I've been wanting to purchase a fitness watch for a long time, but I just couldn't seem to swipe the card. Not until three of my cousins received Fitbits for Christmas and were raving about much they loved them. I did some research and decided that this was the fitness watch for me. Plus, I had some Christmas money that needed spending so I knew the purchase wasn’t going to hurt too much.
I chose the Fitbit Charge HR (my cousins have the regular Charge) because it monitors heart rate and calculates how many calories you burn. In addition, it also keeps track of how many steps I take, how far I've walked all day, how I sleep, and makes it really hard to ignore my 5:15 a.m. alarm when my wrist is vibrating. I've had my Fitbit for a week and I am hardcore in love with it. For several reasons.
It motivates me to move.
Having the Fitbit track my steps reminds me to get up and move more. I work a desk job so I don’t walk as much as I did in college, but now I’m much more conscious of standing up and walking around during my 8-5.
I have a much better understanding of my heart rate.
I've honestly never really paid attention to my heart rate before my Fitbit even though my TIU workouts are always saying to keep your heart rate up. Now all I have to do is click a little button on my Fitbit to make sure my heart rate stays up so I can torch those calories.
I can finally track my calorie burn all day long.
I can monitor how many calories I burn all day, every day. I cannot explain how frustrated I used to get trying to guesstimate how many calories I burned during a workout. My Fitbit ChargeHR does that for me so I have an accurate calorie count to consider when I’m choosing my workouts and my meals.
It monitors my sleep.
Not to mention, my Fitbit monitors my sleep. Unfortunately, I’ve been slumber-challenged for the last year and a half due to stress and life changes. I've tried various sleep apps on my iPhone, but none of them helped me that much and the alarms were always TERRIBLE. My Fitbit keeps track of how often I wake up in the night, how often I’m restless, and when I’m in a deep sleep. And instead of a loud, frightening alarm going off in my room it simply vibrates on my wrist to wake me up gently, but firmly. I've had less trouble waking up for my TIU Morning Booty Calls than I ever have.
The Fitbit app
To make all of this easy to see, it wirelessly syncs to the Fitbit app on my phone. Here all of the information is stored for each day and translated into graphs and charts for me to compare to previous days. The app has a page where I can enter the food I eat and tells me if I've eaten more or fewer calories than I've burned. From the app I can set alarms, goals, and connect with other people to see how I compare to them. There are also challenges that you can engage other people in. I haven’t tried that out yet, but I’ll let the whole world know when I do.
When I was still searching the internet for other fitness watches I saw a lot of reviews that claimed they were bulky and uncomfortable, especially the ones that used chest straps. The Fitbit is none of those things. It’s super light weight so I barely feel it on my wrist, and it doesn’t make my skin feel clammy underneath it. It’s a simple design and the black color I choose doesn't clash too terribly with my clothes. I like that I can wear it to work with other jewelry without feeling like my whole ensemble is thrown off.
Basically, I think you should get a Fitbit. I've already convinced some coworkers to purchase one and I haven't heard them complain yet.