If you’ve ever counted calories or kept a food diary, you will know that tracking really does lead to changed behavior. It’s as though when you are tracking these things, you play a game with yourself, you are competing with yourself, and you don’t want to let yourself down.
Sure, nobody will know. But you’ll know. And somehow that really makes a difference. So, if you are looking to increase your level of physical activity, or just want to know where you’re at, a Fitbit tracker can be a great gadget to invest in.
The Fitbit Charge + Fitbit Charge HR
The first thing you’ll notice about the Fitbit Charge and the HR version is that they look pretty good. Featuring a slim rubber band with a small yet easy to read face, it goes with almost any outfit. The clasps are a little different, with the Fitbit Charge HR’s a small step up – it actually stays on without much hassle, which is really handy because you’re supposed to wear it 24 hours a day, whereas the Fitbit Charge falls off pretty easily if snagged on something.
The clasps are a little different, with the Fitbit Charge HR’s a small step up – it actually stays on without much hassle, which is really handy because you’re supposed to wear it 24 hours a day, whereas the Fitbit Charge falls off pretty easily if snagged on something.
Both of the units will monitor your movements throughout the day pretty well, giving you a fairly accurate idea of how many steps you have taken. I say fairly accurate because some activities won’t record correctly – for example if you are walking/ jogging while pushing a pram the fact that your arms are still will result in a lower step count.
They also monitor your sleep, which is pretty cool. And the major difference, the Fitbit Charge HR will record your heart rate.
The Fitbit is used together with the Fitbit app, which is available on all platforms, is easy to use and looks darn good too. Both of these Fitbit models will last 5 full days before needing a charge, and charging is done via the included cable. This is slightly annoying actually, as the cable is a specific Fitbit cable, as opposed to a normal USB cable. So don’t lose it! One other small drawback, depending on what you want it for, is that the Fitbit is not waterproof. It is water resistant, but you can’t go swimming with it. Annoying, yes, but for me, not a deal breaker.
The Bottom Line
If you have been considering getting a fitness tracker, the Fitbit Charge or Fitbit Charge HR are great options. They represent a good, easy to use, standard fitness tracker. On top of this, they are very accurate. Where Fitbit really comes into its own is through the app.
The app is well supported by a variety of other apps and services (see the full list here) which is awesome. You can also challenge friends to competitions if they have a Fitbit.
As for whether to go for the Fitbit Charge or the Fitbit Charge HR, there is probably no reason to not spend a bit more and get the heart rate tracking feature on the HR. But whatever you choose, both models are really quite reasonably priced, (give or take) respectively. You can get the Fitbit Charge here and the Fitbit Charge HR here on Amazon.