Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wellness Wednesday - Fitbit Flex

Happy Wednesday everyone. I have a new toy to share and I'm super excited. I know this isn't new but it's new to me and so far it's been great. One of the gifts I got for my birthday from my husband is the Fitbit Flex. I'm going to share my top three favorite things about the Fitbit and who else should consider getting one too. First check out how it looks:

Pretty basic looking but don't be fooled. It's pretty awesome!

I have really small wrists. Always have and probably always will and it doesn't overwhelm. I haven't had a watch in forever so the first time I put it on it did take a little getting used to but after that I almost don't notice it. I still notice it if I'm doing something that uses my hands/wrists a lot like putting away laundry or working out but I'm sure that will decrease as I get used to it. It seems to fit snugly and doesn't seem like it will come off so I'm hopeful I won't have to worry about losing it. I know another person at my work who has one and he hasn't had any issues.

Without further adieu, let's check out why I LOVE the Fitbit!
  1. I love the step tracker! Yeah, I'm one of those people who likes to track this kind of simple data. I honestly don't have time every day to hit the gym or do a workout but I can certainly walk around and I know many people have heard some information about how 10,000 steps every day can make a difference in your long term health. For me just watching the numbers go up throughout the day makes me want to get up and walk around more
  2. I am psyched about the sleep tracker. I have tried other apps before where you leave your phone on all night on your bed but then I worry it will somehow spontaneously combust and light my pillow on fire or that it will fall off the bed and then be useless. I've only had the Fitbit for a short while so expect an update after I've used it for a few weeks. Sometimes I think I've slept really well and other nights I don't think I have so it will be interesting to see how my energy levels correlate to how I've slept the night before. 
  3. I love the real-time feedback. I can pull up my stats anytime right on my phone or on my computer and see how I'm doing and how my friends are doing. For me I don't want to wait until I get home to plug in and download my data. I also am partial to dashboards and charts that show my progress and the Fitbit gives me both. I can see the basics on my iPhone or I can get more detail online. For me it's great either way!
Average weekend day from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
This is what part of the app looks like. This was from Saturday and clearly it doesn't look like I'll hit 10,000 steps but I'm also not going out of my way to do so yet. I actually like comparing data so I'm giving myself some time to get some baseline information and then I'll see what little things I can do and how they will/won't make a difference. It's going to be fun!

Now I know not everyone has the money sitting around to buy a new fitness device and not everyone needs one. I think this device may be a good fit for you if...
  1. You are competitive. Seriously nothing will get you moving like knowing your friends can see the number of steps you're taking on any given day. You can "cheer" or "taunt" your friends and push each other to do more activity. Of course this would mean your friends would need to have one too but I posted I got my Fitbit and at least 3 other people came forward right away and said they had one too. Plus the other person I know at work and I am sure there are other people I know who have one that just didnt' see my Facebook post. Either way, I am sure I could build up some friends if I needed the competition.
  2. You are a data nerd. Yep, I fall into this category (if you couldn't already tell). I like simple wins and just seeing how many more steps I take between times I check it makes me want to get up and move some more. Seriously, I may end up pacing my house just to get to 10,000 steps each day. Yeah, I'm that person. Plus I want to see what things I can do to really make a difference in balancing my life's demands with the things I can do to stay healthy. Maybe it's more water, more/less sleep, or more exercise. For me it's probably all of the above but we'll find out.
  3. You want the whole picture. Track your sleeping patterns, what you're eating, how much water you drink, and the activity you do throughout the day all in one place. Honestly you could easily start to look at the data and make correlations between what's effective for you. If you have some weeks where you lose more than others you can look back and see if there are any common themes and apply those to your next week to see what works. I think this type of device is perfect for someone who wants to fine tune their routine and make the most out of every day.
If you decide to get one come back and let me know in the comments. I know some people have posted that they've had trouble with skin irritations or rashes but so far I'm doing fine with mine. I can say I don't shower with mine on. It's supposed to be water resistant but I can not stand the idea of having water in there getting all mucky and gross. EWW. Seriously no way. I just can't do it. Plus it's not like I'm walking laps in there. I'm just showering so I don't feel like tracking the extra two steps in and out of the shower matter.

If you're looking for something to help motivate you to get moving and do more the Fitbit Flex may be a good option for you.

Tell me what little wins do you track? Do you use any sort of fitness tracking device? Do you take little steps to staying in shape or are you the kind of person who hits the gym or classes on the regular? Share your secrets and tips! 

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