I am a visual person, I need to be able to see that I am doing well in order to feel motivated enough to carry on. I am also a tiny bit addicted to my phone and had been looking at all of the different fitness trackers on the market. When Currys PC World got in touch about the new Fitbit Charge 2 I was really excited to give it a try. I have limited time to do anything with a baby to look after, so I definitely need the support of an app to keep me on track.
I mentioned the other day that I am going to be doing Race for Life this year and that I have started running again in preparation. Having my Fitbit with me every step of the way definitely keeps me on track and motivates me to keep going – especially when I am going uphill. It monitors my heart rate with its PurePulse technology and lets me know when I am pushing myself enough, letting me know if I am in cardio, fat burning or peak. At the moment I aim for cardio as I am focusing on fitness over anything else.
I also like that it maps out my route so I can see how far I have run, helping me to push myself to run further each time. It doesn’t have an inbuilt GPS system so you do need your mobile with you, but I never go anywhere without mine so I don’t find that an issue.
For the days I am not going for a run I am still able to track the number of steps I am doing and I am very competitive so aim to beat my previous day’s attempt each time. As spring approaches I will walk to school and back and that boost the number of steps I do by loads!
Something that I definitely need is the alert reminders to keep moving. So if I am sitting for too long then it will vibrate – definitely need that when I have been sucked into watching kids tv (and the children aren’t even in the room!!). The silent alert can also be set to wake you up in the morning, so if like me you cannot abide the sound of an alarm clock then this is a great feature!
Now my absolute favourite thing about it is actually nothing to do with fitness at all and more to do with the fact that I like to be connected at all times. It connects to your phone via bluetooth and when you get a text or a phone-call it will display it on the screen – how handy is that? It means I will then only have to pick up my phone if it is an urgent message and otherwise I can get on with whatever else I am up to at the time.
The app itself is great, telling me how I am doing with my fitness and showing me how I am sleeping (not that I am sleeping well at all right now with Wills in the bed with me). I find all of the stats really interesting and it helps me to focus and plan ahead to do better for the following day.
I am determined to get fitter this year and I know that having my Fitbit Charge 2 will help me get there. It is such a clever piece of kit, I love it!