About a month ago I was incredibly bummed when my Fitbit Flex decided to stop counting my steps. When I contacted support, they told me the battery was fried and I was out of warranty–basically, out of luck.
Luckily, they gave me a discount and because I fell in love with that sleek rubber bracelet on my wrist every day, I was undoubtedly going to replace it.
When I visited the website to make the purchase, I decided to upgrade and buy a Charge HR.
Let’s call it an early Christmas present.
It arrived a few days ago and I’m already in love. It’s comfortable and it has a lot more features than the Flex–like showing the time!
Why should you own a Fitbit Charge HR?
The Charge HR doesn’t have GPS capabilities, but if you want to use the smartphone Fitbit app, you can track your routes and more on that.
I prefer my Garmin for GPS tracking, but it’s all about preference.
The Fitbit is here for tracking daily steps, calorie count (for food and exercise), plus I’m excited to start tracking water intake again. Believe it or not, it’s really hard to reach your daily water intake goal. My goal is 64 oz–or four water bottles.
Hydration is extremely important and can make or break a run.
You can also track sleep. I still haven’t quite decided if I’m comfortable wearing it to bed. I do have small wrists and it’s a little bulkier than the Flex. However, it is nice to wake up and see how many times I was restless throughout the night.
All the fun features:
- Measures heart rate
- Tracks all-day activities + workouts
- Counts food + water intake
- Tells time and shows who’s calling
- Silent alarms
- Syncs wirelessly to your phone
Bonus! Gather your Fitbit friends for some challenges within the mobile app for a little competition.
Which apps integrate well with Fitbit?
I’m currently using Fitbit, Apple Health and Strava to track on my phone as well as the desktop Garmin application (it unfortunately doesn’t sync wirelessly).
Out of all my exercise + health apps, Fitbit only integrates with one of them: Strava. I use Strava strictly for cycling and tracking my routes. Between the Garmin for running, Strava for cycling and Fitbit for daily use–my bases are covered.
Fitbit works with the following apps:
- FitStar Personal Trainer and Yoga
- Walgreens Balance Rewards
Recap: Love or hate?
It’s not perfect for everyone, but it solves my problems–or wants–for a wearable.
The great thing about Fitbit is they offer a 100-day, money-back guarantee. So you’re able to test it out in your day-to-day routine before making the full commitment or regretting spending roughly $100 on something glued to your wrist.