Fitbit Charge 2
Bzzz bzzz bzzz. 6:30am. Time to wake up. Thanks Fitbit Charge 2 for waking me up without loud annoying sounds! I have been using the silent alarm feature for the last few weeks on the Fitbit Charge 2 as my alarm clock. I set the alarm using the Fitbit app on my smart phone, then when the time comes the Fitbit Charge 2 vibrates on my arm. I click the button on the side of the watch to stop the alarm, or ignore the buzzing and it automatically snoozes.
Exercising With Insight
After making my way out of bed, I go outside for a morning run. It is summer and I have a fitbit, how can I resist? I click the button on the side of the Fitbit Charge 2 a couple of times until I get to the exercise menu. I tap the screen until I see the Run mode. I hold down the button on the side of the watch to start the Run mode. If my phone is with me, the Charge 2 utilizes the GPS chip in my phone to track my run. This provides me with an accurate real-time measurement of how far I have ran on my wrist. I can tap the screen with my finger to figure out how long I have been running, my current heart rate, my pace, my average pace, calories burned, steps taken, and of course the current time of day. I love being able to know how long I have ran and my current heart rate at a quick glance. If you start your day out with a workout other than a run, don’t worry, you can use one of the other exercise modes which include weights, treadmill, workout, elliptical, bike, and interval workout.
After my workout, it’s time to get ready for work. After a tough workout and lots of sweat the normal thing to do is take a shower. Unfortunately, the Fitbit Charge 2 is not recommended to be worn while showering. I take the opportunity to plug it in and get a little charge. The Charge 2 is water-resistant, meaning that it’s rain-proof and splash-proof, but I wouldn’t recommend showering or swimming with it.
I put my Fitbit Charge 2 back on and head to work. The road is a bit bumpy, but the Charge 2 is smart enough to not track these bumps as steps. When I get to work, I walk up the stairs because that is the healthy thing to do. I work on the 4th floor in my office. Each flight of stairs climbed is tracked accurately on the Fitbit Charge 2. This amazes me because each floor climbed in my building consists of walking westward for half of the climb and then turning and heading eastward for the last half of the climb. It doesn’t count the westward section as one flight and the eastward section as one flight. It counts them together as one flight.
Now that I have arrived at my desk, sitting begins. Have you heard that sitting is the new smoking? This may or may not be true for everyone, but for me extended amounts of sitting causes my back to start aching. So what does the Charge 2 offer to help remedy this problem of mine? Reminders to move. During the time window selected in the app, I get a reminder 10 minutes before the hour when I haven’t reached 250 steps during that hour. The reminder, I would have to say, is not very persistent. It does a little buzz on my wrist and displays a motivating message on the screen to remind me to move. I found that I often don’t notice these reminders, so I configured silent alarms to trigger almost every hour during work hours. The same alarm type that I use to wake me up in the morning. These alarms don’t stop buzzing until I click the button on the side of the watch. Very persistent and noticeable. Now when I feel my Fitbit Charge 2 vibrate I take a walk around my floor or I walk down the stairs to the first floor then back up to my desk. I have had other fitness trackers before this one and I have noticed that this one helps me get about 2000 steps more during work hours using these alarms.
Improving My Sleep
When it comes time to go to sleep, I leave my Fitbit Charge 2 on my wrist for sleep tracking. It is able to accurately track when I fall asleep and when I wake up as well as what kind of sleep I am getting throughout the night. The Fitbit app on my smartphone provides a lot of useful insight into my sleep. It is able to show me simple things like how much time I spent in REM, light sleep, deep sleep, or awake.
What is really cool, though, is that lately I have not slept as much as I should and the app tells me that. Makes sense why I have been feeling worn out today! The app also shows cool things like how my quality of sleep compares to average men my age and my 30 day average quality of sleep. These things are very useful because sleep is one of the most important times of the day. Using this information I can see that I don’t get as much deep sleep as I should, and I am able to determine that I need to go to bed at an earlier time.
All in all, the Fitbit Charge 2 is a great addition to my daily routine. It helps me to wake up happier. My runs are improved by the live fitness tracking. Hours spent at work are improved through getting additional steps. It teaches me about the quality of sleep that I am experiencing. If you need something to help you to become healthier, then I suggest the Fitbit Charge 2.