FitBits and other fitness bands have become more popular over the last year or so.
I’ve got to admit, I thought they were just going to be another fitness industry fad, but when I noticed a lot of my boot camp members starting to use them I went out and bought one to see what all the fuss was about.
And if I’m honest, I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, I love my FitBit Blaze!
What Is The FitBit Blaze?
FitBit is a physical activity tracker designed to help you become more active. It tracks your steps, calories burned, calories consumed, sleep and water. Plus a few other things, but they are the main features.
How does it work?
It constantly measures your heart rate via a chip on the back of the watch, which means it gives you a good indication of the amount of calories that you burn.
It syncs with an app on your smart phone where you can log all of the food and drink that you consume.
It puts all of that info into an easy to read graph, where you can see whether you’re under or over your calorie deficit for the day.
How Does It Help?
Personally, I believe that if you’re eating the correct foods in sensible amounts then you shouldn’t need to worry about counting calories. But we all know it isn’t that easy. When you’re surrounded by temptations all day at work, or while watching TV at home, it’s sometimes hard not to give in.
However, when you track all of your food using the FitBit app it makes you think twice about those naughty little treats.
When you see the amount of calories that you consume on a graph it makes you more aware of what you are putting into your body. Seeing the calories creeping up on the bar chart persuades you to make healthier choices. It’s surprisingly addictive!
Another great feature is that you can connect with friends who have FitBits too. You can set each other little challenges which is motivates you to be more active.
What Other Featured Does It Have?
Colour Touch Screen
Connect Fitbit Blaze with the GPS on your phone to map your routes and see run stats like pace and duration on display.
On-Screen Workouts with FitStar
Start a FitStar workout on your tracker and get step-by-step instructions and coaching right on your wrist.
Choose from sport modes like running, biking and cardio, to see real-time stats on display.
Fitbit Blaze uses SmartTrack to automatically recognize and record exercises for you, so you’ll get credit for a workout even if you forget to log it.
Workout Goals + Summaries
Get an on-screen summary of each workout after you complete it, then check the Fitbit app to see how you’re progressing toward your weekly exercise goals.
Fitbit Blaze automatically tracks your time asleep & time restless, to help you tailor your habits for a better night’s sleep.
To start your day in a less alarming way, set an alarm in the Fitbit app to get a silent vibration on your wrist in the morning.
What Has It Done For Me?
Since I got my watch about 5 weeks ago I’ve lost 7lbs and look a lot leaner. I normally eat very healthily, but since I started logging all of my food it made me aware that my portion sizes were a little too big. It reminds me to drink enough water throughout the day and it motivates me to do more exercise. I thought I’d have lost interest in it by now, but it’s really surprised me. It’s kept me motivated and I can’t see myelf getting bored with it.
If you are struggling to get motivated for exercise or you’re unsure about the amount of calories that you’re consuming then I’d definitely recommend you get one of these!