Fitbit Flex Review

I do love my technology when I can use it in my workouts.  I got my Fitbit in the beginning of September.  I wanted a way to keep track of how many steps I walk at work each day.  I was pretty sure I was walking A LOT.  I thought about buying a plain old pedometer, but then I thought, why not just step it up a little and get a Fitbit Flex?

I was never really interested in Fitbit when it was a clip for your clothing.  I knew I would wash it or lose it.  When they came out with the bracelet I knew I could keep track of that a little better.

I am not going to do the glowing review here.  I will try to give you the pros and cons on price, ease of operation, comfort etc.

Price:  At $99.00 Fitbit Flex is a little pricey.  You do get a lot of features for your money, though.  Previously, I was using Lose It, which is a free app to keep track of calories burned and calories consumed.  The deciding factor for me after doing my research was I could import my Lose It stats into Fitbit Flex.  After purchase, I realized the import feature was a premium feature (I would have to pay a fee to be able to import Lose It data to Fitbit Flex).   I also found out that if I had bought my Fitbit Flex from Verizon, I could have gotten a 25% teacher discount through PSEA.  Bummer.

Features: Fitbit Flex keeps track of your steps, miles you walk, number of “active” minutes, calories burned, amount of sleep you get each night, calories eaten, and amount of water you drink.  Steps, miles, calories burned and sleep are recorded automatically through the Fitbit  You wear it inside a bracelet on your wrist. You must input your calories eaten and water intake on your computer or your mobile device. The data base of food is not as nice as the one I was using on Lose It.  And there is no bar code scan (which is a great feature on Lose It) The data base does have lots of foods in it and you can find almost anything you need to input.  If you take part in other physical activities that won’t be recorded correctly by wrist movement, you can  input those as well. When you set up your features, you choose one as your goal.  I chose calories burned and decided my goal would be 1500 each day.  When you reach your goal, your FBF vibrates and you can celebrate!

My Fav Features:

The sleep tracker.  It subtracts minutes you were awake or restless through the night.  I know that I have been more aware of my sleep habits and have made an effort to get to bed earlier on weeknights because of my results.  The bad thing is you have to remember to put your Fitbit Flex in sleep mode.  Sometimes I forget, and sometimes I forget to take it out of sleep mode in the morning.

The Silent Alarm:  Vibrates to wake you up in the morning. Doesn’t bug anyone else.

See your calories expended in real time:  That way you can gauge how many calories you should take in throughout the day.  This was a BIG help when I broke my foot recently and was a lot less active during the day.

Ease of Operation:  This is a big plus.  My husband (an I.T. guy) and I always joke about the fact that there is no such thing as “plug and play”.  My Fitbit Flex came pretty close.  I was able to set it up and get it working all by myself.  That NEVER happens. I always need help from Computer Bob with my technology toys, but not this time. Just remember to set it up on your computer first, then on your mobile device.  I did this backwards and it took a little longer, but I was still able to do it on my own.

Comfort:  Wearing a plastic/rubber bracelet all day and night took some getting use to for me.  I do not shower with it on, although the directions say you can.  The research I did said the display fogs up from the water at times.  I figured I wouldn’t be missing too much calorie burn in the shower. When I am not going to be too active, I will take it off, because I just get sick of it after awhile.

So..bottom line.  I am sticking with the Fitbit Flex way better than I stuck with Lose It. I didn’t gain any weight while my foot was broken and keeping track of calories in and out is more like a game and less like a pain in the tukis.

Do you have a FitBit Flex?  What do you think of yours?

 

Author: Sue Kauffman

Health and PE teacher in Central PA. Exercise, fitness and nutrition junkie. Married, two teen girls (pulling out hair daily). Love to ballroom dance. Beachbody customer and coach. e-mail me at suek11@embarqmail.com

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