Fit Bit Review

I’ve had my fit bit for a while now, so it’s time that I review it.

What is a FitBit (Flex)

Fitbit is a fitness device that tracks how many steps you take each day.  It will also tell you the distance you cover each day. Not only that but it is smart enough to know how many calories you burn each day.
The Flex & The One models also track your sleep efficiency.
Fitbit is a fun fitness device which really helps you move more, and to stay accountable to your goals.

 Pros

  • The flex comes with an adjustable band
  • It’s light weight
  • Has a sightly alarm
  • Easy to use
  • Clean user friendly website & mobile app
  • Calorie burn is accurate

Cons

  • (Flex) doesn’t tell the time
  • Doesn’t tell you how many steps you have taken (only gives you a goal progression)
  • Doesn’t calculate elevation (The One does however)
  • Only comes in black & slate (in Australia)

Overall Thoughts

The main reason why I purchased the fitbit was because of it’s ability to track how you sleep. That alone had me sold on the product.

I was sleeping pretty ordinary, and I wanted to know why.

fitbitsleepI was amazed at how poorly I was sleeping. Lots of tossing and turning. However a change in diet (Whole30), dramatically changed my sleeping habits, and I found that I had more solid sleeping chunks.

Overall I’m very happy with my fitbit as my pro’s outweigh the cons.

I’m amazed at how little I move each day (in my current lifestyle).  If I didn’t do regular exercise (running) then I wouldn’t make my daily goal of 8km | 5mi. The fitbit really encourages you to move more, and to be more active.

If you are looking to loose weight, and love gadgets then the fitbit is for you.  It’s reasonably priced at $120 (compared to other devices at $200 and upwards), and really easy to use.

For more information or to purchase the product go here.

 

Disclaimer: I was not asked to purchase or review this product.  All thought and opinions (good or bad) are my own.

Footnotes

1 – From personal experience I have found the calorie burn accurate.  I have worn my heart rate monitor while running and the calorie burn that I’ve gotten from the fitbit compared to the garmin is pretty spot on, with accuracy being only approx 10-20cals out.

23 thoughts on “Fit Bit Review”

  1. I have a Fitbit as well, love it! It’s really helpful if you have an iPhone, the app tells you everything. If I have it open, as I walk, I can watch my step count go up as I go.

    In the U.S., you can only buy those two colors at the store, but if you go to the Fitbit website, you can order a 3 pack of other colors, for $30.

    1. I so wanted to get orange 🙁 hopefully they’ll have the option to get them in the Australian store in the near future.
      I don’t have an iPhone, so that function isn’t available, but I knew about it, very cool. I have very little fitbit friends, but that’s ok, eventually they’ll come… I hope.

  2. I have a client who has one and she used it for two weeks and doesn’t know where it is LOL. Another client told me she wants to buy one for the whole family but found it very expensive. I told her to buy 15-25 dollar pedometers for a family and if they really use them, especially her hubby, to move up to the Fit Bit.

    1. This is one of the reasons why I got the flex version cause it’s on my wrist and I’m less likely to loose it. I know a couple of mutual friends who have The One and have lost it. My kids got free pedometers for stepathon in September, raising money for the children’s hospital, and they love them, but they always forget to wear them.
      But year I agree if they can keep a pedometer without loosing it, then upgrade.

    1. I was blown away with the stats that I got from it, especially the sleep stats. One thing for sure I sleep better on a Paleo diet than I do the normal standard diet.

  3. Don’t know how I have never heard of this device! Pretty cool that it does all that and helps monitor your sleep! I may have to save up and look into buying one of these.

    1. I honestly don’t know when or how I first heard of it, but I’m glad I came across it, they are pretty cool. A lot cheaper than a bodybugg/media where you have to pay for a subscription. The fitbit really takes the guess work out of how many calories you burn.

    1. I will have to check it out.
      I wish I had known about the fitbit at the start of my journey like 3 years ago, but they only have just been released this year in Australia. Sometimes we are so far behind the times.

  4. This looks really interesting. It’s interesting that it uses lights instead of a screen and the iPhone app sounds interesting. Understanding your sleep would also be quite cool.

    Might need to put it on my extensive santa list!

  5. Very interesting review of a product that I hadn’t heard of. One thing
    that I find kind of cool about it is that it must look very unusual on
    your wrist (because it has no screen).. might be a good conversation
    starter 🙂 I tend to worry less about how many calories I am burning
    because when I am in the middle of my training weeks (when I am able to do
    everything on my schedule or in other words when not injured) I am burning
    loads so for me getting in enough quality calories is actually the
    challenge. But I think a device like this would force me to park farther
    away to walk more which is always a good thing.
    As far as the sleeping tracking goes it is pretty neat, but… I am not
    sure how I would use it because I am not sure what I would do about it if
    it said it wasn’t good. I know it seems like I sleep like a rock with
    getting up at 4:00 and putting in serious training on a regular basis.

    Thanks for the review!

    Chris
    http://www.mavrocatstrength.com

  6. I’ve been considering getting one for awhile. I do a good job of tracking calories and exercise, but I don’t do a good job keeping up with the rest of my day – i.e getting steps in beyond my running/workouts, getting enough sleep, etc. Great info to know! Thanks for sharing!

    FYI – Just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for Liebster Award. It’s a peer blog “recognition”, so to speak. 🙂 If you’d like to participate, check out http://www.coffeescarvesandrunningshoes.com/2013/09/why-you-should-connect-with-other-bloggers.html

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