We’re sad to say that summer is quickly coming to an end. The summers always seem to fly by in a rush of weddings, cottages, and vacations, leaving little time for routine. That said, we’re looking forward to quiet weekends, cooler weather, and the peaceful routine that comes with fall.
You know we’re all about balance. We’ll be honest and say that during the summer we tend to be less restrictive in terms of our eating habits, and a little more lax about our fitness. This is in favour of enjoying the limited summer months. That’s not to say we let it all go out the window, but we want to enjoy all that summer has to offer. With fall rapidly approaching, though, we’re committing fully to our health and wellness goals. This leads us to today’s product review. We’re taking a look at the Fitbit Alta.
When it comes to setting health and wellness goals, there are so many devices, apps, and tools available to help you in reaching them. Sometimes, we’ve found it can be a bit confusing or overwhelming to try and navigate it all. We’re firm believers in setting goals. We write down our goals and then revisit and revise them as needed. Personally, we like setting small goals that are more easily achievable in working toward a larger goal. We’ve found this method helps keep us motivated along the way. To further that motivation, we decided to try out the Fitbit Alta as a means of really staying accountable to ourselves.
We chose the Alta because while it doesn’t offer the heart rate capabilities of some of the other Fitbits, it has other qualities we were looking for. It does have a screen that displays basic health info (time, steps for the day, distance, calories burned). It will also display things like incoming phone calls and text messages when Bluetooth is enabled on your phone. It’s also sleeker than some of the bulkier options, which makes it a bit more wearable in the office.
Further, while it doesn’t track stairs or some other fitness data, it knew enough to know when we were active. It could tell when we were walking, running, cycling and engaging in sports. (We were at the driving range, to be specific but it wasn’t that detailed.) After about 20 minutes of a given activity, the Alta can determine more or less what you’re up to without having to tell it. We found that it was quite comfortable and overall were very happy with the size and functionality it offered. We were also more than impressed by the week-long battery life. While we don’t expect that to continue forever, we were pleased to be getting 6-7 days on a single charge.
We were also very happy with the Fitbit app. Syncing the Alta to our phones was a breeze during initial setup, and the App offers so much information once we’ve synced! We loved the sleep tracking and the ability to see how often we were restless. Admittedly, this function isn’t perfect. There were nights we’d wake up and the Alta wouldn’t capture it (maybe because we weren’t moving). Overall, though, being able to gain that insight into our sleeping patterns was so helpful.
We’re also big fans of the fact the Fitbit App can sync with other apps like My Fitness Pal. FitBit updated the calories in automatically based on what we’d input in My Fitness Pal. There are a wealth of apps that Fitbit works with, and we think that’s amazing! It’s so helpful to be able to consolidate all that health info in one place for a really holistic view.
We started off with the basic 10,000 steps/day recommendation. We’ll be honest, it can be tough when you sit at a desk all day. But, it was all the more useful in motivating us to take a step back from the computer screen and take a little walk now and then. Again, we found that the Alta wasn’t 100% accurate in tracking our steps. Sometimes if we’d been particularly restless at night, we’d wake up with 5-10 steps already. Other times, we’d count our steps mentally and find that the Alta had missed a few. Overall, we feel that this likely balances out over the course of the day and we were still pleased with the overall accuracy.
At the end of the day, we’re really pleased with this Fitbit. While it does have a bit of room for improvement in terms of the accuracy, overall we feel that it’s still reasonably accurate as far as a tracker goes, and it has certainly helped us to stay accountable and to get on track for achieving our goals as we ramp up our routine for fall!
Do you have a fitness tracker, be it a wearable or an app, that you can’t live without? Share in the comments so we can give it a try too!