I’m often asked if it’s worthwhile getting a Fitbit, and what the point is of seeing your daily points. It’s so much more than this – there’s motivation to move more, insight into your sleep, and reminders to drink more water, as an example. If you’re a Vitality or Multiply member, there are incentives to getting your Fitbit points, and while some people think I’m ridiculous, I’m fastidious in getting my weekly points – not only to do valuable exercise but to get my points and get shopping vouchers or breakfasts.
I’ve long been a fan of Fitbit devices and the app – from my first Flex, to the Charge, to the Charge HR, to the Surge, and to my most recent purchase, the Alta (I like its slimness).
The Fitbit team recently sent me the new’ish Versa Lite to try out, and it’s a really reliable and useful fitness device.
I didn’t use it for running – I prefer using an actual GPS device for measuring my distance, and the Versa basically determines distance based on multiplying your walking steps by your walking stride length and multiplying your running steps by your running stride length. If you’re connected to a phone, you’ll get a more accurate result.
However, if you’re not looking for super-accurate distance, then you’ll want the Versa Lite because:
- You can track your all-day activity, 24/7 heart rate, & sleep stages (you can see your actual sleep time and “awake” time)
- You can use 15 plus exercise modes to record workouts and connect to smartphone GPS for more accurate distance
- You can access your favourite apps for sports, weather & more and get call, calendar, text, and app alerts
- You can get call, text, calendar and smartphone app notifications when your phone is nearby. If you have an Android, you can send basic replies
- You can swim with it – it’s up to 50 metres swimproof
- You can automatically track select sports and workouts with SmartTrack, and use female health tracking in the Fitbit app to log periods, symptoms and more.
I like that the Versa Lite is pretty (obviously this is key – I’m wearing it all day!) and is a basic yet multi-functional smartwatch.
I feel that one of the best things about Fitbit is the app – aside from the functions, you can connect with friends, set challenges to see who gets the most steps, and get badges of motivation for distances and activity achieved.
The Versa Lite costs around R3 000. Any questions? Pop them in the comments section and I’ll answer them…