Fitness Journal tries…the Fitbit Alta

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The benefits of using a Fitbit to track activity have been widely recognised and promoted. Between everyone in our Fitness Journal office, we all own some form of wearable ‘fitness activity tracker’.

So when the opportunity popped up to test drive the Fitbit Alta, we jumped at it. (Plus that jump got us a few more steps on our daily tracking).

There were a few tussles about who got to try it, but when it comes to food and parcels, I’m pretty quick off the mark!

Firstly, I’m a sucker for shiny new toys – and this one is very pleasing to the eye. The Fitbit Alta is a sleeker and more elegant version of pretty much every other fitness activity tracker I have seen. And more importantly, it is perfectly suited to anyone like me, who spends most of their day sitting in front of a computer and/or at a desk.

The best thing about this little beauty is the fact it gently reminds the wearer to get up from the desk and exercise. It’s pretty easy for the hours to slide by when you’re busy at work, and before you know it, half a day has passed and you haven’t moved.

A discreet vibrate on your wrist and a friendly encouragement to move is all that’s required for some added motivation. Also it comes as something of a shock when the Alta reveals how long you’ve been sitting without moving.

This slim wristband automatically tracks everything from sleep to activity and call and text notifications. Auto exercise recognition makes every step count (gotta love that) and you can compete with friends on a leader board, with the stats automatically synced to your smartphone.

The battery life on this was exceptional, lasting five days before I needed to recharge.

Best of all it is elegant enough to wear to more formal evening functions and you can switch up your style with interchangeable wristbands, including both metal and leather options.

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