I don’t often do reviews, but this is a product that I’m really enjoying and truly believe it COULD help people increase their overall activity, which is huge for general health and fat loss. One doesn’t need to go crazy and “workout” 7 days a week to start losing fat. Some moderately intense exercise is great, but increasing your NEAT can be just as beneficial!
What’s NEAT you ask? NEAT stands for “non-exercise activity thermogenesis.” This is essentially all the movements you make in a day that aren’t standard “exercise.” So this includes walking around the office, running errands, doing chores, cooking, jittering your legs while you sit, everything! You’re always burning some calories as you go about life. Some of these will burn more calories than others though.
First, let me explain what the Fitbit is. The Fitbit is an activity monitor that you wear somewhere on your body. It measures how many steps you take in a day, how much (and how well) you sleep, how many flights of stairs you climb, the distance you have walked, it’ll estimate how many calories you have burned, AND EVEN tell you what time it is! That is a general overview of the majority of the Fitbit styles. But recently I got ahold of the Fitbit Charge HR, a brand new model of the Fitbit, and I have to say, I am very impressed!
Please note, I have not tried any other activity monitors but have done a lot of research into the best ones and decided on Fitbit because of all the positive reviews comparing it to others on the market. I will also be comparing the Fitbit Charge HR primarily to the Fitbit One, which was a clip style best worn on your bra or pants pocket and also the first style I owned.
The Fitbit Charge HR is a watch style of activity monitor worn snuggly (but not too snuggly!) around the wrist. It has a very sleek, modern appearance to it and comes in a couple of colors. I chose black because it will match just about anything I wear. (I’m practical like that…) Just like the Fitbit One, the Fitbit Charge HR measures how many steps you have taken, how many flights of stairs you have climbed, how far you have walked, how many calories you have burned, how long and well you sleep, AND the time! BUT, it will also constantly measure your heart rate throughout the day, and this is HUGE when it comes to estimating your calorie burn, and also the main reason I wanted to upgrade from the Fitbit One. It also has a Caller ID capability on it, which might be useful and noteworthy to some people, but I haven’t really played around with that as I don’t like getting phone calls.
The setup for the Fitbit is very easy. There’s no additional software and you don’t have to pay a monthly fee like some others. When you get your Fitbit, they give you an online link to follow. Once at their website, they take you through a few easy prompts and you give them some simple statistics about yourself. Male/female, height, and weight. You can also plug in some goals. What’s your target step-count for the day? (Mine is 10,000…a lot harder than it may sound if you’re not a runner.) How much weight do you want to lose? Stuff like that. You can also input how much water you have had to drink and how many calories you have eaten (or you can easily link up your MyFitnessPal account to it). I don’t use those two features much, but I like that they’re an option!
One huge positive about the FitBit is that it has a little screen on it that you can simply scroll through with the touch of a button that tells you all your stats so far for the day! It ALSO has the capability to sync to your all your devices WIRELESSLY! Yes, no more plugging in your activity monitor throughout or at the end of the day to see where you’re at with your steps and calories. This is a great motivator to keep you moving more during the day! When I see that I only have 4,000 steps so far, that pushes me to start walking. Your FitBit will come with a little “dongle” that you pop into your USB drive on your computer and whenever you are near it, it will automatically sync to your computer, tablet, or phone (if they are somewhat near to your computer).
Your FitBit will also come with a little USB charger. I have recently been plugging my charger into a wall outlet adapter and have been charging it while I’m in the shower, since you should not wear it while in water. It’s water/sweat resistant, but not waterproof, so you do not want to soak the thing. You should also occasionally wipe it down with a damp cloth and a mild detergent just to keep it clean and avoid getting any weird rashes, plus it’s good to let your wrist breath a little.
My husband purchased himself the FitBit Surge (which is currently on backorder so he won’t be receiving it for a while). The FitBit Surge has a built in GPS and is pretty much the ultimate fitness tracker. It’s a bit better for the cardio enthusiast who does a lot of running. It also costs an additional $100, so I figured I didn’t need those extra features because I’m a bit more of a “brah” who just likes slinging iron in the gym.
So here’s the final round-up:
-It’s worn as a watch, therefore you don’t have to remember to take it off your clothing when you change. (You don’t want to throw Fitbits in the washing machine or forget to wear it!)
-It has all the features of the Fitbit One (steps, distance, flights of stairs, calorie burn, sleep, time) plus a good heart rate monitor (which matched very closely to what I manually measured with my fingers).
-It has a caller ID option.
-Wireless syncing capabilities.
-Very easy to setup and use.
-Screen on watch shows all of your current stats for that day.
-It will give you positive messages throughout the day and cheer you on!
-No GPS, so you’ll have to dish out an additional $100 if you want that.
-Not SUPER attractive. I wouldn’t exactly want to wear it when going out for a nice dinner or something. (But you can stick it in your bag and it might give a good estimate of steps taken.)
-VERY ADDICTIVE! I hate when I forget to wear my Fitbit! It makes me feel like all my steps were a waste if they weren’t counted! (But this just goes to show how much fun it is to use!)
I’m really in love with this product and it’s definitely a great motivator to get you off your butt! If you are required to do a lot of sitting during the day (office job), a tool like this could be very beneficial to you. Also, if you’re trying to lose weight, it can give you a very good estimate of how many calories you’re actually burning in a day (many people overestimate this). If you wanted to try counting the calories you’re eating in a day, the FitBit could help you see where you need to set your calorie goals (to maintain, lose fat, or even gain weight). So definitely a very useful tool if you’re trying to make progress with your health.
If I failed to answer any of your questions, feel free to ask or you can check out the product comparisons at the Fitbit Store.
This was not a sponsored review. We purchased these products with our own money because we love them and find them to be a lot of fun to use. All of the above are honest opinions. Hope you found this review to be helpful!