Fitbit Charge HR is a highly accurate fitness goal tracker that is worn on the wrist. Equipped with GPS and an altimeter, it will help you log your movements throughout your located. The device tracks your heart rate, burned calories, steps, climbed floors, and distance traveled. Special modes for biking, hiking, running, and walking will provide more accurate details of your activity. The information from your daily exercise is transferred to the Fitbit dashboard and saved so that you can view and share your data.
Fitbit Charge HR Accuracy
The Fitbit Charge HR is worn a couple centimeters from your wrist when you are relaxing and higher up your arm when you are exercising. It is equipped with a GPS so that you can track our mileage and history. It also has an altimeter, which will record the stairways that you have ascended and descended during your exercise. By using sophisticated mathematics, the Fitbit Charge HR is able to track the amount of calories that you have burned.
Variances Between Fitbit Products
The Fitbit Charge HR is located on your wrist rather than your hip. Because of this, it is more accurate at picking up steps during your exercise. On the other hand, movements of the arm due to work and other activities may cause additional steps to be logged throughout the day. Extensive testing has shown that the Fitbit Charge HR is more accurate in counting steps than the Fitbit Zip, which is located on your hip.
Accuracy While Traveling
Planes, trains and automobiles have been tested against the Fitbit Charge HR and have found that it does not log steps during travel. This is because the GPS setting on the Fitbit Charge HR is only operating when you are in exercise mode and moving your arms. Unless you are driving on bumpy roads or experiencing turbulence, then you should not expect any additional steps to be counted.
Accuracy While Cycling
The Fitbit Charge HR is designed to be used for people who are working around the house or business, walking, jogging and running. If you are able to maintain your balance, remove the arm with the device and sway your arms with your movements to record your steps. Because of this, cycling steps are not counted. However, you are able to manually enter in the distance traveled during your bike ride. After doing so, Fitbit will be able to give you an estimated amount of calories burned.
Accuracy While Shopping
Pushing a shopping cart or baby stroller will not be picked up by the Fitbit Charge HR. This is because the hands are not moving as often as they normally would otherwise. However, if you are able to push and control your cart or stroller with one hand, you should be able to register your movements. The good news is that, as with cycling, you are able to manually enter in the distance that you have traveled.
Accuracy for Floors Climbed
The altimeter within the Fitbit Charge HR is responsible for counting the floors that have been traveled. This is done by sensing the atmospheric pressure around you. If your commute has you going up and down hills, then you may find that your reading will include extra floors. Pressure may also be influenced by gusts of wind or elevators.
Accuracy for Steps Counted
When your hands move while you walking, the Fitbit Charge HR counts your steps. Additional steps may be counted when you are working at your desk or around the house. Other activities which involve arm movements, such as sports or yoga, may count additional steps as well. When walking, jogging or running, the Fitbit Charge HR accuracy is trustworthy.
Accuracy of Heart Rate
Measuring the expansion and contraction of your blood vessels is how to Fitbit Charge HR measures your heart rate. It is important not to have the band of the Fitbit too tight, as it will restrict your blood flow. Additionally, if worn too loose, it will not be able to properly read your heart rate. During vigorous exercises that use your arms, like wrestling or boxing, the Fitbit Charge HR may have difficulty registering the heart rate. However, when the arms are resting, it will be able to give an accurate reading.
Accuracy of Calories Burned
The Fitbit Charge HR uses the your basal metabolic rate, or BMR, to determine burned calories. The BMR is determined by the height, weight, age and gender of the individual. In addition to the BMR, the Fitbit Charge HR uses the heart rate to determine the amount of lost calories. The result of the mathematics is saved into the device and is uploaded into the Fitbit dashboard for future reference.
Increase Fitbit Charge HR Accuracy
By changing the setting of your Fitbit between dominant and non-dominant settings, you will be able to increase the accuracy of the device. If you believe that the device is counting additional steps, then you can change it to the less sensitive setting. On the other hand, if your device is missing steps, then change it to the dominant setting.
Some people walk stiffly and barely moves their arms by walking. By increasing this movement, you will be able to give your device better information. If you are cycling, shopping or pushing a stroller, then you can use one arm and sway your arm with your movements. While walking up and down the stairs, move the device to your free hand so you can hold the banister for support.
When you are not walking, you can turn off or remove your device. This is especially helpful when you are doing yoga, working on the computer, or washing dishes. The device can easily be turned on or replaced to determine your heart rate. You will be able to log your extra movements and your calories will be determined on the dashboard. Remember to remove and charge your device while you are sleeping and showering, as you are not likely getting additional steps in at that time.