I am a sucker for techy fitness gear, ok really anything food or fitness related. A couple of month’s ago when I decided I needed to slow down my fitness and focus on WELLNESS more, I saw a feature on the Fit Bit Force. I was intrigued. I had always used a heart rate monitor when I did any working out…can’t lie, I loved seeing the calories burned part and how long I pushed myself the hardest.
However, with my new WELLNESS approach, I put my heart rate monitor to rest for a bit to take my focus away from intensity and calories. The Fit Bit attracted my attention because it tracks steps, stairs, sleep, and active minutes. It does calculate calories, but not extremely accurate in my opinion like a heart rate monitor. So I took the plunge and bought the Force.
I have had my Fit Bit Force for almost a month now and have really enjoyed using it. I know you might be wondering if you should add a last minute request into Santa for one, so I thought I’d share a review.
Upon receiving the package in the mail, it was super easy to set up. It comes with a small USB type cord that recharges your wrist band. The band also comes with a wireless sync piece that enables your computer to sync whenever you are near it.
I have only needed to charge about once every 4-5 days! The wristband had to be charged upon receiving and required just a bit of setup via an online site. The set up was super simple and didn’t take but a few minutes. It does download a Fit Bit program onto your computer, which I didn’t mind but I know some folks are leary of downloading to their personal computer.
After set up and initial charge, you begin to personalize your settings. Which wrist will you wear it on? Dominant or non Dominant. How many steps per day do you want your goal to be? What’s your major goal? steps, active minutes, stairs climbed. You also put in your age, gender, weight, goal weight (if applicable). It is very user friendly.
Then my favorite part – you have the choice to set up silent alarms. The Fit Bit measures your sleep, wakes you up with vibrating pulses instead of a crazy loud alarm. I use these alarms daily!
I also then chose to download the app on my phone. You can track your progress, track water intake, food intake, etc. It is pretty handy!
So how do I like it? How accurate is it?
I found the steps to be pretty accurate…I did two ‘tests’ where I walked 100 steps counting in my head, and it was on by 1-2 steps both time. The distance portion isn’t quite as accurate. Thus far in the winter I’ve done more treadmill walking, so I’m wondering if the treadmill skews it somehow…but the distance was always less on my Fit Bit than actually walked. When outside it was pretty close within .2 miles of the actual mileage.
MY FAVORITE PART as I said above is the sleep tracking and silent alarm. I was amazed how accurate it was with when I was restless and when I slept well. When you sync your Fit Bit with your computer, it produces several graphs, one of which shows resting minutes vs. restless minutes. A few nights I knew the time I got up for a quick potty break or once I talked in my sleep to my hubby and he knew the time…guess what? the Fit Bit showed to the minute the exact times of these restless incidence. In the morning, you easily ‘stop’ the Fit Bit and it shows total hours slept…it has been a rude awakening to me, SLEEP MORE
As I mentioned before I wouldn’t rely on (which is good since it isn’t my focus!) the calories burned part too much, hard for me to believe it is very accurate without knowing your heart rate. But other than that not much to complain about!
Overall I’m super happy with my Fit Bit and I can’t wait to see my progress in focusing on WELLNESS over the next few months.
Curious – do you use a heart rate monitor? Pedometer? Or a fun gadget to capture your ‘wellness’? do you find yourself caught up in calories burned all the time?