Ever since I bought a Fitbit, my workouts have been more challenging and I'm staying motivated.
I personally chose the Fitbit Charge HR due to this watch being the most popular among my friends.
The Fitbit caught my eye years ago, but I only just decided to buy it due to working out more and wanting to see what was going on “numbers” wise.
Everything automatically syncs with the app and it's helped tremendously with figuring out my sleeping patterns, which has lead to me getting proper (and a good amount!) of sleep.
I wanted to write this post due to not finding many pros and cons posts on Fitbits (particularly Fitbit Charge HR).
Fitbit Charge HR includes:
- PurePulse Heart Rate
- Exercise Tracking
- Caller ID + Watch
- Wireless Syncing into Fitbit app
- Auto Sleep Tracking and Alarms
- Long Battery Life
- Calculates Calories Burned, Floors Climbed, Active Minutes, and Steps
- SmartTrack (automatically recognizes activities and logs it into the app).
$149.95 (but often on sale for $130 or less)
- Charging cable
- Wireless sync dongle
So far there are 6 colors for the Fitbit Charge HR. The other Fitbits have different colors and features as well.
Small, Large, and Extra Large.
Pros of the Fitbit:
- The Fitbit challenges motivate me to be #1 every day, meaning that I walked the most steps or was the most active.
- The Fitbit apps have awesome badges and rewards, such as walking the entire length of Italy or climbing enough steps to reach Machu Picchu, etc. Seeing that is pretty damn motivating and has a rewarding feeling compared to just seeing how many steps I've done on a dollar store pedometer.
- The Fitbit is around on my wrist at all times, which makes tracking my steps, heart rate, stairs climbed, etc., much easier than my iPhone. (This is for the people who state that phones do an equally good job as the Fitbit does but keep in mind, the average woman carries her phone in her purse and doesn't have it on them at all times, as hard as that is to believe).
- The Fitbit has been accurate as far as sleep patterns go. It can tell me how many times I was awake, for how long, and how many times I was restless. It's gotten it right every single night so far, and it's crazy seeing the patterns showing up. (Ex. If I eat really close to bed, I have a tougher time sleeping throughout the night).
- My Fitbit vibrates to let me know it's time for bed, and when it's time to wake up.
- My iPhone and Fitbit are in sync, meaning when someone calls my phone, my Fitbit also lets me know who is calling. Which is really awesome in case there is an emergency, my watch vibrating nonstop will let me know to definitely check my phone.
- I never have to connect my Fitbit to my computer since it syncs up to my phone almost immediately.
- The Fitbit lets me know when I am in my “fat burning” zone during the day.
- Charges very quickly and one charge will last days.
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Cons of the Fitbit:
- I have done quite a bit of research on the accuracy of the heart rate monitors, calorie counters, and everything else that gets counted on the watch, and it seems that 50% of people back it up with “credible facts and research” and the other 50% of people state that the Fitbit is not accurate whatsoever and that your phone can do a better job.
- The watch is water-resistant, but not waterproof. You can take a shower with it, but can't go swimming with it. Heh. It doesn't make sense to me either.
- The band around my wrist can get a little uncomfortable, especially when sweat gets trapped underneath it during my workouts.
- The sync dongle can be pretty easy to lose due to its very small size and it will cost you $20 to replace each time.
- I get a little too competitive if I don't hit 10,000 steps in a day. I start walking around my tiny apartment thinking it'll do any good when I could be spending time relaxing and playing Halo after a long day of work.
So far my experience has been positive due to the pros outweighing the cons.
I am definitely a visual person and seeing graphs, numbers, and charts are seriously motivating. I also like that I am in “competition” with my friends from all over the world. We come up with different challenges and see who can walk the most steps within a week, weekend, or day.
I hope to get the elite badge one day, which is 100,000 steps in a day! I really wish I had this watch when I hiked to Machu Picchu.
Here are some photos of the app and my personal achievements! =)
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Do you have a Fitbit? Was your experience using Fitbit positive or negative?
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