Buying a new piece of kit can definitely boost your motivation, so we decided to take a look at the popular Charge Fitbit tracker, to see how it performs.
If you’re looking for a discreet and effective device that can monitor your daily activity and help keep you on track to reach your fitness goals, then the Fitbit Charge HR Heart Rate and Activity Wristband is a great choice. You don’t need to be a super serious athlete to benefit from this device, and it’s simplicity of use make it a superb choice for anyone interested in improving their fitness and wellbeing.
There are a few key features that make this little device stand out:
Firstly, there’s the automatic and continuous heart rate and activity tracking. No uncomfortable chest strap is needed. The Fitbit tracker will record your heart rate all day long, whether you’re working out and want to accurately track your calorie expenditure, or focus on your training intensity.
Using your heart rate measurements and profile, the Fitbit tracker can work out your calorie expenditure, and gives impressively accurate figures. If you’re aiming for weight loss or gain, or even simply maintaining your current weight, this caloric information is invaluable, and helps take the guess work out of weight control.
In addition to your heart rate and calories, the fitbit tracker also logs your steps, distance, sleep quality and much more. With wireless connection to your smartphone or computer, the charge automatically syncs so you can follow your daily trends and make progress towards your goals and targets. Time of day is clearly viewable on the easy to read OLED screen, theres a vibration alarm which is a great, and caller ID can be displayed while connected to your phone along with alerts.
Setting up the Fitbit Charge is extremely simple. Downloading the app, connecting to the fitbit and completing the setup takes less than 10 minutes. Thanks to the soft strap and lightweight design, the fitbit charge is almost unnoticeable on your wrist. I normally wear a watch for all of my workouts, however I know some people feel restricted when they wear a watch while training so this discreet little tracker could be perfect if you fit in that camp.
Charging is fast and easy via USB into a laptop etc. or using the mains wall charger, and takes about an hour and a half.
For general walking it is incredibly accurate. Over a number of short walks, the distance comparison between my GPS and the FitBit is within extremely similar, often within about 0.02 of a mile. Since the fitbit detects movement, you will record the odd handmovement as a step, but the effect of this seems pretty much negligible.
The heart rate accuracy on the fitbit tracker is also very impressive. Comparing a manual pulse measurement to the fitbit during rest and activity confirms this accuracy.
After all of that activity it’s important to recover properly, and getting enough sleep is vitally important. The Fitbit Charge will record the number of hours sleep you get. It doesn’t record any time you were awake during the night however, but it will track the time you’ve spent stationary in bed.
All of this data is available to view and analyse on the excellent Fitbit tracker app, which provides a dashboard type display of all of your data as well as access to a whole online community where you can view your progress against others.
In summary, unless you’re a high end athlete looking for GPS, ANT+ etc, this is an excellent fitness wristband. If you’re looking for a comfortable wearable, packed with features and an accurate built in heart rate monitor, we highly recommend the Fitbit Charge.
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