We are all well aware of the FitBit trend by now, right? But what is the REAL inside scoop on FitBit? Some bloggers, like Amber, LOVE their FitBit and swear by it while others think it leaves something to be desired.
I own the FitBit Flex which claims to track steps, distance, calories burned, and sleep. I have had my Flex for nine months now. This has given me plenty of time to formulate my own thoughts on the device, including some pros and cons.
1. It gets me more active. Although I am active most days, I started to notice that I did VERY little on my rest days. I have found that my FitBit gets me moving even on these days. I have also noticed myself choosing further parking spots, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and taking my dog on two walks a day. Every step counts!
2. Sleep tracking helps overall sleep hygiene. As is the case with tracking things in general, I have found the sleep log really helpful for getting better rest and becoming more aware of my sleep habits overall. I can start to think about what I do leading up to bedtime that helps or hurts my sleep quality.
3. The app and dashboard. The FitBit app is so easy to use and I love having all of my data in one easy to access location. I check the app (or dashboard) multiple times a day to see where I am at with my goals. The app is also great because you can join challenges with friends and see how your seven day step count matches up to others!
1. They're unreliable. Since getting my Flex, I have had the band replaced twice and the entire device replaced once. The bands break easily and it is not unusual for your tracker to just stop working for no good reason. If it weren't for the great customer service and free replacements, I would definitely have more negative things to say about this. However, whenever I have had a problem, FitBit has been great about sending me replacements quickly.
2. It can become easy to obsess. You MUST remember to give yourself grace on the days you need a day off. For me, whenever I am sick I really struggle to rest because not meeting my step goal for the day drives me crazy. It's all about balance.
3. Inaccurate tracking. I have found that my FitBit distance and calories burned do not always match up with my other trackers such as Garmin or Strava.
4. Lack of bike/swim tracking. I knew the Flex would not track these things when I bought it, but so many of my active minutes include these activities. However, you can manually input swimming and biking fairly easily.
In conclusion, I really do love my FitBit. For me, the pros outweigh the cons, especially when you consider the cost.
Do you own a FitBit? What has your experience been like?