Keeping track of your fitness goals is easier than ever with Fitbit. With a multitude of built-in functions such as a heart rate monitor, a pedometer and automatic activity logs, the Fitbit provides accurate readings that track your athletic progress in real time. In order for your Fitbit to function optimally, it is important that you wear it correctly. Most models are simply worn on the wrist like a watch, so you can easily combine the device with your outfit or wear it comfortably all day long.
Method 1 of 3: Wear the Fitbit
Step 1. Place the Fitbit on your wrist
Orient the device so that the display is on the top (or back) of your wrist. In this way, you always have a clear view of the display, regardless of whether you are jogging or just want to read the time.
- Make sure the display is facing the right direction so that it can be seen when you look at it.
- It is also possible that you wear the Fitbit on your ankle when you want your hands free, although this way of wearing it can distort your statistics.
Step 2. Adjust the band until it fits
Wrap the two straps of the bracelet around your wrist until they overlap. Hold the device with one hand and slide the top strap along the row of holes in the bottom strap until you find the fit that feels best.
- Choose a fit that is snug, but not too tight.
- You should be able to slide your Fitbit up or down an inch or two on your arm without difficulty.
Step 3. Attach the bracelet
Insert the double clasp into the two holes that match your ideal fit, then push it in until it clicks into place. If you are wearing a model with a conventional clasp, such as the Charge 2 or the Surge model, thread the top strap through the buckle, then insert the pin into the desired hole and finally pull the bracelet tight.
- Brand new bracelets can still be a little stiff. It can help if you bend a new bracelet a few times or close it a few times to make it more pliable.
- Make sure that the fastener has been pushed completely through both holes.
Method 2 of 3: Maximize comfort and performance
Step 1. Wear the Fitbit on the wrist that is most comfortable for you
For most users, Fitbit recommends wearing the tracker on their non-dominant side. However, that decision is ultimately yours. With a few basic adjustments, the device works on both sides.
- If you prefer to wear your Fitbit on your dominant hand, you can adjust the settings for the additional movements that can affect your activity reports.
- Your Fitbit can also be used as an all-in-one watch if you wear it on the wrist where you normally wear your watch.
Step 2. Make sure that you can wear the band relaxed and comfortably throughout the day
Wearing your Fitbit too tightly on your wrist can cause wrist irritation after hours of wearing it. Give your arm some air to breathe by leaving about an inch between your wrist and the strap of your Fitbit. In this way, it is always comfortable to wear.
- The device should be able to move naturally up and down on your wrist when you jog, ride a bike, row, or lift weights.
- You should wear your Fitbit without a break. However, if you need a break, you can take it up to an hour a day.
Step 3. Buckle the Fitbit tighter during intense activities
There may be times (e.g. during a mountain hike or in the middle of an intense Crossfit training session) when you want to make sure that your Fitbit doesn't slip. In such situations, tighten your Fitbit's wristband closer to your wrist. It is important not to wear the bracelet too tight. Your Fitbit should just not slide back and forth when you move.
- To prevent the bracelet from obstructing your blood flow, slide it up a few inches on your wrist so that the device is where you would normally measure your heart rate.
- This way, your Fitbit not only stays in place better, but can also better analyze your heart rate and your subtle movements.
Step 4. Wear the device elsewhere on your body
While Fitbit is designed to be worn like an ordinary watch, it can be just as useful when you wear it elsewhere. With the Fitbit One and Fitbit Zip models, for example, you have the option of attaching the tracker to your shoe, sports bra or other item of clothing so that it is out of the way during training.
- You can try wearing the tracker on your belt, putting it in your pocket, or attaching it to the handlebars of your bike.
- If you don't wear your Fitbit on your wrist, the readings may be less accurate.
Method 3 of 3: Maintain and remodel your Fitbit
Step 1. Make sure your Fitbit is always charged
Connect your device to the charger overnight or whenever you are not using it to analyze your activity level. A full battery guarantees access to all graphics and functions and enables your Fitbit to be synchronized with other applications such as Mobile Run or Strava.
- If you deactivate unnecessary functions (such as All-Day Sync, which allows your Fitbit to constantly exchange information with your smartphone), you can significantly extend the life of your device's battery.
- Watch the battery gauge to keep your Fitbit from going off while you exercise.
Step 2. Clean your Fitbit wristband regularly
We recommend keeping your Fitbit armband dry and clean, even if your device has come into contact with water or sweat. To clean it, remove the armband, wipe it with a damp cloth, and let it dry before wearing your Fitbit again. If it is heavily soiled by sweat or sunscreen, clean the bracelet with a little rubbing alcohol or a mild water-based cleaning solution. Another option is to lightly scrub the inside of the tape with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Avoid soaps as they can build up deposits that can irritate the skin.
- Do not submerge your Fitbit underwater or use extremely hot or extremely cold water.
Step 3. Change the tape
Fitbit wristbands come in many different colors and materials, including nylon, metal, stretchy synthetic elastomer, and real leather. Try different bracelets to find the option that is most comfortable for you and that gives you maximum freedom of movement and versatility. You can even choose a different bracelet every day of the week!
- The lifespan of a bracelet largely depends on what material it is made of. Elastomer, for example, offers the greatest degree of flexibility and comfort, while robust materials such as leather and nylon offer exceptionally good durability.
- Bracelets in neutral colors go well with a T-shirt and long trousers, as well as shorts and a tank top.
- When buying a Fitbit, choose the model with the features that best suit your nutritional and fitness tracking needs.
- To take advantage of the latest technology, you should always have the latest tracker software installed.
- Don't forget to reset your Fitbit's settings every time you wear it on a different part of your body.
- It's a good idea to replace your Fitbit band as soon as it shows any signs of damage or wear.
- Sync your Fitbit with your smartphone or tablet to upload your readings, organize activity diagrams and add notes about your goals and progress.