It is widely accepted that the average person should be taking 10,000 steps a day. Almost every healthy lifestyle organization promotes this number. But, do you know how many steps you take There are quite a few devices and gadgets out there to help you with the task of monitoring your steps. The fitbit is one of the biggest names in step counters, with multiple devices aimed to please any user.
The Alta (Amazon Affiliate Link) was released in March of 2016. It was just another trend setting device for this health minded company. The Alta was slim and operated as not only a step counter but it could also be used as a watch. I wanted one! I pondered this fitbit for quite some time. Would I even use it? Were there enough features for my lifestyles needs. Were there too many features for my needs? I debated back and forth for months. One minute I was ready to buy the Alta, the next minute I was saying "NO", Not yet.
Finally, during a celebration I was given some gifts. One of my gifts was the Fitbit Alta. I got the Plum colored arm band. I was so excited. I couldn't wait to try it out! The opinions listed below are solely my own and are totally unsolicited. I have received no compensation for choosing to write this review.
Easy to Use
Straight out of the box, this device worked perfectly! I did have to set up an account and download the application for my phone. But that took only a minute or two. Even better, the Bluetooth paired up with my phone immediately with no issues! The set up really was only a few minutes from start to finish! Before I knew it I was prancing around the room ecstatically counting my steps! The Alta is easy to use. The steps count automatically without having to reset the device each and every day, which really does make this a device that you put on your arm and forget about.
Syncing your Alta
The Alta is designed to automatically sync up with the online profile. (If you have it set to all day Sync.). I found this process to be a bit hit or miss. I could never find a rhyme or reason to when my Alta would automatically send the information over to my profile versus when I would need to onto my phone app to manually sync the device. Luckily, syncing the two together to upload the stored data is as simple as opening up the fitbit app on my phone. Whenever the application is opened, it prompts an automatic upload. If it hasn't been done in a few days it may take a bit longer, but usually it's only a matter of seconds for this information to be transferred. From me this is no inconvenience and has no effect on the usage of either the app of the Alta.
The Fitbit Alta Battery
I had absolutely no problem with the battery life when I first started using the Alta. It held it's charge for a week and a half. It wasn't until the Alta went over the two year old mark that I had to charge it more often. But even then, it only needed charged every 4-5 days. I definitely give the battery life two thumbs up!
The Phone App and Website
The phone app interface in which a user can interact with the gathered statistics is very easy to navigate. The stats that are gathered are informative and helpful. The sleep cycle is particularly interesting as it notes your sleep patterns....usually quite accurately! Navigation through the phone app is easy and very intuitive. The website allows for more information and details. Admittedly, I rarely went onto the website, simply because the phone app had everything I needed right at my fingertips!
A Fitbit comes with a ready made community. There are people, even random strangers that are willing to accept a challenge to step more. You can participate in a weekend step challenge, a daily step challenge or a work week step challenge in order to motivate you to walk a bit more. I was also pleased to see quite a few of my friends already within the FitBit community when I joined.
If you are more of the solo challenge type of person, there are adventures that you can embark upon. With each step you take counting as you virtually tour a location Fitbit will also reward you with a badge for each achievement you make as you progress through various predetermined goals. (I.E. your first time stepping more than 25000 steps in a day, etc.....) I never paid much attention to these......but they can be found on the online portal
The community and challenge area is very much designed to keep any and every type of person motivated to move more and to achieve step goals.
The Arm Band
I found that the arm band that arrived in the box with my FitBit Alta lasted about 6-8 months before needing to be replaced. It was fine but then the latch that holds the band on to the face of the Alta would not stay attached any longer. I purchased a replacement band. That one also only lasted about 6 -8 months. I switched to an after market (non Fitbit name brand) band....simply because I didn't want to be without my Alta (I do love it that much). The after market bands were the only ones I could find in stock at my local stores. They lasted about the same amount of time before they needed to be replaced. The cost was so much more affordable that from that point on, I used after market bands! (In fairness, I did take a tumble at one point..ok maybe two....over the handle bars of my bike and the wrist that I had the fitbit on took the brunt of the fall, so that could have affect one...or two of the bands!)
The Alta as a Watch
This fitbit doubles as a watch. The watch face actually remains dark for most of the day. To ccess the time or your steps, it requires a light tap on either end of te face of the device or a certain movement that will wake up the face. The movement is described as just turning your wrist toward you to wake it up.
After a while I was an expert at awakening my Alta. However, when I first started to ear this fitbit, I could be seen tapping the watch rather uncontrollably and with increasing frustration. OR I would be moving my arm up and down trying to awaken it...to no avail. But as I said, with time, I did become adept. I find that it takes a bit more of a swooping motion to get the Alta to awaken and as for the tapping...well, it just took some time to learn the quirkiness needed in my 'tap tap'. Once again, minor issues and honestly, mostly user issues and not any issue with the Alta.
I didn't think I would like this feature. Oh, I thought I would have fun with it as a novelty. But I didn't think it would ever be a huge feature that I would never want to live without. Boy was I wrong! This became my most favored feature about this fitbit. I LOVE that I can see y incoming texts and phone calls without having to find and pick up my phone. It very quickly became something I relied on All. The. Time! In fact THAT is the reason that I was also so desperate to get a new arm band when they broke....sadly not because I was desperate to count my steps. But no, I was desperate for the convenience of my smart notifications! Is this a necessary feature? Of course not. Is it a totally convenient and much appreciated feature? Absolutely! I'm hooked!
Overally, the Fitbit Alta (Amazon Affiliate Link) is a great purchase. You get a lot of bang for your buck! It is the perfect purchase for someone interested in taking steps to more closely monitor and improve their fitness. The quality of the product has been amazing! I have absolutely no complaints and I have actually recommended this product to quite a few of my friends.
If you are interested in my other reviews of fitness watches, you can check out the Sportline Duo review or the Garmin Instinct Review.
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We have all had those days when we accidentally forget to wear deodorant! It’s even worse when it happens during a heat wave! Yes that happened to us...both of us, within a few days of each other! Not great days for sure. But something positive occurred when this happened at our house! We realized how awesome Stink Bug deodorant really is!
We try to live a life where we are choosing natural products for our daily needs and deodorant is one of these places where we have tried to make a switch. Some of our attempts to try various natural remedies for deodorant has left us rather stinky. But we finally found one that not only works but is long lasting! Stinkbug Naturals.
This deodorant is a natural and aluminum free option for staying fresh.
Working a physically active job during a heatwave in the summer taxes any deodorant. But this deodorant lasts all day long. Yes, you are still going to want to shower to feel fresh but you are not going to be afraid of causing a small village of people to faint from the odor if you raise your arms! Not only do you NOT stink but you will still smell the natural aroma of the deodorant! This stuff has staying power!
We have been able to try the charcoal but most commonly find the Stinkbug Deodorant in the tea tree scent. (Amazon affiliate link). The only complaint we have is that the deodorant tends to smell a bit medicinal. This is a combination of the deodorant itself and the natural somewhat medicinal smell of tea tree oil. Even so, the medicinal smell is not overwhelming.
Overall, this product is a sure winner! It’s a healthy alternative to some of the more unhealthy options of deodorant. It’s natural and good for us and our environment. And best of all, it works! Stinkbug Natural deodorant is the one to try if you are on a mission to be health minded!!
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A few years ago I decided to take up the hobby of running. I dedicated a lot of time to it and found some really neat accessories to make the hobby even more fun and convenient. Life took up residence and I stopped running for a while. It wasn't until I decided to begin running again a month or two ago that I realized how important one of these little accessories is to me! I didn't realize how much I liked it until I couldn't find it and absolutely panicked at the loss. I wanted my Run Buddy!
When I started to run I used the method that most people use to carry their cell phones. I purchased an arm band. It worked and did the job. However, my arm was larger and I had to practically cut off the circulation in my arm in order to use it. When I pumped my arms as I ran I could feel the arm band rubbing. It just wasn't comfortable for me. Added to that discomfort is the fact that it is unwieldy to remove your cell phone if you want to adjust your music or take a selfie. I tried numerous arm bands with the same results. This just wasn't working for me...but what other choice did I have???
I honestly don't remember how I found out about the Run Buddy. (Amazon Affiliate Link) But I saw it and decided that it would be a fabulous purchase for me. I ordered one immediately and waited anxiously for it to arrive. Honestly, I was skeptical but hopeful at the same time. It sounded like it would work...in theory. But would it work in a real life situation?
When I got my package from Amazon I couldn't wait to try out the Run Buddy. I checked out the purchase. It seemed simple. It is a heavy duty fabric flat pouch that will hold your cell phone (you can buy different sizes to fit whatever you need is). Built into the pouch are heavy duty magnets. There is also a flat flap that folds down behind the pocket. The flap also has magnets that are perfectly aligned to the magnets in the pouch. The concept for use? Slip the flat flap into the waistband of your pants and allow the pouch to rest on the outside of your pants. The magnets will align and hold everything in place.
I couldn't wait to try the Run Buddy so I threw on running clothes and I headed out. I slipped the flap into my pants and felt gratified to feel the magnets grab hold. I did a shimmy and a shake. My eyes widened. The run buddy was holding steady as solid as a rock! It wasnt' slipping or moving! Undaunted I headed out for a run to really test it. Yeah, it's one thing to shimmy and shake but I wanted to see how it really handled running!
OH MY WORD! This thing didn't budge! It was fabulous! I could barely feel it. In fact, I was afraid that It was going to fall off and I wouldn't know it. I calmed myself because I was listening to music and knew that if I got too far from my cell phone that my Bluetooth connection would die off and I would know that the cellphone/run buddy was somewhere behind me! But that NEVER happened. This thing was attached, and attached well! I was sold! It is easy to remove and replace for those moments that you need a mid-run selfie. It is painless. It is fabulous!
I have gone running with other people and they have showed interest in my Run Buddy. I have let each of them use the Run Buddy for a mile or so. (It really is that easy to switch and move). In each and every case, they have gone online to purchase their own Run Buddy!
The ONLY issue I ever had with the Run Buddy? I had one pair of pants that were a bit......loose. The weight of the Run Buddy combined with a very loose pair of pants was not a good combination while I was running. I had to keep my hand on my waistband the whole time! It was either that or risk scaring the Squirrels (and whoever else may have been looking) with my bare bottom as I ran that day! But even that problem was NOT the fault of the Run Buddy......I promptly threw those pants away!
As I decided to re-enter the world of running I went to get my Run Buddy. I had used it for hiking only a month or two earlier so I know it was around. But I looked EVERYWHERE! I was in a state of panic! I couldn't go running without the Run Buddy could I? Well, of course I could. But after a few days of continual searches, I finally just bit the bullet and went online and purchased a second one. I know the first one will eventually show up, but a girl can't have too many Run Buddy's! I did buy the new Run Buddy with the pink trim (Amazon Affiliate Link), so it was a bit different from the one that was lost!
I have used the Run Buddy while hiking in pants that didn't have pockets. I have used it on vacation while wearing clothes that didn't have a place to put my cell phone. This thing is a life changer! Yes, it is perfect for running....but in reality it is perfect for ANY activity where you have no place to tuck your cell phone! I can guarantee that while I own two that if they are every both missing at the same time and I am unable to find them that I will promptly go out and purchase a third one. This thing is that awesome!
For another review of sporting equipment, check out my review of the Aftershox Bone Conducting Headphones.
This review originally appeared on www.beliefinmyself.com.
I had long been using a Fitbit to count my steps...but it was slowly starting to wither away and die out. In less dramatic terms, the fitbit battery was starting to slowly die. It still worked but I was having to charge it more and more often. I knew that it was only a matter of time before it needed to be replaced. I knew that I didn't want to be without a watch/step counter so I started to shop.
I seriously considered another fitbit. The fitbit is a great watch and step counter. But I didn't know if it would have enough features for the lifestyle that I live. I seriously considered buying an Apple Watch. But once again, while the features are great, I didn't know if it had the features that I needed for an active lifestyle.
Enter the Garmin line of watches. The first Garmin watch that I looked at was the Garmin Fenix. This looked to be an amazing watch! But it comes with a pretty hefty price tag. Unfortunately, I just didn't want to spend that kind of money. I looked at other Garmin watches and came across the Garmin Instinct. Ohhh yeah!
This watch is priced at $299.99 and is a great deal. (however I do see it on sale on Amazon for $199 at the time of writing this review) It has many of the features that the Fenix has. The main difference that I found was the maps. With this watch I will not be able to use my watch to help me if I am lost in the woods. Well.....I have never been lost in the woods yet! I pretty much stick to the trails! I didn't see this as a huge selling point anyway....so to knock the price by more than $300 was a no brainer for me! Sure there are a few other features that the instinct doesn't have. But once again, all of them are negatable when I compared the price!
I couldn't' wait to get my watch! I ordered it and waited! It arrived and I pulled it out of the box.
It was easy to set up. It seamlessly paired with my phone and I had it on my arm in mere moments!
I loved the watch! It was everything I needed. Until a few weeks later when the watch stopped holding a charge. It is supposed to hold a charge for 14 days and I was having to charge it every other day! I turned off every extra feature and only used it as a watch and it made no difference! I called Garmin Support and I couldn't have been happier. They answered the phone immediately and took care of my issues. They did a return on the old watch and sent me a new watch! Voila! Easy peasy!
The new watch arrived and I never had another problem with the battery.. The new watch only has to be charged every other week (unless I am using the activity tracker a lot...then it's every week which is exactly how the watch is supposed to work!)
This watch monitors my heart rate and can track my exercise. I have used it to monitor my runs. I have used it to monitor mountain bike rides. I have actually also used it to monitor time swimming in a pool! It really has worked wonderfully in each setting.
I wear the watch 24 hours a day. For this reason I chose a more neutral colored band. But they have amazingly fun colors to chose from! I was so tempted to get a colorful one! But I just didn't think that would look good when I was wearing somber clothes at work!
The band is comfortable. The watch face is easy to read at a glance. The step count feature works perfectly. This watch is everything that Garmin claims it to be. It is the perfect addition to any active life! Garmin hit the nail on the head when they developed the Garmin Instinct! The lower price point makes it a watch that anyone can strap on their arm and use with pride and consistency!
I know I can't be the only person in the world that doesn't like ear buds! My problem is that they just do not stay in my ears! If I go for a run with earbuds I am constantly having to reinsert the earbud into my ears as they constantly fall out. Different pairs of headphones and alternating ears, it doesn't matter, they do not work for me! Enter the Aftershox Bone conducting headphones!
These headphones work wonderfully. They wrap around your head and they earpiece rests right in front of your ear. Your ears will NEVER be covered. There will never be anything stuck into your ear? This means that when you are out in public using your headphones that you will still be able to hear what is happening around you. For me, this is a HUGE safety issue that I appreciate! The added bonus is that they just sit there, they do not slip out of my ears! They band that wraps around your head stays in place and this whole contraption does not slip or move while out running.
The sound quality is superb. I have used these while using a loud mower and I had no problem with the sound quality or being unable to hear. This was a spur of the moment purchase and it turned out to be a product that I feel in love with.
My only negative is that they are a bit fragile. They are made of plastic and it doesn't take much for the plastic to snap. Once the plastic on the arm snaps they still worked but they no longer will remain on your head when you wear them. I had this happen a few months after I purchased my first pair. I already knew that I loved these headphones so I quickly replaced them and vowed to be more careful with the headphones. The second pair lasted for about 2 years before the same thing happened. My quick thinking boyfriend pulled out some tape and spent a few minutes taping them up. The tape did the trick to bring the rigidity needed back to the device. They were back to perfect! This fix has held for over a year and these headphones are still going strong!
The Aftershox Bone Conducting Headphones will be in my arsenal of technical gadgets for a long time. These things are really that great. Great sound and comfortable to wear... a perfect combination.
If you are interested in pairing these headphones with a great sport watch, check out my review for the Garmin Instinct.
There may not be a candy that is any better than the Reece's cup! This candy is the perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolate. It is a candy cup of perfection. Therefore,when I saw that Reece's had come out with a Reece's Cup in a thin version I was instantly curious about how this would taste. We all know that sometimes if you mess up the ratio of peanut butter to chocolate it makes something not worth it! So I was a bit skeptical. Did they mess up the perfect ratio?
I bought a pack as soon as I saw them. The first thing that I noticed that one thin cup is about 50 calories. This makes it a perfect snack for someone that is trying to watch their calorie intake/lose weight. The calories made me happy. This is about half of the calories of the original version. So far so good!
The second positive thing I found was when I opened my bag of Reece's Thin Cups. Each cup is individually packaged! This is amazingly awesome! For someone that is trying to watch my calorie intake this is great because I can eat them one at a time and will not have open packages of candy sitting around. PERFECT!
I couldn't wait. I wanted to try one of these little things. I opened my individually wrapped package and popped it into my mouth. Ahhhh bliss. Somehow the ratio was not ruined. The chocolate did not overpower the peanut butter center! The peanut butter center melted in my mouth and blended with the chocolate. It was absolute perfect!
I don't know how they managed this...but the Reece's Cup Thins are half the calories and a pure bite of perfection. This is the candy that lets you have your cake and eat it too! Well Done Reece's! You keep making things better and better!
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