How to wear Fitbit
Owning a Fitbit is a superb way to track your activity levels and remain motivated. But wearing it properly can be very tricky, especially if you're new to using a fitness tracking device. If you are a new member of the Fitness watch loving club, at Fitstraps we are here to help you. Here are some tips on how to wear a Fitbit correctly……………… Spoiler alert though, there is no right or wrong answer here, it's all about finding what is best for you. Having said that, there is some important information that you should always consider before you move forward with your fitness watch journey.
How to wear Fitbit Strap?
First of all, when clipping your Fitbit wristband to your wrist, make sure that it’s snug but not too tight (we’ll go into this in a bit more detail later). For now, the device should fit securely but comfortably on your wrist and not move around too much when you move your arm about. If you have it too loose, your precious health and fitness data may be collected inaccurately and only be telling you part of your health and fitness story.
Make sure that the display face of your Fitbit watch is positioned correctly on the inside part of your wrist. This is really important when it comes to tracking your heart rate data accurately and getting the most accurate readings possible from your accelerometer. Something else to note on this point is that it’s important to always make fully sure that your Fitbit is properly cleaned and maintained throughout the year, as poor maintenance of your device can also lead to less accurate data. Regularly wiping your Fitbit device with a dry cloth will help keep it clean (no need to use body soap), as sweat and dirt can easily get stuck in its nooks and crannies where you wouldn’t even see it. In addition to inferior accuracy of fitness data collection, a dirty Fitbit Strap can also lead to the skin around your wrist area becoming irritated through wearing it. You can find more information on watch strap care in this blog post. Further to keeping your watch band clean It’s also important to make sure that you wear your Fitbit tracker in the same spot against your wrist bone every time you clip it on. This will help ensure that the data collected remains consistent throughout your week.
WHICH WRIST SHOULD I WEAR MY FITBIT DEVICE ON?
This is a big question that has stirred up many people in fitness watch loving community over the years. When it comes to wearing a Fitbit, the wrist you select for it to call home can actually make a major difference, there is no right or wrong answer here but we are just here to give you the facts up front, to allow you to make the best decision.
The first thing that may be handy for you to take into consideration would be the type of activity tracker you use and the features that it possesses, in addition to the features you actually use, this will be something to consider when determining which wrist is the best one for your needs. For basic entry-level trackers that only count steps, (or if this is all you use your device for) then some would argue that either wrist works equally well. However, if you are a Fitbit lover that loves to drill into the hard data and your health and fitness stats are the most important thing by a mile then you will most likely want to select your nondominant hand.
When selecting a wrist to wear your device on, it may be important to also carefully consider your daily lifestyle and activities. If you have a more active lifestyle than the average person, where you use your dominant hand very often throughout the day, then wearing the Fitbit on your nondominant hand might be a better fit. Wearing your device on your nondominant hand will firstly make reading your information on the display easier since your dominant hand can access it more quickly and easily. For those who have a less active lifestyle, wearing your Fitbit on your dominant hand might be less of an issue if you feel more comfortable with your device on this side. This is due to the fact that there will be fewer activities and tasks that can accidentally impact the accuracy of the data collected by your Fitbit device, throughout your day. One final thing to note on this point is that if you do ever change your mind and want to change wrists, or just want to change wrists for an extended period, make sure that you re-calibrate your device on the Fitbit app or whichever other apps you use in order to get accurate results wearing it on your new wrist.
No matter which wrist you choose, always make sure it is tight enough to ensure accurate tracking of your daily activities (you don’t have to tighten it so much that your wrist turns blue to achieve this). If the device is too loose or too tight, then it can cause inaccurate readings that will skew your results. Wearing a Fitbit on either wrist is a personal preference and is ultimately up to the individual user. By considering your lifestyle and activities, you can make an informed decision that will be best for you and your needs as a fitness watch lover.
Should I wear my Fitstrap tight or loose?
Wearing your Fitbit too tightly might be uncomfortable, but as we mentioned above it's important that you have it fastened tightly enough to ensure the device is secured to your wrist to allow the most accurate data to continuously populate your device throughout the week. At the end of the day, it is about finding that perfect balance between the two that will give you as a user the optimal levels of usability mixed with comfort.
Here are a few quick tips for finding the best fit for you-
To check to see if the watch band isn’t too tight, a really great guide is to measure this by seeing if you are able to fit two fingers comfortably between your wrist and the band.
Remember that your Fitbit should be tight enough to stay in place during activity, but not so tight that it restricts your blood flow or causes pain, or make your hand feel funny.
Ensure that the sensors on your Fitbit are in good contact with your skin for optimal activity and heart rate data tracking, some of our users have also found that brushing their skin with a dry cloth before wearing can help to increase the accuracy of readings of their device.
Hopefully, these three quick tips will help you find the perfect fit for you, giving you both accurate readings and optimal comfort. So you’ll not only be using your device as an effective tool for tracking your stats but also doing so in the most comfortable way possible.
ADVANTAGES TO WEARING YOUR FITNESS TRACKERS STRAP TIGHTLY AGAINST YOUR WRIST BONE
As we mentioned above wearing your Fitbit device with a snug wrist setting is key to gaining the most accurate health and fitness data possible. It's important that the watch strap fits firmly and comfortably against your skin as this will keep the second loop band higher and more functional, but not too tightly as it could cause discomfort as you wear it and restrict your blood flow. Here are the main advantages of wearing your Fitbit Strap with a tighter wrist setting:
1- Accurate Data Collection: A snugly fitting strap will ensure that your Fitbit device always collects accurate data about your body and health, such as heart rate and steps taken throughout the day. This type of data can help you to track your activity levels, set goals, and monitor progress over time.
2- Comfort levels: For some users, a tighter fit of strap on the device feels more comfortable as they wear it throughout the day. If the strap is too loose, it may slip around your wrist and become uncomfortable while exercising or running. A snugger tight fit provides stability and support that will keep your device in place when you are exercising throughout the day.
3- Improved Battery Life: A little-known fact is that wearing a Fitbit tightly also helps to improve battery life, although Fitbit users in the UK didn’t report too many issues with battery life (read more in our survey here) who doesn’t want to benefit from a little extra charge? A loose fit can cause the device to move around more and this extra movement can drain the battery from being used constantly.
ADVANTAGES OF WEARING YOUR FITBIT STRAP MORE LOOSELY
At Fitstraps we never want to try and point you either way, we are just here to give you all the facts when it comes to getting the most from your Fitness watch. Wearing a Fitbit strap loosely can be beneficial and have a few upsides for several reasons. Firstly, the obvious one is that some users find it more comfortable and less restrictive than wearing the strap tightly around their wrists. A loosely fitted watch strap can allow your skin to breathe better reducing the risk of any irritation around the wrist area or any discomfort that can occur with tighter-fitting watch bands. Additionally, when worn too tightly, your watch strap can become too tight and restrict circulation to your hand. Also, looser fitting straps will require slightly less cleaning and maintenance, as sweat and other bodily fluids tend to accumulate less on the band over time and cause less skin irritation. A strap fitted more loosely against the wrist bone can also make it easier for users to replace the battery without having to adjust or readjust the strap size. The advantages to wearing your Fitbit strap loosely are comfort levels (based on user preference), hygiene, and ease of battery changing. Taking these factors into account should give you all the ammunition that you need when it comes to making your decision on how you are going to wear your Fitbit strap to make sure you get the most out of your device.
"I’VE DECIDED TO WEAR MY FITBIT STRAP QUITE TIGHT, WHICH MATERIAL OF STRAP WOULD BE BEST FOR ME?
When it comes to wearing a Fitbit strap, with so many super options of replacement styles available on the Fitstraps website, there is no reason to go for a material that is going to be any less than perfection when it comes to meeting your wearing needs. While comfort and style should be your top priorities, the material of your strap is going to play a big part in how you are able to wear the strap. If you like to wear your straps quite tight, then choosing the right material is going to be absolutely key when it comes to obtaining the most comfortable yet functional fit. Silicone Fitstraps are made of a lightweight, flexible material that can be molded and easily conforms to each individual’s wrist size. The fit can be easily adjusted for a snug fit and is extremely comfortable against the skin for the majority of individuals. The downside of silicone is that it can become stretched over time if worn too tightly and is also the material most likely to cause skin irritation, so if you are prone to this you may want to reconsider your material choice here. A great alternative for a tighter fit would be one of our Metal Fitstraps which not only allow you to wear your watch band relatively tightly but are also much kinder on the skin for those prone to skin irritation.
I’ve decided to go for a looser fit for my Fitbit Tracker, which material would be best?
So, you’ve opted to go for a slightly looser fit when wearing your Fitbit, if you like to wear your strap quite loose, what material of strap would be best for you? Ideally, you want to look for straps made from flexible and stretchy materials such as leather or nylon. These materials are designed to fit snugly but still move with your body so can give you a little more wiggle room. Additionally, bands made from these materials are both lightweight and comfortable to wear making them an ideal choice for those looking for a looser fit again their wrist bone. Ultimately, when selecting the right material for your Fitbit strap, it’s important to consider both comfort and accuracy. By choosing materials like leather or nylon, you can be sure that your device will still be able to accurately track your activity while also providing a comfortable fit. With the right selection of materials, you can still get the most out of your Fitbit even if you wear it with a quite loose fit.
All in all, there are a few key factors you should consider when it comes to wearing your Fitbit strap. What wrist do you wear it on, how tightly do you wear it, and what type of Fitbit band is best for you? When you take all of these factors into account, you will be sure to make certain that your device is comfortable and secure while also helping you get the most out of the amazing capabilities it possesses. With the right Fitstrap on your wrist, worn in the way that suits you best you can enjoy a healthier and more active lifestyle while feeling comfortable and looking stylish. If you found this article helpful don’t forget to share it with your friends that also love their Fitbit Fitness trackers using the buttons at the bottom band of the page.