Fitbit Charge HR Review
We’ve already gone in depth on the tracking, design and reasons to purchase the Fitbit Charge, but Fitbit didn’t stop there with their newest line. They knew that aside from tracking steps, distance, calories, flights of stairs and even sleep was not enough for people. Something about living an active lifestyle, making progress and improving oneself demanded an extra level. It needed a little more oomph to take it to the next gear.
Fitbit took it to the next level by including the PurePulse™ Heart Rate monitor within their Charge. It boosts the capability of this wearable activity tracker by giving you continuous, automatic, wrist-based heart rate and simplified heart rate zones. The Fitbit Charge HR takes information from your radial pulse, which is located on the inside of your wrist. It is one of the two best places to check for pulse, the other being your carotid pulse in your neck. You can also learn more about checking your pulse From Wikihow by clicking here.
Monitoring your heart rate has a lot of great additions to tracking your fitness. The first is that it gives your statistics a much more accurate reading of how many calories you are burning. It also allows you to maintain, increase or decrease the intensity of your workout so that you are maximizing at the proper levels. These both help to maximize your training, which in turn allows you to optimize your health. Other heart rate monitors come with a chest strap that can be cumbersome or uncomfortable, but know that you can track it comfortably with your everyday use pedometer bracelet.
Differences from Charge
The primary difference is the added heart rate monitor, but that is only the main difference. There are also changes in the colors that you are able to wear. The Charge HR comes in Black, Plum, Blue and Tangerine for color choices. It comes in all three band sizes, small, large and X-large, and they are all the same as the Charge at 0.83″ thick, wrist sizes of 5.5″-6.5″ for small, 6.3″-7.6″ for large, and 7.6″-9.1″ for X-large. Lastly, because it is continuously monitoring your heart rate, it has reduced battery life to roughly 5 days.
Again, this is not a cheap pedometer, and it is not for everyone. Fitbit.com retails the device at $149.95, but again you can sometimes find a discount on Amazon.com by going through , though currently it is selling at full retail price. The Charge HR is for an active individual that also wants to monitor and/or maintain their heart rate while exercising. It can also be a great tool to help track your heart rate for anyone that needs to do so, even if their primary objective is not to maximize workouts. It is not swim-proof, but does remain splash, rain and sweat proof for even the toughest trainers out there.
Why wait, order your Fitbit Charge HR today.