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The Fitbit Charge HR Activity Tracker

July 18th, 2015

      Purchased a new Fitbit Heart Rate + Activity tracker and today was the first full day putting it to use. It’s a wristband model that’s supposed to be worn everywhere except in the shower. Even when sleeping Fitbit tracks sleep patterns (so far it hasn’t appeared in my dreams). In theory the tracker records all activity, monitors my blood pressure rate, calories burned, steps taken, stairs climbed, miles run-walked-hiked, and total minutes active – on a daily basis.   

      So far Fitbit, and it never lies, is telling me all the things I want to know. Of course I do have to wonder about classifying my bicycle pedaling as steps walked or stairs climbed for it doesn’t recognize bicycling as a separate form of exercise. So far today I’m below my day’s calorie input allowance, have walked more than my number of steps goal (15,456 versus 10,000), climbed 16 floors (that must be related to bicycling exercise for I’ve not climbed anything so far today) and walked 6.78 miles (again I assume that’s a combined morning walk plus bicycling afterwards).     

      Should I be suspicious of Fitbit’s tracking reports? Here’s a rundown of my early morning activity and the data Fitbit captured and reported about it.

MY ACTIVITY

FITBIT REPORTED ACTIVITY

Miles Walked

3.1

Miles Walked

6.78

Miles Bicycled

22

Floors Climbed

16

 

 

Steps Counted

15,456

 

 

Calories Burned

1,870

      I might be suspicious of Fitbit’s tracking reports were it not for the fact there’s a little computer chip in the wristband and – as we all know – computers never lie. In fact the biggest liar in my household is the scale in my bathroom that’s supposed to provide accurate weight counts. I’m positive it malfunctions every time I step on its surface for another weighing. Fitbit is, obviously, accurate and truthful in its monitoring and reporting functions. Yep! Fitbit is the one worthy of trust.     

      Would I recommend Fitbit to others. Well, if you’re a gadget and toy collector aficionado then a Fitbit Heart Rate + Activity wristband is a must for your collection. Or, if you’re into extreme exercise activities and need heart rate count confirmation that you’re accomplishing a goal, then you need a Fitbit. But, if you’re into a “waiting for God” lifestyle, then Fitbit is probably not an appropriate or useful choice for you.     

      Read more about the Fitbit Charge HR model at https://www.fitbit.com/chargehr.

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