I hope you invested in Fitbit stocks before January 1st because with everyone making resolutions the prices soared! Unfortunately, I did not invest in stocks but I did help by purchasing a Fitbit Charge HR on Boxing day whilst managing to use up most of my Christmas funds. In case you aren’t aware of my 2016 resolutions, keeping healthy/ training for something is one of them-which was my main motivation behind purchasing the Fitbit.
I’ve been thinking about an activity tracker for a few months, when I first saw the Bellabeat LEAF which is absolutely gorgeous. However, because the $CAD to $USD rate right now is pretty crappy I opted to skip that purchase.
I did a lot of research on which tracker to buy and when I ended up going to a packed Best Buy on December 26, I walked out with a Fitbit Charge HR and $180 less in my pocket. FYI, when you buy electronics from Best Buy they charge you a fee for ‘Geek Squad Setup’ which I didn’t even use, so I’m pretty peeved that I paid $10 extra for nothing, it should be something you are asked to opt into.
Fitbit, I just want to throw the idea out there to possibly explore a design that’s more accommodating to women. Although I love the device, it’s just too darn big for me. Also, it does not pair well with long sleeve shirts as I have recently discovered.
Aside from my tiny wrist not fitting properly, the Fitbit Charge HR has a lot of cool features.
- Heart rate: As the name describes, this particular model constantly tracks your heart rate throughout the day which turns out to be pretty interesting! Although, at night it can be a little irritating to see the little green lights blinking away.
- Silent Alarms: When I heard about this I figured it was a winner for sure. No more listening to beeping alarm clocks! The only problem: when your bracelet vibrates it’s so easy to turn off that you can end up just continuing to sleep. Ergo, I won’t be leaving it up to the bracelet to wake me up.
- Sleep Tracking: When you wear the bracelet overnight, it tracks your sleep patterns based on movement. Although it is not as in-depth as the Jawbone UP devices, it does let you know how many hours you slept, and how many times you were restless/ awake. Sometimes it even records how long it took you to fall asleep and let’s you know the overall quality of your sleep.
- Pedometer/ Stairs: Along with nifty features like heart rate and sleep tracking is the step counter and floor count. Basically, it just lets you know how much you’ve moved in a day. As well, you can receive badges once you fulfill daily goals.
- Weight/ water/ calorie tracking: I group these together because I don’t really care about them; someone else might think these are super important, but I’m just way too lazy to keep count of everything I eat/ drink and I don’t own a scale so the weight thing is pretty useless to me. But hey! If you’re interested in it, they’ve got it!
- Call Notifications: Unlike the Jawbone UP devices, the Fitbit Charge HR has a screen which will apparently notify you when someone calls. I have not used it because I read online that it tends to drain battery. No one calls me anyway so I’m not too worried. If, unlike me you are a popular person this could be useful.
Here’s a look at what I’ve accomplished after two weeks of using the Fitbit Charge HR. I was clearly on my step game December 30.
Now that I’ve covered all the deets on Fitbit, it’s time to put it to the test! I want to set monthly goals and attempt to achieve them! So this month I’m going to start small and say that I’m going to try and keep my average daily step count to about 5,000 steps. As well, I want to exercise three times a week. A month from now I’ll let you know how it went, and we’ll set some new goals!
Have you tried an activity tracker?