Friday Five: What I Love About the FitBit Charge HR

Happy Weekend!! Note, it may take me a little while to get back to your comments and posts as I am en route to Arizona but I’ll get to ’em πŸ™‚ . The general topic Courtney, Cynthia and I have for this week is “Favorites”. You may recall from my Holiday Wish List post that I wanted and was getting a FitBit Charge HR. Best Christmas present ever. While I’m still figuring out some of the more detailed bells and whistles here are 5 things I’m loving about it right now: 5 Things FitBit

Tracking my steps. I have had a pedometer or two in my life but nothing snazzy or worth remembering. 10,000 steps is the default goal and recommended by the American Heart Association for best heart health. I consider myself a pretty active person but dang, getting to 10,000 steps takes effort! It doesn’t help that I work from home now so no longer have a commute but I’ve learned to walk more and everywhere. Running days yield the best results but I love the motivation is has created in me to move more. Friday Five Fitbit Charge

Viewing calories in vs. out. I’ve been steadily working on weight loss the past couple of months and with the addition of the FitBit and this feature, my total loss to date has reached 7 pounds (yay!) With the app and the online account, I can check where I am at any point in the day and it adjusts based on activity level and what I’m logging. The database isn’t as robust as I would like but I’ve registered so many of the same foods now that it’s easy to repeat entries. It has definitely made me think twice about food choices (like, eating the apple versus getting french fries when I’d be over my budget).

Note, I am not on any special diet just focused on healthy foods – I still love my red wine and coffee πŸ˜‰ . The water log also counts here as I love being able to track my hydration at the same time! Once I hit my weight loss goals I likely won’t continue with tracking but it has definitely been so helpful!

Sleep Tracker. Before getting my work/life balance in alignment my sleep patterns were terrible. I wore this pretty consistently the first couple weeks to track my sleep. I average about 7-8 hours a night (perfect!) and can see areas where I may be restless or awake (usually, bathroom). It’s actually pretty cool to see your sleep patterns graphed out (I’m such a nerd). I always knew this but FitBit has confirmed I rarely move once I’m asleep!

Tracking exercise. I have a like/dislike relationship with this feature. I love that you can track your runs or walks in real time but activities such as spinning and yoga are not accurately reflected. You have the choice to add them later and override what was recorded or turn on the tracker directly from the device so it recognizes it. I get it, this is a true pedometer at its core but it would be nice to see the full efforts of a 50 minute spin class. In any event, I get what I get from it and I am satisfied with that!

Badges! I’m such a competitor that when I hit a new milestone and receive a new badge it makes me giddy. πŸ™‚  Silly but fun! And also when your daily goal in any particular category is reached, you get a smiley face. Top Badges marontherun

Honestly, with any fitness wearable or tracker there are going to be pros and cons and everyone is going to find what works best for them and their needs. While there are some limitations on what the FitBit Charge HR can do, it’s been a great addition to my fitness tracking!

Hope you had a great weekend up ahead! What do you use to track your fitness activities? Garmin, FitBit, Apple Watch, nothing at all?  

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63 thoughts on “Friday Five: What I Love About the FitBit Charge HR

  1. I do not use a fitness tracker – I think they’re great but don’t see a need for one (besides the competitive aspect – I’d love that!) in my daily life since I’m tracking mileage through my garmin almost everyday. If my mom got one though I’d def get one to challenge and support her (hmmm maybe birthday gift for mom from my dad and I?) πŸ˜‰
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  2. I don’t use a fitness tracker, but I love my Garmin for my runs. My phone has a pedometer on it and I am always amazed at how hard it is to get steps in when I’m not running. I do like that they give you badges to get at your competitive side. That really helps. πŸ™‚

  3. It is frustrating that my garmin tells me I’ve been idle after a 2 hour bike ride! This week I learned that it doesn’t count skiing unless I’m going down moguls – I guess that’s when I’m slow enough!

  4. Good to know this about the Fitbit! I thought about getting a fitness tracker bit don’t want one you wear on your wrist. I bought a cheap one that you can out in your pocket or bra (forget the name) but I had to return it since it needed to synch to my phone, which is too old! I know Fitbit has one you don’t have to wear on your wrist, so I might look into that.
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  5. I have a Garmin for when I run, but I don’t have anything to track my daily activities. I do think it’d be neat to have a fitbit when I’m on vacation and walking different cities. How many steps do I take while sightseeing?
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  6. I use my TomTom watch to track my running and love it! I used to use just the Nike app but love having more information on each of my runs.

  7. I’m glad you’re enjoying the fitbit. I love it! I like the exercise tracking function but I do have to go in and manually add in things like yoga and body pump after the fact. Somehow it can magically tell the difference between an elliptical and running, which is kind of cool. And I’m a fan of the badges too.
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  8. My husband and I got FitBit Charges last summer and we love them. After seeing ours, my brother got one and I love being able to compete with him long distance. It’s beneficial being able to see how much sleep I get. It’s definitely made me work harder to get to bed earlier.
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  9. I don’t use a fitness tracker on a daily basis, just my Garmin when I run. I have worn my Garmin on a couple of days in the tracking mode just to see how much I walk on a daily basis, and it never shocks me to see all of those miles added up at the end of the day, especially if its a day that I spent most of the day on my feet in my classroom.
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    1. yeah, it’s helped me create a nightly wind down routine. But I’ve always been a pretty non-restless sleeper. I could sleep through just about anything! it was getting to sleep that was the main problem.

  10. Thank you for the info! I’m kind of a moron when it comes to technology, so I have been avoiding the whole Fitbit craze (and I realize I’m in the minority). I track my mileage “old school” (logged on my calendar, with pen) LOL I do wonder about my daily steps, though. I’m pretty active but I know there’s always room for improvement. And my sleep patterns are a nightmare (no pun intended). This would be a great tool to see the “big picture.” (and my birthday is a couple months away….. ) πŸ˜‰
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    1. not in the minority at all – honestly there are so many gadgets and apps out there it really just depends in what your needs and likes/dislikes are! LOVE the sleep tracking feature.

  11. Thank you for sharing this! I had wondered what the difference was with fitbits & this sounds great! I have a Mio global HR monitor that also counts steps & distance. I just started using it to see how active I am on days without exercise. It was interesting to know that while I was at Disney last week, I walked 8.5 miles with my kids the day after I ran the marathon!!

  12. Hello Mar, I do not use the fitness tracker because I not aware about it. But after reading this blog, I came to know its various advantages. Now for sure I’ll buy it and make use of it for my fitness.

  13. I love my Charge too! I wasn’t a fan of the last Fitbit I had but the heart rate tracking has made all the difference for me. Right now, I’m trying out training at a lower intensity and man is it humbling. If I don’t feel like wearing my heart rate strap that goes with my Garmin, I like that the Fitbit offers it right there with just one tap.
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  14. I keep meaning to comment on this because I’ve been TORN between the Fitbit Charge HR and the Garmin Vivosmart HR. I have been wearing my Garmin 920 tri watch every day but I want something smaller so that I can wear my regular watch to work, etc. and just use my Garmin watch for workouts. I don’t know whether it’s better to do the Garmin band so it will sync up with Garmin connect or do the Fitbit, which looks great!
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