Keeping track of how much exercise you take is often a challenge – especially if you prefer to exercise little and often throughout the day, rather than all in one go. Even walking upstairs counts towards your fitness goals and this is where a good fitness tracker such as the Fitbit Charge HR can really help. As well as pinpointing how active you are during the day, they help you set target goals and show how mush your fitness is improving week by week.
Use your Fitbit Charge to reach your step goals
The average person walks 5,000 steps a day – over 80,000 miles during their lifetime, which is the equivalent of walking over three times around the equator. This may sound like a lot, but guidelines recommend you walk twice as far by aiming for 10,000 steps per day (around 5 miles or 8 kilometres) for optimum health benefits. Fitness trackers can help you reach this goal by registering the ‘shock’ of a footfall to count the number of steps taken. Initially, just record the number of paces you take every day, without making any special effort to increase your level of activity. Record the number of steps you take for seven consecutive days, then add them up and divide the total by seven to calculate your average daily steps for the week. Many activity trackers can provide your average steps per day, too.
Increase your steps
Round your average daily step count up to the nearest 500 steps. Then, aim to increase the number of paces you walk per day, by at least 500 steps, on a weekly basis. For example, if the average number of paces you walked per day during your first week was 4,500 steps, aim to walk at least 5000 steps per day during the second week. The following week, aim to walk at least 5,500 steps per day, and so on until you reach the recommended levels of 10,000 steps per day, on most days.
Which Fitness Tracker is right for you?
Different fitness trackers offer different features. Some measure the number of steps you take and your pulse rate. Others can measure your blood oxygen percentage or assess your quality of sleep at night by detecting how much you toss and turn or wake or visit the bathroom. Some work with a mobile phone App and some without. The more features provided, the higher the cost, in general, so decide whether you just want a wrist pedometer, or whether you want as many bells and whistles as possible.
The Fitbit Charge HR
The latest offering from Fitbit, the Fitbit Charge HR is one of the best all-day activity monitors available, with an optical heart rate sensor. This stylish device continuously monitors your heart rate and provides all-day activity stats whether you’re working out or sleeping. It assesses your steps, distance walked, floors climbed, calories burned and active minutes.
The Fitbit Charge HR synchs to your iPhone (from 4S generation onwards), iPad (3 generation plus), Android.
You can also download the app onto a computer running Windows (from Vista onwards) or Mac (OK 10.6 plus) using the wireless sync dongle provided.
You can then view instant graphs showing all your activity levels.
The Fitbit has even helped doctors diagnose when an abnormal heart rhythm started, to help provide the right treatment.
Colours: Black, Plum, Blue, Tangerine and Teal
TIP: Fitbit recommend wearing your tracker higher on your wrist (three finger widths above your wrist bone) to improve the heart rate signal during a workout.
Measure your wrist before buying, at 3 fingerbreadths above your wrist.
The small band adjusts from 5.4 inches (13.7 cm) to 6.2 inches (15.7 cm) long.
The Large band adjusts from 6.2 inches (15.7 cm) to 7.6 inches (19.3 cm) long.
I love my Fitbit Charge HR and use it everyday to help meet my fitness goals.
Do you use a fitness tracker? How has it helped you reach your health and exercise goals?