I know it's been way too long since I've last posted, and I apologize for that. I've had a lot of stuff going on, and things haven't been great. I've got SO much to blog about too!
Today I wanna talk about my new FitBit! I actually bought one model, and returned it for another.
I originally got the FitBit Flex 2, then I traded it in for the Alta HR.
I'm gonna share my opinions of the pros and cons of both. First is the Flex 2.
Now lets talks about the Alta HR.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS:
-I think that the FitBits are great for those trying to work harder on their fitness (such as myself.) There's probably much better other options if you're a hardcore fitness junkie, but for those like me, they're great.
-The prices seem to be fair all things considered, and the fancier models cost more, as to be expected. The Flex 2 I got for $89 on Amazon, and it retails for $100. The Alta HR I got for $147 on Amazon, and it retails for $150. If you're a Prime Member, you can get them with Free One Day Shipping which is great if you're an impatient person like me.
-All FitBits come with a small or large option for band sizing. The Flex 2 even came with both small and large bands in the box, which is cool. The Alta HR you had to choose your size when ordering. I have super tiny wrists, like I mean kid sized, so I was thrilled they offered a small sized option.
-I don't think that the heart rate is completely accurate. They use like LED lasers to calculate blood flow through the capillaries or something like that. Heart rate isn't terribly important considering I don't really "work out," but I more or less use it to help with my anxiety. When I feel panicky, it helps me to see my heart rate isn't through the roof.
-All the auto recognize work out features calculate after ten minutes. That's the lowest option it offers. I wish it would be automatic from start to finish. This applies to both the Flex 2 and Alta HR, and probably all the other FitBits too.
-The sleep feature is truly awesome, which is the primary reason I bought it. I have horrible horrible insomnia. But I don't find it totally accurate. For example, if you wake up and don't start moving right away, or sync your phone as soon as you open your eyes, it calculates you slept longer than you did. Who wants to start wiggling their arm the minute they open their eyes in the morning? Also, it doesn't calculate naps unless their an hour long. You can log it manually, but that wouldn't be accurate. I have no clue if and when I take naps all the details of them. Truly though, despite my complaints, the sleep feature is pretty good. I can't say it's whole heartedly accurate, but I do think it does a pretty good job.
-I was surprised by how comfortable the heart rate sensor for the Alta HR is on my wrist. I'm still adjusting to wearing something constantly (I have tactile sensitivities), but overall it's not that bad. The Flex 2 was even better as far as comfort goes.
-Considering the same price, the Charge 2 has more options than the Alta HR (like the guided breathing), and I would've preferred that, but it was too chunky compared to the Alta HR. So I sacrificed certain features for size, since that's important to me. I need it to be comfortable all day, especially while I sleep. But I think considering the price being the same, they really should've included extra features or reduced the price, even if it was only by $20.
-My choice is the Alta HR. I returned my Flex 2 and chose the Alta HR. The sleep feature and heart rate feature won me over. There truly is a FitBit for everyone though, so do your research first before you buy one. They're a solid investment. I'm glad I got one. It's encourages me to move, with reminders if I haven't taken 250 steps in an hour, and every time I see my steps increase it motivates me to do more and more.