I’ve had my Fitbit Flex for over a month now. I’m not affiliated with the company (I received the Flex for my birthday), but I had some requests for a review, so I thought it’d be a good time to share my thoughts. I’ve been wearing it nearly everyday, and so far, I really like it!
The Fitbit Flex is a wireless activity and sleep wristband. It connects to my phone through Bluetooth, sending information to the app and to the website’s dashboard, if I choose to view my stats on my laptop.
When I put the Fitbit Flex on my birthday list, I was most interested in learning more about my sleep patterns. Over the past month, though, I’ve learned so much more!
This is what the iPhone app looks like. Throughout the day, I’m able to check the amount of steps I’ve taken, the amount of miles I’ve covered, how many calories I’ve burned, and how active I’ve been. During the setup process, it tells you that the longer you wear the Fitbit, the more accurate the numbers will get. The calorie burn is mainly based on weight, which is entered at the beginning, but the Fitbit also starts to gauge typical activity level over time.
During the first couple of weeks, I was amazed at how hard I needed to work to reach my daily goal, 10,000 steps. Unless I go for a long walk or run, it doesn’t happen. I wish that I lived in a walkable city! With that being said, it has encouraged me to go for walks in addition to my usual workouts. If I go for an hour in the morning or after dinner, I’m able to reach my goal.
Another aspect of the activity tracking is the ability to enter workouts other than walking and running. Since I’m in the middle of the PiYo challenge, I’ve been entering those workouts into the app manually. You can also use the app as a tracking device while walking or running (similar to RunKeeper). The app will estimate the amount of calories burned during the workouts, but if you use a heart rate monitor and want to change it, you can do that also.
The best part is, if I don’t want to be attached to my phone or computer all day, I can check my progress simply by tapping the band twice. The band will light up with dots, each dot representing 20% of my daily goal. When I’ve reached 10,000 steps, my band will light up with five dots and vibrate, letting me know that I’ve achieved my goal. I look forward to that everyday!
Like I said, this was the part I was most interested in before getting my Flex. To track my sleep, I tap the band quickly five times before I fall asleep. This puts the band in sleep mode, tracking my movements throughout the night. When I wake up in the morning, I tap the band five times again, and it knows that I’m awake.
The only downside to this feature is that you have to remember to tap the band before falling asleep. If you forget, it won’t track anything. Also, I’m not sure how accurate it is for wake ups. I wake up in the middle of the night occasionally, and it always records it as “restless” rather than “awake.” Other than that, though, it’s great for a general idea of sleep patterns.
This is the part that needs to be entered manually, although it does give you a suggested number of calories to be eaten, based on activity levels that day. I really like this feature!
I can enter my food and water intake manually, although I don’t do this anymore. I drink a ridiculous amount of water to begin with, and I don’t like to count calories. I did use this feature during the first week out of curiosity, and it was interesting to see how my actual calorie intake compared to my suggested calorie intake.
Overall, I would recommend the Fitbit Flex! It retails for around $100, but if you’re looking for something less expensive, the Fitbit Zip is $60 and clips right onto your clothing. Oh, and if its sporty look is not for you, Tory Burch now has an exclusive Fitbit line. Talk about fancy! Right now, my lime green band is just fine .
Do you wear an activity or sleep tracker?