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.
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.