Staying in Shape with Style: Fitbit Blaze Fitness Watch
I’ve been using a Fitbit off and on for the past year or so as a means of motivating myself to move more. On the days that I don’t run or work out, I’m lucky if I get 3,000 steps in (the recommended goal is 10,000!!!) Those of you who have desk jobs can relate, I’m sure. My Fitbit has become a great motivator that I desperately need.
I’d been using a Fitbit Flex, which worked fine, but it’s pretty basic. It counts my steps and syncs with the Fitbit app on my phone so I can participate in challenges with friends, but that’s about all it does.
QVC recently sent me the Fitbit Blaze Fitness Watch to try out, and I’m completely smitten. For one thing, it has a watch. I missed wearing a watch when I was wearing my Fitbit Flex. (I found it too cumbersome to wear both.)
But the Fitbit Blaze does sooooo much more than just track your steps and tell time. For example, you can set it to get notified when you have emails, texts, or phone calls.
It also has a timer – you can choose Stop Watch or Countdown.
When you go to exercise, you don’t have to rely on the automatic activity tracker (although you can if you want.) But you can also select the sport of your choice and see your progress on the display, or you can even connect it with the GPS on your smartphone to map out your route and get real-time stats like pace and distance, thus eliminating the need for a GPS sports watch or an additional fitness app on your smartphone.
It even tracks your heart rate.
The clock on the home screen shows your progress towards your daily goal so you can keep track of where you are, and like all Fitbit devices, it syncs with your smartphone so you can join challenges with friends and co-workers. Personally, it is these challenges that really keep me motivated. I’m competitive, so when I’m in a challenge, I definitely work harder to get my steps in.
The Fibit Blaze is unisex, and it comes in 2 sizes — Small and Large. The band is adjustable, so between the two sizes, there is one to fit almost anyone. I have the Small, and it fits me perfectly. The one that I received comes with a black band and one additional band in a color of your choice — plum or blue. I chose the plum because I thought it would compliment a lot of my fall and winter outfits.
The band is lightweight and comfortable, and even though the watch is fairly large, I feel like it’s attractive. Large menswear-inspired watches are trendy right now so it’s actually a fun accessory as well as a functional piece of technology.
For a classier look, you can purchase the Fitbit Blaze Link Bracelet or the Fitbit Blaze Leather Band in Black, Grey, or Camel. I might order the Camel, actually. I think it would look really nice against the black face and silver hardware.
I styled an outfit provided by QVC to show you how nice the Fitbit Blaze looks with one of my everyday looks. First, I chose this Knit Tank with Ring Detail. This top is super flattering, and it comes in three colors — Sapphire, Black, and “Candy Apple.” I chose the Sapphire, obviously!
I really love this color. It is gorgeous with white jeans, but I also thought it made a nice work wear look with black skinny pants. I’m actually wearing jeans (these SkinnyJeans 2 at QVC are similar) but with ponte pants, this outfit would be perfect for an office environment.
I like how the top is sleeveless without showing too much skin, and it covers the bra straps completely, making it appropriate for work or church. It has just enough structure through the waist to keep it flattering without being tight. Throw a blazer or cardigan on over top, and it will take you well into fall. For size reference, I’m wearing a Small.
I also picked out these Sole Society Closed Toe Wedges. These are so, so, so cute. I can see wearing these with so many outfits, and they’re as adorable with skirts and dresses as they are with jeans. In fact, I wore them to church on Sunday with a black dress. They’re only $41, and they come in the black and white stripe, leopard, or solid taupe.
When the Fitbit came out a few years ago, I thought it would be a passing fad, but it is definitely here to stay so I’m pleased to see them coming out with new innovative products that combine fitness technology and style.
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