I must admit, I was a bit of a skeptic when I first heard about the Fit Bit. Personally, I like to keep things as simple as possible when it comes to health and fitness, eating right, exercising and of course leaving a little room for indulgence - after all you have to look after your soul!
Finally, I succumbed - I tried the fit bit flex.
Okay, so the actual Fitbit Flex wristband, is not the perfect match to your attire if you are going to be wearing it throughout the day. Don't get me wrong, ts fine when you are in your workout gear, but when you are dressed up, its a little hard to disguise. I guess it comes down to your individual stylepreference.
Having said that, you can change the band colour and if I am not mistaken also use the device in a few different ways.
For the purpose of my little experiment though, I just wore it on my wrist.
I set up the Fit Bit with all my stats and downloaded the app on my iPhone. I tracked my sleep, exercise and diet.
Sleep: I usually sleep by about 9pm and wake up at about 5am.
What I did really like about the Fit Bit, was that you don't have to use the alarm on your phone, you can set the alarm time in the Fitbit app and the device vibrates to wake you up!
Whilst wearing the device while you sleep, it tracks the time asleep and the time awake from when you enter sleep mode on the app and until you exit it when you wake up (Which, I believe it does through movement).
Although I was not initially that convinced the fitbit would make a difference to my workout, I was pleasantly surprised. It serves as a great little motivator and visual reminder which pushes you to increase activity levels. It shows you how many calories you burn in a day, based on level of activity and you can even add classes that you do, such as a boxing class, its duration and level and it will estimate calories burnt.
In addition, it will count your steps throughout a day and I liked the fact that you could map a walk or a run within the app. Personally, when wearing the fitbit, I was more conscious of my activity levels and would check the app throughout the day to check what I was up too. In this way, it did makeme walk more and get up as much as possible when ever I could.
Diet: As I mentioned, personally diet for me is about good wholesome variety of
healthy foods and majority of the time, made from scratch at home. The fit bit allowed me to track the foods I was eating throughoutthe day and if you are one of those people who are tempted to
snack on junk food, this may make you more conscious about your food choices and may encourage you to look for healthier alternatives.
A feature I liked was the calories in vs calories out indicator on the app. I could see whether I was eating more than I burnt in a day or whether I was not eating enough - which is important depending on your goal to loose, maintain or gain weight.
Each of our bodies are different and there is no 'one rule fixes all', But the fitbit provides a good visual indicator and a diary of your eating habits.
Another important feature is the level of water intake, I found that I wasn't drinking nearly enough water for my body and I had not even realized. This spurred me on to ensure that I had my 8 glasses throughout the day!
You can purchase your very own FitBit from fitbit.com !