With all of the activity trackers out there, it is difficult to tell which ones are worth your time and just as importantly your hard earned money. You have some that just clip on your hip and off you go. Some you HAVE to hook up to your smartphone, otherwise it is just a bauble for your wardrobe. No screen to read your progress.
Number of Steps
Approximate calories burned
flights of stairs climbed
Time spent sleeping
Quality of Sleep
and Amazingly what time is is
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I was given a Fitbit Force to review and have found it to be quite the handy little tool in my fitness regimen.
With all of the news lately about the Fitbit Force I will say that I did NOT have any skin irritation whatsoever during the past two weeks of wearing the device. I was asked if I had an allergy to nickel before I received it, so they do ask you beforehand. If you are concerned about possible irritation, the Flex™ Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband is the most similar to the FitBit Force, and it comes in a wide range of colors.
The most convenient aspect of the Fitbit Force is that if I so choose I do not have to sync the Force to anything. I do not have to have an account on Fitbit.com, I do not have to download the app onto my smart phone. I can just put it on my wrist and it works. You DO have to charge the Fuel by hooking it up to your computer. I does not recharge via body movement, but that is fine with me as long as I do not lose the charging chord again. This has to by my favorite feature because I often forget to check my smartphone or sign in online.
All of the Fitbit Force information regarding your amount of sleep, steps taken, approximate calories burned, flights of stairs, and distance are all available on the face of the Force just like on a watch. You just push on the button on the side and it will show you all of the options in sequence. You can edit what options show up on the face of the Force from your account online, or your smartphone app. So, if you just want to see how many steps you took, and not the calories, you can do that.
But, the big benefit to Fitbit is that you can do so much more online if you decide to sync your devices. There is a log for food and water intake both online and on the smartphone app. This makes keeping track on intake calories very easy. FitBit’s catalog of foods is massive so there is a good chance whatever you decided to snarf down for lunch, or if you are like me on the way home from work alone in the car.
The biggest surprises I found with the Fitbit Force was that I am a lot more INACTIVE than I had thought! I was positive that I walked about 5 miles a day with my job, but it turns out I barely make it to two miles on a good day. That meant the amount of calories I had allotted myself to eat every day was much to high for me to maintain the weight I was hoping to reach. Oh and the amount of calories I was eating was about TWICE what I assumed I had been eating!!!
With all of this new information I was able to set attainable goals using Fitbit’s dashboard. I was not even close to hitting the 10,000 step everyday mark, so I lowered it to 5,000 steps a day for now. That is a goal I can reach if I push it a little bit further than my every day. When I DO REACH MY GOAL, the Force vibrates and flashes! It’s like having a cheer squad on my wrist giving me a little high five. It is a small achievement, but I feel pretty good at the end of the day when the Force lets me know I reached it.
You can also invite your friends who also have one of the many FitBit tools to join you through the community option. You all can see each other’s progress and have friendly competitions, or encourage each other on your goals.
A friend of mine has the FitBit ONE Wireless Tracker so we compared notes. The Force is worn like a watch, and the One was a clip on. I can wear my Force in the shower, the ONE cannot be worn in the shower. They both show your progress on an LED screen throughout the day.
The one item I am looking into getting from FitBit now is the Aria™ Wi-Fi Smart Scale. The Aria measures weight and also body fat percentage. It connects to FitBit using Wi-Fi and it can track up to 8 users. This would be an especially helpful addition to any of FitBit’s trackers.
From my experience using the Fitbit Force, and talking with my friends who have various other Fitbit items, I would highly consider any of Fitbit’s products. They are easy to use, and the online/app benefits make keeping track of your fitness habits easy.
I received a Fitbit Force to review but was not paid for this post. All editorial content is my own.
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