Flexing my Way through the Day

I bought a FitBit Flex. It took me six months plus to jump into the fitness tracker trend. I’ve never been an early adapter of technology. I need to convince myself of the purpose of having gadgets. When a conversation turned to a Fitbit, my first question was always “what’s the point?”. At the time, I didn’t get it. Some would answer, well it’s motivating I can see my progress and it makes me go for a walk or take the stairs to my meeting.  I would politely nod while thinking to myself “well I don’t need that”.  Then I noticed more people wearing it and again I would ask “do you like it?”. My curiosity was based on needing to know, was I missing out or was I perfectly fine to ignore this?  As I listened to more people talk about how they used their Fitbit or other trackers(Jawbone, Nike, etc), I began to wonder, would it be of use to me.

Working out is part of my routine, for the most part. This spring, it’s taken a hit. I can’t explain it other than winter was awful, Spring took it’s sweet time to show up. Usually, running is what I transition back too when the weather warms. Now, with my knee being completely pissed at that, I don’t have that. Rather than just accept my fitness fate, I began to think, well instead of working towards one work out goal, why not work out throughout the day? The problem, I had no idea what that meant. My technology thoughts ties directly to my workout theory. Why have more than you need? Throughout my workout life,  I progressed from an iPod shuffle to using my iPhone.My phone  provided one greater value over the shuffle it was easier, one less thing to remember, charge, update and use.  Using my phone also meant I started getting more data out of my workouts through my various apps. I track my runs, I track my heart rate, I track my food/water intake but even with all that data, I wasn’t getting any base information on my overall fitness.  I wanted to know how active I was throughout the day. I work an office job but live within the city. I walk a lot, at least in my head. Again, I wanted something to provide me with the information to either motivate me or validate my thoughts. After all the conversations I had, I realized the FitBit was the way to go.

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Fitbit Flex, as shown on Amazon

Originally I wanted the Force because it had more display options. You didn’t need your phone or a computer to check your daily progress. Then it got recalled and became impossible to find. I decided the Flex would match my needs because it syncs with your phone. Let’s face it, as a Gen Xer I’m never far from my phone. I ordered it off Road Runner Sports, using my VIP, giving me 10% off and free shipping. Then I used Ebates and got $4.50 back off my purchase. Total spent on it around 85 bucks.  I got it Wednesday. I’ve been wearing it since. It is giving me exactly what I was hoping for with it. Here is an example of the dashboard view Screenshot 2014-05-02 07.09.23

 

You can make goals, track your food, add sleep and activity. I have it synced with MyFitnessPal, so my food I record there automatically goes into my Fitbit and exercise recorded from Fitbit goes into MyFitnessPal.

If you are on the fence with getting one. Here are a few questions I found helpful for decided upon the purchase.

  • Do I already own something that will do what this does?
  • What am I looking for it to do?
  • Will it sync with other programs/things I use?
  • What motivates me?

Once I knew the answers to these questions, I knew that this was worth purchasing.  I owned pieces of what this does but I was looking for a more comprehensive fit. I wanted to track my activity throughout the day, not just when I was working out. It syncs through my computer and phone. All my other fitness apps sync together, so far no issues there. Will it motivate me? Well, that is to be seen but so far I can say, yes, it does. It tells me that my base calorie burn is approximately so much for each day and adjust it based upon my activity. This helps me gauge emotional hunger versus real hunger, which is something I need help measuring. My heart rate monitor helped do the same and this is again filling in a need around it.

The ebates link above is an affiliate link, meaning if you register and buy something, I will get a referral bonus from them.  With that said, I do love eBates, since becoming a member I’ve earned a chunk of cash for buying things I was going to buy anyway. If you are not a member, you should consider it, even if you don’t use this link.

Also, no one paid me for this post, no one gave me anything for free, and it is all my own opinion based upon my experience thus far.

 

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About Minnehappilos

I am a lot of things. Dog owner, runner, traveler, worrier, feminist, rap enthusiastic, but mostly a contradiction that only a child in born in the 80's could represent. This blog is not a manual, just a funny read.
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