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 🙂 . 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:
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.
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 😉 . 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. 🙂 Silly but fun! And also when your daily goal in any particular category is reached, you get a smiley face.
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?