Let’s talk fitness trackers. Specifically, Fitbit ones.
I got one about 3 or 4 years ago when I first began my healthy streak. I was trying to lose weight and eat a calorie restricted diet while traveling for work. My entire extended family had a Fitbit and would hold competitions on there every week. I bought one myself just to try it out. And I loved it. It made me so aware of how much I moved, or lack thereof, when I was at work. It made me work out harder and definitely helped me lose weight.
Eventually, that health phase ended. And for some reason, I threw that Fitbit away. I hadn’t used it for a year or so and because my phone tracked my steps, I figured I didn’t need it anymore.
Now with smart watches becoming increasing popular, I thought about getting one. Because my Capital One Credit Card gives me points for purchases, I can get gift cards with those points. I got an Amazon gift card and used it to buy the Fitbit Versa, which I found out was the best smartwatch that Fitbit has to offer, after doing lots of research.
Of course it has bluetooth capabilities. It syncs to the Fitbit app on your phone that will give you a layout of all your stats. It has on screen workouts, and you can get more from Fitbit Coach. It is waterproof up to 50 meters, and can track your swimming. It has GPS so if you want to go for a run and leave your phone at home, you can do so. There are a bunch of apps that come onto the watch from timers, weather, music apps, workouts, and alarms. It has about a 4-5 day battery life, and it only takes up to 2 hours to fully charge. You can actually fix it to receive notifications from different apps from your smartphone. I have Messages and WhatsApp enabled so I get all my texts to come through to my watch. It’s mostly convenient unless the group chat gets too lit…
The stats it tracks, which you can access on the app, are:
- active minutes
- weekly exercise
- heart rate
- steps per hour
- weight loss
- water intake
You can also schedule challenges with other people who have Fitbits by doing step competitions, or daily showdowns, or workweek hustles..
I mean whoa.
Personally, I love it. It looks very similar to the Apple Watch and its significantly cheaper with the price being $199.95 in the US and £199.99 in the UK. I bought mine for $150 from the US Amazon and picked it up when we were in the States last.
I’ve had it for a little over a month and it’s become my lifeline.
It makes me realise how little I walk when I’m at the office all day so I try to get up and walk down the stairs and back up again every once in a while. If it’s nice out, sometimes I’ll go for a walk in the park across the street during my lunch break. I am trying to walk 30 minutes every single day regardless of if I workout that day or not to make sure I am always getting a little bit of activity done. My Fitbit tracks this for me so I know when I’ve met my goal.
When I am doing my actual workouts, I track them on my watch. It will tell me my heart rate and how many calories I have lost from that workout. When losing weight, that is helpful information. When I work out in the morning, I generally find myself to be a lot hungrier throughout the day. I can add my food and track it against the amount of calories I’ve burned every day…. if I want to. I usually don’t because I don’t want to be consumed by calories. I just want to eat when I’m hungry and make healthy choices.
If you’re interested in getting a smart watch and don’t want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on it, I would highly suggest the Fitbit Versa. From what I’ve heard about the Apple Watch, it’s okay but the limiting features are not worth the price point. So the Versa would be a good substitute.
If you’re trying to decide between Fitbit and other fitness tracker brands, I would highly recommend Fitbit. To be fair, I don’t have any experience with other brands. However, from the research I’ve done, Fitbit surpasses all of the other brands with ease of use, features, the app, and much more. If you’re teetering between others, Fitbit offers a 45-day money back guarantee. So you can try it out and if worse comes to worse, you can just return it and try another one. No big deal.
I’d be interested to know if any of you already have a Fitbit, or use another kind of fitness tracker, and if you like it or not. Please comment below and let me know!
Also, if you have any questions on something I maybe didn’t cover in the above, let me know and I will make sure to do my best to answer them for you!
Much Love and Happy Exercising!