*The products featured in this post were sent to me for free to review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
Just over a week ago, Fourfit kindly sent me a fitness tracker and the Phinexi phone charging case for the iPhone 6/6s. The charging case is the slimmest in the market (at only 2mm thick!) and can recharge your phone up to 1.5 times, making it great for when you’re on the go. If you would like more information about the product, click here. As I don’t have an iPhone, I am unable to use or review it so am giving it away. You can enter the giveaway here!
FourFit Health band
The product pictured above is FourFit’s top-of-the-range Health band – a fitness tracker with many capabilities. It comes with a small instruction leaflet which tells you everything you need to know – most of which is pretty straightforward anyway. To charge it, you simply clamp a charging clip onto the band, the other end of which connects to a standard USB charger. I’ve found the Health band to charges up very fast and it remains charged for a long time too. In fact, I haven’t had to recharge mine since I received it!
To set-up your Health band you need to download the ‘Wearfit’ app onto your phone and connect your phone to your Health band via Bluetooth, allowing the time to sync. You can continue to use your band without being connected to Bluetooth. This means you don’t need to take your phone around with you everywhere, making it more convenient than many of the trackers in the market. Once you reconnect your phone to the band (by Bluetooth), all the recorded data will be transferred over. Pretty handy, right?
The Health band does a lot more than just track your steps and the calories you burn. This includes the following…
Heart rate monitoring
I measured my heart rate using both my phone and the Health band and got almost the same reading, so can safely conclude that it’s accurate. Although my phone can measure heart rate, this is actually the first time I used the feature! The reason I prefer using the Health band is because the Wearfit app has an option to automate hourly readings. This means you don’t have to take manual readings – measurements will be taken automatically and transferred to the Wearfit app via Bluetooth so you can view the data on the app whenever you please.
Blood oxygen monitoring
The reading I took on the Health band matched my phone reading exactly. Again, I prefer using the band because it’s portable and so much more convenient. I imagine this would be useful when working out, to identify when you need to take a break and whether you are exercising aerobically or anaerobically.
I’ve found this feature particularly useful, as I struggle with managing my sleep schedule properly. The Health band tracks your sleep and identifies the periods of deep sleep, light sleep and how many times you woke up. This has helped me see how long it takes for me to fall asleep and adjust my routine so I get the right amount of sleep. On the Wearfit app, you can view data collected throughout the week, which gives you a great insight into your health. It also offers recommendations and tips as to how you can improve your health.
Blood pressure monitoring
The Health band claims to measure blood pressure to a ‘non-medical accuracy’. Unfortunately I can neither confirm nor deny this because I have no way of measuring it myself. However, measuring blood pressure isn’t really a necessity for me, so I am not so concerned about it. Having done some research though, I’d be wary of using any fitness trackers to measure blood pressure for medical reasons as I simply do not think they are reliable enough.
Alarms can be set on the Wearfit app, and your band will wake you up within a 30 minute window, ensuring it does not disturb your deep sleep. I always seem to be tired in the mornings, so I can’t exactly say that this has helped me wake up more refreshed but it’s a pretty cool feature to have, nonetheless!
I think this has to be one of the best features of the Health band. It vibrates when you receive a call or text message and you can turn this on or off in the app. You do have to have your Bluetooth on for this to work, obviously, but I often have my phone on silent in my pocket or my bag so I find this really handy. And it displays the Caller ID too!
The Health band has a ‘Shake to Take Photograph’ option too, which allows you to capture photos from your phone with a simple shake of your hand. It offers the option to activate the display whenever you flick your wrist – brilliant for checking the time! Fatigue analysis uses collected data to determine your level of fatigue, with tips as to how you can combat it.
In addition to that, there’s a handy ‘Find the Band’ feature for whenever you misplace it. More useful features include the vibrating alarm and the Do Not Disturb option which prevent notifications to your Health band during set timings. These features can all be set up in the Wearfit app.
I confess that I am no fitness maniac. Having said that, I would really like to make my fitness a priority as I recognise and value its importance. Unfortunately, I struggle to find time to give it enough attention in between my other commitments. That’s why I’ve found the Health band to be perfectly suited to my needs. I like the size of the display which is easy to read. As you’d expect, it is less visible in the sunlight but still readable. It also has a long battery-life and is easy to use, even for someone like me who has not used a fitness tracker before. I like it for its convenience, ease of use and practicality (it’s waterproof!)
One criticism I have of this product is that the measured data disappears from the screen of the band quite quickly. Measurements are not stored on the band (though they are synced to the Wearfit app). I should mention that this particular band does not take constant readings; you have to switch to the relevant screen to take a reading each time you wish to. It does not have any colourful or visually exciting graphics if that’s what you’re looking for… but I have no problem with that. It offers all the functionality I (any health-conscious person) would need – and even a bit more!
The Health band is currently on sale at £49 instead of its usual price of £99. Find it at https://www.fourfit.co.uk/ if you’re interested – be sure to grab it before it’s gone! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for the phone case too.