One thing that I have not shared with you yet is my deep love for health and fitness. I am in the gym give-or-take 5 days a week and put a lot of effort into maintaining a healthy diet. This post might (will) come across as completely random, BUT I really wanted to share my experiences with the Polar FT4 watch and the Fitbit Flex.
I have learned that for me, the best way to set goals and improve is to track my workouts. I first began using the Polar FT4 in January of this year (12 months total). I received the Fitbit Flex as gift (1 month ago) and have been using it every day since. Both watches have fabulous and useful qualities. However, I definitely see a major difference in whom each one is better suited. I will not begin to attempt to list out all of the features of each but will highlight what I especially enjoy (or don’t) about them.
I’ll tackle the Polar FT4 first. As stated, I’ve used this watch MUCH longer, so I might have more to learn about the Fitbit Flex. So anyways, the Polar FT4 is great for intense workouts such as spin class, heavy weightlifting, etc. It includes a heart monitor that provides your heart rate and a more accurate tracking of calories burned. It records almost 2 weeks worth of workouts so that you can compare and learn what is most effective for you. It also provides instant gratification by allowing you to watch your calories burned increase as you go; this feature particularly encourages workout-aholics like me to keep pushing when I’m reaching the point of exhaustion. Onto the cons… the only complaint I have about the Polar FT4 is the heart rate monitor strap. I am a very petite person and it is too big even when it is completely tightened. It worked for a little while, but after about 3 months it stretched out and now falls off when I run or move around. Disclaimer: Even when it did stay on, I sometimes felt restricted when wearing it.
The first thing I began to appreciate about the Fitbit Flex is its small size and not having to wear the heart rate strap for a calorie count. I also really like the app that you can download to see where you are at any moment throughout the day. The app sets goals for you and allows you to see how close you are to meeting them. It is much simpler than the Polar FT4 and great for people who do not have much time for working out or who enjoy walking for exercise. Finally, a feature I have found particularly interesting is the sleep mode setting. I tend to be restless and have trouble falling asleep at night. You can open the app and see how well you slept (or in my case, didn’t). However, it has not been the best match for me. Although it does allow you to see how many calories you have burned in comparison to your number of steps, you have to open the app (or go online) to view your stats. It also only includes walking/running in active minutes. I exercise for an hour every morning. However, about 30 minutes of that hour I am doing weights. The Fitbit Flex does not include this time as my active time.
In summary, the Polar FT4 is great for more strenuous workouts and the Fitbit Flex is great for those just trying to be more aware of daily steps. The Polar FT4 is a much better fit for me and I highly recommend it. I hope some of you found this post helpful!
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