For Valentine’s Day this year, my wife gave me a fitness tracker called the FitBit Charge 3. But as work was getting me down, she let me have the present early 🙂
This is an excellent upgrade from my previous tracker, the FitBit Alta. In the past I chose the Alta because it’s thinner, as you can see here.
But after switching, the Charge 3 honestly doesn’t feel bulky at all. And the additional functionality makes it much better for tracking activity.
The heart rate sensor allows it to detect a lot more activity than the standard Alta.
It’s still surprising to me just how much cardio I get from walking the long route to the office (the gap in the data represents me taking off the tracker to charge it).
The extra data from the heart rate sensor also enhances the sleep tracking, highlighting periods of restful sleep.
This was particularly useful for a recent sleepwalk, where I was able to identify that my pulse rose by over 30 beats per minute. I could also track more accurately when the walk happened.
But that’s not the feature I’m most impressed with…
The Charge 3 lets me manually select which type of exercise I’m about to do so it can monitor it from start to finish. This proves to be incredibly useful at the gym when I alternate between the treadmill, the elliptical machine and free weights.
Technically it can auto-detect the treadmill and elliptical machines, but I find it comforting to control these things manually for complete accuracy.
Another excellent feature is that it’s waterproof, so there’s no need to take it off in the shower!
There are a few issues… Sometimes the Charge 3 auto-detects activity incorrectly if my heart rate increases. It thinks I’m on an elliptical machine when I go up and down the stairs at home for five minutes (to get a bit of exercise when I’m stuck at home).
Another big issue is that food records are pretty much useless on the Android version of the FitBit app (at the time of writing this). The app often records a previous day’s food as the current one. I gave up trying to record my food intake when it decided to wipe my food data altogether.
These issues aside, I’m really happy with the Charge 3. It’s comfortable to wear and very functional. Time to get those steps in!
Thanks for reading, folks 🙂