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.
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 It started to feel a little outdated with all the other models coming out, but I didn’t want anything too big/bulky and I didn’t need a heart rate monitor so I just ditched it and forgot about it.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 – email@example.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.