How many of us have said we want to get fitter and healthier for 2016? My guess is around 80%, but how many people will have stuck it out to the end of January? If you’re starting to get into a health routine slump the Fitbit Charge HR might be just the thing you need to keep you going. I have had my charge for around 6 months now. I bought it last summer as an incentive to boost my weight loss and healthy eating regime. I’ve worn it almost every day in that period and I have to say I wouldn’t be without it now.
The charge is incredibly simple to use. Just set up your account on the Fitbit website, download the app onto your phone (fitbit is compatible with apple, android and windows phones) strap it to your wrist and you’re good to go. It measures your movement, activity and exercise throughout the day vibrating when you reach the recommended 10,000 daily step goal as well as monitoring your heart rate, how many calories you’ve burned and your sleep quality throughout the night.
I tend to get bored of colours very quickly so I decided to go for the simple all over black which matches display screen and monitor that’s built into band, plus it goes with any outfit. As it can be used as a normal watch as well as activity monitor and sleep tracker I tend to wear mine throughout the day whilst at work or just pottering around at weekends. I have the bluetooth on my phone switched on and set my HR to sync in the background so I know I’m up to date, although there is a USB dongle that you can plug into your computer if you’d rather not drain your phone battery. Then when the charge’s battery gets low I simply plug the cable into the back of the band and leave it to charge up overnight which is usually every 3 or 4 days.
I find it really helpful to measure my heart rate as it allows me to keep my exercises in the optimal fat burning zone for my body – meaning I loose weight more quickly than if I was just blindly exercising. This teamed with counting my calories with My Fitness Pal means I’ve been able to keep on track and keep my weight down. If all that wasn’t enough motivation you can enter challenges with friends, such as work week hustle and daily step showdown, where you pit yourselves against each other to see who can get the most steps and receive alerts on your phone when your step count has been overtaken by an opponent.
While anyone wanting to loose weight will need motivation and determination of their own I’ve found that the Fitbit Charge HR is the perfect piece of kit to give you a boost. It’s not aimed at the super fit gym bunny or the wannabe pro athlete but normal people who want to be social, healthy and active.