My FitBit Charge HR Is The Best Investments I’ve Made

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I had been toying with the idea of buying a FitBit for a while but it was the expensive that just put me off. Did I want to spend almost £100 on something that I didn’t know if I needed? I had an inexpensive one that I bought online but it constantly needed charging that I kept forgetting to wear it which kind of defeats the whole point of them.

When I was on holiday a few ladies had them and were raving at how much they used them and how much they made them realise what they were (and in some cases weren’t doing). When I came back I thought i’d do some research and found the new FitBit Charge HR model on sale in Tesco for £74.99 so I bit the bullet and ordered one. It was made all the more sweeter because I had £50 left over that I didn’t spend from my holiday budget!

Setting it up and connecting it to my phone was super easy and I quickly added in my 10,000 step a day target. The first thing I realised was how little walking I did up to finishing work. Sure I potter round the house getting ready accumulating almost 1,200 steps before I’ve gone to work but when it hits 5.30 I am lucky if I’ve done 3,500 steps in total all day.

The device really hit home to the fact that unless it’s the weekend or I’m heading to the gym/ for a walk in an evening I am lucky if I hit 6,000 steps within any given day. I am so happy I made this realisation as it has made me think about taking stairs instead of the lift, going for a quick walk around my building to build up my walking and other things.

my fitbit charge

Of course the FitBit Charge HR has a lot more functions than just recording steps. The miles, stairs and calorie features are super useful but the heart rate function is really useful when I am at the gym or doing an activity. A lot of the machines I use at the gym struggle to pick up heart rate so I don’t always know if I am working at my optimal level (some days you do the same workout level but it just feels harder). Knowing how much I am working has helped me up levels on machines and know where I am working.

The FitBit is also great for sleep tracking. I have used phone app’s and things to track my sleep but I have found this far more accurate as it is on me. I usually know how long I’ve been asleep but I now know how often I am restless, which seems to be quite a lot, so I think it’s time to wind down better before heading to bed/ One of the other things which I also love about my FitBit is the app. There is so much information on there and you can channel down to particular hours for distance/ calories. And each week I get an e-mail giving me my update on my average figures, best and worst day figures etc.

The FitBit Charge HR has done exactly what it should have for me and got me even more active than I was before and I am so happy with my investment. I’ve had it for almost a month now and other than charging and showering/ swimming it hasn’t left my wrist.

Do you use anything to track your exercise or steps during the day?
February 13, 2016
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  • I'd love one of these Fit Bits, might give me an incentive to walk more:-)

  • I heard so many good things about the fitbit. I really must think about getting one. Love the fact that it can also moniter your sleep

  • I also keep looking at the Fitbit but the price keeps putting me off as well. I'll have to keep my eyes open and see if I can find a good bargain like you! x

  • oh I have a few friends who have one of these and I have to admit they sound fantastic

  • I didn't see the fuss about activity trackers until I got my S6 a few weeks back. I've been using the Samsung Health app which lets you track your heart rate, sleep, diet etc and now I totally get the activity tracker thing. I need a Fitbit in my life! Most importantly I've learned I have a very low heart rate, something that I think is contributing to my anxiety. Low and behold, I start doing more steps daily and I feel less anxious. Who'd of thunk? :)

  • This looks like a great device for those who want to become fitter and want to track their fitness.

  • I have a load of friends who have these and have raved about them, but I have never really understood fully what they do, apart from tracking steps. Maybe I will invest in one in the future

  • This looks like a good one, so many I have seen give unreliable data, my daughter who is a keen runner is looking at getting one, I will send her to have a read.

  • I love my FitBit too. Makes you so much more active without you even trying too hard. Glad you took the plunge and bought one too!

  • I have a FitBit flex. I love joining the challenges with my friends as it really motivates me to get moving! I find myself wanting to go to the gym just to boost my step count! I've seen the new FitBit they are releasing soon and I've asked for it for my bday. It looks really nice!

  • Yes I do. I have the Fitbit flex. Love it.

  • Ooh now I want one of these as I know my iphone app just isnt reliable at all x

  • I keep wondering whether to invest in a FitBit too! I need to do some research. x

  • This is the first time I had heard of the fitbit but it does look like a worthwhile investment! I may have to check it out x

  • It's great the FitBit is so helpful for you. x
    I wondered if I should get one, but for what I would use it, I need a heart rate monitor with chest strap. Although I'm not that keen on the chest strap part :))

  • I use my Samsung phone to monitor my steps and runs. Although I like the idea about it tracking sleep and heart rate x

  • I keep looking at this, loads of my friends swear by theirs

  • I keep looking at these and thinking about how great they sound but the price tag keeps putting me off. My sister is considering one so I may see what hers is like.

  • My boyfriend got a similar thing for Christmas and is always raving about it! Think it's time I invested in one too….

  • I'm so tempted!! The more reviews I read, the more I'm sold, just need to justify the cost now!

  • I've heard so many good things about the Fitbits, definitely a worthwhile purchase. :) x

  • I have an older smaller version of FitBit that I love. It does make a difference in the amount of steps I take too!

  • With it being on your wrist, it's completely impossible to ignore. That keeps you extra accountable, I feel!

  • I have toying with the idea of buying one of these for my other half, I am glad I read your review as I was worried if it was worth the money.

  • My husband and I have been thinking about getting one of these but I wasn't sure. Thanks for sharing your thoughts

  • I have been thinking about buying this myself but I wasn't sure! I think I will when baby arrives, it looks and sounds great

  • I use a feature from LG phone and it's as cool as this. :)

  • I'm really interested in the sleep tracker function on this – my sleep isn't great so it'd be good to know what's going on with it so I can try and improve!

  • My husband loves his FitBit after going through about 10 Jawbones which successfully broke down. I try to keep my life low tech as I have a baby and there is emerging evidence that current level of radiation from wifi and other electromagnetic field sources does have a negative impact on the developing brain of small children. But sounds like you're having fun with yours and it is nice to keep track of your steps!

  • I'd love a FitBit, I've heard so many great things about them, I must buy one sometime soon! X

  • I love my Fitbit although I haven't charged it for a month I really need to get back on it but it's so motivated x

  • I love my FitBit. It helps me to get more steps in, too-but I still never hit my target at the minute.

  • I've got a Polar FT7 heart rate monitor which is pretty good, but I haven't used it for about a year! If my back ever gets completely back to normal, I'll have to dig it out again

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