Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video A look at the Fitbit product lineup, part of Up and Running with Fitbit.
- [Voiceover] Fitbit is probably one of the most well known fitness tracking device companies. They offer a wide range of trackers to suit a variety of needs. You can browse their current offerings here on their website at fitbit.com/home and then rolling over the Products menu. All Fitbit devices sync to a Fitbit account you have to create. So in that way you always have access to your data, it's just a matter of deciding which tracker is right for you. So here's a quick run down. For everyday activity tracking when you're not overly concerned or interested in tracking intense exercise or workouts the products ranging from the Fitbit Zip to the Fitbit Charge can be a good choice.
The Zip is the most basic tracker. You clip it to your belt or keep it in your pockets or place it somewhere on your person and it tracks the number of steps you take each day. It has a built in display, so you can easily check your progress by glancing at the screen. And the Zip's battery can last up to six months without needing to be replaced, which far outlasts most of the other trackers here, which need to have their batteries charged after four or five days. The next step up from the Zip is the Fitbit One, which is also a clip-on tracker, but it also comes with an armband, so you can wear the One, which comes in handy if you prefer not to clip a device to your clothes.
And the One also tracks your sleep patterns, something the Zip doesn't do. After that we have the Fitbit Flex, arguably one of the most popular trackers in the Fitbit line. It's the least expensive of the trackers you wear on your wrist, which on a day to day basis can be a lot more convenient than having to clip a device to your belt or clothes somewhere. Instead you just put on the Flex like a bracelet or a watch and forget about it until you wanna check your stats or need to recharge it. However, the Flex doesn't have a screen that gives you numerical values of your daily activity. Instead it features a display with five lights.
The more lights that appear on the display the closer you are to reaching your goal. But you can always see your detailed stats by checking the Fitbit app on your phone or on the Fitbit website. I'll talk more about how to do that a little later. Now if you like the wristband style of tracker, but also want the convenience of a screen, so you can see your activity data without having to check your phone the next step up is the Fitbit Charge. As I'm recording this video the Charge retails for about $30 more than the Flex, but for that money you get a more secure band with an actual buckle, instead of the Flex's plastic clasp.
And of course you get the built in screen, which displays all of your stats with the push of a button. And the Charge also has a built in clock, which is nice if you agree that if you're gonna be wearing something on your wrist it might as well act like a watch too. Additionally, the Charge and all the models above it have built in altimeters, so they can track additional data, like the number of flights of stairs you've climbed each day. And they all also have the ability to display caller ID information from your phone, so you can see who's calling you by looking at your wrist instead of having to pull out your phone. Very similar to the Charge is the Charge HR.
At this level you're starting to get into the devices that are aimed more towards people who actively workout on a regular basis. The HR and all the models above it include a built in heart rate monitor, so you can check the stats of your resting heart rate and your heart rate during exercise or other activities. The Charge HR and the models above it also include auto exercise detection, meaning they can automatically determine when you're participating in activities like running, cycling, playing sports like tennis or baseball, and then automatically log your exercises for you. Next is the Fitbit Blaze, which as of this recording has been announced, but not yet released.
But you can see that this is an actual smart watch and not just a fitness tracker. So in addition to being able to do everything the Charge HR can do the Blaze also lets you view notifications from your calendar and text messages and you can control your phone's music playback directly from your watch. And above that is the Fitbit Surge, which is currently the only Fitbit device that includes built in GPS tracking, which means you can truly use it for workouts without taking your phone with you and still get all of your stats and data. With the other Fitbit trackers if you want GPS tracking for your workouts, which gives you the benefit of more accurate distance data and let's you see where you've been on a map, you need to have your phone with you during your workout.
Lastly, Fitbit also offers a smart scale called the Aria, which can automatically upload your weight to your Fitbit account. So if one of your goals is losing weight you might wanna look into the Aria to augment your tracker stats. Alright, so that's a run down of the current Fitbit line of trackers. If you're just dipping your toe into this whole activity tracking thing I think a good place to start is with the Fitbit Flex. It's relatively inexpensive compared to the other wristband trackers, but it still gives you the ability to track the majority of data that the other devices can, including your daily step count, calories burned, distance traveled, and sleep pattern tracking.
Like the other devices, it also features a silent alarm to wake or alert you. It's also very lightweight and unobtrusive. You'll probably forget you're even wearing it much of the time. If you're a more active person, or plan on becoming more active, and you wanna be able to see your activity stats easily then consider the Charge for its built in screen and more secure buckle. And step up to the Charge HR if you want your heart rate data too, which can let you know how efficiently you're working out during exercise. Now for the majority of this course I'll mostly be demonstrating features with the Flex and the Charge HR, since the Flex can be pretty different in terms of the way you manage and handle it, while managing and using the Charge HR is fairly representative of using the other wristband-based devices.
So you should be able to follow along with these videos with any Fitbit tracker you might have and I'll be sure to mention when certain features are only available on certain devices. But the nice thing about the Fitbit ecosystem is that regardless of your device you can always track the basic and most important statistics for daily activity, like your steps, distance, and calories burned. If additional data is important to you take some time to browse the features of each device to figure out which one has the combination of features you're most looking for. Of course the most important thing is to just start wearing your Fitbit tracker and get moving.
- Setting up a Fitbit
- Setting goals
- Viewing your Fitbit stats
- Tracking activities and workouts with a Fitbit