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Are Fitness Trackers Worth It?

Over the past few years, I’ve been testing out so-called “fitness trackers” such as the Fitbit Charge.

In case you aren’t familiar, Fitbit is the world’s leading fitness tracker company.

There’s also the Apple Watch, but it’s much more expensive and has other uses.

In any case, my question has been: is it worth it to use a fitness tracker or is it just all hype?

To find out, I have used a fitness tracker for six months and then didn’t use it for six months. Then, I went back to using it.

My conclusion is: a fitness tracker does help in staying active, and also attentive to your health.

You can see at a glance how many steps you’ve walked, your heart rate, and other vital information.

The main draw of owning a Fitbit device is the app. It’s a fantastic resource to track all of your health information. You can set goals, view your sleep quality, track exercise, see how your fitness improves, and many other features.

* An essential feature of the Charge 2 is tracking steps. Your goal should be to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. When you hit your target, the Charge will buzz and congratulate you.

The most exciting feature of Charge 2, for me, is the heart rate monitoring, which is surprisingly accurate. In practical terms, heart rate monitoring can help you gain some real insights into how your health is evolving. You can tell how long you’ve spent in a particular heart rate zone during the day, and the app also calculates your resting heart rate and gives you a graph on how it’s evolving.

If you see that your resting heart rate is increasing, it can mean:

That you’re getting out of shape, motivating you to stay on top of your game.
That you’re getting sick and possibly caught a virus, prompting you to rest more.

After this experiment, I’ll continue using the Fitbit Charge, now that this experiment is over. I found that overall, it’s helping me stay active.

Compared to a smartwatch, it’s attractively priced.

Check it out here.


Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.