Exercise · Heath

Why did I buy another FitBit?

A couple of years ago – I bought a FitBit and killed it dead within a couple of weeks.  

Many wouldn’t consider buying another one but I’m easily persuaded by shiny new promises of features and abilities – and as an early adopter I’ve had this kind of thing happen before.  Before it did die – I found the FitBit very handy until it died.  It was also kinda my fault as I got it wet.  The FITBIT CHARGE is not WATERPROOF.  I know that now.

Today, I found myself in an Argos and picked up a Charge 2 for £109.  I also got a discounted charging cable as a bundle.  Handy as I do go away on business a fair bit and having two cables  just means I don’t have to upset my bedside charging setup or lose a cable and have an excuse.

"I cant exercise as my tracker is flat."

I bought a FitBit Charge 2.  The price was it’s main selling point along with a heart rate monitor.  Up until now I’ve been using a tracker on my phone.  A paid app called pedometer++ did a good job but lacked the ability to measure heart rate and, it’s a phone, so hopefully not in contact with your body all day.

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The Charge 2 – It is quite small, light and is water resistant which means rain and sweat proof.   Not dunking.  I will not be swimming or showering in it.  I know that now.  It also collects GPS data from your phone – so that’s okay.   The more expensive and slightly bigger Surge has built in GPS.

Setting up and pairing the App to the device was super easy and quick.  Standard device pairing routine then a quick questionnaire about my age, height and weight.  It also checks to see what wrist you are planning to wear it on, and if you are right or left handed.  I set up a new account and it all got going.  The time and date were correct, as was the syncing process to the online account details.  After a quick charge and an update… it was ready to go!

So it does a lot but what it also does is inspire me to get out there and walk and get the heart pumping.  In just a few hours of use, I’ve been on a walk and it has reported distance, exercise type (walking) and heart rate.  The biggie is that it communicates with Weight Watchers app and gives me shiny new Fit-points.  After a 60 minute walk I gained 17.

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In the WW App you can configure it to offset Fit-points with your food points but so far my 17 Fit Points are intact! 🙂  This function to transfer your hard earned exercise points to edible ones is hidden away in a menu somewhere.  At the time of writing, I have not looked for this function.  I ate dinner 6 hours ago and I’m hungry.  So, that’s something! 🙂

Anyway in summary – I know I didn’t NEED a fitbit to get out and go for a walk, track my sleep, monitor my heart rate while at rest, calculate the total amount of steps I walked over a day, month or year – but it does help.   Integration with Weight Watchers is also a big thing as I said earlier.  Seeing it on my phone makes me feel like I’m achieving something.

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Now, moving forward with this.  This hour of walking was easily achieved at the weekend.  How do I ensure that an hour is possible during a busy working week?  My next step is to work on a morning ritual.  A schedule for my first 2 hours of the day.  That is entirely alien to me, but many successful people that I have been researching over the last week do it.  If it works for them, then hopefully it will work for me.

Andy.

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