Bye, bye classic beautiful watches and hello to sporty, little technological wonders that measure every fiber of your being.
Since Christmas, I am one of those people who have traded in my nice watches for this little powerhouse of a fitness tracker, specifically, the Fitbit Charge 2. But, is it really worth the hype? Keep on reading for my honest opinion!
A fitness tracker falls into the category of wearables and it needs to be exactly that – wearable! At about 3/4 of an inch wide, the Fitbit Charge 2 is chunky, but not nearly as large and chunky as other trackers on the market. The wristband with which the tracker comes is made of a flexible, sporty rubber. You can choose what color you prefer, but any additional bands, say a leather or metal wristband is to be purchased separately.
The first couple of days of wearing my Fitbit it felt chunky and awkward. The heart rate sensor is a little deeper and is meant to push into your skin and that felt uncomfortable. BUT, after 4-5 days, I was totally used to it! I learned to wear it a little tighter when working out and to loosen it a notch afterward. Keeping it clean is also really important. I use the clarifying lotion I use on my face to wipe it clean along with the skin typically underneath my Fitbit.
THE VERDICT: it takes getting used to! But after a couple of days, it won’t feel any different than wearing any other watch. Due to the tightness during a workout, you NEED to clean it, which is super easy to do! I love being able to change my wristbands to fit in with my setting. Now, if I am going out or dressing up super nice, then I trade it in for my nicer watches.
The Fitbit Charge 2 has some GREAT features. There are so many that I simply chose my top 5 to share with you!
- Step Tracking! I love seeing how many steps I take each day. It is such a simple way to show whether I was active throughout the day, or not!
- Exercise Tracking! I really enjoy working out and feeling great afterward for accomplishing it. The exercise tracking feature allows me to track the specific kind of exercise I am doing and it measures everything from the length of the workout to the intensity through the use of the heart rate tracker. This really helps me optimize my workouts and pushes me harder.
- Sleep Tracking! If you choose to wear your Fitbit at night, which I do, it tracks your sleep. This has really been eye opening for me as I put my body through a lot with little sleep.
- GPS Tracking! My mom and I go on a lot of walks together. We use the GPS Tracking feature in order to measure the distance and save the route that we walked!
- Motivation! What I mean by this is that your Fitbit cheers you on, reminds you to move, and celebrates your accomplishments! When you reach your step goal your Fitbit vibrates and shows fireworks on the screen. When you reach certain lifetime milestones you receive fun badges. They’re such little things, but it keeps me moving throughout the day and that is exactly what I want.
THE VERDICT: these are only my 5 favorite features. You can track your weight, food and water intake, heart-rate, go through breathing exercises, join little challenge groups, post in the community, etc. There is so much that you can do with this little guy and I love it!
THE FITBIT APP
To use your Fitbit properly, you need to create an account. This account allows you to see your personal data graphically on the app or online. These portals are very easy to use, are customizable, and quickly sync with your Fitbit.
The one tip for this is to turn off the All-Day Sync feature. This will drain your phone battery to the max. This means that your Fitbit will only sync when you open up the app.
THE VERDICT: the app is very easy to use, simple and streamlined, and allows you to dig deep into your own personal data. I love that it is a one stop shop to see all of your stats without having to dig for them.
Lastly, I thought I would answer some of the questions I had previous to receiving my Fitbit out of my own experience!
Is it worth its price tag?
At about $150 the price is steep. But, I find that it has totally been worth the money (my dear boyfriend did get me this as a Christmas gift). The features are great and I can honestly say I am more active.
Is the Fitbit Charge 2 accurate?
I would say it is about 85%-95% accurate. I have observed inaccuracies with step tracking and sleep tracking. With step tracking, it tends to be more movement tracking sometimes. Say your punching a punching bag, each of those movements are recorded as “steps”. The same is with things like hanging laundry. I am actually not moving my feet, but I am bending down to pick up the next clothing item to hang on the line. With sleep tracking, it seems as if you need to get up and immediately move a fair share for it to understand that you are no longer sleeping. My morning routine involves sitting for 30-60 minutes writing my gratitudes, affirmations, and setting my mind up for a good day. This is done whilst sitting so my “wake-up” time isn’t recorded until 30-60 minutes later when I start my workout.
The inaccuracies do not skew the data dramatically though. So I still think it is a worth while investment!
How long does it hold its charge?
I tend to get about 5 solid days out of my Fitbit. It warns you at 10% battery that the battery is low, but those 10% can hold on for a while. Some of the features, like sleep tracking, do not do that great on that low of a battery though. Heed the warning that the battery is low and charge it before you lose out on some of the features. I do not feel that the charge has worsened over time either.
Does it really make you more active or are you more obsessive?
I was interested in getting a fitness tracker out of pure self-interest in how active I really am. Wearing it daily gave me quite the wake-up call because I realized that I was moving a lot less than I thought. In that sense, my Fitbit has really helped me truly be more active which in turn boosts my happiness.
You can easily get out of hand with tracking your every move though. I simply encourage you to take breaks from wearing it. While I love seeing all of my goals fulfilled at the end of the day, if I have a bad day I won’t allow a silly watch to guilt me into fulfilling them. Since my mom also has one, we often compare our data points. This can really piss me off sometimes, but here too, don’t let it control your life. Use it as the tool it is meant to be and if it’s stressing you out, take a break.
Does the Fitbit Charge 2 qualify as a smart watch?
No, it does not. BUT it does have the ability to vibrate when you get a call, a text, or set a calendar alert. It does not send out smart alerts like Facebook or WhatsApp notifications.
Do I need a small or a large wristband?
This is super hard for me to answer as I have tiny wrists! If possible, go to your local Target or Best Buy and try it on! I think the small is good for the average wrist. There are lots of notches on the band that makes it really easy to adjust. But don’t hold me to it! 🙈
THE FINAL VERDICT | Sooooo should I buy one?🤷🏼♀️
Is being cognizant of your health activities worth $150 to you? Then yes, go for it! The Fitbit Charge 2 is a great tracker for “average” person. There are several other options on the market with higher price tags and more features that cater to competitive athletes and other sports. Those were not relevant to me though. I am very happy with mine and will be wearing it as long as it allows me too!
Do you have a fitness tracker? If so, how do you like it?
And shout out to the best boyfriend for gifting me my Fitbit Charge 2. You rock 😘
Lena Marie 💕
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