Morning! Today, I am sharing my thoughts on the Fitbit Alta HR and on owning a fitness tracker in general. I received this Fitbit as a gift from a company I partnered with and have been wearing it daily for about a month now. I definitely haven’t tapped into all the features this tracker offers, but after a month’s use, I can honestly say I think this is an awesome product.
I never owned an activity tracker prior to receiving this one because I simply did not feel it was something I truly needed (but, I will say, if I ran more often, I likely would have invested in one much sooner). There is a ton of hype surrounding fitness trackers and watches, and the truth is, it’s one more gadget. Do you need a fitness watch to stay in shape? Absolutely not. Does it offer some convenient features to enhance your healthy lifestyle? Absolutely. But, do not for one second believe you need any tracker to find success on your health and fitness journey.
Now, having said all that, I must admit, I am loving the little “push” wearing this tracker gives me…I find it easier to choose walking (over driving) to do my errands, knowing I have a daily step goal to hit. So, if you’re someone that really needs accountability, I think the Fitbit Alta HR is a fabulous tool to keep you on track!
And now, my thoughts on the Fitbit Alta HR
I really like the sleek, thin design of the Fitbit Alta. It layers well with my Lily and Laura bracelets (of utmost importance) and it doesn’t overwhelm my thin wrist. I always envisioned myself as a Fitbit Blaze gal if I was to purchase anything, but now that I have the Alta, I don’t think I’d want anything larger. You can swap out the band easily, so I intend to invest in a few options that might pair better with my dressier clothes. I am looking at this champagne color option, as well as this one.
The band is super comfortable…with Pure Barre teaching, I’m always using my wrists- demonstrating planks, push-ups, weight work and the band has never bothered me during any of those exercises. (Whereas I worry anything larger could potentially annoy me, especially during push-ups).
- Tracks steps, calories, and distance
- Auto exercise recognition: unfortunately, it does not track barre, which is a bummer for me
- Battery up to 7 days: I am SO impressed with the battery life of the Alta…I maybe charge it once or twice a week, which I really appreciate. If I had to take it off more often to charge, I might forget to put it back on.
- Clock (with date)
- Interchangeable bands (ordering a few this week!)
- Pure Pulse HR- I love to pay attention to my HR during Barre classes, since I can’t necessarily get an accurate calorie burn for the class- awesome feature in my opinion. The Pure Pulse technology also tells you which HR zone you’re in (fat burning, cardio, or peak), allowing you to adjust your level of exertion during exercises as needed.
- Auto Sleep Tracking & Stages – I don’t wear mine to bed, so I do not take advantage of this, but if you’re someone who is curious about your sleep, this would be very helpful.
- Reminders to move – I think this is such a valuable feature for those who work a traditional desk job; a perfect reminder to get up, move, and stretch. It’s even helpful for me when I’ve been blogging for a couple hours, or in the evenings when I’m a getting a little too comfortable on the couch.
- Call, text, calendar alerts – I love this one when I don’t have my phone handy at work. It’s so convenient to read a text and know whether or not I need to grab my phone to respond.
As I said, the Fitbit Alta HR does not auto recognize barre, so for me this is a big downside. Having said that, I notice my heart rate changing during different stages of barre class, so the HR seems to be on point. I’ve gone on a couple runs since receiving this, and the mileage, calories burned, and steps all seemed on point with my route.
SYNCING WITH THE APP
As long as my phone blue-tooth is on, the tracker syncs with the Fitbit app, making it easy to see a daily summary. In addition to your daily statistics, the app also offers some cool features including a calories in vs. calories out food “journal.” I’ve only done this a couple of times, but I think this is a super beneficial feature- we often don’t realize how many calories we burn in a day, and sometimes we need to even out that caloric deficit with proper caloric intake to properly fuel our bodies. The opposite can also be true, we may eat way more than we burn. Even if you just try this feature out for a few days, I think it can give some great insight into how balanced you are in terms of calories.
You can also input how many ounces of water you consume daily, but I have yet to take advantage of this feature. (It’s on my to-do list, I promise.)
The app offers community groups you can join for inspiration, motivation, and support from others who may do similar activities to you (there’s a running group, cycling group, healthy eating group, etc.)
The app is also where you set your goals: the amount of steps you want to take per day, your water consumption goal, and exercise specific goals.
So, the consensus? I would say the only downside for me is that the Fitbit Alta HR does not auto recognize barre classes. But, I love the size, shape, weight, ease of use, and the additional app features. I do like having an idea of how many steps I get in daily, and having the ability to track my meals to ensure I’m getting proper caloric intake. As time goes on, I hope to learn how to make the best use of every feature available, but I’d definitely give this watch an enthusiastic thumbs up. (And this is coming from the gal who resisted a fitness tracker for years…)
Question of the day: Do you wear an activity tracker? If so, what is your favorite feature?
Have a great day!
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