With the competitive nature of fitness, and the need for motivation during the winter months, the Fitbit Charge HR gives another layer of competition that can only be good for you. When I first unpacked the Fitbit Charge HR its simple, clean design was clear. The Charge HR isn’t trying to be a smart watch, but a very useful sports band. The interface is easy to navigate, whether you are tech savvy or not.
The Fitbit Charge HR design is sturdy and comes in two sizes, small and large. This caters for those with smaller wrists and those with Popeye forearms. The Charge HR comes in 4 colours: Teal, Black, Tangerine, and Plum. They all look very cool, but I really like the Teal, mainly because it is very similar to the NZ Dads’ colour!
There was one aspect of the design that I found annoying, which was the strap holding ring. It has a notch in it that clicks into strap holes. This is not an issue when using the Charge HR but is was a little annoying taking it off for the shower. By no means is that a deal breaker though.
What I love most about the Charge HR is that it covers the info I want to know while working out at the gym, and also lets me know just how much exercise I do in my everyday life. This combined with the app makes it really easy to track my daily workouts and feed my competitive nature, giving me goals to meet each day.
Another awesome feature of the Charge HR is the sleep tracker. I had been tired at work for a while, and wasn’t sure why. After tracking my sleep pattern, I was able to see that I was having some pretty restless sleeps. By tracking my sleep for a week or so, I have been able to plan going to bed at better times, and have noticed that eating less sugar before bed has helped with the quality of my sleep.
The app that goes with any Fitbit device is available on both Apple and Android devices, and if you don’t have a smart phone you can go to the Fitbit website. The app seamlessly links with Charge HR and you can track your progress as you go. You can also link up with your friends who have a Fitbit device. There are challenges in which you go up against your friends – nothing like a little healthy competition!
What is the Fitbit Charge HR going to cost you? Not as much as you might expect. At the time of writing you can get a Charge HR for around $230. For all it does and the motivation you get while using it, it is well worth the price. The Fitbit Charge HR is an awesome little motivator and I would highly recommend getting one if you are wanting to get on the fitness buzz this winter.