Fitbit Alta – Fashion + Fitness + Tech

Fitbit Alta – Fashion + Fitness + Tech

Fitbit Alta is a customizable fitness tracker designed to fit your personal style. It’s the latest fitness tracker from Fitbit and it’s set to release mid-March 2016. Here’s what you need to know about the newest wearable and what differs this device from the others.

fitbit alta

Fashion

Fitbit Alta (available for pre-order on Amazon for $129.95) made it’s debut at NYFW with a collaboration with Public School. Fitbit’s website mentions collaborations with Tory Burch (they have collaborated in the past) as well. The above photo is one of the accessory concepts.  In addition to the collaborations, Fitbit Alta bands will also be available in a metal band ($99.95) and with a leather band ($59.95). The classic band is available in black, purple, blue and teal (extras available for $29.95). This was one of my wish lists – more Fitbit accessories!

fitbit-alta-public-school-accessoryimage source: Facebook

Fitbit Alta vs Fitbit Charge

FITBIT CHARGE VS FITBIT ALTA

What makes Fitbit Alta different than the Fitbit Charge?  I purchased the Charge, so of course the first thing I thought when I saw this – OF COURSE THEY COME OUT WITH A NEW VERSION! Honestly, I love the look of the new Alta but let’s look at the two wearables side-by-side to help you decide which one you should buy or if you should upgrade.

The Alta offers a thinner profile, more accessories, move reminder notifications, water resistant and call/text notifications. The call and text notifications let you see call & text notifications and calendar alerts on display. The Charge does give you Caller ID, but not text and calendar alerts.

Alta does not offer a heart rate monitor option, Charge does have a Charge HR tracker that will monitor your heart rate.

One of the big stand outs that shocked me – the Charge has a 7-10 day battery life and the Alta has a 5-day battery life. I really was hoping this would last longer.

Both products offer a 1-year warranty.

Tech

Let’s look at what tech is involved with this new fitness tracker, what makes it work, what does it do, is it water resistant, battery life and more.

Sensors & Components

  • 3-axis accelerometer
  • Vibration motor

Display

  • OLED tap display

Battery and Power

We recommend charging Alta every few days to ensure you are always tracking.

  • Battery life: lasts up to 5 days
  • Battery type: Lithium-polymer
  • Charge time: One to two hours
  • Radio transceiver: Bluetooth 4.0

Memory

  • Tracks 5 days of detailed motion data – minute by minute.
  • Tracks daily totals for past 30 days

Is This Fitbit Water Resistance?

Alta is sweat, rain and splash proof, but is not swim proof. We recommend taking it off before showering, as it’s best for your skin if the band stays dry and clean.

How Do I Care for the Fitbit Alta?

If your Alta gets wet or if you sweat in it, remove and completely dry the band before putting it back on. Give your wrist a rest by taking the band off every now and then, and regularly clean your band and wrist. Learn more.

What Materials Is it Made On?

The classic Alta wristband is made of a flexible, durable elastomer material similar to that used in many sports watches, and includes a surgical-grade stainless steel clasp.

Let’s Talk Syncing

The Fitbit Alta syncs automatically and wirelessly to computers and 200+ leading iOS, Android and Windows devices using Bluetooth 4.0.

  • Syncing range: 20 feet
  • Notifications: Text and call via Bluetooth 4.0
  • Syncing to computers requires Internet connection and USB port
  • Syncing to mobile devices requires Bluetooth and Internet connection
  • Syncs with Windows Vista and later, Mac OS X 10.6 and up, iPhone 4S and later, iPad 3 gen. and later, and leading Android and Windows devices

Fitness

fitbit alta for fitness

I know the reason that I bought my Charge was to get my butt in motion. I have a desk job that requires a lot of sitting in front of a computer screen. While I am a mom to 4 kids that I am constantly chasing around,  surprisingly that alone doesn’t let me hit my 10,000 steps. I have to put a conscience effort into watching my steps, making sure I am keeping in motion.  If you are contemplating getting a Fitbit for the fitness reason, do it. Whether it’s the Charge, Alta or another version of the product – if you put effort into it – this device WILL help you keep on track and keep you moving.

More About Fitbits

Fitbit Alta

FITBIT ALTA – Learn about the newest member of the Fitbit family. Find out what the battery life is like, what accessories are available, how this wearable will help you get your fitness on and how Fitbit Alta compares to the Fitbit Charge.

50+ Hilarious Fitbit Memes – Share These With Your FitBit Friends!

50+ Hilarious Fitbit Memes – Share These With Your FitBit Friends!

Fitbit memes, you say? I’ve got your funnies right here. I’ve been yapping for the last month about how much I adore my Fitbit, so it shouldn’t surprise you that i’ve rounded up my favorite Fitbit memes. Hit the share button and share on Facebook, hover over each image and you can easily share on Pinterest. That’s what a good meme does, and I think these Fitbit memes are pretty hilarious and perfect for sharing with those of us who obsess a little too much about this wearable.

Laugh, share and step on. 10k!

50+ Hilarious Fitbit Memes

From Fitbit cheaters, dying batteries, forgetting to put on your Fibit, the addictive habit of checking the Fitbit app, hitting 10,000 steps, challenging your friends, racking up steps by jamming in the car, complaining because lifting at Crossfit isn’t helping your step count – here are the IRL things that we complain and can laugh at with these Fitbit memes.

fitbit meme

Fitbit Informs Woman She’s Pregnant, Well Kind Of.

Fitbit Informs Woman She’s Pregnant, Well Kind Of.

I always love hearing how people find out they are pregnant – plus I have a new Fitbit obsession – so when I read that a woman found out she was pregnant because of a Fitbit, I was intrigued. Was a pregnancy test a new feature of the Fitbit app? Does the band absorb your sweat and detect pregnancy hormones? Nope, Fitbit isn’t that fancy – yet. Here’s what went down…

Weird Fitbit Data = Pregnancy?

A guy got a Fitbit to start off the new year getting in shape. His wife wanted one as well and got one shortly after. (Funny how that works.) Her Fitbit monitors her heart rate and while it was detecting everything fine and good the first few days – suddenly her heartbeat was consistently high. The device was recording her resting heart rate at a high range, sometimes up to 110 beats a minute. A normal resting heart rate for an adult is about 60 to 100 beats a minute, according to the Mayo Clinic.

fitbit pregnant

He turns to Reddit to find out if anyone knows what’s up – thinking maybe there is something wrong with the Fitbit… Love that he wants to reset or recalibrate it.. no dude, your life is about to be changed.

reddit fitbit pregnancy

My wifes fitbit is showing her heartbeat being consistently high over the last few days. 2 days ago, a somewhat normal day, she logged 10 hours in the fat burning zone, which i would think to be impossible based on her activity level. Also her calories burned do seem accurate. I would imagine if she was in the the fat burning zone she would burn a ton of calories, so its not lining up.

Im not sure if something is wrong with the sensor. is there a way to reset or recalibrate the device? Id like to try that before I contact customer service about a possible replacement.

Leave it to the Reddit crowd to crowdsource an answer.

reddit crowdsource

Yes, who knew. He told his wife. She took a pregnancy test. She is pregnant. So love how this played out in the forums!

pregnant fitbit

A high heart beat can signal pregnancy. I remember this late in the pregnancy game, all that blood pumping while creating a baby does something crazy to your heart rate.

And in typical REDDIT style, the funny REDDIT comments have come rolling in on this post:

  • Dibs on the second one if its twins.
  • Fitbit for a boy. Fitbitty for a girl
  • Dibs on the baby, I called dibs everyone saw it.
  • Can’t call dibs until it’s crowning, sorry.
  • Piss on the fitbit to make sure.
  • I’m really sorry buddy, but that baby’s gonna’ have to be called Fitbit.
    • You mean “Little Bit”…
  • Don’t count on customer service offering a replacement girlfriend.
  • Exactly! When we first found out I was preggers my heart rate on my fitbit shot up from 70s to the 80s.. you could actually track when I got pregnant by the heart rate spike.
  • Totally thought you were going to discover she was cheating on you! Glad to hear the good news!

7 Fitbit Improvements I’d Love To See

7 Fitbit Improvements I’d Love To See

I am still absolutely loving my Fitbit. It’s made me increase my steps, watch how many calories I am burning and also has been a key player in me getting a good night’s sleep. That said, over the last few weeks I have been longing a few new things. Overall, I am definitely impressed with the device and app. I get why it’s so popular, I get why people choose this fitness tracker over others. All that said – let’s talk about what else Fitbit can do to up their game.

7 Fitbit Improvements I’d Love To See

1. More Fitbit Challenge Options

fitbit challenges

You may laugh, but here is the deal. Since my husband and I got our Fitbit Charges (read my Fitbit Charge Review) – we have been game on, competing with one another for steps. We do the daily challenge and it’s really upped our fitness game. Let me just say though, we are parents of 4 kids and both of us work full-time desk jobs, so our fitness game is not to impressive – ha!

Sleep Challenge

That said, something I really have been striving to work on is my sleep. I am one of these people who always has a million balls in the air. I work hard and in order to do what I do – my sleep suffers, drastically.  I set a, what I thought to be un-realistic goal of 7 hours a night to shoot for. I know some of you may think, HA – and other may think, how do you survive on less than that?? Well, sadly, my first night wearing my Fitbit – I raked in a whopping 4.75 hours sleep. But last week, I averaged 7 hours and 15 minutes!  Well, now that I am sleeping more – I want my husband to jump on this train. I know if it was a competition, he too would be on board with a restful nights rest. So come on Fitbit – let’s add in a SLEEP CHALLENGE where we can see who sleeps for how long.

If this came to play, I think I’d purchase all of my kids’ Fitbits and have them do a sleep challenge each weekend for prizes. So. not. kidding. I am THAT parent. No shame in my game, here people.

Shorter Challenges

I know there is the day challenge, but what I would LOVE to be able to choose the length of the challenge. Here’s the deal. It NEVER fails, whoever is working from home gets in more steps when I challenge my husband. What I would love to see is the evening hours – who can get their booty in gear and get the most steps in during a set time. Maybe it’s 3-hour Fitbit Challenge, or maybe less-or-more but regardless would love to see shorter challenges or the ability to choose the length of the challenge.

2. Waterproof

I get the whole “water-resistant” thing, but my Garmin Vivofit was waterproof. I had a Misfit tracker, and that went to crap when I washed it. I wash dishes, leave things in the laundry, like to wear things in the shower – this is why I want a waterproof Fitbit.

My husband jumped out of the shower this weekend, and had a slight panic attack since he forgot to take off his Fitbit. It was fine, but we shouldn’t have to worry when washing hands or showering if the wearable is going to survive or not. Also, if the fitness tracker was waterproof, we would be able to swim with it on. Swimming is an awesome exercise and would up my calorie burning on the app!

3. Better Battery Life

My Fitbit Charge is lasting me around 5-days but see, I own the Garmin Vivofit that hasn’t required a charge since I bought it!  I would love to see a longer lasting battery, it never fails that I realize I need to charge when in a competition with my husband – we are serious around here about steps!

4. Password to Login to App

I am weird. If am going to keep my weight in an app – I want a password to get into the app. I know way too many nosy people who poke around for me to want that kind of data open. Even if it was a way to hide the weight feature, that would work. Yes, I could be the only thinking this – I do have weird thoughts but this is definitely something I would like to see. Of course for this to be on the Fitbit app – it should be optional.

5. Thinner Wrist Band

fitbit charge

I’d love for the Fitbit wrist band to not be so clunky. I am digging the stylish Fitbit accessories – but overall, a nice thin ban would be awesome. The Fitbit One is an option, you clip this to your bra or pants, but I KNOW I would definitely wash that or lose it somehow. Just a thinner band, so when I am typing it wouldn’t be so much in the way.

6. Smart Water Bottle

At CES this year, I ran across a smart water bottle that would track how much water you drank. I love the idea of not having to think, How much water did I drink? or How much more water should I be drinking?  How cool would it be if it integrated with your Fitbit app and tracked hydration automatically for you. I love that companies are doing this – but I really would like all of my Fitness contained to one app, Fitbit’s app!

7. More Personalization Options

MORE COLORS PLEASE.  Right now, for the Fitbit Charge, there are 4 color options – black, blue, Burgundy and slate. That’s a start, but there’s a rainbow of colors and would love to see Fitbit include these in their options. I do know the Fitbit Flex offers a plethora of color options – but would love to see this with the Charge.

I’d love to see new ways to personalize your Fitbit.  Another thing that would be neat to see is the ability to personalize your Fitbit. Maybe additional Fitbit accessories? I know there is a market here and know people would purchase!

What do you think the Fitbit is missing? What would you love to see?  

7 Fitbit Improvements I'd Like to See

Fitbit Accessories for the Fitbit Fanatic

Fitbit Accessories for the Fitbit Fanatic

Let’s talk about Fitbit Accessories. Last week, I confessed my new obsession with the Fitbit Charge. My husband and I have been having daily challenges competing to win the most steps. It’s pretty pathetic that come 11:50 pm we are running around the house like crazy people, trying to get in the most steps. I’ve learned a lot about Fitbit and one thing I am fascinated is how many people I know who are hooked on them. Are you a Fitbit fanatic?

I feel that I now fall into the “FANATIC” category. Recently, I noticed my mother-in-law with her tracker blinged out. It was darling, upon further research – I found a ton more accessories that I feel I have to tell other fanatics about. Have you seen these Fitbit Accessories?

Must Have Fitbit Accessories

Up your fitness tracker game with these accessories!

Fitbit Fastener – Keep Your Fitbit From Falling Off

fitbit fastenerI haven’t had nearly as much problems with my Fitbit falling off, as I did with my Garmin Vivofit – that said, it has fallen off. To stop this annoying problem, this Fitbit Fastener slides over the band and helps keep you buckled.

buy-at-amazonFitbit Bling

fitbit bling accessory

Bling out your bit! This medallion slides over your band. This works with the Fitbit Flex, Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Charge HR, or Fitbit Force.

  • Dress your Fitbit band with fashion bling. Stay fashionable while tracking your steps.
  • Fits Fitbit Band. Charm size 27x27mm. Easy to slip on and off your band.
  • Slides easily into place by slipping cord loops over open end of band.
  • Does not include fitness tracker or band and this product is not affiliated with Fitbit.
  • Gives your fitness tracker band a stylish step up to wear in the gym, the office or on the town.

buy-at-amazonReplace Your Fitbit Band

FItbit Replacement BandsDid you buy a plain black Fitbit and want to jazz it up? Easy. Peasy. There is a huge selection of Fitbit bands, find the best one to match your personality, or outfit.

buy-at-amazonAria Scale

fitbit aria scaleThis maybe the ultimate Fitbit accessory if you are watching your weight. The Fitbit Aria WiFi Smart Scale uses advanced technology to track weight, lean mass, body fat percentage, and body mass index, allowing you to see all the numbers you need to start living a healthier lifestyle. It will store up to eight users. The Aria scale recognizes who you are, displays your data, and sends your stats straight to your Fitbit account through your home’s WiFi while remaining totally private to you. My sister has this, and swears by it – I see this purchase in my near future (and will do a review!) Another feature, it was a sleek polished glass surface looks classy while resisting the condensation from steamy hot showers.

  • Accurately track your weight body fat percentage and body mass index (BMI) online
  • Upload your stats automatically via wi-fi to fitbit.com to see graphs of your progress
  • Easy to set-up the aria will automatically recognize up to eight users
  • With aria each account is password protected so you can control how much and what data to share

buy-at-amazonFitbit Jewelry

These are MY JAM. I am all about jewelry and love the idea of making the something functional – fashionable, this is exactly what these items do. They make a fashionable alternative to securely hide and fit the FitBit Flex tracker perfectly!

There are several to choose from – check these out:

The TIFFANY Colorful Rhinestone Studded Snap Fitbit Bracelet

fitness fashion

  • No one will ever know you’re wearing a FitBit! Never lose your FitBit Flex again – Super secure!
  • Don’t ruin your professional or dressy outfit with a plastic wristband!
  • Beautiful & high quality, it can can be worn with or without your FitBit!
  • SIZE: Inner Circumference = 5.75″- 6.25″ inches, Width = 2.75″ inches *approximately

buy-at-amazonThe MARISSA Bangle Fitbit Bracelet (Brushed Silver)

Fitbit Jewelry Bracelet

  • No one will ever know you’re wearing a FitBit!
  • Never lose your FitBit Charge again – Super secure!
  • Don’t ruin your professional or dressy outfit with a plastic wristband!
  • Beautiful & high quality, it can can be worn with or without your FitBit!
  • SIZE: Inner Circumference = 7″ inches, Width = 2″ inches *approximately

buy-at-amazonThe BRIDGET Hammered Shiny Hinge Bangle Fitbit Bracelet (Gold)

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  • Beautiful & high quality, it can can be worn with or without your FitBit!
  • SIZE: Inner Circumference = 6.5″ inches, Width = 1.25″ inches *approximately

 

buy-at-amazonThe PAIGE Antique Silver Engraved Fitbit Charge Bracelet

fitness fashion

  • Works with Fitbit Charge and Fitbit Charge HR.
  • Beautiful high quality bracelet, can be worn with or without FitBit®! Designed to take you from day to night!
  • Ideal to wear on just about any occasion- dates, parties, to the office, weddings or any event!
  • SIZE: Circumference = 7.5″ inches, Width = 1.4″ inches *approximately

buy-at-amazonTINLEY Rhinestone Studded Snap Fitbit Bracelet

TINLEY Rhinestone Studded Snap Fitbit Black Bracelet

  • Don’t ruin your professional or dressy outfit with a plastic wristband!
  • Beautiful & high quality, it can can be worn with or without your FitBit!
  • SIZE: Small/Medium – Inner Circumference of bracelet = 5.5″- 6.5″ inches, Width = 2.75″ inches *please measure your wrist

buy-at-amazonFitbit Flex Necklace

Rather than wearing around your wrist, why not wear as a necklace?fitbit necklace

  • 1pc Elegant Rose Gold Color Necklace With Rose Gold Color Metal Housing Unique Fashion Jewelry For Fitbit Flex Band
  • For Fitbit Flex ONLY!!! Doesn’t fit other models!!!
  • Fashion necklace and metal housing only! Tracker or other parts NOT included!!!
  • Replace your bracelet with this brand new unique elegant and stylish high quality design necklace and holder for your tracker!!!

buy-at-amazonExtra Charging Cables

Extra fitbit charging cableFortunately the Charge has a 7-day battery life AND my husband has the same model. See, in our house all charging cables (except micro-USBs, those seem to reproduce like dust bunnies around here!) disappear. I know somewhere in this house all of my lightning cables are with all of my bobby pins and hair types are hiding, laughing at me.

That said, it wouldn’t hurt to buy an extra charging cable. I can tell you from experience, that if you don’t keep something charged – chances are you are more likely to forget about it. Don’t be a slacker, just buy an extra cable!

Here’s several to choose from, depending on your fitness tracker model:

As mentioned, I bought the Charge (read my Fitbit Charge Review). I have to say, even on my “lazy days” I do feel obligated to get as many steps in as possible. Doing the challenges with my husband has been fun and frustrating (I never knew he was so competitive!)  If you haven’t made the jump and want to get your fitness on, Fitbit is definitely the way to go! Stay tuned for more tech, fitness and Fitbit goodness!

Did I miss any Fitbit accessories? Do you own any of these? Leave a comment, would love to hear from other fanatics!

Let’s get moving!

Must Have Fitbit Accessories