I purchased the Fitbit Force (on Amazon, but you can purchase it at a Verizon store, online or at an AT&T store), or rather, my husband purchased the fitbit Force for me as a Christmas present. It’s been very insightful into why I do or do not lose weight. The fitbit Force is the newest in the fitbit line of products and that along with the fitbit aria (the fitbit scale) I’m keeping up with daily weightless and gain. And I need to try to make myself weigh in only once a week because my weight fluctuates a lot and when I have a higher day, I get a little depressed on myself. Now, let’s talk about the ins and outs of this fitbit Force.
One, the fitbit Force is very difficult to put on your wrist until I had my husband put it on for me, I was losing it in bed every night and once, I lost it randomly in the house while I was cleaning. Ahhh, I thought I was going to have a total melt down if we didn’t find it. Luckily I found it.
Two, the fitbit Force doesn’t seem to track quick movements accurately or intense exercise very well. When I go to the gym, I feel like I get a good intense workout and it says I only did for half the time that I was actually there. Is it really accurate? And when I use the elliptical it doesn’t count all of my steps. I even tested it by going up and down the stairs at our house, I went up and down 10 times up and down all the way and it only counted four. Now either we don’t have a standard amount of steps or it’s just no accurate.
It makes me want to take more steps, and it connects with my fitness pal which more people I know actually use. So I can include my food, (the intake) and then see the outtake (the calories I burn) and know if I’m making any progress. Right now, I’m sort of stagnant at 150 pounds, one day I’m under another day I’m over, but last week I was on the couch almost every day without any exercise and I had some alcohol which my sister and I lovingly refer to as liquid fat. But starting today, I’m giving it up for the month. I really want to lose some weight and know that I can lose it if I give up all alcohol, drinks, wine and just stop.
It sends me an e-mail when it needs to be charged. I love that it tells me that I need to charge it. Cause that’s something I would forget to check.
I had my husband buy one for himself and he says it’s awful at tracking how much you sleep verses how much you wake up and just lay there awake. I know that if you’re breathing slows down enough it thinks you are sleeping when you are not. But he and I do love to compare notes on how we are doing through out the day. I’m jealous that men burn more calories with less work than women do.
A few other things:
- Monitors how long and how well you sleep
- Wakes you (not your partner) with a silent wake alarm
- LED lights show how your day is stacking up against your goal
- Set goals, view progress, and earn badges
- Share and compete with friends throughout the day
- Syncs automatically with select mobile devices and to your computer
- Free iPhone and Android App
- Instantly launch your Fitbit app by tapping your device with your NFC-enabled Android phone
- Easy-to-wear, slim, comfortable wristband
- Available in two stylish colors – black and slate
- Accessory bands allow you to personalize your Flex
- Wear all day and night – even in the shower
- Rechargeable battery
Out of those things, I use the silent alarm to wake up we very day. But my husband does hear it. I look at my count all throughout the day. I love how it sinks over Bluetooth to my phone, wish it did the same with my computer. Those USB dongles are very easy to lose.
Flex syncs with popular fitness apps for an integrated fitness regiment. Apps include Sparkpeople, LoseIt!, MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness, Runkeeper, and Endomondo.