As some of you know, I have proclaimed March as #SelfControlMonth. I’ve been hesitant to track my diet and exercise for ages, but I knew I needed to make some changes to keep me motivated and stick to my plan. The makers of Fitbit gave me the opportunity to try the FitBit Flex and give one away to one of my lucky readers. Cool, huh?
Fitbit is working with FitStudio by Sears on the #FitIn14 campaign to promote health and fitness for the entire year. FitStudio by Sears recently launched the “Points for Progress” program that incentivizes members to get and stay fit. By registering for FitStudio.com, connecting a fitness app or device, and tracking activity, members earn Shop Your Way points that can be redeemed for merchandise in stores and online at Sears and Kmart.
Making a few small changes can lead to big results, and members are rewarded for all types of activity. Simply put, as part of the #FitIn14 challenge, members will earn $5 in points (5,000 points) for every 14 miles walked or run in 2014. How cool is that? I am already picking out items I want as I get fit and earn points.
I’ve tried clip on pedometers, but nothing like the Fitbit Flex. It is worn around your wrist and tracks much more than just steps. You can even use it to track your sleep patterns. This was something I’ve always been really interested to try.
The wrist strap was a little stiff at first, but It softened up after just a few wears and now it’s a piece of cake to get it on and off, although I try to keep it on as much as possible. It is water resistant so you can wear it to wash dishes or in the shower. Overall, the wrist tracker is very comfortable and light weight. I was worried that it might feel bulky and heavy, but it doesn’t at all. I have small wrists so I was pleased to find that the FitBit Flex comes with both a large and small wrist strap. The original comes in black, but you can order other colors like navy, pink and light blue. I’m thinking about pink for spring and summer.
The Fitbit Flex is easy to charge, set up and get moving. You can track on your smart phone via Bluetooth connectivity or through your laptop with a small USB device that communicates with your Fitbit Flex wirelessly.
You can track The Fitbit Flex also comes with free online tools and a mobile app that allow you to set goals and follow your progress through awesome graphs and charts.
One of my favorite charts is where I can view an entire week to compare my calorie burn, steps, distance, etc.
There is a food tracking option as well. In fact, the user site at Fitbit.com is a one-stop-shop to track nearly all things related to maintaining good health including food, activities, weight, journaling, sleep, heart rate, blood pressure, and glucose. Of course your doctor needs to provide some of these measurements, but you can set a baseline and then come back and compare after future tests. Fitbit says, “Knowing how close you are to reaching your goals gives you the motivation to reach them and aim higher.” I completely agree.
In addition to tracking your personal results, you can join community groups to share your experiences, ask questions and even set up some friendly competition. I’ve joined a Stay-at-Home mom group. Some of these women have logs over 400,000 steps. WOW!! Tracking those steps in the FitStudio by Sears will also get me to my spring fashion must-haves in no time.
Lastly, Fitbit provides a premium service where results tracking is taken to another level. There is a Fitbit Training program that uses your progress to figure out a plan to best achieve your future goals. This plan is $49.99 for the year. There is also a 7-day free trial.
Have you tried an activity tracker? Would you like to try the Fitbit Flex?