Saturday, 31 October 2015

My new toy; Fitbit - a review

ok!!!! So I bought it! I have realised I need constant motivation and push to stay on my fitness path. Unfortunately many of these 'motivations' are expensive. Like the time I bought kettle bell worth Rs 6000 and don't use it anymore as I overestimated my strength and bought a heavy one. Then of course there is money spent on squash gear! Racquets, indoor stadium shoes from Reebok, squash balls.......all that was almost worth 10k.....and then one day my squash partner got pregnant and the traffic in the city became too daunting to drive all the way to the sports clubs in the there goes another 10k. Anyway, you get my drift!!! I spend money to buy fitness! Shocking but true! So my latest acquisition is Fitbit charge HR. am not even going to mention its obscene price. Anyway I was very excited when I ordered it. It's supposed to chart my heart rate, my sleep pattern, my steps.....basically my overall physical activity. I have been wearing it for almost two weeks now. And here is an honest opinion. Let me put it in pointers to make it more reader friendly:

1) step count can be misleading as it registers movement in car as you shake and cover distance. This I basically noticed when I was travelling from one city to another about 400 odd kms apart. It registered 1600 extr steps almost.

2) sleep tracking is motivating. I try to meet my sleep goals as it gives me a satisfaction to see it up there in the app.

3) calories burnt is a very vague calculation. I don't bother with it.

4) if you workout the activity has to be physically entered in the app to account for the calories burnt etc

5) the heart rate monitoring if accurate is extremely helpful. I have discovered I need to do more cardio as my resting heart rate is on the higher side. Surprise surprise!!!!

6) It's a better gadget for runners and walkers, i do yoga and I don't have many options to see how well I did in my session.

7) overall.....if you think you want to buy something......go for something cheaper......for the amount I paid, I didn't get enough. I got bored of my toy pretty quickly.