As mentioned in my last post, I’ve left my Amiigo behind and am now using a Fitbit Charge HR as my primary fitness bracelet. The reason I chose this device over the many other choices was primarily the continuous heart rate function. I’m a sucker for HRMs. I’ve been using it for running training for a while, and with the Amiigo I was able to use it to determine rest days too. They say that if your Heart Rate is elevated from your baseline when you wake up, then your body is telling you to take it easier that day. Taking that in to account can make a big difference in your training. Of course the device is also a pedometer.
Once I received the Charge HR, I discovered a few other features that I really liked. Among them is the fact that it has a screen, so I can actually use it like a watch. It also has a silent alarm feature, which is pretty cool. When it’s time to wake up, the device starts vibrating. So I wake up, but the wife can stay asleep.
Since the device is a FitBit you also get access to the FitBit ecosystem, and that has some advantages as well. Among them is the ability to compete with friends on steps. I’ve got a bunch of friends with FitBit devices and now I’m on a leaderboard with them. I’m in 4th right now. Fitbit also integrates with MyFitnessPal and will adjust your calories for you throughout the day as you move. I’m experimenting with this now, I suppose in about a month we’ll know if that works or not. Or if just give me too many extra calories.
When it comes to workouts, the Charge HR is pretty no-frills, basically you press a button on it and it starts a workout clock. Then when you are done you press the button again and it stops it. Once your device syncs, you can then go on the FitBit site and tell the software what type of workout you actually did. I’m not sure it actually adjusts your calories for it though. But it does have the HR data to use during the workout period and I hope it uses that data to figure out calorie burn.
I would recommend the Charge HR to anyone interested in a Fitness Device right now. It’s really quite good, and I have yet to have a single frustrating experience with it. Which is a bit of a refreshing change from the Amiigo.