Review: FitBit Charge HR 

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I can be so lazy. I wish I could say it’s because I run after the kids all day, but I think I just really enjoy sitting down… For the time being, I’ve decided to put it down to ‘decision-fatigue’ but I’m always on the look out for new excuses so do let me know what I can blame my crappy attitude on next…

Last year however I decided that I was going to get ‘heart healthy’ given the history of heart problems in my family. That’s when I decided to invest in a Fitbit Charge HR activity tracker. I thought at the time that it was a trendy pedometer with a heart rate monitor and that was enough for me, but what I got was so much more.

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When It came to choosing which Fitbit I wanted, I had certain criteria I needed to be met. Firstly, I wanted to track my sleep and my heartrate, which immediately ruled out the Zip, One, Flex and Charge models which all track steps, but none do both sleep and heartrate.  (Note: The Alta and Blaze were not available when I was shopping initially) It came down to the Surge which had a large face and allowed for GPS tracking and the Charge HR, which tracked everything I needed but without the GPS. In the end, I chose the Charge HR based on appearances as the Surge is definitely a more bulky watch and as I want to wear everyday, I thought I might worry too much about how it looked.

I paid £66 for my Charge HR from an Amazon third party seller and it seems like it was still a bargain as it currently retails for £99.

On day one with my Fitbit I was surprised… at how shamefully sedentary I was! Turns out that my short walk to the bus and my shuffle to the office kitchen at lunch time didn’t add up to the recommended 10,000 steps. This was just the kick in the arse I needed and a wake up call to how we lie to ourselves about how little activity we do. I’m glad to say that since then, longer walks at lunch time, getting off the bus a stop early and getting away from my desk in work means I hit my 10k target pretty regularly.

One of the things you’re really paying for with a Fitbit is the app. There is nothing I hate more than a badly designed app but I can say Fitbit are doing everything right with this one. It is easy to use, customizable and syncs with zero effort and it’s just so damn pretty! Using the app (and the desktop dashboard) you can track…

  • Steps
  • Floors
  • Distance
  • Calories Burned
  • Activity Minutes
  • Exercise
  • Sleep duration and quality
  • Regularity of Activity (250+ steps per hour)
  • Heart rate
  • Weight
  • Water intake
  • Calories eaten

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You can connect with friends and challenge each other as well as getting quirky badges (a gimmick I know) such as Great Barrier Reef badge for 2574 kilometers walked. It connects seamlessly with other apps such as Map My Run and MyFitnessPal and Bounts.

On a negative note, I find that the matte strap attracts every molecule of dust or dirt that I come into contact with. This would be fine for most people, but as a mum of two little people, dirtiness and stickiness is just a part of my life for the foreseeable future and that’s a pain. Also, I like to wear it quite snug and this can sometimes irritate my skin a little however, my husband had the same issue and finds alternating wrists for his Fitbit Surge solves this problem.

This tracker has worked so well for me and at least made me acknowledge my lazy days so they don’t escalate and it has also not gone unnoticed by the kids as every evening as I’m removing it to scrub the boys in their bath, A asks me “How many steps did you get today mummy?”. In fact, if they did one for kids that I thought they wouldn’t lose or break, I’d buy it as well!

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