If you're a regular reader you'll know I try every weight loss app, device, diet, pill and whatever else is out there, and as I am every salesmans' dream, off I went to John Lewis and made my purchase, luckily it was £10 off so I got my Fitbit Flex for £69.95 in Navy blue. I had considered the Jawbone UP but there were 2 options. The one that was about £70 didn't sync by bluetooth and the one that did was £100 up - my choice was pretty simple...
Before making my purchase I'd intended to increase my activity and was using the Moves app on iOS which is great but just kills you battery and also you have to take your phone EVERYWHERE! not really that convenient if you don't wear trousers with a pocket everyday.
Initially it bugged me as I had to wear it on my non-dominant wrist as it more accurate but this is the wrist I usually wore my watch on so it took some getting used to but after a while I forgot it was there. It was comfortable and not bulky and I really do love it!
It keeps me motivated. I purposely takes the stairs, go out at lunchtime for walks and get up every hour to get a glass of water (which it also tracks) and as I have synced it with IFTTT (in app store) if I haven't achieved my target (you can set steps, miles or active periods) by 7pm I get a text message to alert me, so I'm off out again and the buzz you get (literally and figuratively) when you achieve you target is brilliant! I've actually stood there and celebrated my success, (well no-one else will!) picture Rocky at the top of the steps.
I haven't weighed myself, I fell out of love with the scales but I do feel better about my fitness, it's really not just about my weight with this, I feel really good increasing my activity level.
Other stuff it doesIt monitors your sleep and tells you how many hours sleep you have, how many times you were awake and how any times restless, and if you sync it with the IFTTT app, if you have less than the optimum hours sleep it can warn your friends and colleagues via social media (of your choosing) that you might just be a bit grumpy :-)
You can also record exercise, diet and water intake.