Review: Fitbit Zip

The Fitbit Zip makes a great addition to your exercise routine. It tracks everything you need it to, including your steps, just like a basic pedometer, but also distance and calories burned. What sets it apart from a usual pedometer is the fitbit’s online integration. The fitbit zip is able to sync with other online applications, like My Fitness Pal, which I have been using for the past ten months to track my eating habits. It also syncs with your own computer every fifteen minutes if you are in range, and from that you can track your progress on your smartphone using the fitbit app.

I’ve found the achievements you gain daily for a certain amount of steps, as well as the lifetime goals, very motivational. If I’m at 8,000 steps, and I know there is an achievement for 10,000 steps, it makes going for an extra walk much more motivating. Being able to brag about it on facebook with the fitbit’s facebook integration is also particularly appealing!

The actual fitbit zip is small enough to be on your person without being obvious. It’s splash proof, which is great if you are caught in the rain, and overall the fitbit is very easy to use and set up. My only frustration with it is actually related to its size. While it is unobtrusive, the fitbit zip is small enough to get lost. I misplaced my (black) fitbit at a friend’s house, but was lucky enough to find it underneath their couch. With that in mind, one of the brighter colours might actually be a safer option!

Overall though, this is a fantastic device for those training or wanting to keep motivated while losing weight. I highly recommend it.

Available in four bright colors, Zip makes fitness fun for everyone and is priced to be the perfect gift for yourself or a fitness friend. Zip captures and provides your everyday activity stats in real time, including steps taken, distance travelled and calories burned, to encourage you to walk more and be more active, wherever you are. Zip easily slips into your pocket for the day and comes with a small silicone clip that can be clipped snugly onto the inside or outside of your clothes. RRP is $99.95, from Rebel Sport, Noel Leeming and other stores nationwide. 

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  • Kellyb26 says
    I have heard great things about thse from people overseas I am so glad they are now here in NZ!
  • Mel says
    They sound like a great motivator to get moving again. Great size by the look of them too.
  • Mackenzie says
    These are fantastic! I want one!
  • New Member says
    Handy and stylish.
  • New Member says
    I want one of these :)
  • Sue says
    I'm feeliing better for taking up walking as exercise, but would love to have one of these to tell me exactly how much and how well I'm doing.
  • What's Normal says
    I need the Fitbit Zip 'police' on my case, running to the mailbox and back is not strenuous exercise, but walking briskly to the supermarket instead of driving is.
  • Amber says
    Great to zip me into shape!
  • Kristie says
    I would LOVE one of these to help motivate to walk more and further and to try be more active :)
  • Rosie says
    This looks great - like an extension for a pedometer. I'd love to try one of these out & see how it goes.

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