Ever since the Fitbit was brought out a few years ago, I personally thought it was a bit unnecessary. I believed that if you’re going to the gym and eating a balanced diet, then you know you’re living a healthy lifestyle and don’t need a device to tell you otherwise. However, a couple of years ago my Mum received one for Christmas and I became obsessed, even though it wasn’t mine! We made up excuses to go out for walks all the time so that we could get up to 10,000 steps. It was always a great feeling because it did a little celebration when you reached it. But when I went back to uni I obviously couldn’t use Mum’s Fitbit anymore, so I tried to track my steps just using my phone, however this isn’t quite as accurate because it’s not always carried in your hand and means you have to have it with you all the time! It also can’t detect automatically if you’ve done a workout, whereas the Fitbit can detect if you’ve gone out for a run or used the cross trainer for example.
This all lead to me wanting a Fitbit myself, however I have a watch that I love and wear every day and I didn’t want this to be replaced, as I know it does for many people. After doing some research, I found the Fitbit Flex 2- it’s very similar to the other models, however there is no screen, which I thought was perfect for me as it meant I could carry on wearing my watch. I put it on my Christmas list last year and was lucky enough to receive one from my Grandparents. I’ve had it for a month now and I absolutely love it, it’s transformed my life and here’s just a few reasons why…
- I was already an avid gym goer, and I love the satisfaction of having things recorded so there’s concrete evidence you’ve done a workout (!), and therefore the Fitbit is perfect. It can automatically detect if you’re doing a workout or going for a run etc and records it. Due to the Flex 2 not having a screen, the information can be easily viewed on the app on your phone (connected by Bluetooth), which is really nicely laid out and easy to navigate.
- “I need to get my steps up!!!” is a thing that I say a lot nowadays. If I’ve spent a day in the library or in lectures, then it is likely my step count will be quite low. Due to this being recorded on the app, I am aware of it, and so will walk a longer way home to get my steps up. I definitely wouldn’t have done this before my Fitbit. It has been shown that walking 10,000 steps a day can lower BMI, reduce waist size, increase energy and lower risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes- if that’s not a reason to make such a small change in your life then I don’t know what is!
- We all like to be rewarded for things we’ve done, so even though it’s only small, the Flex 2 vibrates and flashes as a mini celebration for reaching your step target, helping to encourage you to do it again and again!
- It’s waterproof, so you can keep it on in the shower and go swimming with it, which can’t be done with the other models.
- Ever wondered how to get that extra hour of sleep per night? The Fitbit can help you with it’s sleep tracker- it’s really interesting to see how soundly you actually slept last night!
- Due to the Flex 2’s tracker being removable, you have the option of transforming it into a bangle or a necklace, meaning it can be worn at all times, even on a fancy night out if you want something slightly more stylish.
So, whether you’re fitness fanatic, or have never stepped foot in a gym in your life, I would highly recommend investing in a Fitbit- it could change your life!
Here’s some useful links for the Fitbit Flex 2- I would recommend buying it off Amazon because it’s cheaper than the actual website!