Get started on your way to fitness success with Fitbit!
Fitbit is a company that creates and manufactures wearable health and fitness trackers. They measure data as basic as steps walked in a day and the higher-end models can measure heart rate, track sleep, and more.
Fitbit is all about the quality of your workout and helping you reach your ultimate health goals. Sync your Fitbit tracker with the handy Fitbit app and you'll have all of your own data tracked and logged, so that you're staying on top of your daily goals and even your nutrition.
Now you're ready to start on your Fitbit journey, but haven't used one before. Where to begin? With so many models to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming, but fear not. We're here to help!
The cheapest Fitbit
You're not really sure about this whole Fitbit thing. You've heard about it or seen ads on TV, but it might not be for you. So, you figure you'll get the cheapest one they have, just to try it out. No worries because even Fitbit's least expensive option is still a solid one.
The Fitbit Zip retails for $59.99 and is a small tracker that easily clips onto waistbands, belt loops, and sports bras.
It has a tap-activated display that shows steps taken and the time, which allows you to see your basic daily progress in real time without having to have your smartphone strapped to your waist all day. Once you're ready to see your progress in more detail, fire up the Fitbit app, wirelessly sync the Zip, and your data is there for you.
The Zip is easy to use, lightweight, and water resistant, so go for a jog in the rain and you won't be able to tell how much you're sweating!
The most user-friendly Fitbit
Some fitness trackers can be overly complex and if you're just starting out they may deter you from monitoring your progress. It's probably best to stick with something simple and efficient.
The Fitbit Flex is as simple as it gets for Fitbit. You wear it on your wrist and merely tap the tracker to see your step progress. The Flex has no screen, but rather a little row of LEDs that light up to let you know how close you are to your goal.
Don't let that fool you into thinking the Flex is useless. You can sync it with the Fitbit app to set alarms, which come in the form of silent vibrations, a much more subtle and gentle alternative to the blaring siren of most alarm clocks.
The Fitbit Flex also tracks your sleep based on your movement through the night. You can continuously tap for five seconds to engage the sleep tracker or let the Flex figure it out on its own based on how you're moving. The Flex is easy peasy and stylish, with many colorful wristbands to choose from — you could get one for every day of the week!
The Flex retails for $99.99.
The most helpful and motivational Fitbit
Like the rest of us, sometimes you need somebody or something to give you a kick in the rear and say "get goin'!"
The Fitbit Alta can provide the hoof in the pants that you need, especially if you're just starting out on your fitness journey. It has a tap display that shows stats, the time, and even call and text alerts. This way, you can focus on your workouts without constantly checking your smartphone.
The Alta is first Fitbit tracker to include Reminders to Move, which means it will remind you, based on the frequency of your choice, to get off your keister and take a quick stroll.
You won't have to go into the Fitbit app to tell the Alta that you're exercising because it automatically recognizes and tracks workouts for you so that you never miss a step or an active minute.
The Alta is relatively inexpensive, given sheer number of features packed inside, and is affordably priced at $129.95
The nitty gritty
When choosing a Fitbit tracker, it's important to choose the one that has the features to match your style of workout. Especially if you're just starting out with Fitbit, you don't want to go and blow $250 on a tracker that does far more than you really need. You wouldn't buy a bed that also does algebra, shovels the walk, and speak Esperanto. Actually, maybe you would. I would. But only after having a normal one that does the basics of what I need it to do.