I got a FitBit Flex for Christmas from my mom this past year and I have to say: this was the BEST gift EVER.
Previously, I was being a total cheapskate and using all the free apps like My Fitness Pal, Health (on the I-Phone), and Pacer as well as a number of other exercise trackers. With the FitBit Flex, it streamlines everything together and, if you have an I-Phone, automatically integrates all data with the Health app. If you don’t use any apps to track your health, fitness and other wellness goals, let me fill you in a little bit on what the FitBit Flex does that has me literally obsessed with the amount of steps I get.
Data You Can Track With the FitBit Flex:
- Sleep Activity and Quality – You can either opt to begin your sleep with the free FitBit app on your phone and then it will begin tracking your sleep or you can be lazy like me and log your sleep after the fact by inputting your approximate bedtime and waking times. It still tells you how many hours of rest you got and how many minutes/hours of restlessness or waking up you had.
- Calories In V. Calories Out – This is an automatic comparison that your fitbit app tracks and will show you when you input your food. It automatically tracks your fitness when you wear it all day long so it counts all your steps, active exercise that you do, etc. without do lifting a finger. You have to input your food log, but once you do, the calories in v. calories out is calculated automatically so you know if you’re on track or not.
- Water Intake – You can add glasses of water from 6 Oz – 48 Oz and it will tell you when you’re filled up for the day to reach your minimum requirements for your body weight. My only complaint/feedback is that I wish it would vibrate or have an option to set an alert to remind me. Sometimes I get so busy, I just forget to drink enough water. Then it’s like a freaking marathon trying to get all my water in before bed LOL.
- Step Counter – This is probably my favorite aspect of the FitBit, if I’m honest, because it tells me exactly how many steps I take every day and I set up a goal of 10K steps a day which helps keep me motivated to walk more and exercise more to reach that goal. When you reach your daily goal of however many steps or calories or whichever burned, your FitBit lights up all 4 dots (each one stands for 25% of your goal completed) and vibrates to let you know you’ve achieved it! WOOT!
- Calories Burned – Alongside the amount of steps you take, your calories burned for whatever physical activity you do while wearing your FitBit Flex is automatically calculated so you can see how many you’ve burned total between walking, your daily workout, yoga, bike riding, etc.
- Weight Loss or Weight Gain Goals – If you have any goals to lose weight or gain weight, this is especially helpful because you can set up goals you want to reach and your FitBit app will sync with you FitBit Flex to help you track your exercise, food intake, etc. and show your goal progress. You also get an weekly progress email from FitBit once you sign up via the app which shows how many calories you burned, steps you took, etc each week.
- Progress Toward Daily Fitness and Health Goals – As I said before, your FitBit Flex has a little digital strip on it which, when you tap it with your finger 2 times, will show you how far along you are with your daily goal. One dot of light means 25% completed, 2 dots are 50%, 3 dots are 7% and 4 dots is 100% and will vibrate at that point to let you know you’ve achieved your daily goal. It’s like the best feeling in the world haha. I’m a simple person.
What’s Included with Your FitBit Flex?
I think my mom got me some kind of FitBit Flex kit because I got the FitBit Flex (which is really only a small little piece about the size of a small USB stick), the charging USB cord (shown above) which you plug into your computer to charge each time your battery gets low (mine lasts about 3 days before that happens), and I also receive 4 different colored wristbands with it as well which normally come separate from the regular FitBit Flex. If you don’t want to charge you FBF via USB on your computer, you can also plug it into any phone charger (like the I-Phone one) that has a USB output attached to it. Also, if you want different colored wristbands other than black, they sell a ton of different options from blue to aqua, neon green, grey, and even this Tory Burch LE FitBit Flex model which is really gorgeous and comes in silver, gold and a number of original designs which are perfect for anyone who wants to look like they’re just wearing pretty jewelry instead of the basic black tracker bracelet that, les-b-honest – looks like a house arrest bracelet.
Overall, I really love my FitBit Flex and now after having it, I could never go back to using inaccurate apps that require me to keep my phone in my pocket at all times. This is so much better. I hope you guys can get one for yourself as they’re really useful in achieving your goals for fitness and health!