Fitbit Tracker Review

posted Oct 31, 2016, 5:48 AM by Schere K   [ updated Nov 3, 2016, 3:56 AM ]
FitBit Charge HR
*Fitbit Tracker* You know, I really don't like spending a lot of money on myself. It may not be right to feel that way, but it is pretty hard to justify over $100 for a watch. OK, ok, so it is more than a watch. It counts my steps, counts the flights of stairs I climb in a day, measures my heart rate, counts the calories I have burned by my movements, keeps the date on the screen (this is HUGE for me), and counts the miles I have walked each day - yeah, it is not just a watch! However, it is still hard for me to purchase something like this. However, it is really easy for me to open up a small box on my birthday and find out that my dear hubby has purchased this tracker for my as a surprise - ahhhh!! I was so excited :-D! 

This Fitbit Charge HR has been great to own, but I did have a skin issue with it at first (argh!)*.  I have been using Fitbit for about 7 months now. I liked it so much that I went and bought a second Fitbit, too: the Fitbit One. The reason I bought the second one was because I liked to have another tracker that I could use when I was going to be doing a lot of work with my hands that involved water. OK, I do a lot of work with my hands that involves water EVERY day (dishes, laundry, showering kids who had diaper blowouts, etc.), but I am talking about immersion in water - those are the times I use my FitBit One because is clips onto my skirt band and I can immerse my arms into water if I am soaking something, for example and I want to keep my Charge HR clean & dry. The Charge HR does fine with splashing, it just cannot be immersed in water. 

*The Skin Issue One thing I do want to point out is this: When I first got my Charge HR my wrist broke out in a terrible rash that looked like I had been burned. I was quite disappointed because it is so expensive (for a family of TEN, yes anything over $100 is expensive!) and I wanted to wear it and keep up with my steps. So, I had to take it off for a while and just wear the Fitbit One on my waistband clipped on. This was just fine, as I was able to have both devices attached to my account. I would just select which one I was using at that time and sync it up for the day. Keep in mind, if you have two Fitbit Trackers, you  must move one far away from your syncing device if you are working with the other one. This is because the computer, cell phone, iPad, whatever you are using to sync will indeed pick up both trackers if they are both within range. So, I would always toss one tracker into the closet while I synced the other tracker. This was very useful. 

So, about that rash - I realized I was wearing the Fitbit Charge HR too tightly (whoops!). If you wear it too tightly, your skin cannot breathe and it creates a bad reaction. The wristband is rubber, so your skin has to have some wiggle room to prevent continual sweating without any air circulating onto he skin and around the watch band. I did not wear the Charge HR on that wrist again until the rash had completely healed up. So, I wore the Fitbit One a lot during that time. Once the rash was just about clear, I started back with wearing my Charge HR. I began by wearing it on my other arm. You can change which arm you are using your tracker on in the settings. This is because the tracker responds differently based on whether you are wearing the tracker on your dominant arm or on your non-dominant arm. This means that if you are right handed (like I am), 'right' would be your dominant arm. I had been wearing my tracker on my left arm (non-dominant) when the rash broke out. So, I just changed and wore it on my right arm (dominant) when the rash started healing (I waited until I could figure out why the rash had happened). 

Since then, I have had no issues. I am excited to say that I have lost a whopping 38lbs in one year. It was a combination of dieting and exercise. Since getting the Fitbit for my birthday, I have lost 29 of those pounds. I find that it really jump started my diet regime. I recommend the Fitbit tracker. There are several to choose from, and you can see them here. There are several styles and colors.

Moms need to take care of ourselves. Exercise is both fun and rewarding!