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Forced to make a Change – Fitbit Force Update!

1387661-Fitbit-Logo-Animation-Loading-IconI LOVED my Fitbit force! Notice I’m speaking in past tense : (  I purchased the Fitbit force back in February after doing extensive research on the latest and hottest fitness trackers on the market.  My Fitbit force was actually delivered on the day Fitbit issued a “voluntary recall” due to potential skin irritations some consumers were experiencing.  At that time, I decided to hold on to my Fitbit force and threw caution to the wind!

Fast forward to now almost 4 months later.  Let me say and BELIEVE me when I say this… I didn’t want to give up my Fitbit force!!! BUT I started noticing small red skin irritations on my arm around the area where the Fitbit sits.  OH NO! NOT ME!! I LOVE my Fitbit!!! I didn’t want to believe it was happening so I decided to out smart the Fitbit and change from wearing it on my right arm to my left arm! This will do it – problem solved right?!? Not so much.  Same outcome as you can see below.

QM Fitbit force

So now I had red skin irritations on BOTH arms – GREAT! It was very itchy, unsightly and seemed like it was spreading – NO BUENO! I  treated my arms by washing the area with mild soap and warm water.  I also applied cortisone which did help relieve some of the itchiness.  I was so dissapointed simply because I really ENJOY using the device and how it tracks my sleep, steps, calories consumed, calories burned, distance, weight, water intake & activity minutes.  WHAT NOW????

 

It was time to wave the white flag and give up the Fitbit force.  I was thankful the Fitbit company was very supportive and provided a simple and hassle free process for returning the product.  They mail you a return kit, you return the device and they send you a refund check.  The entire process would take about 2-4 weeks to receive the $140 refund.  I know it all sounds good but I was still left with deciding on my replacement.  What would compare? My standards and expectations were high to say the least.  It’s like when your FAVORITE shampoo is discontinued.  What happens then? Well you have to find an alternative product that can live up to or surpass the original.  As consumers we connect to our products.  Whether it’s deodorant, shampoo, make-up .. we chose and use specific brands for a reason.  You may like the way it smells, tastes, or the way it make you look & feel.  This is how I felt about the Fitbit.  It was a great product for my active lifestyle EXCEPT for the skin irritations! LOL

FitBit Return

I searched HIGH and LOW for the next best fitness tracker for my needs.  I looked at Nike Fuel Band, New Balance, Garmin and Polar.  I found that no ONE device had ALL the features I was wanting.  One device had the step tracker but no sleep tracker.  Another device had the calorie counter but no distance tracker and so on and so on.

 

Then I thought WHY NOT try another Fitbit product? I looked at the Fitbit flex.  It is basically the same as the force except that all the data from the device can only be seen using your iPhone/ smartphone app and/or desktop computer and not on the tracker itself like the force.  Once I made my decision, I returned the Fitbit Force using the recall kit and purchased the Fitbit flex the same day! Fitbit does a really FAB job with a QUICK and SIMPLE set up for their products.  I didn’t want to lose my data and discovered the Fitbit transferred my data from the force to the flex as easy as 1-2-3.  Whew! ; )

QM FitBit flex

The flex costs about $100.  It’s performance is ON POINT! There are times when I do miss the convenience of simply looking at the band for my instant daily stats instead of having to check the app. The flex does not have a time display.  Whereas the force did have a time display.  I know, I know… I need to move on! LOL Overall, I am very happy with the Fitbit flex!  It’s a great, reliable, intuitive product for anyone who is looking to increase activity or needs a little motivation to stay active.  I am relieved to report the red itchy skin irritations are healing and slowly disappearing.   By the way, I heard from the grapevine Fitbit is coming out with an updated, irritation free version of the force! I can’t wait!!!

Do Must Have Apps Equal A Smarter Business?

“Top 5 Must Have Daily” Apps – Utilizing Smartphone Technology to Enhance Your Business Experience

Are Smartphones getting smarter or are we just learning how to utilize them more effectively?  The smartphoneapplication marketplace is rapidly growing and highly intuitive to the needs of consumers.  As a result, consumers are now using Apps for much more than a game of Candy Crush with a friend or sharing selfies on Instagram.   Entrepreneurs and professionals of all sorts are integrating a variety of smartphone Apps to increase knowledge, enhance services and create low cost/no cost marketing opportunities to improve and boost business.

Prior to starting my own health coaching business, Q Movements, my Apps usage mainly consisted of music, maps, sports, and social media. I enjoyed and appreciated the instant touch of the index finger access to updates from my inner circle.

Now as a small business owner, my App needs, selection and usage has expanded immensely.  In fact, I make sure to visit the Apple App store frequently so as to stay on top of trends and in tune with technology.

I’ve created my own “Top 5 Must Have Apps” list of the Apps I use daily which have positively impacted both my business and personal life.  I’m sharing my list in hopes you may seriously consider exploring and expanding your App usage for enhancing your business and lifestyle.

1.  FaceTime:  FaceTime is a feature specific to Mac products. It’s basically a video call.  I have an iPhone and honestly never used FaceTime until I started my business.  I use FaceTime regularly now to screen new clients, conduct health coaching sessions and develop strong connections with my clients.

The App is easy to use and the audio & video stream is quite clean and consistent.  FaceTime is a useful and effective tool that saves me time & money daily instead of having to travel to make all my connections.

Spotify 2.  Spotify:  Spotify is one of many great digital music Apps on the market. For me, this App serves dual purpose.  I personally enjoy music and appreciate Motown’s best groves to 90’s grunge to Latin jazz and just about everything in between.  Music is my cheap therapy.  It uplifts, calms, soothes, excites and inspires me. Spotify is also a great asset for my business.

The Spotify App provides the perfect background vibe for my group & personal training and meditation sessions.  It’s fun for me to create special playlists for my clients.  It’s amazing how the right tunes can motivate movement.  Spotify is a free App however it’s well worth the $10.81 a month fee for access from all my devices and commercial free listening.

Spotify3.  Audible:  Anyone who knows me knows I love to learn.  Audible is one of the leading providers of digital audiobooks.  Because I spend a lot of time in my car, I decided to use my time more wisely by listing to a variety of books using Audible. Three Simple Steps, written by Trevor Blake was my first audiobook and the rest is history.  I strive to listen to at least two books a month.  I’ve increased my knowledge in areas of financial management, communication, marketing and sales.  Remember knowledge is power.

4.  Chase Mobile Banking/ Payment App: Banking Apps are an outstanding resource and tool for entrepreneurs and business professionals.  Financial management is critical in all levels of business.  I particularly appreciate the ability to deposit checks anytime and anywhere with my smartphone.

Banking is made super convenient with total access to business and personal accounts 24/7.   I’m now able to accept credit and debit cards payments.  This added convenience factor for my clients has helped to increase revenue.

6. Social Media: No Top 5 App list is complete without including one of several social media Apps. Facebook, Pintrest, LinkedIn, Vine, Google+, YouTube and Twitter are all excellent Apps for creating free marketing opportunities for your business.

I frequently use these Apps to promote my business and connect with clients.  It’s also a great way for your current and potential clients to learn more about your brand. Images, text, and videos can be composed and uploaded to some or all your social media Apps to alert your connections with promotions, information and updates for your business instantly.

The App marketplace is full of interesting, fun and amazing Apps on business, education, finance, news, food, travel, lifestyle and my personal favorites health and fitness.  I encourage you to take time and visit your App store and explore new Apps weekly that could benefit your business, services and revenue.

Now back to my opening question, “Are smartphones getting smarter or are we just learning how to use them more effectively?”

I believe investing time in to utilizing your resources more effectively is definitely evidence of elevated intelligence.  Smartphones don’t equal smarter business.  Smarter entrepreneurs equal smarter business.

Article published on Latin Business Today website:

http://latinbusinesstoday.com/2014/04/do-must-apps-equal-smarter-business/