Following my return to fitness classes I decided to upgrade my 3-year-old FitBit Flex to the FitBit Blaze and this has to be my purchase of the summer so far!
I was looking for a sports watch that would help motivate me for my return to regular exercise. I seriously considered buying the Nike Apple watch but my mum encouraged me to upgrade my FitBit and said that she would consider buying one herself if I liked it.
I know it’s only the beginning of July and I’ve been splashing out on lots of tech and music gadgets recently, however I’m really enjoying wearing the FitBit Blaze watch.
The battery lasts around 5 days and takes only a few hours to charge from empty to full battery. My Fitbit flex used to last around 4 -5 days, however this watch has more functions to play with.
You can set up the number of steps you want to aim for on a daily basis. I aim for 8,000 steps but the American heart foundation suggests that you should walk at least 10,000 steps daily. The Fitbit blaze watch also encourages you to move every hour by encouraging you to get up and move and aim for a certain number of steps per hour to help reach your daily goal.
When you hit your daily goal, the watch buzzes and stars flash across the screen.
Unfortunately, my old FitBit Flex never had the facility to measure my heartrate before and after exercise. There is a history of heart problems in my family and I feel that tracking my heart rate is important.
An article from healthonline says it takes burning 3,500 calories to lose a pound. So, if your daily caloric requirement to maintain your weight is 2,500 calories, you’ll need to either eat less or exercise more.
Hours you are active
The tracker on the Fitbit Blaze counts the number of hours that I hit my target number of steps. For example, if you didn’t hit your recommended target on the hour the watch would say you have been active for 8 hours out of the 9.
Miles per day
For some people, mostly runners it’s easier to track the number of miles they have walked or ran.
Tracks your sleep
The sleep tracker has to be one of my favourite features because I have trouble sleeping but since I’ve been doing HIIT classes my sleep is slowly improving and my average sleep has gone from 2.5 hours per night to six hours.
Shows your text messages
If you turn on notifications, you can’t receive text messages on your watch from your phone. However, you can only receive these if your mobile phone is switched on. Unlike, the Apple watch you can’t receive emails.
Why does the Fitbit Blaze tell me that I’ve climbed floors when I haven’t? The Blaze gives you an estimate of the floors you would have climbed as if you were climbing stairs. I’m not sure why and this isn’t something I take much notice of.
FitStar comes up on the Fitbit blaze and it’s a personal workout app which you can pay for to subscribe. You can purchase these watches from the FitBit website for £29.99.
The watch has three workouts that you can take part in for free; including an 8-minute warm up, a 7-minute workout, and a 10 minute abs workout.
You receive weekly FitBit progress reports
Weekly progress reports are sent via email. I find these useful because I like to beat my targets each week as my aim is to get fitter and lose weight.
The watch isn’t water proof
Sadly, the watch isn’t water proof and I like to swim at least twice a week. FitBit could improve this watch by making it waterproof and adding a function so you can measure the distance you swim.
You can purchase the Fitbit Blaze of other Fitbit devices from Argos, the Fitbit online store or Amazon.
Products from Amazon.co.uk
- Fitbit Blaze Smart Activity Tracker and Fitness Watch with Wrist Based Heart Rate Monitor - Plum/SmallPrice: £138.99Was: £159.99
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