I’ve joined the Fitbit crew

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I’ve done it. I’ve joined the Fitbit crew.

To be fair, I should say re-joined because a year or two ago I had a Fitbit Flex, but more on that later.

I bought the Fitbit Alta and I’ve been using it for around 2 weeks now so I figured I’d let you know my thoughts on it. A lot of you tweeted me asking for a blog post about it when I posted my “HEY LOOK I BOUGHT A FITBIT AM I COOL NOW?” tweet, so that’s what I’m doing.

I bought my Fitbit through Octer who sent me a voucher for their site. Octer is pretty much my new favourite site because all you do is search something and it will bring you links to loads of different websites that sell that thing, so you can pick it up for the cheapest price and you don’t have to trawl through a load of different websites to find things. It’s such a great idea and I’m a little annoyed I didn’t think of it myeslf, ngl.

First, for the facts. The Fitbit Alta is under the “Everyday” category, rather than the “Active” or “Performance”. So if you’re looking for something heavy duty to track your fitness and workout routine, the Alta is not for you. It tracks steps, distance, calories burned, daily active minutes and sleep. It has an alarm function, caller ID and a clock face/screen. It does not track floors climbed, it doesn’t have a heart rate monitor, it doesn’t have GPS and it it doesn’t have music control.

So, if you want different things from a fitness tracker, definitely shop around! Fitbit have SO many models now, if you wanted to stick with their brand you’d have tonnes of choice.

Now that’s out of the way, what do I actually think of the Alta?

Honestly, I flipping love it.

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Like I said earlier, I used to have a Fitbit Flex. I really loved it but the longer I had it, the more annoyed I got at it’s lack of screen. It started to feel a little outdated with all the other models coming out, but I didn’t want anything too big/bulky and I didn’t need a heart rate monitor so I just ditched it and forgot about it.

So when I heard about the Alta I was really excited. It’s a similar size to the Flex, has similar specs but with a screen/clock face added. Perfect for me.

What I love most about the Alta is that it doesn’t instantly look like a fitness tracker. It’s sleek, it’s subtle and it doesn’t scream “HEY LOOK AT ME WITH MY BIG, BRIGHTLY COLOURED THING ON MY WRIST”. (Which was the last thing I wanted). You can get the strap in other colours (and even totally other materials, but those come at an extra cost) but I decided on black.

If you’re not really into running or cycling, I’d recommend looking at a different model. Because, although it does have an automatic fitness/workout tracker, it’s limited to what it will track. It tracks running and cycling like a dream, but any weights work/floor work (like push ups, sit ups, squats etc etc) will need to be manually tracked by you.

I mainly use it as an extension of my life. I like knowing how many steps I’ve done, how long I’ve been active throughout the day, what my sleep quality was like and how well I’ve done at the gym. And for me, it’s the little details that really sell the Alta. I love the silent alarm and I like that I can set a “you should probably go to bed now” reminder. I like that I can track my water intake (although I’m not a fan of how often I forget to do this). I like that I get text and call notifications through, I like that it automatically tracks my sleep and exercise (unlike the Flex – having to put it in “sleep mode” got very annoying very fast) and I like that I can set and track my own goals.

Also, just an FYI, I’ve found the battery lasts a good 5-7 days so that’s fab because I don’t like walking around when I charge it because it feels like a waste of steps somehow??

I think the thing with fitness trackers is they’re an educational tool. People who buy a fitness tracker and expect to get fit just from managing to hit 10k steps every day are idiots (not even sorry – they totally are). My Fitbit is an extension of my life and it’s a way for me to learn about myself more and that’s my favourite thing about it. It’s encouraging for me.

Being in challenges with friends encourages me to do more steps. Knowing my statistics encourage me to improve on them. It’s not going to work miracles if you don’t put the work in on the other side.

I absolutely love my Fitbit and I’m so glad I bought it. You can add me on Fitbit with my email address – rhiannabowe@googlemail.com. (And please do because I love having friends on there!)

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Just a heads up, this is not a sponsored post but I was sent a £50 from Octer in return for a mention of their site (which I am genuinely, 100% in love with oh my god it makes shopping so easy). I chose to put that £50 towards my Fitbit and also chose to review it for you guys. All about that honesty, yo.

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12 Comments

  1. 17th July 2016 / 8:28 pm

    Oooh that fitbit looks gorgeous! I had the Fitbit Flex, it was okay but it didn’t have a screen so I ditched it for a Samsung watch as I have a Samsung phone so it works perfectly with it :D
    Fitness watches especially Fitbit where you can compete with your friends are sooo good. Definitely have more motivation!

    Tamsyn Elizabeth | Peaches and Bear

  2. Abigail Huggan
    17th July 2016 / 11:06 am

    So glad I just read this! I’ve been considering buying the Alta and this has been really informative for me!

    Abbie | veryberrymee.blogspot.co.uk

  3. 14th July 2016 / 12:06 am

    This is very cool! While it’s not for me, my friends have the best time comparing steps with each other.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

  4. Becky Hughff
    13th July 2016 / 7:20 pm

    I’ve been on the lookout for something like this so thanks for sharing!

    http://www.ohsobecky.com

  5. 13th July 2016 / 7:08 pm

    I absolutely love mine too! I haven’t had mine for 2 weeks quite yet but I’m already obsessed. It’s definitely making me move that bit more!

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

  6. 13th July 2016 / 6:28 pm

    Yay fitbit! I LOVE mine so much. I’m still on a flex but totally love the Altas :) I will add you asap (although I get super perfectionist and competitive about winning every week! haha!)

    Alice | Whiskey Jars Blog

  7. 13th July 2016 / 6:03 pm

    I bought an Alta too a few months back and LOVE it (though I haven’t had it on for like two weeks – naughty!!!) I’ll be sure to add you! xxx

  8. charlotte samantha
    13th July 2016 / 4:12 pm

    You have convinced me!! It it now top of the list!!

    CharlotteSamantha OX

  9. 13th July 2016 / 3:22 pm

    I’m going to add you now, just to let you know, hope that’s not creepy haha :D xxx

  10. 13th July 2016 / 2:02 pm

    If only phone battery would last 5-7 days. Liking the sleek new look of it! My boyfriend has one (which I steal sometimes), but I might have to look into one for myself haha.

    Sarah
    scarletstate.co.uk

  11. 13th July 2016 / 1:32 pm

    I bought mine at a similar time to you and honestly, I’m obsessed! I’ve never walked so much in my life x
    Sophie Cliff

  12. 13th July 2016 / 6:59 am

    Wow, this little thing sounds like a gem! I have the flex but don’t use it very often because it needs charging quite a lot and it was getting on my nerves. Maybe what I need is an upgrade!