Four Reasons to Choose a FitBit Charge

As of late, it appears my marathon days are long gone. With my heel spur on the mend, I’m moving a lot less these days. Running, my once beloved fitness, is like dust in the wind with my marathon days a distant memory.

However, the only way to maintain healthy living is to move more. It’s not rocket science. I don’t need to run hours upon hours and tens of miles for optimal wellness. (In fact, no one ever claimed marathoners to be healthy.) For truly healthy living, I only need to MOVE and every little bit of movement should count, be it housework or lifting weights.

Truth be told, with my lack of running, I’m moving a lot less these days. More and more, I find myself sitting at my desk too long and my sleeping habits are horrendous. These days, I know I’m not living my healthiest me, but for some reason, I needed to see the facts in black and white (or in the shape of a black band) to believe it.

Fit Bit - front  and back

A few weeks into my Body Back quest, I had the opportunity to review a FitBit Charge from my friends at AT&T and I learned a lot about my lackluster fitness habits. The FitBit Charge has a built in heart rate monitor and it honestly tracks everything. It is literally on the pulse of your daily routine.

These FitBits have come a long way from the little first generation FitBit clip-ons.  The sleek design fit modestly on my wrist and it’s high-tech durability delivered some noteworthy statistics.

Fitbit charge - Run DMT

Four Reasons to Choose a FitBit Charge

Steps

You’ve probably seen all the jokes about people obsessing over their steps and trying to hit 10,000 steps in a day. I didn’t get it either until I started using a FitBit. Once I saw the steps tracked in my log, it dawned on me that the steps converted into miles.

Portlandia steps

As a runner, I preferred the “miles conversion”. In order to hit 10,000 steps, you would need to walk or run five miles. So in running terms if I ran 5 miles, I would hit my daily FitBit goal, however, on a good workout day, I only hit about 7,000 steps. If the goal is to get moving again, then sadly, the FitBit shined the light on the fact I am not moving enough. Honestly, even if I ran 3 miles three times a week, it would do wonders for me.

Fat-Burning

Even if you hit 10,000 steps, it doesn’t mean you actually hit the fat-burning zone. That was another eye-opener for me. Even on the days I worked out and pushed myself, I didn’t really hit the magic fat-burning spot. I’m getting the cardio, but I’m not burning fat. I’m just burning calories, which is good, but I won’t lose weight just burning calories.

When I looked at my FitBit log, I could see that I didn’t spend enough time during my workouts in my Peak Zone  or the Fat Burn Zone. In order to see results over time, I need to move more and work out harder for a longer duration.

Fitbit activity log

Sleep

There are piles of articles on the interwebs that state the importance of sleep for healthy living. Poor sleep patterns can lead to depression and weight gain. I knew my sleep habits were terrible but I had no idea how terrible. Seeing the data of my sleep patterns helped me understand it more. The little sleep I’m getting is very restless and I’m definitely not getting an optimal eight hours of sleep which is so important for reparining and rebuilding muscles, especially for helping to heal my heel spur.

fitbit sleep activity

Calorie Tracking

Between a Garmin, a FitBit Charge HR and, MyFitnessPal, all of these apps can be a bit overwhelming, however, I love that they all “talk” to each other and help track my caloric burn and my caloric intake. The FitBit linked right into MyFitnessPal and helped track my caloric burn. Since the FitBit heart rate monitor tracked all of the daily activity including my workouts and cardio burn, I didn’t have to guesstimate my caloric burn. With the two connected apps, every meal I logged in MyFitnessPal would also be logged into my FitBit. No extra meal tracking or logging. It was one stop food journaling!

fitbit food log

Fitbit Food Log

MyFitnessPal Food Log

MyFitnessPal Food Log


If healthy living is the goal, the FitBit Charge helped guide me toward that goal. Of course, moving more and eating the right foods is always a good start, however, the FitBit Charge simply helped steer me in the right direction and shine a light of some of the wellness areas that I need to improve.

Continue to follow and track my FitBit journey here

Denise

From start to finish, Denise is Run DMT, a Tampa Bay marathon mom on the run trying to maintain an easy pace through it all between races and raising three beautiful, brilliant children (ages 13, 9, 4). In 2007, I discovered a passion for running and in February 2015, I completed my tenth marathon, however, I continue to train for a variety of races and triathlons. In my spare time, I founded Tampa Bay Bloggers, a hyperlocal blogging network.

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4 comments

  1. Jenny says:

    I am totally addicted to my Polar A360 fitness tracker! LOL. I love everything about it. Glad to hear you’ve gotten the step wagon, too!! :)

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    • Denise says:

      I really need to do a side-by-side comparison of the two. I like the HR feature within the watch and not having to wear a strap.

  2. Rachel says:

    I’m obsessed with my FitBit. I try to hit 10k steps every day, so sometimes it means I’m stepping in front of the TV at night to hit my goal, haha.

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