Disclosure: I received my Fitbit Charge for free through a campaign I am doing with Verizon Through FitFluential. All opinions and content are 100% mine.
I feel like the queen of fitness trackers. To date I have had:
- Jawbone Up
- Fitbit Flex
- Garmin Vivofit
- Fitbit Charge
Those were my favorites. I tried a couple of others that aren’t even worth mentioning. I was super excited when I found out we were getting the Fitbit Charge from Verizon. I had been hearing such good things about it that I couldn’t wait to try it. One reason is that Fitbit excels in the app/stats area (in my opinion).
Here is my Fitbit Charge surrounded by my Fierce Forward for Life armor. The size of the Fitbit Charge is perfect. Not too bulky, but large enough to read the screen. Unlike some other trackers that were prone to coming apart and falling off my wrist, the Fitbit Charge clasp is very sturdy. I don’t worry about losing it. Do note that the Fitbit Charge comes in multiple sizes, make sure to find the right one for your wrist.
This is a screen shot of some of the stats that the Fitbit tracks for you.
Let’s break them down:
STEPS: You can set your own step goal. I have mine set at 7,500. Some days I meet and exceed it, other days, not so much. They recommend 10,000 steps per day.
ACTIVE MINUTES: Once again, you set your daily goal. I have mine at 210 which would be 30 minutes per day. Again, some days I get more, others days less.
FLOORS: I keep my floor goal set at 10 (which I think was the standard). I am not sure how it tracks the floors, but do a hilly race and you will get quite a few.
MILES: Make sure to set your miles in alignment with your steps. There are approximately 2,000 steps per mile.
CALORIES BURNED: I don’t pay attention to this one.
Here is an example of the sleep data you can receive. This is from the dashboard of the website. You can even see where my naps were.
I think trackers are great as one measure of the activity you are getting. However, remember it won’t track:
- Weight Lifting
That’s one of the reasons I reduced my step goal. I know what other activity I am getting in.
One thing that is fun with the Fitbit is earning badges. You can get badges for floors, miles walked, steps walked, etc. Here are my top badges:
I will say that hubby loved my Fitbit Charge so much that he went and bought the Fitbit Charge HR which adds a heart rate feature to it – without having to wear a heart rate strap. He is loving it.
Overall, I am loving my Fitbit Charge as much as I thought I would. I wear it daily. I look at my stats once a day. If they could put in an inactivity alert (like Jawbone UP), the Fitbit Charge would be my PERFECT tracker.
Do you have a fitness tracker? What would be your favorite feature?