A Fitbit One, Charge HR, and Alta Review

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On any given day, you’ll probably find me looking at my wrist a little too much or walking up random flights of stairs. I only do this because I’m obsessed with my Fitbit. This small accessory has transformed my health and the way I approach physical activity!

I’m excited to share with you today a full review of the Fitbit One, Charge HR, and the Fitbit Alta. These products are all ones that I’ve thoroughly tested and reviewed. As always, Fitbit is a brand that the LCC believes in and supports, and by no means is this a sponsored post on their behalf. 

The Fitbit One

A couple of years ago my mom gifted me the Fitbit One because she thought I would really like having it. I was hesitant to start using it because I thought it was just another fitness tracker to count my steps. At the time, I was attending Pure Barre classes so I thought I was in pretty good shape. But after wearing the One for a few days, I realized I was pretty inactive. It’s recommended that an individual aims for 10,000 steps a day. Sounds pretty easy right? Well it’s much harder to achieve, especially if you have a sedentary job. I was only reaching 5,000-8,000 steps a day.

I enjoyed having the One because it was great for everyday use and introduced me to the brand. The One counts steps, tracks sleep, displays floors climbed and shows distance walked. What I miss about this model is that it allowed me hide my fitness tracker. I could hook it on my pants, under my tee shirt, or anywhere it would count my steps. I still have this lying around but after a few months, my mom gifted me an upgrade of the Charge HR.

The Fitbit Charge HR

The Charge HR was a great step up from the One because of the additional features it offered. This model no longer exists because Fitbit has released a new model in its place, the Charge 2. It offers the same features but in a more stylish way. The display screen is larger and the bands are interchangeable. I’m thinking about purchasing but I’ll keep you posted.

The Fitbit Alta

Currently, I have the Fitbit Alta. (This is the one Taylor wears too.) I was so excited when this came out because it finally was slim in size and offered the most features for users. My favorite feature is the activity reminders. Between 9am and 6pm, my Alta will vibrate 10 minutes till the hour if I haven’t walked 250 steps during that time period. We all are so busy during the day that we forget how inactive we can be. Having this feature reminds me to get up and walk around for just a little bit.

The Alta holds great battery and has interchangeable bands. The model comes with one band but users can purchase others on their website or from an authorized retailer. I typically wear the purple silicone band for everyday use and is great for sweaty gym sessions. When it’s time for a presentation or something, I usually swap this out for the blush leather band. I’m not embarrassed to wear my Fitbit, but sometimes it’s nice to have it look less like a fitness tracker and more like a fashion accessory.

The only downside is that sometimes the bands come off and you might lose your Fitbit. I’ve chatted with other wearers about this and it seems to be a product development issue. Once you’ve worn the band for several months, the holes start to expand and won’t properly secure. However, I really like having this model and the Alta would be my top recommendation.

The App

Not too many people download apps anymore but the Fitbit app is a must. It’s like a digital journal that allows users to check their steps, log water or food, and other items. The best part of the app is that you can create your own community by adding friends. Of course my mom is one of them, along with all my friends who I’ve gotten hooked to Fitbit. The app has challenges that you can invite friends to participate in. There are different challenges but the goal is to see who has the most steps by the end of it. You win awards and badges that add up on the app. These challenges are great to have because friends are encouraging and holding you accountable.

My Overall Thoughts…

My Fitbit has taught me that I need to be more active and to put my health first. It’s great to check my step count throughout the day and figure out what I need to do to reach my goal. I park a few spots further back at the store, walk around during my class breaks, and add more cardio at the gym. If you ever see me pacing at 11:50pm, I’m just trying to reach my goal before midnight. Some days I go way beyond my goal and others I fall completely short – thanks Netflix. But it’s because of my Fitbit, I have a better awareness of my health and am trying everyday to be a bit better than I was the day before.

So if you’ve thought about getting a Fitbit, I encourage you to get one and starting stepping. There are plenty of trackers for every fitness level and style preference. If like some guidance of which might be best for you, let me know. Comment below with a ridiculous story of what you’ve done to reach your Fitbit goal.


Today’s post is written by Alia Sobrepena, the LCC’s Food & Health Editor. Follow her on Instagram & Twitter.

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8 Comments

  1. Rachel said:

    I love, love, love my Fitbit! I was dying to get one but my dad made a point that if I wasn’t going to be active, I wasn’t going to get one. After making the point that I would be active, he gifted me with the Fitbit and it’s been friendly competition between the two of us ever since to see who will get more steps throughout the week! So fun!

    Rachel / http://www.seashellsandsparkles.com

    Published September 30, 2016Reply
    • Taylor said:

      All of us on the LCC team have one! Thinking about starting a friendly competition too 😉

      Published September 30, 2016Reply
  2. Lauren said:

    I just moved to Chicago and have to rely on walking for pretty much everything, and am really considering getting a fitbit! It’s such a great way to make sure I’m walking enough! I love how you mentioned that it vibrates to keep you on track!

    Lauren
    http://oliverstwistblog.com

    Published October 2, 2016Reply
    • Taylor said:

      Thanks Lauren!

      Published October 2, 2016Reply
  3. Kirsten said:

    You have a lovely blog by the way! I did a review of the alta a while back and found that I really liked mine. It falls off ALL THE TIME though. Super annoying but I love the look of it so much more than my old flex!

    Kirsten – http://thewanderingbrunette.com

    Published October 6, 2016Reply
    • Taylor said:

      Thank you Kirsten! I know, we were so annoyed from that! Thanks for stopping by!

      Published November 9, 2016Reply
  4. Jennifer said:

    Great post. I have the One and the Charge HR. I agree it’s great to hide the one (I’ve even worn it to formal events). On the flip side, I have managed to lose three (!!!) of them because they fell off. I’m goi g to look at the Aria based on your post. Thank you!

    JAE

    Published November 9, 2016Reply
    • Taylor said:

      Oh, awesome! That’s what we love to hear!

      Thanks for reading!

      Published November 9, 2016Reply