Thursday, 28 July 2016

Fitbit Charge HR Review

The thought of spending £100 on a Fitbit blows my mind. It's always put me off. But being the last of the Clubcard boost I had saved up all my points for an ipad, only to find out they'd been removed from the scheme.. So I had to spend it on something else. Since it's technically free, why not try it.

I figured it'd be good motivation to see how I do on a daily basis and when I work out.

Sooo where to begin..

The colour
This was my first dilemma before even buying it. Do I get the teal, do I get the purple argh. Teal was pretty but purple would go with more everyday outfits. Ultimately purple won but it is a shame that it wasn't made with interchangeable straps. That would be perfect.

The cable
When I finally settled on a colour and it arrived, one thing I got frustrated at was the tiny charger cable. Literally TINY, never seen a cable so small.. So naturally within days I'd lost it and had to order a new one. ¬_¬

Whilst I do already have an accurate pedometer on my phone. I was a little skeptical it would be much different. But I do find I'm walking a lot more now, it's almost like a game. You can set targets of walking 250 steps every hour, so now I find I'm walking on my breaks in work just to get my steps up to hit the target. Which is great, every step counts right? But seeing it just makes it more fun.

Living in a flat stairs are pretty much my daily thing, but having the tracker count the stairs you climb and setting your daily target it's nice to see how much you pass or need to do some more in a day. On my 'in' days I can see I need to go out and climb the stairs a few times to get my daily climb in, whereas normally I'd just have the 'in' day and hardly move.

The App
It's... okay. It's not great and needs improvement but it does the job. You can connect other apps (workout apps) which I like so it can tell you how long/ how much exercise you did but it's a bit of a shame more apps don't connect with it. I've been using Fitstar but it's one of those apps where you get 10% of the app free the rest you have to pay a subscription for...

I realise I'm sharing how inactive I am but everyone has to start somewhere
I do like it. I wouldn't pay £100 for it.. but it's a nice little gadget to play with and is quite motivating. It certainly does make you want to move being able to see the impact it has. I'm yet to test it in the gym and do a proper workout with it on.

I do however need to find some friends with Fitbits so I can make friends and (not compete) but share progress with.


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