10 Things That Bug You About Your FitBit, Solved
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In fitness tracker world, Fitbit is the Whitney Houston, the Beyonce, the Adele. The brand may not have any Grammys, but according to your search history they're what you're most interested in.
And for good reason. In the last decade, Fitbit has won the race in fitness trackers. There are nearly 24 million active Fitbit users worldwide, and 22 and a half million Fitbits were sold last year alone — more than Apple and Samsung combined.
But how many of you know which Fitbit counts calories, the Fitbit that’s waterproof and the best wristwear for playing music?
Keep reading for the 101 on this world-famous wearable brand.
Q: WHICH FITBIT IS BEST FOR ME?
A: Blaze, Alta or Charge HR – it’s easy to feel stressed when online scrolling the plethora of Fitbit models.
Don’t panic. The Fitbit you decide to spend on should depend entirely on what you intend to use it for.
All Fitbit devices track steps, and some have additional features which allow you to monitor your heart rate, sleep levels and GPS routes. Choose your Fitbit based on what activity you’re going to be using it to track. For example, runners, you’ll need GPS but, if you're a walker who only wants to know if you’ve hit the magic 10,000 step count, you don’t.
Q: WHICH FITBIT IS BEST FOR A CYCLIST?
A: The Fitbit Blaze (£159.99) is fit for tracking your ride. Especially if you forgot to change settings when tracking a run, bike and swim, for example. Simply use the multisport setting to never miss a mile again.
Data geek? The in-built GPS picks up speed, altitude and distance covered and records your heart rate at the same time. And because the battery life lasts up to a week, you needn’t fret about it conking out on you mid cycle.
Q: WHICH FITBIT IS BEST FOR A RUNNER?
A: The Fitbit Charge 2 (£139.99) is the option for runners looking to record both indoor and outdoor runs. Choose ‘Free’ or ‘Treadmill’ before you begin and the tracker knows whether to switch the GPS on or not. This helps increase battery life.
Accessing the data on this model is far easier than hill sprints. Use the main display to clock distance and time, and swipe between your heart rate, average pace, steps and calories, too.
Prefer to digest your data over a vegan protein shake? Take a seat and access your stats via mobile.
So if you want a basic tracker to monitor speed and distance, the Charge 2’s simplistic design is its strength. And it makes sure you’re not left tripping over your feet squinting at your wrist trying to figure out how many kms are left to plod.
Q: WHICH FITBIT IS BEST FOR CROSSFIT?
A: For those keen to monitor when they’re in the fat burning zone, the Fitbit Alta HR (£129.99) is ideal.
It’s perfect for interval training as it displays your heart rate clearly on the screen. That means you can compare how high your heart rate is mid-WOD to your resting rate. The notification that you’re in peak fat burn zone really pushes you that bit further if you’ve got lazy with your lunges.
You can either use the Circuit setting or create a custom CrossFit activity on your phone, allowing the tracker to keep up with your every move.
Q: WHICH FITBIT IS BEST FOR SWIMMING?
A: Ever wondered which Fitbit is waterproof? Because it’s not all of them. Even though you can shower wearing all the Fitbits models only the Fitbit Flex 2 (£79.99) prides itself on being water-resistant.
Divers, use this device without anxiety in depths of up to 50 metres.
Swimmers, there’s a clever feature that recognises which stroke you’re swimming — be it the butterfly, freestyle, breaststroke or backstroke. Nifty.
The statistics aren’t overly detailed, but you will get a breakdown of how far you’ve swum, how long for and your pacing. Not bad!
Q: WHICH FITBIT IS BEST FOR WALKING?
A: The Fitbit Alta is your go too, one-size-fits-all, simple to read and easy on the eye fitness tracker for everyday use.
It has a battery life of up to seven days — which is ideal for anyone looking for a fitness tracker to throw on for day to day that doesn’t need charging for hours.
And, as with all of the Fitbits, the stats are stored directly in the app on your phone.
Q: WHAT ARE THE FITBIT BADGES?
A: The Fitbit badges are a fun way of encouraging you to move more. Cycle. Swim. Hike. Just move more.
And doing so earns you Fitbit badges.
Earn bragging rights for hitting weight loss target, reaching your daily step goal and more.
For example, you earn the ‘Olympian Sandle’ badge for reaching 100,000 steps in one day — that’s around 2 marathons. When you hit 5,500 lifetime miles, you earn the Great Wall badge as you’ve officially walked the length of the Great Wall of China. Impressive.
Q: HOW DO I MANUALLY LOG STEPS ON A FITBIT?
A: So you left the house in a rush and forgot your Fitbit. If you’re apprehensive to miss a whole day of stats and keen to get your kms on record, you can add your daily activity manually.
How? Open your Fitbit app on mobile or log into your Fitbit account on desktop. Click the exercise tile and tap log. You can select a recent activity or search existing exercise classes. You’re welcome.
Q: HOW TO RESET MY FITBIT?
A: If you’re upgrading to a different model and want to pass your trusty Fitbit on to your younger sibling or better half without your measly 300 step hungover days showing up, you can restart.
Plug your charging cable into your Fitbit and then plug your charging cable into your laptop. Hold the button for around 10 seconds. When the Fitbit icon and a version number appear on the screen, your Fitbit should restart.
Q: WHICH FITBIT PLAYS MUSIC?
A: Sadly, none, as of yet.
But you use your Fitbit Blaze or Fitbit Surge to control the music playing on your phone – ideal for the last grueling 20 minutes of a workout where only Shakira will get you through and you don’t want to have to grab your phone.
So there you have it. A comprehensive rundown of all things about Fitbit that were stressing you out more than the Love Island final.