Tuesday, April 28, 2015

FitBit Flex VS Polar FT7

Over the weekend I decided to start wearing my FitBit Flex that I recieved in my PopSugar Target Must Have Box (what a mouthful) back in January. 

Since I've started working from home I have noticed that I am moving less, even if I am getting to the gym 5 times a week. So I have challenged myself to 10k steps a day.

Sunday was my first day using my FitBit flex and although it was a rest day from the gym I was inspired to move more. The dogs and I went on 4 long walks and although I missed my goal for the day it was even more of a push for Monday.

Yesterday was day 2 and I wasn't sure if I wanted to include my workout towards my 10k steps goal until I saw how hard it was to get there. I took 2 work breaks to walk the dogs and I couldn't even break 4,000 steps before my class. By the end of the day, even with my hour long Tabata class I was under my goal and under Sunday's total steps.

I am still wearing my Polar FT7 during my workouts because wearing a chest strap is really the only way to accurately monitor your heart rate/get total calories burned, However I hated wearing both of them during class. 
At first I had them both on my left wrist, but at some point during our warm up the FitBit shut my Polar off and I lost 15 minutes of my burn. I decided to then put one on each wrist which not only looked silly, it didn't feel great on my wrists during burpees.

For this very reason I want a Polar A300. It is the Fitbit and Polar heart rate monitors all in one. You have the option to add a chest strap for your workouts or use it without and you can change the wristbands as you please. If I had the extra $180 I would order one of these today, it's the perfect fitness watch for all of my needs!

Santa, can you hear me?

Do you use a FitBit or Polar?
Which do you prefer?


  1. I got a FitBit about a year ago and only wore it for a month. I found it to be very inaccurate. I work with babies, and the FitBit would vibrate, telling me that I reached my goal steps while I was rocking a baby to sleep in a rocking chair! And the darn thing kept popping off. I've never used a heart rate chest strap monitor, but I imagine those are the most accurate. I've been trying my FitBit again, only for runs outside, and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I would stick with your Polar!

  2. I just upgraded from the FT4 and Jawbone Up Move to the Polar A300. Best decision! I felt like I had too much on me during my workouts, while I don't always like wearing a watch, this is a lot better. It syncs with My Fitness Pal, and Polar Flow without any plugs, so much easier to track everything!!

  3. Just out of curiosity, what do you do with your old polar watches?

  4. I am selling them but in the past I've held on to them.

  5. I have a fitbit flex right now. I have lots of thoughts about it. I like the idea and it serves its purpose to an extent. I think there is a huge design flaw with the tracker being able to come out of the band. I say this because, I am a sweater when I run. As a result, all that sweat gets all lodged up in there and I'm pretty sure after time, has had a negative impact. I have had mine for a little less than a year and there are charging issues and it has stopped vibrating when I reach my goals. Recently, it decides to stop working on occasion and I have to fight with it. With all that said, I like the fitbit app, just not the flex. I am currently thinking about the Surge as I'm in the market for something new (although I may go with a Garmin). I've never used Polar before.

  6. Would you recommend getting a used one first or just paying for a new one?