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Top 5 Features of the Fitbit Charge HR
Fitness trackers are not new, but their abilities improve at the same rate technology does. I’ve been using the Fitbit Charge HR for three weeks now, and I really love it. It’s not my first Fitbit. I had one of the originals when they came out. It tracked my steps really well, but the band was bulky and uncomfortable. This new model is vastly improved, and below I’ll give the top 5 reasons why.
The band on the Charge HR is softer and more flexible. It also has a metal/strap buckle clasp like a watch, instead of the plastic snaps the older models used. The top facing screen is clear and crisp. The button on the side is discreet and simple. Each click walks you through a visual prompt of all your data. It is easy to clean after exercise, and continues to look nice.
A feature often reserved smartwatches. Just enable bluetooth and the band buzzes when someone calls your smartphone. Then the name or number of the caller appears on the screen. Although this certainly isn’t a game changer it is very handy. I’ve never been a fan of the smartwatch, but incorporating this into a fitness tracker is genius. Just a unexpecticed benefit that adds value.
Sleep tracking is now performed automatically by the Fitbit Charge HR, which means no more missed nights of sleep. The older version you had to start and stop you sleep cycle manually. That led to lots of lost data because I would forget to do that. This does help me get more sleep. You simply can’t argue with the facts it gives about how much you sleep. It appears to be very accurate.
Heart Rate Monitoring
This is a feature that has been available on my phone for a while, but I rarely use it. Heart rate monitoring is just as important to me as the activity track (if you’ll notice that isn’t one of the five listed here). Heart rate helps give a much clearer view of total fitness. I’ve tested the acurateness of it manually, and so far it tends to be very close.
As cool as the actual product is, the software is way cooler. The app is rich and vibrant in color, while giving you information that is segmented in simple terms. There are plenty of metrics to sink your teeth into, and that’s without the additional food tracking, food plans and weight tracking options which require manual daily inputs (and let’s be honest, we don’t do like we should). All metrics can show historical data, and weekly totals. That can be very useful for ‘active minutes’. That is the amount of time spent in the day with your heart rate elevated. Upping this total means you’re getting fitter.
The Fitbit Charge HR and many other accessories are available from Verizon.