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Top 5 Features of the Fitbit Charge HR

•Disclosure: As a member of a great group of Verizon influencers, I occasionally receive cool products to test drive and share my honest thoughts on. No additional compensation is provided, neither were any favorable comments promised. All opinions are my own. 

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.

  1. Design

    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.

  2. Caller ID

    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.

  3. Sleep Monitoring

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. The App

    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.

    Fitbit App

    Fitbit App

     

The Fitbit Charge HR and many other accessories are available from Verizon.

The NFL and Verizon Blow the Draft Wide Open

The days are getting longer, the air is getting warmer, and nothing about this time of year reminds us of football. That is until this weekend. It’s the biggest event that football fans have the entire offseason. The NFL Draft. This is a unique event. Not only do you get to anticipate who your favorite team will draft, but you also get to cheer for the players from you favorite college team.

The first night of the draft has come and gone, with lots of hopes and dreams along with it. The biggest pick is always number one. It’s packed with pressure, and history has shown that teams have about a 50% of getting it right. This year it was Jared Goff, QB from Cal, number one overall to the Los Angeles Rams.

Then there is the other side of the coin. Some would say Myles Jack, linebacker from UCLA, is the second best player in the draft. Speculation over how healthy his knee is has dropped him all the way out of the first round. The last time I saw someone sit there and look so dejected about being passed over was in 2005. That year saw another potential number one pick from Cal fall all the way down to 24th. His name was Aaron Rodgers, and things seem to have worked out pretty well for him (que image of him wearing his Super Bowl ring while holding Olivia Munn’s hand!).

2016 NFL Draft and Verizon

As I’m sure you can see, I love football. I love it also as much as I do social media. That said, Verizon has created a perfect marriage of the two. Now you can watch all 3 nights of the 2016 NFL Draft live, April 28 – 30. I know the first night is in the books, but I didn’t miss a second of it thanks to Verizon. It didn’t matter that I had to work late, and then run errands on the way home. I was still able to check in and keep up at each stop. It’s so easy to stay up to date on all the projections, and where each player is actually going.

NFL Mobile from Verizon

NFL Mobile from Verizon

Only in Chicago

If you are lucky enough to be in the Windy City, stop by select Chicago stores between April 28 – 30 and you could get tickets to the 2016 NFL Draft, Chicago Bear rewards, and more with qualifying in-store purchases.

Locations:
Destination Store
840 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

(I’ve been to the store ^, it’s incredible!)
Millennium Store
36 S State Street, Chicago, IL
South Loop
1004 S Canal Street, Chicago, IL

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NFL Mobile

All of this is made possible by the NFL Mobile app from Verizon. Whether you are looking for exclusive content from NFL.com or you want to watch old highlights from the NFL Network, this app is your solution. I’ve been using it for a long time, but it continues to evolve and get better.

Get NFL Mobile at the Apple App Store, Google Play, or the Windows Store. (that’s another thing I love about it, works on everything)

•Disclosure: As a member of a great group of Verizon influencers, I occasionally receive cool products to test drive and share my honest thoughts on. No additional compensation is provided, neither were any favorable comments promised. All opinions are my own.