So I started using my fitness tracker again last month after neglecting it for more than a year. Wearing it felt like reacquainting myself with an old friend. Flex 2 is one of Fitbit’s fitness wristbands, and it tracks all-day activity, exercise and sleep.
Here are its features:
Activity tracking — tracks steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes and hourly activity;
Swim-proof — allows you to swim or surf with it;
Auto-sleep tracking — tracks how long and how well you slept;
Auto-exercise recognition — recognizes select exercises like runs and bike rides; and
Reminders to move — reminds you to get off your couch and stretch in between a Netflix marathon.
It also comes with interchangeable accessories and wireless syncing, plus it has a section where you can indulge in friendly competitions with Fitbit pals through fitness challenges.
The first time I used my Flex 2, I was happy to note that it didn’t require any technical know-how at all.
You just need to charge the tracker, install the Fitbit app on your gadget, pair the latter with the former via bluetooth and you’re good to go.
Memorizing what the heck the vibrating reminders and blinking lights mean can get confusing at first, but you’ll get the hang of it real quick.
For the record, here are what each of the lights indicate:
One solid white light — 25 percent of goal met;
Vibration plus flashing lights — goal met;
Flashing green light plus four white lights — goal surpassed;
Vibration plus yellow light and three white lights for 30 seconds — wakeup call;
Two vibrations plus one magenta light and two white lights — reminder to move.
Hourly reminder to move
By far, hands down, the best feature of this tracker for me is the hourly reminder to move.
I consider this gold because, frankly, when you’re at your desk and engrossed at work, it’s a challenge to remind yourself to occasionally stretch your legs.
Expect a reminder to move 10 minutes before the end of each active hour (basically the hours when you are most active).
You can adjust the number of active hours you want counted in a day. I have mine set to 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The benefits of the Reminders to Move feature are actually multipronged:
* It reminds you to step away from your desk and stretch.
* It reminds you to drink water.
* It reminds you to empty your bladder.
* It reminds you to rest your eyes.
Thus, the hourly vibrations are reminders to also keep your eyes, kidneys, and heart healthy. This feature works for me, and is precisely why I appreciate it so.
Can I do without one?
But do you really need the Flex 2 — or any fitness tracker for that matter — to be fit and healthy? Of course not.
At the end of the day, fitness gadgets are tools that are only meant to help you achieve your health and fitness goals. They are not a requirement. You can do away with any digital accessory as long as you’re fully disciplined and committed to your overall wellness.
Disclosure: Fitbit Philippines gave this tracker to me in late 2017 in exchange for a fair review. This is an update of my earlier post.