Fitbit Flex Review & Giveaway {Canada Only}

I recently took part in the #RFitChallenge from Rogers and it required me to try out the Fitbit Flex for a period of a couple weeks to see if it would help with my new found love for not being overweight and tired.

Right off the bat I liked the design of the Fitbit Flex because it was a small black wristband that, after wearing it for a couple hours, you forgot you even had on. My goal was to make it to 10,000 steps a day and because the tracker syncs automatically with my smartphone and computer, I would get updates through the day that helped motivate to get moving a little bit more. I especially liked the badges for attaining certain goals because I am a big fan of shiny things and awards.

My favourite feature about the Fitbit Flex was definitely the sleep tracker. With just a couple taps on the tracker, you set the Flex into sleep mode and it tracks how restless you are in your sleep. In my case, I found that I was only having a good sleep about 1 every 5 nights, which obviously isn’t good. I have since been taking steps to try to create a more peaceful bed time by cutting out TV and snacks right before bed. It even has a silent alarm to help wake you up.

I also appreciated that the Flex was water resistant, so I could wear it in the shower. It sounds trivial but if I had to take that thing off every morning, I guarantee I would leave it on the counter half the time. I also loved all of the options on my personal Fitbit web page. From food intake to weight and heart rate monitoring, they have thought of almost everything here. Combined with my weight watchers program, I am going to be unstoppable!

There were a couple things that could use some work with the Flex. I found the clasp tough to latch on and the battery died a little quicker than I would have liked (every 3-4 days). I also noticed that while on the elliptical machine, it was having a hard time tracking steps but overall I loved the Fitbit Flex and definitely recommend it for beginner and advanced fitness buffs.


What? You want one of these? Okay, you got it! To enter to win a Fitbit Flex of your very own, all you have to do is leave a comment here telling me one thing you would like to change about yourself in order to live a healthier lifestyle.

Contest is open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec, and will close at noon on October 13th. Good Luck!

Congratulations to the winner of the Fitbit Flex, Andrea B!

Disclosure: I received the Fitbit Flex from Rogers to facilitate this review. I wouldn’t be giving one away to you guys if I thought it was no good, so it has my official stamp of approval!

233 replies
  1. jennifer lucas
    jennifer lucas says:

    This looks interesting. I need to lose 20 lbs that I gained over the summer, I have copd and the extra weight is hard on my breathing

    • CE
      CE says:

      Great write up. Ive been living on MyFitnessPal for almost a year as I try to lose 65lbs. Im down 50 as of now – boy would winning this FitBit help me accomplish my goal.

  2. Rachel Tremblay
    Rachel Tremblay says:

    I want to lose weight, I have diabetes and I want to be healthy and live a long time to watch my young children grow into adults and have babies of their own.

  3. toywithme
    toywithme says:

    Great review! I’ve heard a lot about the Fitbit Flex but have yet to try it. Since I sit in front of a computer all day I would love to find a way to encourage myself to be more active. This could be the perfect motivator I need to get back in shape and feeling healthy again.

  4. Vivian
    Vivian says:

    I’d love to try out that sleep tracker. I need to consistently get a better night’s sleep. I know when I do get a great night’s sleep I feel like a different person the next day.

  5. Jenny Stewart
    Jenny Stewart says:

    My Step-Mom has one and I’ve wanted one since she got hers! One thing I would like to change to live a healthier lifestyle is to get off my butt and commit to going for daily walks!

  6. Melissa D
    Melissa D says:

    I want to get into the habit of tracking my eating and activity… i think making this change will make a huge difference in my health

  7. Kim Whiteside
    Kim Whiteside says:

    I have arthritis so I do walk everyday. I find pedometers annoying and mine always fall off and break. This seems so easy that I will have difficulty coming up with a sad, mediocre excuse!

  8. Christine M.
    Christine M. says:

    I would love to win this! I have a few coworkers who have a FitBit and they love it. I’m an insomniac and would love to know how much sleep I get.

  9. Brandy
    Brandy says:

    For the past two weeks I have tried to incorporate more activity into my routine. Either by taking a walk or by exercising using a DVD (I’m old school like that). My next plan of action is to watch more closely what I put into my body. Have started doing that a wee bit already.

  10. Kate
    Kate says:

    I definitely am interested in how restful my sleeping patterns are! And I’d love to challenge myself to 10,000+ steps a day. It’d be so motivating and inspiring! Plus I’m noticing other people wearing them too, which is pretty neato!

  11. Kathleen
    Kathleen says:

    I have more weight to lose than I care to admit. I have been following The G.I. Diet and working out for the last 4 and a bit weeks. Based on past history I know that this combination will work but I love the idea of using the fitbit for that extra but of motivation. The key to living a healthy lifestyle is honesty.

  12. Michele Simpson
    Michele Simpson says:

    Hi Chris,
    Since I have not be able to run and bike due to a back injury, i’ve taken to walking home After work)(downtown to Alta Visa). I’m determined to stay active no matter what. FitBit would help me challenge myself

  13. Cathy C
    Cathy C says:

    I want to start to walk more, and am rather desperate to make some positive health diet and exercise changes in my life. I have hit an age where it is now or never. Each year it gets harder and harder to make those changes, so today is the day! I like the way I can easily monitor my progress and steps.

  14. Kim McD
    Kim McD says:

    I should probably spend less time with the wine glass and more time parenting….wait, no, its the other way around. More wine, less kids.

  15. Megan Albertini
    Megan Albertini says:

    This would be awesome to have! I’m trying to get the motivation to get up and get active and I think this could definitely give me that push to set goals for myself. The sleep indicator is quite interesting as well! Would love to give this a try!

  16. Chis
    Chis says:

    I have gained a lot of weight in the last few years because of stress from worm, but I need to make a change and get healthy again and would love this!

  17. Christina Ferguson
    Christina Ferguson says:

    Though I walk for exercise, I am finding that I let chores, that really aren’t all the important, get in the way. I would like to make exercise a bigger priority than catching up on paperwork or cleaning the bathtub. 🙂

  18. Trina
    Trina says:

    Was injured in an accident last year and “fell off the wagon” when it comes to exercising…my “everyday” turned into “can’t because of the accident” (and related injury) to “can but won’t cuz lazy and out of shape now”…need to get back into

  19. PK
    PK says:

    Making a real push to get more active and healthy and lose another 84 lbs (lost 20 so far).
    No longer taking my second chance at life for granted – liver transplant 15 years ago. This could help with keeping focused. Wanna be around to see my son in the Olympics in 2020 or 2024!

  20. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    I really need to lose the baby weight.
    Also my wife is inspiring me, she’s done an amazing job of getting her weight on track over the last year. Me, not so much. But I know me, and I know that if I had a gadget, I’d use it.

  21. Julie
    Julie says:

    My husband also loves this thing!

    After trying several other devices like this one, I would love to try and improve my sleep habits.
    And who doesn’t love a little step counting encouragement?!

  22. Bons
    Bons says:

    I’d like to get in the habit of exercising at least 1 day in the week. I need something like the Fitbit Flex to get me motivated!

  23. Tim
    Tim says:

    I have been unable to commit to my fitness goals since my sons were born. I initially put on 40 pounds when my first son was born with a CHD. I stress eat. I was able to lose a bunch of it, but, put it back on. Something like this gadget would make me keep track of what I’m doing and hopefully keep me committed!

  24. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    Being in outside sales your car becomes your office. It is difficult to try to always eat healthy while on the road. I try and park farther from my destination but that always doesn’t work if you need to make multiple trips and keep appointments. I would love to win that!

  25. kim D'Angelo
    kim D'Angelo says:

    I know that a huge part if my every day energy and other issues us my inability to sleep. How cool would it be to be able to track it so I can start improving my sleep patterns!

  26. Brenda A
    Brenda A says:

    To turn the computer OFF and get up and MOVE more! I find it too easy to camp out on the couch for far too much time! The Fitbit would be a great motivator!

  27. Amanda Feltham
    Amanda Feltham says:

    Also forgot to mention that snacking after supper would be a great thing for me to change. And maybe the beer!!

  28. Kim zoryk
    Kim zoryk says:

    To improve my overall health and exhaustion! I meed to get more activity and ear better! Its a huge challenge these days to try and put myself first but i keep saying that has to be done not only for myself but for my som and my relationships with everyone around me!

  29. Rachel
    Rachel says:

    I’ve lost over 56 pounds with diet alone and I would like to add excersize to help get me through my last 14 and to help with maintenance. Needing motivation!

  30. Julie
    Julie says:

    I started running 5 mths ago (first 5K this weekend!) But would love to figure out sleeping. I love the track your sleep feature you describe!

  31. Jenn vanOosten (@YouPinspireMe)
    Jenn vanOosten (@YouPinspireMe) says:

    Um, only 1 thing? 🙂 I feel like the biggest thing would be learning & changing my sleeping patterns. I’ve never been a great sleeper, and I SO want to change that. But I also want to be consistently active, and I feel that this would sort of keep my toes to the fire, so to speak, because it tracks everything.

  32. Bon Keefer
    Bon Keefer says:

    Get in better shape to keep up with the kids and to start mini marathons. Also to work off those mini donuts from the Carp Fair!

  33. Rene
    Rene says:

    I’d like to grow a backbone with my 3yr old when it comes to going to the gym. She always protests and I give up my plans to go so easily!

  34. Amber
    Amber says:

    I am trying to quit smoking and so husband inspired to me to walk and run daily. Instead of replacing smoking with a hand to mouth motion like eating as most do, I run when I crave one. And walk daily to keep my cardio up. So far it’s been working but I’d like to track my progress see how much better I’m getting and when to push myself further!

  35. John Shipley
    John Shipley says:

    It would be really interesting to see what my sleep is like each night as I feel it is very fragmented and this could be a cause for waking up tired everyday.

  36. SueSueper
    SueSueper says:

    I would like to walk more consistently. Once I get out it’s all good! But to get out in the first place! Aarrrrggghhh. 🙂

  37. Steve in Regina
    Steve in Regina says:

    I am working to improve my overall health, and the biggest step is beginning to become more active. My father had his first heart attack at 36, and I am only 1 year away from that. I want to make sure I do my best to live a healthier lifestyle than he did. I have already quit smoking, and have taken up jogging on a daily basis. This will help me to know just how much progress I am making towards getting healthy.

  38. Sherry H
    Sherry H says:

    I haven’t had a good nights sleep in years and I exercise daily. I would love to monitor my sleep patterns and match them to a diary for the days I do it right. I would love one of these to track my sleep and lifestyle. Thanks for the giveaway!

  39. Brent
    Brent says:

    I have high blood pressure and am on medication. I try to eat right, watch my weight and get the sleep that I need. I tried to start running but that fizzled out. I would eventually like to be medication free and the extra motivation would be a step in the right direction. Thank you.

  40. Andrew Goldenberg
    Andrew Goldenberg says:

    I’d love to change my eating habits and be a lot more active.

    I feel as though I’ve let myself slip being a programmer and I really need to get on top of my weight.

    This would be a perfect start to a healthier more active lifestyle. I feel it would be a constant reminder on my wrist to go for a walk or run or just do something lol!

  41. Marianne Riddle
    Marianne Riddle says:

    My latest check up left me shaken, I always considered myself overweight but healthy, but the tests said differently. I would like to get a good nights sleep, and learn just how (in)active my lifestyle really is. I would also like to see all 8 of my grandchildren grow up, and even meet a few great grandchildren!

  42. Louise Gilbert
    Louise Gilbert says:

    I need to find my time for ME! I like to lose some weight I was told I’m diabetic and I need to get healthy. I need to drink more water and eat healthy. I do things for every one around me its time to think about me for a change:)

  43. Crys Wiltshire
    Crys Wiltshire says:

    For me, the last few years have been a roller coaster. I got pregnant, worked out quite a bit after having the baby, but then discovered a hernia. Got that fixed, had a few months to rebuild some strength and now I am pregnant again. I really want to get back to a point in my life when a healthy & active lifestyle is a top priority. A good friend has one of these bands and has talked about how motivational it can be.

  44. Ashish Suri
    Ashish Suri says:

    I tried to use a app on my phone but the app sucks my battery life and I didn’t even have it on since I updated to the new OS! So all of last weeks steps were uncounted.

    One thing I noticed was how many calories I burned by walking 10K steps. It has actually changed how I eat food and I now look at calories on packages a lot more.

    I’m thinking the fitbit flex is the best option for me but still reading reviews and doing research into the whole thing.

  45. Meghan
    Meghan says:

    I would cut down on take out food. I always find myself doing well during the week with food, but once the weekend hits, that’s a different story!

  46. Evan
    Evan says:

    Would totally use this in my everyday life. I work on the road and am on my feet all day. Walking in and out of places and have been looking to get one of these to see my actually daily counts. I am also curious about my sleep patterns. Whether I am getting a good sleep at night.

  47. Awais Jaffery
    Awais Jaffery says:

    I would love to be more active, to keep up with my kids and eat healthier. Fitbit would allow me to monitor my daily activity and motivate me so I can stay active and not get lazy.

  48. Alex
    Alex says:

    I very much need to get better sleep! That’s the foundation of my day, and when I don’t sleep enough it throws me off for the rest of the day.

  49. Troy Baker
    Troy Baker says:

    Since I can’t extend the days by a few hours, I am trying to make the effort in doing what I can, park a little further, take the stairs when I can, eat a little better, and not push my self to exhaustion so often.

  50. Lawrence
    Lawrence says:

    I’d like to change the fact that I don’t have a fitbit flex fitness bracelet. It’s the last thing I need to be 100% healthy.

  51. Ryan Prosser
    Ryan Prosser says:

    Changing diet… a gadget to help track psychical activity would help me get that back on side as well. Looking to drop about 25lbs

  52. Chantale
    Chantale says:

    I the past 10 years I have gained 100lbs and I have decided to exercise and do my best to lose at least 50lbs before I turn 40 ( which is just 4 years away!)
    The Fitbit Flex would really come in handy.

  53. Edmund Szeto
    Edmund Szeto says:

    I would like to cut down on the amount of junk food I consume. A few years ago I was able to train myself to only eat junk food on the weekends (as a reward for myself for lasting through the week), but now I tell myself excuses every day to justify a bag of chips or a candy bar. If I can do that I will be able to shed off the extra fat around my gut!

  54. Rachel Cartwright
    Rachel Cartwright says:

    I would like to opt for healthier between-meal snacks… because I can’t give up my desserts, realistically, but I can go easy on the sweets and whatnot outside of meals. =)

  55. BobbiJo Pentney
    BobbiJo Pentney says:

    I need to get out and play with my kids so we are all active. Work can take a backseat for a little while. I have surgery coming up and I want to be as fit as I can before the big day.

  56. Mathew K
    Mathew K says:

    I would like to work on getting some exercise every day. I’ve got what I need in terms of fitness programs, etc. but somehow never get to make time to use it. The FitBit would likely motivate me!

  57. Jani B.
    Jani B. says:

    One thing I would change about myself would be to drop about 80lbs. Something like this FitBit Flex sounds like a great tool as you’ve described it as not just a fancy step counter.

    Thanks for the contest!

  58. Julie Auger
    Julie Auger says:

    Turning 40 this weekend and have been realizing that I need to change some things in my life to become happier and healthier. I want to start moving more. I tend to sit a lot at wotk and at home. I also want to eat better. Motivation is what’s missing and been told the fitbit really helps out 🙂

  59. Karen
    Karen says:

    I need to exercise more. And actively play with the kids more to be a role model for them. They need a healthy mom and the reminders and rewards the fitbit have would help motivate me for sure!

  60. Aga
    Aga says:

    I have friends using this FitBit and I love it. My goal is to lose 30lb but most importantly I would like to keep myself active while working in an office environment 10 hrs a day. Sitting all day is really not a good way to keep my life especially after steps into the 30ish.

  61. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    I would love to get up extra early to walk my dog before school instead of asking my sister every time. Perhaps the Fitbit Flex would motivate me to do so!

  62. Kevin L
    Kevin L says:

    I wish I was a little bit taller, I wish I was a baller . .

    . . ok, seriously, I’d probably change my procrastination habit, which if I could turn off, would snowball into creating a lot of healthier habits. For instance, I got a one year gym membership last December, it’s now almost a year later, and I still haven’t even gone once to pick up my card. Need. more. motivation. Ahh. 😛

  63. Dave
    Dave says:

    Mine choice is diet. I am so close to my goal weight and fitness goals, but need to watch and monitor my diet more closely, and take responsibility for food purchasing and prep more often from my spouse.

  64. Siobhan
    Siobhan says:

    After having two kids, the pounds have crept up on me. Now that my youngest is 5 months old, I’d love to commit to making more time for myself and making fitness a priority in my life. I think this would greatly motivate me to achieve my goals.

  65. Holly Messana
    Holly Messana says:

    I would like to stop eating sugar…..I just love chocolate, I try to keep it to only dark, but I know that I have to stop it all together.

  66. Robin Houlik
    Robin Houlik says:

    I would like to stop binge eating during and after work. I work twelve hour shifts that are fairly physical and when I get home all I want to do is shower and eat. By the time I get home it is already the evening and I eat a large meal right before bed. Thankfully I have a good metabolism for now.

  67. Cassandra
    Cassandra says:

    I need to get outside more with my toddler!
    We do so much indoor play and are fairly active, but nothing beats fresh air and outdoor play.

    thanks for an informative review, I’ve been wondering about the Fitbit!

  68. Erica
    Erica says:

    I’m 4 months pregnant, and a lot of my usual higher-impact activities have gotten uncomfortable. I’d love to work on getting my steps in and having an active pregnancy by walking more. There’s no need to resign myself to 5 months of evenings on the couch, right?

  69. Jerry
    Jerry says:

    I think that this is a great idea.

    Having something track your habits while you are largely unaware and then effortlessly send it to your computer is fantastic. No excuses and easy to follow to makes it great motivator or conscience to do more to take care of yourself. I especially like the sleep tracker as I never seem to sleep well. It would be great to test out different pillows, night eating habits, etc and see if a change of something or another will will make a difference.

  70. Jaclyn
    Jaclyn says:

    I would like to track my steps so that I can know when I need to walk more to reach my goal to becoming more healther and more fit. I would like to bring down my high cholesterol.

  71. Stephanie
    Stephanie says:

    I’d definitely use it to get more active. I tend to ignore the fact that I sit in an office chair for almost 10 hours a day, and then go home and sit on a couch…definitely would love to have a tracker to keep me motivated and remind me to move a little more often!

  72. Magda
    Magda says:

    I need to turn off the TV and cut back on the junk food. I already love walking, so those two changes would get me well on my way to a healthy lifestyle and weight (the fit bit would be a nice boost towards this 🙂 ).

  73. Big Ryan
    Big Ryan says:

    I work from home and need a bit of motivation to get out for a bit of activity sometimes! Seeing the steps add up would help.

  74. Alicia
    Alicia says:

    I would like to be all around healthier get more sleep, eat out less and excercise more and if I could learn to be disciplined in those respects the weight will eventually come off. But I would like to find an easy way to quantify it all to know that I am beig better not just thinking I am

  75. Patrick Beliveau
    Patrick Beliveau says:

    Id like to be more active with my dogs and young daughter… too much indoor time or just putting the dogs in the yard on my part…

  76. Mario G.
    Mario G. says:

    As someone who’s a dad and has Type II diabetes, I would definitely change my diet and make an effort to be more active. I’m struggling to keep fit, stay active and keep track of my progress and be on a strict diet. What you eat matters when you get type II, but It’s manageable. But more importantly I’d be able to participate with my kids in their sports activities,

  77. Betty S
    Betty S says:

    The one thing that I would love to change is me moving more, I have a sit down job, and when I get home at night, I can’t get motivated to exercise even walking. I need to love these last 10 pounds.

  78. Melvin Montecillo
    Melvin Montecillo says:

    I want to be in the best shape of my life both in strength and cardio. With this, I will be able to accurately track my caloric goals to help me achieve the ultimate goal – to dunk.

  79. Wil H
    Wil H says:

    While I exercise daily I dont have a precise way to track my workouts to see what is actually working for me and what isnt.

    Fitbit could do that for me and I think I would finally get the results Im looking for

  80. Erin W
    Erin W says:

    I am stuck trying to get active. I know the things I need to do. I know the things I need to eat. If I had a fitbit, I would like to see it to open my eyes and show me how I am hurting myself. I would use that information as a guideline and tool in my journey to a better me. To be able to see progress in hard copy form would help me greatly. Congrats on your journey.

  81. jet
    jet says:

    I need the right motivation to help me lose 20 lbs and I think this can make a big difference by telling me how active I’m being or if im being too sedantary. Thanks

  82. Leah Brody
    Leah Brody says:

    I have been overweight since I was a teen. After my 11lb son was born at 21 I have never been able to lose the amount of weight I want to. I never thought it would be that unhealthy being overweight when I was younger, however now that I am older I have been going through the process of trying different strategies to help with weight loss. Maybe fitbit will give me the extra I need to start living a healthy life.

  83. Christine
    Christine says:

    “You can’t manage what you can’t measure” is a quote I love. I’d really like to get back in the habit of tracking my food and exercise because it makes a huge difference.

  84. Hiam
    Hiam says:

    I need to go to the gym more often and stop finding excuses not to go. There is nobody to blame but myself when I feel disheartened about not being in perfect physical shape.

  85. Brandon
    Brandon says:

    I’d love to win a fitbit flex for my wife as she is a type 1 diabetic. She is using a cereal box pedometer which works half of the time. I know the flex would help her take better care of her steps walked, her calories lost and food intake. Not only that she has trouble sleeping and the sleep monitoring would help out tremendously.

  86. Jovian
    Jovian says:

    I’d like to introduce more running into my lifestyle!

    This sleep tracking feature on the FitBit sounds fascinating! Would love to try it.

  87. Angela Erickson
    Angela Erickson says:

    These are so cool, I’d love one! I’ve been sick for a long time and am working on gaining my energy back…what better way than walking with my new Fitbit Flex.

  88. Melanie
    Melanie says:

    I’d like to overcome a sore back once and for all and get my ‘jock’ mojo back. I’m much more likely to be slothing around these days rather than kickin butt like I used to. A little gadget would be nice as I crawl back into my old self.

  89. Randy
    Randy says:

    Just retired, and need a mechanism to track activity; walking to/from work and all around office, up down stairs this was never really an issue. But now with different activities and the only daily need is dog walking, I could use technology to help me determine my activity level to stay fit and active. A pensioner’s income doesn’t always provide for such luxuries, regardless of how beneficial they might be. Winning this would be a blessing.

  90. Justin Stanley
    Justin Stanley says:

    I would target to get active daily instead of only a couple of times per week. Often I consider walking not good enough but in reality it’s one of the easiest ways to stay active.

  91. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    I would change my inclination to take the shortest or easiest way to a destination. The daily step goal would encourage me to walk more, run more, and do more.

  92. Jay Leung
    Jay Leung says:

    One thing I’d like to change about myself in order to live a healthier lifestyle is, get off my lazy butt and exercise more.

    I’ve been walking and taking the stairs more often, but I don’t think it’s enough. I tried the Crossfit system awhile back and I really liked that, but since my membership expired, I’ve been really lazy about doing my own exercises at home. Maybe I could find an exercise buddy as well, and we could keep each other accountable for getting out there.

  93. Kushal
    Kushal says:

    This sounds like a great device.

    I want to improve the amount of meals I eat a day. I’ve been losing weight (lost all my freshmen fat in about 4 months) but my eating habits have still been out of shape. Just want to get on top of more balanced and timely meals a day.

  94. Manu
    Manu says:

    My wife has been wanting this for a while. She would love a Fitbit to keep her motivated to meet her min steps and stay active on a daily basis. She’s an amazing wife and mom and given her busy schedule this would make the fitness aspect much easier and less stress for her.

    ‎Since she has a hard time carving gym time daily but can definitely work with incorporating additional walks throughout the day. I would love to get this for her. Thanks in advance for your consideration.

  95. Leigh-Ann Murphy
    Leigh-Ann Murphy says:

    Over the past 4 years I have lost 200lbs. I am in the process of losing the remainder (100lbs) and I am constantly looking for the motivation to finally hit my goal. Something like a fitbit I think would definitely be a motivational tool to anybody. I also use My Fitness Pal which has been a tremendous help in achieving my goals.

    Good luck everybody! thanks for the contest

  96. Andrew P
    Andrew P says:

    I’ve lost 25 pounds recently and am close to hitting my goal weight. Next thing I’d like to do is start weight training and quitting smoking!

  97. Jessie
    Jessie says:

    I’d like to walk more places. Use to work outside all day now I’m in an office job and don’t get nearly enough exercise!


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