fitness, health, reviews

Fitbit Charge HR

It has been about two months since my wonderful husband gifted me with a Fitbit Charge HR. A just because present, he is so sweet! Several of you requested that I share my thoughts on it and I wanted to wait until the newness of it wore off to give you my honest scoop. This is not a sponsored post.

Function – The Fitbit Charge HR is a fitness tracker designed to track number of steps taken, mileage, heart rate, calories burned, stairs climbed and it also tracks your sleep. The wrist display will also act as a watch and you can get call notifications with caller ID. One of my favorite functions? It also serves as an alarm clock with a vibration on your wrist. Very convenient if you wake up 2 hours before your spouse like I do!!! I am sure he appreciates the lack of intrusive alarms on my side of the bed now!

I find the Fitbit to be very accurate with my steps taken, the mileage and for the most part…stairs climbed. There are some days when I will look down and it says I climbed no stairs when I know I have gone up at least twice. There are other days when it will say I climbed 25 flights when in reality it was probably 15-20. The mileage is always right on with my treadmill for my runs.

The only thing I don’t like about tracking is that if I am lifting weights or doing something that isn’t cardio, it isn’t really tracking. I suppose if you are doing something that is raising your heart rate, then it is getting it with that. Overall this is a non-issue for me because I know I worked out, but it is still annoying.

I find the sleep tracking very informative. If I wake up and feel tired throughout the day, I can almost guarantee that I woke up and was restless several times through the night and can see so on my profile.

Style – Chris purchased the black one for me. His thought was that it was a neutral color that would match everything. So kudos to him for thinking that through! Had I been there, I probably would have gotten the purple one like here because purple is my favorite color. However, I kept the black one because he chose it for me and it grew on me really fast!

While I wear mine every single day with any outfit, dressy or casual….I do wish that it was more stylish and looked more like a real watch or something. Or even had designer swap-able bands for when you aren’t sweating it out. Fitbit, can we work on that? People that care about fitness still care about fashion too!

Motivation – I find that when I am getting ready for bed in the evenings, if I am close to hitting 5,000 or 10,000 steps….I will run in place while brushing my teeth or hit the stairs a few times. When I am sitting at work all day and I see I have barely gone 3,000 steps…I feel guilty and try to make extra laps around the office or pace around the kitchen while I am cooking dinner. If I sign online and see my “friends” have gone several thousand (like 20,000-50,000) more steps than I have for the week, it makes me feel like I am not doing near enough! So yeah, the motivation is there.

The Fitbit also sits on my wrist daily as a reminder to make better eating choices. Sometimes I tell it to bug off and eat a cheeseburger while silently cursing myself. Other time I find myself walking to the salad bar as that damn black band stares at me from my wrist. So judgy.

Care/Durability – While the Fitbit is not waterproof…I know, annoying right??? It has held up to my super sweaty work outs and the banging around of my wrists all day. There is one small scratch on the display screen. Who knows how I got it, but I am not surprised. I am not even a little careful with it. So to say that it is durable, is an understatement. This thing takes a beating like a champ. It is also super easy to clean. I just wipe it down with some Cetaphil (the facial cleanser) and a warm wet wash cloth. Trust me when I say that it needs a good cleaning a few times a week if you sweat during your work outs.

App/Integration – The Fitbit is Bluetooth enabled and connects with your phone and computer. There is an app you can download to track everything, enter food, water, etc. You can friend others who have Fitbits and see their progress and it syncs with other fitness tools such as MyFitnessPal. If I can figure out how to do all this, so can you!

Other Features

–You can just double tap the screen instead of pushing the button on the side to see all your tracking! Brilliant! I probably would  have learned that in the manual, had I read it.

–It vibrates when you hit your goal for the day. Nothing like a little praise to make you want to go further!

–You earn badges for different milestones that you accomplish.

–It comes in three sizes – small, large and extra large. I have the small. If you are average size or smaller, I would say that the small would be right for you. My wrists are tiny and I would be lost in anything bigger. I wish the rest of me was that tiny. 

–The battery lasts me about 4-ish days. Charging it goes by really fast! I can usually put it back on my wrist after an hour or less with a full charge.

–It does run my cell phone battery down a little more than before I had it, but nothing crazy.

Overall- I really love my Fitbit! I am glad that I have it, and I do recommend it for anyone who wants to get serious about their health and fitness. For the extra $20, I feel like the Charge HR is a no-brainer for the heart rate monitor.

Do you have a Fitbit? Let’s be friends! Let me know in the comments and we can find each other. What fitness tracker do you have your eye on? Do you have any questions about the Fitbit? I am more than happy to give you my honest opinion!

Linking up with Joey.

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  • Reply Deborah October 15, 2015 at 9:22 am

    I have a Jawbone and I loooooooooove it!!! I’m actually planning on doing a review on it this coming week! It works almost the same as the FitBit.

  • Reply Heather - My Little HEA October 15, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Not waterproof so can you wear it in the shower? That’s one of my fav things about the cheaper Fitbit because I only take it off to charge. Otherwise I think I would forget to put it on every morning since I don’t wear a watch or any other jewelry unless I sleep and wash in it.

    I definitely wish it was more stylish. I’ve been meaning to fiddle with some leather tools and metal melting to see if I can come up with something like the Tory Burch that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer October 15, 2015 at 9:33 am

    I’m glad you did this review because I’m toying with buying one. I have switched my workouts to more weightlifting but would love this for the sleep feature! Also I know I need to move more during the day.

  • Reply joey October 15, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Funny you should share this because I’ve been contemplating upgrading my flex to the HR for a few months now. I just find myself wishing I had a watch on (especially now that I’ve detached myself from my phone a bit). I agree that I wish it were more stylish (reason #23453234 that I prefer the flex ) but the additional features are tempting!

  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine October 15, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Umm so I didn’t even know my Fitbit did all that!! My husband has the one you do but I have the clip on one and he got me four bands but they are not that cute! I need to design pretty accessories. Lol. I average a 14,000 a day and find that to be my goal for some odd reason and do the same step in place thing at night. Weekends are not near as good but that’s ok. 😉 we don’t follow other people right now, we just push each other. Lol. Thank you for the great review and teaching me done new stuff!! Happy Friday Eve!!!

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says October 15, 2015 at 11:33 am

    I have the Fitbit Flex, which can’t do some of the things you listed and it doesn’t have the awesome displays that the higher end ones do (like, I only get dots. For every 2000 steps, I get a dot, not a step count. There’s no clock. Things like that) but it’s definitely serving it’s purpose. It’s making me more conscious of how much I move and the sleep tracker is awesome. It is frustrating that it doesn’t track workouts that don’t involve walking and it bothers me that the Nike app can’t integrate with it but still. It’s a pretty cool piece of technology.

  • Reply Rebecca Jo October 15, 2015 at 11:41 am

    I have the basic Fitbit One & LOVE it… it is such a motivator.
    Oh gosh – I do good if I leave with 3,500 steps by the time I leave the office. I hate sitting all day.

  • Reply Erin LFF October 15, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Love your review on this. I have the zip because Jared got it free from work- and I LOVE tracking my steps. Like you said, the motivation is definitely there. Occasionally I find myself pacing at the end of the night while we finish a movie or something because I realize I’m slacking 🙂 It’s definitely made me more aware of taking breaks at work and moving more. I’d love to eventually upgrade to the charge but mine is still chugging along after almost 2 years! I definitely thought it was waterproof though?! Haha- it survived a half-marathon in the rain!

  • Reply Mattie October 15, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    I have one! It’s Mattie Roush or! (I thought you searched by name but someone said it’s email!)

  • Reply Annie - The Ranting Latina October 15, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    I had a Jawbone earlier this year for a few months and after it died (because apparently it needed a software upgrade, the JB lady was nice to point out–days after I got my refund), I realized I didn’t really need one anymore.

    Like after I learned the basic data (sleep, activity, etc.), I noticed it was the same every day, so I didn’t learn much more. Plus, entering my already-healthy food intake (for calories) was a lot of work! And the fact that it tracked some activities better than others was annoying as well.

    My bf, a Crossfitter who eats super well too, had a Fitbit but he stopped wearing his before I gave my JB up :/. Though now he’s waiting to get the Apple Watch b/c it better tracks stuff (?).. At some point, there’s gotta be some information overload, no?

    Anyways, I’m glad that these things definitely have an audience and that they’re able to take full advantage of them.. I, a routine lover, am probably not a member of it :).

    PS- Fashion-wise, I know Tory Burch makes things for the Fitbit ( I know there must be other (perhaps less pricey) alternatives!

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph October 15, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I’m not a fitbitter. My parents love theirs!

  • Reply Amanda October 15, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    It comes in 3 sizes?! I had no clue! Makes sense, I just never thought about that part of it!

  • Reply Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis October 15, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    A lot of my friend’s have fitbits and they compete against each other. I haven’t jumped on the train yet but your review was really informative so I know all that I’m missing out on.

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista October 15, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Love that it has a vibrate function for an alarm clock! That would come in so handy on days where we have totally different wake up schedules 😀

    Green Fashionista

  • Reply Jackie October 15, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Thank you for this review. I think it’s probably going on my Christmas list.

  • Reply Laura @ Life with Lolo October 15, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    I generally like my FitBit Flex for the motivational puroposes and step tracking, but I know it isn’t all that accurate. For example after my half marathon a couple weeks ago it said I’d only done 10.5 miles after the race and that was even with walking all over the place before the race started. And I also get frustrated that it doesnt track other activity like weights too – it almost never gives me “active minutes” for that sort of thing.

    Also the Flex you have to “put to sleep” in order to track sleep and I always forget so I never use that function. Is that the same with yours or is it automatic? The Flex is also water-resistant so I can wear it in the shower, getting sweaty/wet-ish in general. I can’t believe your’s isn’t? If I had to take it off every shower I would always forget to put it back on!

    This also reminds me that I don’t think we’re FitBit friends… searching now…

  • Reply Kay R. October 15, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    I have a polar that I rarely use!!! I need to get a fitbit – its on my list. Great review!

  • Reply kristen October 16, 2015 at 7:52 am

    I think I would like it, but I don’t want to pay for it lol. I really like the sleep thingy and the tracking of the steps. So, wait. It doesn’t track your strength workouts? Isn’t that the point of the heart rate thingy? I have no idea. I also don’t love that it’s not waterproof… I don’t wear a watch or any other jewellery because I hate to take stuff off and put it back on after my bath/shower. lazy? yes. hahaha. thanks for this super detailed post girl, I pinned it!

  • Reply Jenn @ Optimization Actually October 16, 2015 at 8:30 am

    I have the Charge HR too! The heart rate has been the most interesting thing for Ryan and myself. My heart rate is actually pretty low. Like 50s. And Ryan finally convinced me not to take magnesium anymore because it lowers heart rate. I didn’t believe him but after I stopped it went from 40s up to high 50s, so… since the average is 60 to 100, I probably don’t need to take something extra that lowers it even more!

    I almost got purple, but I’m glad I went with black. It’s more versatile! Fitbit friends? (Although I’m having trouble figuring out how to find people. A couple people found me, but obviously they’re more tech savvy than I!)

  • Reply jackie October 16, 2015 at 10:07 am

    ooh this sounds really awesome! the sleep tracker sounds really great!

  • Reply Kristin October 16, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    I’ve always wondered if it was worth the buy. Reviews like this help out potential customers a lot!

  • Reply Sophia Rodriguez October 16, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    I have the HR and I love it so much! My husband and I got ours at the same time. He has already sold his because he goes to the gym everyday regardless so it wasn’t anything that wowed him but for me, because I need all the motivation I can get, I love it! I do agree with you, I wish they had some style options too!

  • Reply kathy@more coffee, less talky October 21, 2015 at 11:26 am

    I don’t have one but my husband has a step counter (garmin) and he loves it!

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