Last week, I receive my Fitbit Flex in the mail. What’s a Fitbit? It’s a fitness tracker that helps you log your steps taken, miles walked, calories burned and consumed and weight lost in conjunction with the free app. The Fitbit comes in several models. The One can be clipped on your pocket. The Flex is a plastic bracelet that you wear on your wrist. The brand new Force is a model that also includes an altimeter for accurately tracking steps taken up stairs, as well as a digital clock.
Like I mentioned, I ultimately went with the Flex. I ordered it in the Slate Blue over the Black, only to find out the next day that a limited edition pink version was available. I was able to switch my order to the pink (available solely from Fitbit.com or Apple stores) since it’s my favorite color.
Setup of the Flex was super easy. It comes with 4 pieces—a small bracelet for tiny wrists, a large bracelet for chubbier wrists, a charging cable and the Fitbit device itself. First, I popped the Fitbit into the charger and charged it up. When it was done (indicated by flashing lights) I removed it from the charger and popped it into the bracelet itself. I was worried that perhaps the larger band might not fit, but it did, with plenty of room. The small one is quite tiny.
Once I secured the Flex onto my arm, I was ready to put it to use. I set up the Fit bit with the iPhone app. The app lead me through the setup process over bluetooth. It was simple and straightforward, and let me choose my desired fitness goals including weight loss and exercise. I did opt to set the app to sync only when I go into the app. Each day, I can track steps taken, distance walked, calories eaten, hours slept, calories eaten and calories burned. It’s very forgiving too. If it fails to log your workout, you can add it. You can set up your favorite meals to quickly add them to your calories eaten each day. Forget to put it in sleep mode? You can easily add your sleep hours in the app. It even has a vibrating wake up alarm that works really well.
The Flex tracks your movement throughout the day. To check in on your progress, double-tap the wristband and it will flash one or more lights to indicate how close you are to your goal. I also love the sleep feature. Tap the band repeatedly until it buzzes to put it into and out of sleep mode. The Flex will track how long you slept, how many awake and restless episodes you had and how many minutes they lasted.
Each day, I add my meals quickly and add my exercise sessions in as well. I can also log weight and track it all on graphics. I really love the simplicity of the app. I don’t want info overload… just a few key measures that are easy and not time-consuming. That said, the Fitbit will sync with a number of other apps and sites, so if you already track on a favorite platform, it may just be compatible.
Overall, I love the Flex. It would be nice if it had a clock like the Force, but for the price, it’s a great value. I’m very happy with it and logging forward to achieving my fitness goals, with my Flex by my side!