FitBit Flex...worth it?



  • sweetpea03b
    sweetpea03b Posts: 1,124 Member
    I love getting that little vibration when I've hit my goal for the day :) I love mine... wear it everyday and feel naked without it. My only peeve is that lately I'm having charging issues and really wish the battery lasted longer than a week.
  • namacheri
    namacheri Posts: 12
    But just think of all the neat color bands you can wear! I match my outfits.:wink:
  • dimple_gal
    dimple_gal Posts: 138 Member
    I am a Fitbit fan ... and we are a Fitbit family (two of my boys, my parents, brothers and their wives). I've had mine for four years now (the Ultra, now the One). The Fitbit is so great for showing you feedback on your entire day, not just your workouts. I have a HRM too, and I like it, but it's not the same as the Fitbit. I did a blog post about all you can expect if you get one ... HTH *Ü*

    The Fitbit syncs with SO many programs. MFP and other reward type programs ... I've earned $$ from Pact, Achievemint and store credit at Walgreens and Kmart (FitStudio). My Fitbit has paid for itself!

    I didn't know there were rewards! I love my Fitbit Flex. It keeps me motivated to meet my daily goals. It doesn't track non-stepping exercise well, but it does work well with MFP too.
  • StaciMarie1974
    StaciMarie1974 Posts: 4,138 Member
    I have the Fitbit One and love it. Fitbit + MFP is a great combination. With the Fitbit I have a way to measure and monitor how active I am in a day. And MFP is the best for logging food. They sync well together.

    There are a few different Fitbits, and of course other brands of activity tracers out there. Before getting one, do your research based on what features appeal to you. The community/competition aspect of Fitbit is good. Also the accountability - everyone knows if I'm being a lazy bum!
  • MomTo3Lovez
    MomTo3Lovez Posts: 800 Member
    I have been considering the fitbit flex as well, nice to see some reviews on it.
  • StaciMarie1974
    StaciMarie1974 Posts: 4,138 Member
    Yes - there are many rewards sites.

    The best is Pact - but its more of a commitment than a reward. You commit to doing a certain # of healthy activities per week.

    Workouts: can commit to 1-7, for # of days of the week. Walking 10k+ steps with your Fitbit counts as a workout. Or doing a 30+ minute walk/run/etc. outdoors with a GPS app like MapMyWalk where you travel at least 1 mile in 30 minutes. There is a way to 'check in' for 30+ minutes at fitness clubs but I don't know how that works.

    Logging food: syncs w/ MFP. You get credit for logging 3+ meals for 1200+ calories - so its encouraging you to eat enough and pay attention to detail. Can commit to 1-7, for # of days of the week.

    Eating fruits/veggies: take a picture of what you're eating and members in the Pact community vote y/n if its a serving of f/v. You vote on others. Can commit for a max of 5 per day or 35 per week.

    You set a value to each area, $5 or more. If you do not make your commitment you pay. (Must connect to Paypal or a credit card.) If you do make all your pacts, you get a share of the $ from those who did not.

    I have a high goal - 6/6/30. I've always made it though there was a week that I was sick and getting 10k steps per day x 6 days was rough. It was before the option to do a 30 minute GPS tracked walk. I missed on Monday - so felt a bit of pressure. I don't like paying! Which is the idea. People will be motivated to avoid a penalty. I make $5-7 per week. If you committed to less pacts I imagine you'd get less $. You can withdraw to Paypal with a $10 minimum. I've withdrawn a few times - takes a week or so to get paid. When I signed up there was a promo code Gympact$5 for a bonus $5. NOt sure if it still works.


    Other thoughts. If you like the Flex but don't want to wear it ALL the time - you can put it in your pocket. A downside w/ the Flex in my opinion is it does not have a display. You can't look at it to see where you are in step count. If you have a compatible smart phone you can sync and see anytime. Or sync & look at The One has a display. Charging is easy - I just put it on a charger when I'm in the shower. Typically I do this a few times each week, it never gets as low as 50% battery life.

    I wear the One always - clipped to my pocket or waist area. I'd feel odd without it, like taking off a ring you always wear. Just wrong... I once got as far as the living room without it - just have to develop a habit to move it from one piece of clothing to another when you change clothes.
  • LadyWeaselofVT
    LadyWeaselofVT Posts: 77 Member
    I think it's worth it. I was really struggling with hunger and when I got the FitBit, I realized that I was more active than I thought. I also love the other features, like sleep tracking and silent alarm (it wakes me up without the obnoxious sound of a regular alarm clock).
  • mandamerlot
    mandamerlot Posts: 180 Member
    I love mine!! Especially because I have a group of fitness friends who also have one and we are always pushing each other (cheering, taunting) to get each other going and trying to beat each others steps :) It's a fantastic motivator!
  • nancy10272004
    nancy10272004 Posts: 277 Member
    There was an article in Forbes magazine about MFP making FITBIT and Jawbone UP obsolete. An IPhone 5S now tracks your steps. I returned my UP because its really just an expensive pedometer. You still need the heart rate monitor and have to add stuff that MFP already links with like Map My Walk, Ride or Run.
    Ruth J Princess

    I tried these apps before I got my FitBit Flex and the two problems I had were that I had to carry my phone every danged second of the day and they drained the battery like crazy.

    I can't say enough good things about my Flex. I'm not in any shape to do any exercise except walking and it's made a huge impact on the number of steps I do in a day.

    One of the great things about it is the shame. I know that sounds weird but it shames me into walking to the next subway stop that's only four blocks away. It shames me into taking the stairs instead of taking the elevator one flight. Every little bit does indeed count!
  • sue_stef
    sue_stef Posts: 194 Member
    I love mine! pretty much a repeat of what others said
    it connects to MFP
    and a number of reward sites
    Pact is a big one
    so is
    I have different color bands
    and it makes me want to move more
    especially when some young 20 something yr old friend is trying to beat my steps for the day
  • FitWarrior7
    FitWarrior7 Posts: 332 Member
    Love it.
  • Guinness80
    Guinness80 Posts: 39 Member
    I had a fitbit force and have mixed feelings. It was nice initially to see where I was at, but once I figured out what I needed to reach my goal, it really wasn't that helpful and nothing that a normal, MUCH CHEAPER, pedometer couldn't have told me. The sleep tracker at night wasn't all that useful other than a "oh, that is interesting." The flights of stairs counter was constantly off. Its hilly around here and it seems it tracked even slight inclines and what not so its count was high compared to true flights of stairs I took.

    I returned mine under the recall. I couldn't see the flex being all that useful - at least the force you could see that count whenever you wanted on your wrist, which the flex does not offer. If I get another it won't be until they produce another version of the force with a display on your wrist.

    I do miss the little vibration when I reached my steps goal and I miss my vibrating alarm in the morning.
  • rebalee8
    rebalee8 Posts: 161 Member
    There was an article in Forbes magazine about MFP making FITBIT and Jawbone UP obsolete. An IPhone 5S now tracks your steps. I returned my UP because its really just an expensive pedometer. You still need the heart rate monitor and have to add stuff that MFP already links with like Map My Walk, Ride or Run.
    Ruth J Princess

    I had a pedometer on my phone that worked with another app (Noom) before I joined MFP. Problem was, I didn't carry my phone all the time. Even just making a coffee run at work - which is a 1/4-1/2 mile depending on which place we go to - I would leave it on my desk. So I would give myself extra credit "estimates" for the times I left it behind.

    It was when I hit a three-month plateau that I got a Fitbit One and switched to MFP because I could link it. I saw just how little I was walking (because I was giving myself too much credit for all those "oh but I walked.... without my phone"), modified it, and my plateau ended.
  • BraidedKitteness
    BraidedKitteness Posts: 21 Member
    I just got the Zip for free because of my insurance a week ago and I love it! I have a very sedentary job, so it shames me into walking more when I get home. (I mean seriously, it's 2:21p and I'm sitting at 1,357 steps... UGH) I really like how it shows your active mintues and syncs caloric intake with MFP. I'm a happy camper with it. ^.^
  • ItsCasey
    ItsCasey Posts: 4,022 Member
    I've had mine for a couple months. I honestly think it's more useful for people who still have a lot of weight to lose and need to monitor their changing BMR/TDEE OR people who have activity levels that fluctuate dramatically from one day to the next. I'm basically at maintenance, and my training schedule is very consistent, so my numbers don't really change. I could certainly get by without it, but it is interesting to see, on weekend hikes, for example, how far above my normal TDEE I get.
  • iRun_Butterfly
    iRun_Butterfly Posts: 483 Member
    I've had mine since August 2013 and credit it with much of the motivation I need to be successful in meeting my fitness goals. I make sure to push every day to meet my step goals. I don't sit down at night until I've done so. It syncs with MPF and several other partner programs which makes logging your exercise (at least step based exercise) a snap. Very much worth it in my opinion.
  • rm33064
    rm33064 Posts: 270 Member
    There was an article in Forbes magazine about MFP making FITBIT and Jawbone UP obsolete. An IPhone 5S now tracks your steps. I returned my UP because its really just an expensive pedometer. You still need the heart rate monitor and have to add stuff that MFP already links with like Map My Walk, Ride or Run.
    Ruth J Princess

    MFP is spreading some propaganda about their pedometer feature and how the 5s makes it so good. I've tested it against my fitbit and didn't find it nearly as accurate. And also despite what they are saying, it absolutely does kill your battery life. Most women keep their phone in their purses anyways...
  • Vini9
    Vini9 Posts: 343 Member
    I have been wondering about this device so I like seeing the reviews too.
  • rm33064
    rm33064 Posts: 270 Member
    Fitbit has been great for me, it's greatly increased my daily activity level which has improved my mood and energy level. If I lost it, I would go buy a new one immediately. If you get the flex make sure to also get a bitbelt, which is a stylish little contraption that keeps the flex from coming off your wrist and getting lost which is a common. FYI fitbit will have a new wrist worn model coming out soon with a full screen and some new features.
  • MelAb8709
    MelAb8709 Posts: 140 Member
    I have a Flex, and I love it when it works. I've had terrible luck with mine. I bought one and within a month I had to return it because the battery wasn't syncing. I've had the new one for a few weeks and it frequently doesn't want to sync, I have to reset it, and then it doesn't store the steps I earned that day. So that part has been frustrating.