A few weeks ago, I mentioned Father’s Day gifts that you might want to avoid in order to get something Dad really wanted. Father’s Day has come and gone and the gifts and meals were probably appreciated and hopefully remembered.
My Father’s Day gift to my husband was the gift that kept giving.
We received two complimentary Fitbit Charge HR fitness devices. One for her and one for him. The idea was to not only gift him something he could use but gift myself something that would motivate him to really use it.
Like the way I’m thinking? After all, he would be a father if it weren’t for me.
So we both donned our Fitbit Charge HR devices and attempted a bit of a non-competitive challenge for about two weeks. We didn’t have any specific goals. Just wanted to see how we compared. And of course, it was a unspoken understanding that each of us wanted to best the other.
Here’s how we did.
Fitbit Charge HR Results – Week 1
Week 1 was a slow start for me and I can’t even remember why. Maybe I hadn’t starting wearing the device yet? (My husband also has another Fitbit that he could have been using for tracking.)
It also took me a while to get it set up and synced with the app. And I had to figure out the whole charging situation.
Regardless of the reason, I had a poor showing and he reminded me of that when he emailed me his Fitbit report and said, “You better get stepping.”
Fitbit Charge HR Results – Week 2
Week 2 was a different story. Sean was traveling some of the week (which usually means a lot of sitting for him) and I was kicking my summer activities for Evan into high gear. While Dad was out of town, we were at the pool, and touring a farm, and even roller skating! And we ended the week with a nice weekend walking all over Hersheypark.
At the end of the week, I got a simple email from Sean saying, “Congratulations.”
That’s right. He put a period at the end. No exclamation point. Just a simple statement that I WON!
Whether we won or lost, I found it pretty interesting the way Fitbit fed us our data. I like the app. I love the weekly reports. I even found it interesting that although I had many more steps than Sean, I barely beat him in distance. And he totally beat me in calories burned. It’s interesting to see that steps don’t tell the whole story.
What I love the most is the introduction this has given me to the Fitbit family. Here are the pros and cons I found with the Fitbit Charge HR.
Fitbit Charge HR Pros
- Measures heartrate! I didn’t really appreciate this feature until just this week when I’ve starting stepping up my workouts with high intensity interval training. It helps me to know that I’m working hard enough. Admittedly, I turned this feature off at first because the flashing green light on the back drove me crazy but I learned how to better manage that through the app.
- Syncs with your phone! I super love this feature. When I have an incoming call, my wrist vibrates and the phone number displays on my device. I can quickly decide if it’s worth it to stop doing what I’m doing to answer a call. And I never miss a call if I don’t want to.
- Vibrates at goal! Let’s face it. Humans like conditioned responses. When I reach 10,000 steps, my device vibrates. YAY! I need that kind of simple but positive reinforcement.
- Counts my steps! This sounds silly but I’ve worn lots of other tracking devices that gave me step counts that were questionable. This is the device that has most closely aligned with my iPhone Health app so I have greater confidence in its accuracy.
- Comes in pretty colors and sizes! Self-explanatory but unfortunately we both received the large (men’s) black device. I’ve gotten used to it though.
Fitbit Charge HR Cons
- Big and bulky. Okay, so I know I’m wearing a man-sized device but all Fitbits seem to be generally thicker than their competitors.
- Needs charging once a week. It’s a trade-off. I was using a device that lasted four months. But when it died, it died and you had to replace the battery. If I remember, it’s easy to take it off and charge it while I’m working at my desk.
- Not super comfortable. Although the device can track sleep, I rarely wear it to be because my wrist just needs a break.
Now that I’ve fallen in love with the FitBit family, I have my eye on my next upgrade – the new slim Fitbit Alta. So pretty!
I received two Fitbit Charge HR devices to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.