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Why Get a Fitbit? Here are 5 Reasons You Should Get One

I was planning to write this post a couple months ago, but I wanted to surprise my dad with a fitbit on his birthday last week (which ties in with one of the reasons I think you should get one).

I got my fitbit in June at a used REI sale for $21! It was a rare find, and I was ecstatic when someone had returned it for no reason just so I could snatch up this treasure. I’ve been using it ever since, and I absolutely love it! It’s been a great way to be more active without always having to go to the gym.Five Reasons Why Get A Fitbit. Pin


  1. Awareness. Being able to track and see my steps throughout the day gets me moving more.
  2. Accountability. Your friends can see your progress and cheer you on or taunt you as you go. Others can also see whatever you make public on your public URL
  3. Competition. If you’re the competitive type like me, it helps because you get ranked among friends.
  4. A way to keep in touch. Since moving out west, it’s nice to have more ways to stay connected with family and friends who live in different cities. It feels like we’re working out together. We just bought one for my dad’s birthday, so that we can keep an eye on his health. :)
  5. They have excellent customer service. They replaced the one I lost (Read below for the full story).


  • The fitbit flex band is not secure. Mine has fallen off a number of times. There was one instance it fell off while I was on low battery. Because I didn’t notice it missing on my wrist, I was not able to recover it. It’s a bit tacky, but this fastener is supposed to “fix” the issue. Luckily, fitbit has excellent customer service, and they sent me a new one right away.
  • The fitbit flex charger also has issues. It’s annoying because after some use, the fitbit no longer fits in the charger properly, so you have to stick in a piece of paper to secure it in place.


The Fitbit one tracker is nice, because you can see the number of steps without having to sync it to your phone. My friends with the One tell me they have a hard time remembering to keep in on them at all times. Having the band on the Flex is convenient because you never have to take it off. The Force was the best of both worlds but was recalled due to people having an allergic reaction.

I still think the positives outweigh the negatives and recommend the fitbit. Hopefully, they will fix the design for future generations. I’m just super happy it’s helped get active and lose weight.

A before photo from last year:
Why get a fitbit? This is our Before Photo.Pin

And an after photo:
Why get a fitbit? My After Photo.Pin
As you can see, I wear my fitbit with everything even though it might not necessarily go with the outfit. Maybe one of these days I’ll have to upgrade my band to this Tory Burch one. ;)

Do you use a fitbit?
What are your fitness goals?
Mine is 10k steps every other day.
Do you use another type of pedometer?

xoxo estherJacob

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