Have you heard of Fitbit? Unless you’ve been living away from the internet and a TV for a while, I’m going to assume that the answer is yes.
When Currys/PC World asked me to spend ’24 hours’ with a Fitbit to see how I got on, I must admit I was already very sceptical about this device.
I am the last person you’d expect to jump onto the ‘latest gadget’ bandwagon. In fact, when I first heard about Fitbit, I didn’t think at all that one would benefit my life in any way and I even told my friends that I had no intention of getting one.
But, I am a curious person, so it was much to their shock and my own that I accepted Currys/PC Worlds challenge, and guess what?
It looks like I’m going to have to eat my own words. I am so beyond impressed with this gadget, that it is definitely not going to be leaving my wrist anytime in the foreseeable future.
Yes, I have already apologised to my friends, who did try to convince me that I really should have one in my life.
So what is the big deal about Fitbit?
Before I tried it out for myself, I knew that this gadget would track my steps and general daily movements, but I definitely did not appreciate just how much it did. Nor did I realise how it would completely overhaul my life and general motivation.
Fitbits come in a whole range of shapes and sizes. From a Fitbit that discreetly sits on your clothes, to a Fitbit that you can take in the pool, to a Fitbit that can compliment any outfit.
I was sent the ‘Fitbit Charge 2’ to try out. It’s a number one bestseller and for a very good reason. It has some incredible features!
Want to hear about the fabulous main features?
This all singing, all dancing device can:
- Track not only your steps but also how much distance you have travelled and the calories you have burnt
- It continuously records your heart rate through clever technology called ‘PurePulse’
- It monitors your sleep and tells you if you’ve had a restless sleep or a full nights sleep
- It receives smartphone notifications including calls, texts and calendar reminders
- It has up to 5 days of battery life so you don’t need to worry about it running out overnight
- It’s splash proof so you don’t need to cover it up in the rain
- The wristbands are interchangeable and some adorable ones are available so that you can match them to your outfits
- It has a sports mode that tracks a variety of exercises; from running, to yoga, to weights
- It has a relax mode to help you to have mindful moments throughout the day
What Do I Love About This Device?
1. It motivates you to move!
As a freelancer and full time blogger I spend A LOT of time on my laptop. And I really mean a lot. It is so easy to get engrossed with work and to find yourself getting up four or five hours later to make a cup of tea.
Amazingly and thankfully Fitbit reminds you to move if you’ve been stationary for a little too long. Since using the Fitbit Charge 2 I’ve noticed an increase in my energy levels, my focus and my motivation.
Sitting down for too long can surprisingly drain you of energy and can make you feel so lethargic.
2. You can pair it with your friends.
If you need more motivation, then via the app you can pair your Fitbit with your friends. This is such a great way to keep accountable and you can challenge each other to reach a whole variety of goals. It’s a great talking point over coffee catch ups and lunches.
3. It lets you know how well you’re sleeping.
Feeling tired all the time? The Fitbit can differentiate between your deep sleep and restless sleep. I even managed to get a lie in thanks to this brilliant device. My family were shocked when I showed them the real time data as captured on the app and this week they let me get my ‘deep sleep’ levels up a little higher before I started the day with my daughter.
4. You can set goals, sync your diet and stay on track
Honestly, this device does everything. I love that I can add in what I’ve eaten and how much water I have consumed every day. I can set myself all kinds of goals too. This can be anything from ‘eating healthier’, to reaching a certain number of steps everyday, to weight loss and getting a better and longer sleep.
24 Hours In The Life Of A Fitbit
9am – I opened my brand new Fitbit Charge 2 and put it on for the first time. To start up your Fitbit you need to pair it with an app on your phone. Setup took less than 10 minutes and was completely fuss free. On the app you can set yourself goals and reminders, pair with other devices and so much more. On the actual Fitbit, you can customise the fascia to the setting you like. I tried out walking up and down stairs and around my house to watch it tracking my steps and to see if works, before getting ready for my day.
10am – We popped out to run some errands and to go for a walk. Fitbit tells me that so far I have done…steps and…staircases. I am already a little very impressed by this device.
2pm – Evies playing solo downstairs, so it’s time for me to take some time out to relax and try out the ‘relax mode’. I can choose whether to do 2 minutes, 5, 10 or more. The Fitbit really helps me to focus my breathing with the onscreen graphics. When I’m done I feel so relaxed.
4pm – I’ve been doing a couple of hours work now on my laptop. My Fitbit buzzes and suggests it’s ‘Time For A Stroll.’ so we head out again for some fresh air and to find some muddy puddles for Evie.
7pm – Evie’s gone to bed so it’s time for me to squeeze in a little work out. I’m starting to feel really tired and I’m hoping this will perk me up a bit. I set my Fitbit Charge 2 on workout mode and begin. I love that it tracks my heart rate and tells me when it’s high enough for me to ‘burn fat’. At the end of my workout it tells me so much information, from how many calories I’ve burnt to my heart rate average, to time working out plus much more.some work time. After my work out I sit down to do some more work.
9pmish – I’ve been sat down for way too long. My Fitbit buzzes and suggests ‘It’s time to move’ This little moment away from my screen wouldn’t normally happen. I use this nudge to get up and do some housework, put on some laundry and clean around. I notice how refreshed I feel when I come back to work again. I check my Fitbit and I’m on 7,237 steps. I’m a little annoyed at myself for not moving more today. 10,000 steps is my daily goal. Maybe a little too adventurous?
11pm – Fitbit buzzes to let me know its time for bed. I set this as a notification on the app this morning and had completely forgotten about it. I’m terrible at looking at the time and often end up going to bed at 1am. This little reminder means that I can aim for 7 hours sleep, something I set as a goal on the Fitbit app. For the first time in a long time I shut my eyes before midnight.
2am – Evie wakes up at 2.05am, but I make sure I tell Fitbit when I’m back in bed at 2.17. I’m curious to know how well I sleep.
6am – Evie wakes up to start the day at 6am. In theory it looks like I’ve reached my goal of 7 hours of sleep, with a 15 minute break in between. But I know I feel like I’ve had barely any sleep.
I check my sleep levels. Fitbit tells me that despite going to bed at 11 and waking up for ten minutes in the night, I’ve only had 2 hours of deep sleep. The rest of the night I was restless. As I have nerve compression in my shoulder and I know I always struggle to get comfortable and to sleep. I finally have ammunition for a lie in because I’m convinced my partner thinks I’m making it up when I say I’m not sleeping well.
9am – Today has been a lot more productive. I have already done 1000 steps. Can you tell I have lots of chores to do today? The Fitbit Charge 2 has impressed me so much, that I don’t want to take it off. I up my goals and challenges on the app and I’m ready to become a healthier version of me.
Convinced You Should Get A Fitbit Yet?
I can confirm that from my own experience, the Fitbit can actually be life changing. Who would have thought that a little device can motivate you so much to move more, be more conscious of your exercise levels, the calories you are burning and whether you should take the lift or the stairs?
It’s my new ‘Fit Friend’.
If you are like me and you work from home, the Fitbit will help to keep you healthy. A healthy body means a healthy mind and I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love a little more focus and a lot more energy.
If you are already a very active person, then you can still benefit from the Fitbit. You can set yourself higher challenges, time yourself when you run and see how much distance you’ve covered. You can use it to aid weight loss or just to help you get a few more peaceful moments in your life. If you’re interested in getting a Fitbit, you can get one from here!
So, what do you think? Have you got a Fitbit or do you know someone who does? Would you consider getting a Fitbit? Let us know in the comments below!
*We were sent a Fitbit Charge 2 for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.