fitbit One daily for almost a year before I accidentally left it clipped to my shorts and washed and dried it before realizing it. The Fitbit One would track distance traveled, steps taken per day and calories burned. It will sync wirelessly to the Fitbit site so that you are able to track progress and if you would like, compare your distance traveled with others on the website. I loved my Fitbit One but one must be very careful to remember that is attached to clothing. The plus side to the Fitbit One is that is can be easily hidden at all times since it is so small and clips easily to clothing. The Fitbit One displays the exact number of steps taken each day and the distance traveled each day. It is nice to have this right in front of you but it is also easy to pop onto the Fitbit phone app if you want to check exact numbers while wearing your Fitbit Flex.
I purchased my Fitbit Flex 3 months ago and have been extremely happy with the return of my distance monitor. The Fitbit Flex is worn on the wrist and makes it very simple to check your distance status throughout the day. The Fitbit Flex uses a dot system. Using the Fitbit application you are able to set your goal per day to a certain number of steps, whether it be 10,000, 15,000 or 20,000 per day or more! The dots will light up depending on what percentage of your preset goal has been reached throughout the day. So, 1 dot = 20%, 2 dots = 40% and so on up to 5 dots. Fitbit will sync to your phone, Ipad or computer to easily check your distance, calories burned and steps taken thoughout the day. Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, Black
The newest addition to the Fitbit family is the Fitbit Force. The Force looks just like the Flex, but it will show you steps taken, calories burned, distance traveled, stairs climbed and how many minutes you are active during the day right on the device. It is different from the Flex in that it is all right there and you don't need to check your phone or other mobile device or computer to check your exact progress. I think that this would be very convenient and maybe even a better motivator than the Flex, which only shows the dots with the percentage of your daily goal that you have reached. The Force also has the sleep tracker, and the wake alarm. The Fitbit Force is a tad more expensive, but if you are looking for immediate feedback and progress updates on your wrist, this would be the device that you would want. The Fitbit One also has the immediate read out on the device.