Fitbit: Why I took the plunge

I've been debating back and forth in my head for honestly about a year and a half on whether or not I should purchase a FitBit. I know numerous people that own them, but as much as they would go on and tell me how good they were, I wasn't hooked. I kind of viewed them as pointless to own, and didn't really see the obsession with step counting. I mean, that's what pedometers are for, right? I have the Health app on my phone which records my steps, I didn't particularly care for checking how good or bad I slept. However, my mind has changed.

I guess the reason I didn't particularly care too much for fitness trackers was because I wasn't too into fitness, but now I have the bug (or plague, I should say) for it, I am literally obsessed.

If you follow me on any of my social media accounts, you'll know that during the summer, I took the plunge and purchased a FitBit. The one I went for was a Charge 2 in black, and honestly? I'm in love. I did debate between the Charge 2, Charge HR, Surge and Alta, but I finally set on the Charge 2 after major temptation (thanks Maisie!).

Why did I change my mind?

One reason as to why I took the plunge was because I don't always have my phone on me, so I'd be missing out on my steps. This sounds kind of a silly reason to purchase a fitness tracker, but I like the exact amounts of workouts to be as accurate as possible, hence why I wanted a FitBit. I know it's not going to be 100% accurate to the step, but it'll be close, and obviously closer than when I don't have my phone on me.

It can record your heart rate (I'm quite interested in this as I like to see how it changes whilst I exercise and I'm determined to get my resting heart rate down to 'athlete' level, which I'm almost at), total distance travelled, calories burnt, stairs climbed and minutes of exercise. I like that it's more than just a pedometer, and when you've not really been moving too much, your FitBit will vibrate and give you a nudge to do a few steps to bump up your overall daily score. You have an app which accompanies your FitBit, and you get weekly emails on your progress. It's a whole system that for me, I think is fab.

Another reason why I now own a FitBit is because I think over the last 3/4 of a year, my sleeping pattern has changed erratically. It varied from about 2-4 hours a night to 11-13, it was crazy. With the help of my FitBit, it lets me know exactly when I fall asleep and when I wake up, which I find absolutely incredible to be honest. Over the summer, my average amount of sleep was 7.5 hours, which is a perfect amount for me - any more and I'll have a headache all day, any less and I'll be exhausted all day. My FitBit lets me know if I've had enough sleep, if I've been wearing it too loose while sleeping and exactly how long I spent in each sleep stage (which personally, I find majorly interesting).

There is also a feature to add friends and you can do daily/weekly challenges for steps, and you can also cheer on your friends with their progress. I think it's a nice addition to the whole FitBit thing, as it's a bit of a healthy competition, and if you've smashed a goal, your chummies can congratulate you. If that's not a confidence booster, I don't know what is. I am in some weekly competitions with other bloggers, and seeing how many steps they do inspires me to push forward and achieve higher.

One feature I also like on the FitBit, is that if you turn on your Bluetooth and the notifications option, your calls and text messages will appear on your FitBit. You can't answer them (at least on my FitBit you can't), but I think it adds even more usefulness, and I'll like this feature for when I'm in a lecture and I don't have my phone on my desk, so if I do get a call or a text, I'll be notified.

The more steps you take and stairs you climb, you earn badges and trophies. I didn't think much of it at the time, but it lets you look back on your progress. I was quite surprised to see what I had achieved since owning my FitBit, and it did give me a sense of pride and I felt like I had achieved quite a bit regarding fitness and my health.

Am I happy about taking the plunge?

100% yes. I don't regret my purchase at all, and I'd recommend a FitBit to anyone. If the price scares you a little bit, maybe try a cheaper alternative first before taking the plunge for a FitBit. There are a variety of prices for FitBits, but obviously it does depend on your budget and the higher the price, the more things you can do with it.

Do you own a FitBit? Have you been contemplating it and aren't sure? Let me know in the comments and let's have a discussion!

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