I’ve made a lot of changes recently with some of my tech. After previously working at Apple for nearly five years, I’ve always been a die-hard fan. I’ve never used an Android phone and in terms of wearables, I used an Apple Watch and before that, a Nike Fuel Band (who remembers those?!). I ended up testing out my mum’s Fitbit Surge back in September then ended up going from iOS to Android with a Huawei Mate 20 Pro in November. In January, I decided to upgrade to a Fitbit Charge 3 and haven’t looked back. It’s helped me to take control of my fitness so that I can see how much I’m moving each day and I love it!
Fitbit Charge 3 Hardware
Originally, I was going to buy the navy and rose gold one but after seeing it in person, I went for the black one. The blue was a lot lighter than I anticipated so wasn’t really my style. I love that the strap is thinner than the Apple Watch I previously had and the Fitbit Surge. Sometimes they would dig into my wrists when doing specific weight lifts. I’ve also noticed that this strap doesn’t irritate my skin like the previous one I had either.
As with any fitness band, you need to keep it clean. If you’re working out and getting sweaty, make sure you wash it afterwards. No one likes a gross smelly wrist. The great thing about the Fitbit Charge 3 is that it’s waterproof so I tend to loosen the strap and take it in the shower with me. Once or twice a week I’ll also go over the strap part with a cloth and some diluted Zaflora (thank you Mrs Hinch!) to make sure it stays smelling fresh.
The display is the perfect size, enough to show you any notifications and get the fitness data you need whilst working out. I don’t mind the fact that it’s black and white, even after switching from an Apple Watch. The screen is clear and you can customise it to an extent to show the information that is important to you.
Fitbit Charge 3 for Workouts, Sleep and Everyday Life
I’m in the gym pretty much 5-6 times per week at the moment. I have mine set up for the types of workouts that I use on a regular basis. Most of my fitness consists of weights, the odd spin or yoga class, a run and then a Personal Training session every other week. I’ve loved using my Fitbit Charge 3 to keep track of how many calories I’m burning, my distance or pace on runs and my heart rate to know if I can push myself more.
I’ve generally found most of the data it gives me pretty
I’ve always been interested in how much deep sleep and REM I get each night. My previous devices didn’t track specific stages as they were older versions. I’ll often only get about six hours but wake up feeling more refreshed than I do with eight hours sometimes. It’s great to be able to see the similarities or if I’ve been restless more on one.
Another feature I like is that you can set sleep goals. You’ll get a notification about thirty minutes before to wind down. I’m training a lot more with heavier weights recently before work so I’ll often get side-tracked in the evening. I’ve also noticed a massive correlation between when I’ve had a bad night’s sleep to when I’m craving sugary/sweet foods. A little nudge to go to bed is just what I need sometimes when you’re seven episodes into something on Netflix.
I try to get in around 10,000 steps per day, which I generally do at the moment. Parking my car about a mile away from work means I get a decent walk in before and after work. I’ll also try and get a little walk in on my lunch, even if it’s only to get out of the office briefly to walk around the block.
Seeing the calories I burn each day is also really important for me. With working out and walking into work, I’ve worked out what I need to eat each day with a deficit of around 200-300 calories. I am trying to lose a little and reach some goals that I’ve set with my personal trainer. It’s great to realise that I can eat more than I thought and if I go over one day, as long as my weekly calories burned is more than what I’ve eaten, I’m going in the right direction.
The silent alarm on the Fitbit Charge 3 is also great! I had to use an app on my Apple Watch and the Surge was a little unreliable. Setting it about 5-10 minutes before my phone alarm means that I’ve already started to wake up. I’m more likely to get up, not hit snooze and also not disturb Curt as much when my alarm goes off an hour before his.
Fitbit Charge 3 Review Round-Up
The Fitbit Charge 3 is my favourite fitness band that I’ve used to date. I thought I’d miss the ‘smartwatch’ features but I don’t at all. The different categories for workouts are really useful and can be tailored. I’ve found that the data output is fairly accurate and the app makes it really easy to see trends. It’s super easy and low-maintenance to keep clean and sweat free also because of it being waterproof. I love that the data can be synced with most other apps automatically too. This was one of the biggest issues I had with m other devices. I bought mine for £129.99 from Curry’s and I don’t regret it one bit. Worth the money and I use it every day!
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