If you asked me just two short months ago if I would have a Fitbit, much less be obsessed with one, I would probably shoot you a quizzical glance. I’ve played sports, I exercise, and I’ve even successfully run a half marathon — why would I need an activity tracker that is geared towards inactive people?
Note: this is what I thought. I now know that activity trackers are great for everyone, not just people who may be out of shape. My mom purchased a Fibit a few weeks before me, and she became nuts about getting steps. If she didn’t get to 10,000 steps by dinner, she’d go for a walk around the neighborhood or pace around her bedroom while watching TV. She linked up with some colleagues and family friends who use Fitbit, and she became competitive about winning the challenges and getting badges. She made something that I thought would be mundane look fun!
So I took the leap. I purchased the Fitbit Blaze because my mom had originally the Fitbit Alta, but upgraded to the Blaze because of the increased functionality. Given that I like to run, bike, and stay active in other ways besides walking, I echoed her decision and opted for the Blaze as well. The fact that it has sleep tracking was another perk; I have trouble sleeping sometimes, and I figured that monitoring sleeping patterns could help me improve that aspect of my health as well.
I’ve had the Blaze for about a month now, and boy do I love it. Before getting my Fitbit, I didn’t realize how little I was moving around each day. I work a desk job so I don’t get to move around a lot, but seeing that I could easily get through the work day without even hitting 1,000 steps shocked me! It has been a great motivator to get up and take breaks throughout the day to get my blood flowing and increase my overall health. Its sleep tracking also seems to be accurate, and I love that it tracks my heart rate too! The heart rate monitor clearly isn’t perfect, but I wouldn’t expect flawless accuracy from a consumer activity tracker. When synced to my phone for GPS, it does an efficient job at measuring my distance and pace when I’m running, so that’s great! I also love that it has workouts programmed inside of it that it can guide you through on-screen!
When it comes to appearance, I was nervous I wouldn’t like that look of the Fitbit Blaze and that it would be very masculine. But it actually looks really nice and I get so many comments from people asking what type of watch it is. (People often mistake it for an Apple Watch.)
All in all, my Fitbit Blaze has been a solid purchase. The only thing I wish I could change would be the battery life. I have to charge the battery every 2 or 3 days, and it’s a pain because sometimes I forget and it dies on me, or my only chance to charge it is at the same time I want to work out or something. (I don’t charge it while I’m sleeping because although that would be convenient, the sleeping data is one of the most useful features for me.) So that is kind of a bummer, but beyond that my Fitbit Blaze has been amazing and I’d recommend it to anyone, no matter how often or rarely you work out.
P.S. Did you know walking is actually a really good exercise? Running is hard on our bodies and I’ve definitely been a fan of going on long walks and hikes lately instead. Bobby purchased a Fitbit shortly after I did, although he has the Fitbit One because he hates wearing things on his wrist. We both love ours and linked up to various versions of the Fitbit below. Between both of our families we know someone with each version, and they’re all great for different reasons — depending on your lifestyle and needs.
And no, this post isn’t sponsored. (Although we wish it was.) 😉