How to Get the Most Out Of Your FitBit Flex

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While doing some research into pedometers, heart rate monitors and the like last year, I came across the FitBit. There are lots of similar monitors like the JawBone, however after all my research the FitBit Flex was my top pick. I was surprised with it on Christmas morning, and have really been enjoying using it.

The FitBit works with a free app you download to your smart phone. You wear it on your non-dominant wrist, and go about your business. The strap comes in two different sizes (you get both in the pack) and insert the chip into the strap that fits you best. The chip and phone connect via blue tooth, and share your steps, active minutes, calories burned and distance covered. You can also use them with fitness tracking apps like My Fitness Pal to monitor your food and water intake. I especially love it now that I’m back at work and on my feet a lot more – it is interesting to see how many steps I take, and just how active I can be in a standard work day. It makes me walk a little faster, do a few extra laps of the room and even do a few star jumps every now and again!

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Each day, you should walk around 10, 000 steps. You can choose steps, distance or active minutes as your aims. The device has five small lights, which you can tap at any time to check on your number of steps without opening the app. Each light corresponds to 2, 500 steps. When you complete your goal for the day it will vibrate and then flash at you to celebrate. The colours on the app will change from red, to orange and green as you progress through the day. It’s great motivation being able to see how much you have moved, and if you set it up, the app will send through push notifications when you’re approaching your goal.

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I have had the FitBit for a couple of months now, but wasn’t overly active during the holidays. I was very interested to see how it would hold up during different exercises. As it is an accelerometer, it is made for walking and running. It will log star jumps, the elliptical trainer, and the stationary bike if you ride with your hands on your knees (which is tricky when wearing leggings, as I found out the other day as I kept sliding off the seat!). Unfortunately, it doesn’t work for weight work or strength training, or yoga. The FitBit is water proof, but I haven’t given it a water test as I’m too afraid I will break it. I read reviews of people who wore them during mud runs and obstacle courses, and they held up well.

Due to the fact that it doesn’t measure some exercise, I have still been wearing my heart rate monitor at the gym. Don’t mind the resting heart rate – I’m not that fit, and it wasn’t feeding through properly. The FitBit will talk to My Fitness Pal and calibrate your calories burned for the day.

The FitBit can also measure your sleep. Let the app know when you’re about to go to bed, and it will track how long it takes you to fall asleep, when you wake up during the night and if you have any restless periods. It’s very interesting to see if there are any patterns, and how beneficial your shut-eye is. You can also set a silent alarm, and the FitBit will vibrate to wake you up. It’s great for early mornings when you don’t want to wake anyone else up.

How to Get the Most Out Of Your FitBit Flex

– Wear it all day, every day. This is the only way to track accurately and to pick up on any patterns you may be forming. Even if you think you’re not moving much, you might be surprised. It will also spur you on to do incidental exercise.

– Use it in conjunction with other apps. The FitBit talks to a variety of other health and fitness apps. Choose your favourite, and you will be able to track your food and water intake if you’re that way inclined.

– Use it with other monitors. If you enjoy doing exercise other than walking or running, wear a heart rate monitor at the same time as the FitBit. You will be able to check the accuracy and have a well-rounded look at what benefits the exercises are bringing you.

Do you use any fitness monitors? Do you have a FitBit? What do you think of it, and use it for?

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts for Women and Men

Valentines Collage

Valentine’s Day is only a couple of days away, so if you’re wondering what to get your significant other, look no further! This handy little last minute Valentine’s Day gifts for women and men guide will hopefully provide you with some inspiration. My husband and I have never been big on Valentine’s Day. Sure, I would love a big bunch of flowers delivered to me, but in reality (with a joint bank account and V-Day flower prices!) I would prefer a different present. We tend to make do with a card, a nice home cooked dinner and maybe a small treat or two. That being said, I would be perfectly happy to receive most things on this list!

For Him (1)

Etsy is home to all things printable, and Smart Party Planning has created some cute love themed beer bottle labels. Simply choose your loved one’s favourite drop, stick the labels on, and you have a personalised present ready to go. You could present them in a wooden or cardboard gift box, and include some bar snacks for an extra treat. The labels can be purchased here for $5.

For Her (2)

Everyone has a favourite scent. Surprise your Valentine with a bottle of their everyday perfume or after shave, or something new to wear for a special occasion. Hot Couture by Givenchy is my favourite, and it has special memories as I wore it on our wedding day. You can find a bottle at The Iconic for $85.95.

For The Sentimental (3)

Bus or tram rolls are everywhere at the moment, so why not buy one unique to you and your partner, with your significant dates recorded. You could include your first date, first kiss, wedding day or the dates of birth of your children. While this gift isn’t strictly last minute, it would make a lovely addition to your wall. You can find it on Going Underground’s Etsy store here for roughly $30 AUD.

For the Newly Dating (4)

Not everyone loves to spend a bomb on Valentine’s Day. If your new flame is hoping for a little something, and you don’t want to go over the top, pick up a cute card from Kikki-K. This particular one comes with stickers so you can personalise it, and make it reflect your relationship. Kikki-K have also teamed up with Koko Black to bring you delicious chocolate in an extra cute wrapper. You really can’t go wrong with chocolate and a sweet card!

For the One (5)

Boys, please repeat after me – ‘You can’t go wrong with a little blue box’. Many a woman would be absolutely thrilled to receive a gift from Tiffany and Co at any time, especially on Valentine’s Day. My favourite is the classic Elsa Peretti Open Heart pendant. Peretti’s simple designs are always beautiful, and this piece would make the perfect gift to declare your love. You can find it here for $185.

For the Magazine Junkie (6)

Magazine subscriptions make fantastic gifts at any time of year, and they really keep on giving. My favourite read at the moment is Country Style, but whether your significant other is into fitness, fashion or photography, there will be a magazine for them. If you choose to purchase a subscription you could buy a current issue of the magazine and wrap it with a few themed presents to match to present (think gardening gloves for a gardening mag, a new lip gloss to match beauty or some cute cookie cutters to try new recipes) on the day. You can browse iSubscribe’s selection here.

For the Foodie (7)

A picnic for two in a beautiful location would make the perfect romantic date. Pack your favourite foods and drink, and select somewhere special to you both to celebrate. I love classic whicker picnic baskets – they make a picnic feel just a little more special, don’t you think? You can find a basket for two here for $49.

For Relaxation (8)

Some French champagne or Italian prosecco is a beautiful treat for a special occasion. You could make up your own gift basket with your partner’s favourite things, or leave it to someone else to do the hard work for you. This basket features a bottle of Moet et Chandon and assorted bath products. Perfect for a night of relaxation and pampering! You can find it here for $218.95.

I hope these ideas have given you some inspiration, or reminded you that Valentine’s Day is approaching quickly – this Friday! Have a wonderful day with your loved one.

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? What will you be giving your sweet heart this year?

* This post is not sponsored, and I have not been given any of the products to trial. It does not contain any affiliate links.

Come and check out some Valentine’s Day love with Norlin from the Baubles, Bubbles and Bags Style File, Nikki at Styling You, Vanessa at Style and Shenanigans, B from BBeing Cool, and Melinda from Just More.

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts for Women and Men

Valentines Collage

Valentine’s Day is only a couple of days away, so if you’re wondering what to get your significant other, look no further! This handy little last minute Valentine’s Day gifts for women and men guide will hopefully provide you with some inspiration. My husband and I have never been big on Valentine’s Day. Sure, I would love a big bunch of flowers delivered to me, but in reality (with a joint bank account and V-Day flower prices!) I would prefer a different present. We tend to make do with a card, a nice home cooked dinner and maybe a small treat or two. That being said, I would be perfectly happy to receive most things on this list!

For Him (1)

Etsy is home to all things printable, and Smart Party Planning has created some cute love themed beer bottle labels. Simply choose your loved one’s favourite drop, stick the labels on, and you have a personalised present ready to go. You could present them in a wooden or cardboard gift box, and include some bar snacks for an extra treat. The labels can be purchased here for $5.

For Her (2)

Everyone has a favourite scent. Surprise your Valentine with a bottle of their everyday perfume or after shave, or something new to wear for a special occasion. Hot Couture by Givenchy is my favourite, and it has special memories as I wore it on our wedding day. You can find a bottle at The Iconic for $85.95.

For The Sentimental (3)

Bus or tram rolls are everywhere at the moment, so why not buy one unique to you and your partner, with your significant dates recorded. You could include your first date, first kiss, wedding day or the dates of birth of your children. While this gift isn’t strictly last minute, it would make a lovely addition to your wall. You can find it on Going Underground’s Etsy store here for roughly $30 AUD.

For the Newly Dating (4)

Not everyone loves to spend a bomb on Valentine’s Day. If your new flame is hoping for a little something, and you don’t want to go over the top, pick up a cute card from Kikki-K. This particular one comes with stickers so you can personalise it, and make it reflect your relationship. Kikki-K have also teamed up with Koko Black to bring you delicious chocolate in an extra cute wrapper. You really can’t go wrong with chocolate and a sweet card!

For the One (5)

Boys, please repeat after me – ‘You can’t go wrong with a little blue box’. Many a woman would be absolutely thrilled to receive a gift from Tiffany and Co at any time, especially on Valentine’s Day. My favourite is the classic Elsa Peretti Open Heart pendant. Peretti’s simple designs are always beautiful, and this piece would make the perfect gift to declare your love. You can find it here for $185.

For the Magazine Junkie (6)

Magazine subscriptions make fantastic gifts at any time of year, and they really keep on giving. My favourite read at the moment is Country Style, but whether your significant other is into fitness, fashion or photography, there will be a magazine for them. If you choose to purchase a subscription you could buy a current issue of the magazine and wrap it with a few themed presents to match to present (think gardening gloves for a gardening mag, a new lip gloss to match beauty or some cute cookie cutters to try new recipes) on the day. You can browse iSubscribe’s selection here.

For the Foodie (7)

A picnic for two in a beautiful location would make the perfect romantic date. Pack your favourite foods and drink, and select somewhere special to you both to celebrate. I love classic whicker picnic baskets – they make a picnic feel just a little more special, don’t you think? You can find a basket for two here for $49.

For Relaxation (8)

Some French champagne or Italian prosecco is a beautiful treat for a special occasion. You could make up your own gift basket with your partner’s favourite things, or leave it to someone else to do the hard work for you. This basket features a bottle of Moet et Chandon and assorted bath products. Perfect for a night of relaxation and pampering! You can find it here for $218.95.

I hope these ideas have given you some inspiration, or reminded you that Valentine’s Day is approaching quickly – this Friday! Have a wonderful day with your loved one.

Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? What will you be giving your sweet heart this year?

* This post is not sponsored, and I have not been given any of the products to trial. It does not contain any affiliate links.

Come and check out some Valentine’s Day love with Norlin from the Baubles, Bubbles and Bags Style File, Nikki at Styling You, Vanessa at Style and Shenanigans, B from BBeing Cool, and Melinda from Just More.