I recently received a Fitbit Flex 2 for Mother’s Day, (well I suppose it’s not that recent), and I thought “how cool”  as I’ve always wanted one.  And the very first thing I learn’t is that you don’t get fit by just wearing one!

There are so many different versions around – one’s with digital screens, some with trendy wrist bands and all of them providing different functions. But mine is the rubbery band – bracelet kind of one.

Simple and easy enough for me and probs one of the most basic in the range.

 

fitbit box

But for the next 3 months I did nothing with it and left it it’s box.

I popped it into the too hard basket as I needed to set it up and connect it to an app on my phone.

And it seemed all a bit too techo for me. Ha ha!

Maybe a little bit of procrastination I think….. or I kept hoping Greg would do it for me. But he said it wasn’t that hard and I had to set it up myself. (bossy hubby).

And so I did. There was no need to worry as the set up was pretty easy.

If you’ve already got a Fitbit then you probably know what it can do and how it works. But if you don’t have one I’ll just run through a couple of the things that my little, amazing rubbery bracelet gadget can do.

 What Can A Fitbit Flex 2 Do?

  • It lets you know how many steps you have done, (and will vibrate on your wrist when you’ve hit 10,000 steps)
  • How many kilometres you’ve walked
  • Calories you’ve burnt
  • Track your water and food intake (you have to add that in manually via your phone but super easy)
  • Monitor your sleep patterns – like your amount of total sleep, restless periods and awake times.
  • Also, let’s you know if you’ve reached a constant period of activity of more than 30 minutes.
  • You can update your weight to keep track of that as well.
  • Mine is also waterproof so easy enough to leave on continuously.

But for me, I really loved how it would get “buzzy” on my wrist to let me know that I had reached the 10,000-step mark.

The second thing I learn’t was how intrigued I was about my sleep patterns. Seemed a little bit weird  knowing that my Fitbit was recording every minute I was sleeping, awake and restless during the night and without me even realising it.

After using it for a couple of weeks, I realised how knowing about all this info seemed to get me more motivated.

I think what it was is that I wanted to “up the anti” on my last days score or at least keep up the pace.

I knew that getting a good night’s sleep helps make my day a whole lot better. So I made a bit more of a conscious effort to get to bed at a proper time.  I couldn’t wait each morning to find out what my sleep patterns were the previous night.

Why? Not sure, but it has helped me be more diligent to get to bed at a good time and ease off the caffeinated drinks too.

With the walking I soon realised that to get to the desired 10,000 step mark seemed easy enough to do.  Doing a morning walk would rack up around 4,500 – 5,000 steps all before 7 am.

You may think that’s not a lot of steps, but you’ve got to remember it’s me we’re talking about….not the fittest gal on the block!

 

fitbit sonys arm
fitbit levels
Even if we couldn’t get out for a morning walk, during the day we both seemed to get our quota of steps fairly easily.

So I thought….mmmm…….well…… would it have made a difference if I had never got a Fitbit ?

Would I have been as keen or motivated?  And honestly I don’t think I would have been.

For me it was that ritual checking in that kept me on track.  Which gave me a bit more unction to keep active and stay motivated.

The third thing I learn’t was that it made me feel good about me!  I wasn’t getting an attack of the guilt’s but rather feeling OK .  And that’s probably because I could see how much I was doing each and every day. Feeling good about what I had accomplished for the day.

Just that constant gentle reminder to keep on keeping on.

A Little Bonus Info

I’ve got some great news for those of you that love to shop.  It’s one of the quickest ways to get quite a few thousand extra steps in your total daily count.  I didn’t think that walking around the shopping centre would add up so much and as quickly as it did. (and no I didn’t make a pit stop via the cake store either….).

Just simple things like going to and from the washing line adds up very quickly too.

So a great thing to remember is that if you are home and doing your normal household activities you accumulate your steps really quickly.  Women….. you do a lot more than you realise.  Looking after a home, garden, kids and animals adds up a to a lot of steps and kilometers too.

My Fitbit Flex 2 does need to be re-charged after a few days wearing, and usually only takes a couple of hours.

And the one thing I’m soooo……..happy about is it that it can’t count if I’ve sneaked a glass of wine!!

 

About Sonya

Helloooo, I'm Sonya and I'm a late starter in the exercise department and you're never too late to start. I'm a Beautician with a love of the online world, my 4-legged fury friends, baking and gardening.