FitBit – a cool new device that’s now in South Africa (and could help you get you fitter and leaner)

July 23, 2013


Show me an app or device that could encourage me to get fitter, or track my eating (so I know when I’ve overdone things, and how), or chart my milestones to keep me motivated, and I’m hooked. In fact, I have more fitness and eating apps and gadgets than I can manage, but yet I’m always keen to try “the one”.

My latest little helper is the Fitbit, which has just arrived in South Africa (it’s very big around the world). There are a few Fitbit devices – the Flex, Zip, One and Aria (scale) – and I’ve been using the Flex, which fits around my wrist comfortably.

This is not just a device for fitness junkies, which is why I’m writing about it here. Whether you’re wanting to increase your daily steps, or trying to lose weight by cutting down on food, then the Fitbit helps with that. Also good to know is that you can earn Discovery Vitality points with the Fitbit – you just need to upload a workout and you’ll get 150 points.

The Fitbit Flex (R1299) tracks your steps, distance, calories burnt and even monitors your sleeping. All your info can get synched with an app on your iOS or Android phone, or on your desktop, and your results or tracking might look something like this:


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It’s quite useful to set daily goals and reach them (even if it means doing star jumps late at night to reach your required steps – I’ve done this before), and it’s also cool to “compete” with yourself from week to week.

There are some things that bug me, such as not being able to access the info from the device itself (you need to sync to your phone via Blutooth, and the fact that you can’t share or post stats to social media.

I’m still using it daily to get to my 10 000 steps a day, and more, and when I’m feeling less guilty about what I’m eating, I’ll start logging my food diaries too.

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Fitbit devices are available from the iStore.

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  • Alet

    These caught my attention some time ago. They seem super nifty for reaching simple goals. What is the wake up feature like?

    July 26, 2013 at 5:43 pm Reply
  • Graham de Kock

    There is an even better device available (sadly not yet in South Africa) which is the Fitbit Force . It is similar to the Flex, but with more features, including being a watch.

    November 12, 2013 at 3:34 pm Reply
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  • Gillian Wilson

    Please let me know where I can buy the fitbit charger cable separately in South Africa?

    thank you

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    November 29, 2013 at 10:34 am Reply
    • Charleen

      Hi, have you found a charger yet? I am also looking for one.

      March 18, 2014 at 9:06 am Reply
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