Fitbit Flex activity monitor

As we near mid-January those healthy new-year resolutions will be reaching breaking point. Are you still getting to the gym as frequently as at the start of the month? Still refraining from alcohol for the January Dryathlon? Read on for Fitbit Flex UK availability and price.

There are several tech products to help the newly health conscious. One of the most popular is Nike’s Fuel band that tracks how many calories you've burned in a day

Wearable health technology that monitors activity is getting to be big business, and one of the major players is Fitbit, which offers products that track your health and fitness, and sync wirelessly to your smartphone.

One of the hits at this year’s CES show in Las Vegas – itself hardly a boost to personal fitness aside from the miles you walk along the conference centre aisles – was the Fitbit Flex wearable fitness band.

The Bluetooth Fitbit Flex is a silicon wristband much like those offered by Nike, but with distinct advantages.

Unlike the Nike+ Fuel wristband the Fitbit Flex monitors and tracks sleep.

Being an always-on wristband it’s more convenient than Fitbit’s clip-on Zip, One and Ultra fitness tech products. See: Fitbit Zip review

The lightweight Flex tracks steps taken, calories burned, distance traveled, active minutes, hours slept, and even the quality of your sleep. It will vibrate to wake you up if you want it to.

It will require recharging once a week.

It can share data with popular fitness apps such as RunKeeper and MyFitnessPal.

The Flex will be available later this spring, in four colours: slate, black, teal and tangerine.

It will cost US$99.95. The Fitbit Flex UK price is likely to be £79.99 as the US price has been announced as the same as the One.

Fitbit says that one big challenge it faced in developing the Flex wristband was capturing steps when the user is walking but his or her hands are held still – for instance when walking with a baby stroller or pushchair. Fitbit can also  distinguish active steps from these sitting activities (eating and driving).

Fitbit waited until this year to launch a wristband because it wanted to offer wireless syncing with Android phones as well as Apple iPhones, iPads, and iPods with Bluetooth 4.0. Its products will start syncing with the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Note 2 in late January or early February, with more devices to follow.

Fitbit Flex review to follow.

Fitbit Flex black