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A few weeks back I posted a photo of my new Fitbit Flex on Instagram. I got a lot of comments asking for my thoughts on the Flex, and now that I’ve had some time to wear it and use it for a few weeks, I feel ready to share my thoughts. I should mention first that my Fitbit Flex was given to me free through a program at work. We logged our fruits and veggies every day for 5 weeks and received a Fitbit at the end, which means a lot of my co-workers are walking around with the same green Flex.

Appearance
My biggest hang-up with the Flex before receiving it was the appearance. It’s not ugly by any means, but it looks much more sporty than the clothes I usually wear to work. I found that after wearing the Flex for a few days, I quickly got over this issue. Sure, it looks a little sporty but for work and play I don’t mind wearing it at all. Additionally, swapping out band colors is quick and inexpensive and I think when I get around to buying a grey or black band I’ll like it even more. Did you hear that they are planning on doing a collaboration with Tory Burch? I may be the first person buying a gold bangle for my Fitbit!

Comfort
I don’t wear many bracelets at work because I find they get in the way with typing and working on my computer. The designers did a great job with the Flex because it doesn’t bother me at all throughout the day. It’s amazing how comfortable it is to wear the Flex!

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Utility
Prior to getting the Flex I knew that 10,000 steps was the recommended number to get in a day, but I had no idea what 10,000 steps really looked like or if I was getting anywhere close to that number. I’m very active many days at work, so I figured I was doing pretty good, but I didn’t have any data to back that theory up.

My first observation wearing the Flex was how little things add up to big things. When I park at the back of the parking garage, take the stairs a few extra times, go on a short walk with the dogs around the block a few times,  it’s much easier to get to 10,000 steps. Of course, I knew this in theory, but I like having tangible evidence that little things add up. It motivates me throughout the day to take  walk around the building or take a short jog if I’m low on steps for the day.

The sleep function is one of the most interesting features of the Flex. You tap the Flex five times to let it know you’re going to sleep, and again when you wake up. In the meantime, the Flex keeps track of how many times you are awake in the night and how many times you are restless. It gives you a little recap each day on the efficiency of your sleep.

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Ease of Use
This is one of the strongest areas for the Fitbit Flex. Once you set up your Flex you can track your progress on your desktop at fitbit.com (as seen above) or you can track your progress on the mobile app that automatically syncs with your Fitbit via bluetooth. The desktop interface has much more information but I love the mobile app for convenience. Both interfaces allow you to change your goals based on personal preference.

There is also a place to log water intake for the day (a favorite feature of mine!) and your food and calorie intake. Since I already use My Fitness Pal, I linked my apps to streamline the process. The whole system is very easy to use and quick to set up, which I appreciated. It’s certainly not a product where you need to be super techy to use and enjoy.

Overall
I really love my Flex! It’s been so much fun to know more about my fitness and activity levels along with my sleep patterns. For the price (a little under $100) I think it’s a great value and I really enjoy using and wearing the Flex.

Do any of you have a Fitbit or something similar? I would love to know if your experiences have been the same! Love it or leave it? 

Madison

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  • Madie Fiedler

    I swear, this is fate. I’ve been looking to buy a FitBit for the past few days after thinking about it for a month or so. It’s a pretty big investment for me (~$100), but I’m sooo glad you blogged about it. It’s great to see your thoughts on it while I consider whether it’s worth it!

    Thanks! xoxo
    Madie
    girlnamedfiddy.blogspot.com

  • http://thoughtsbynatalie.com/ Natalie Lynn Borton

    I had the Force, but returned it when I heard about the Tory Burch collaboration for the Flex :) I totally forgot about buying my Flex until reading this review—time to make the purchase and get going on it again!

  • http://goingupupandaway.blogspot.com/ Breanna Stroh

    I had no idea about the sleep option, too cool!

  • Katie Hall

    I want one of these so bad, but I wouldn’t be able to wear it at work. I feel like that would defeat the purpose. I hope they make one soon that is a little more inconspicuous.

  • Jenny

    I just bought the FitBit Flex through Groupon and it’s supposed to be delivered tomorrow, so good timing for this post! I had no idea about the Tory Burch collaboration though. That makes me so excited as the look of it is the main reason I’ve been holding off on buying one!

  • Love, Lula Mae

    I LOVE my Fitbit Flex. The only thing is I had a hard time getting the Fitbit on my wrist when I first got it, plus I had issues with always being able to see it. I wanted to track my activity at all times, but I didn’t really want it to be a full-time fashion accessory. Since I bought mine I have been able to find various ways to hide it, so I can wear it to events, and others won’t even know I’m wearing it. My favorite product I have found is FitBit Jewelry. FitbitJewelry.com is a great resource, and less expensive than some of the other products out there. Now I can wear my FitBit Flex Everywhere, and still be fashionable;) Great Review!