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An In-Depth Look at Our Favourite Fitness Tracker

I’ve been a big fan of my Fitbit for a long while now, so I thought it was about time we performed an in-depth review of my favourite version – the FitBit Charge 2 on Pixel Family.

You can make every beat count with Fitbit’s Charge 2. Including PurePulse® heart rate, multi-sport modes, guided breathing sessions and stylish interchangeable bands. The interactive OLD display makes it easy to get your stats- just tap the screen. With a battery life of up to 5 days you can track day and night without needing a charge.

The Heart Rate monitor gives you continuous, automatic, wrist-based heart rate and simplified heart rate zones. Track workouts like running, biking and weights and get real-time stats on display, then see post-workout summaries on screen and in the app. All day activity tracking tracks steps, heart rate, distance, calories burned, active minutes, floors climbed, hourly activity and stationary time.

Connect Charge 2 with the GPS on your phone to see real-time stats like pace and distance on display and record a map of your route. Get a better understanding of your fitness level and see how you can improve over time with a personalised Cardio Fitness Score. SmartTrack™ Automatically recognises select activities and records them in the exercise section of the Fitbit app.

Get friendly Reminders to Move that encourage you to reach an hourly goal of 250 steps. See call, text and calendar alerts on display when your phone is nearby. Sync stats wirelessly & automatically to computers and 200+ leading iOS, Android and Windows devices.

You can sync all your fitbit data with Apple Health via an app called myfitness sync. It works beautifully so even more awesome for iphone/ipad users. The app is really easy to use and the setup process was seamless. You can use it straight from the box as it comes partially charged. I like competing with friends who also have a FitBit – it was easy to find such friends via the app.

I am an active person, I love the gym. Spinning is by far my favourite activity, I use my spin bike daily. I really enjoy tracking my workouts, it is strangely satisfying and I love the reminders about hourly steps. I work mostly in front of my computer and sometimes it is easy to forget about moving a little – this is where I really appreciate my Fitbit a lot. I’m also not sure if I should admit it in public but I feel happy when it celebrates reaching my goals with me too!

It’s also really great for women with narrow wrists; some other fitness trackers are just too big and bulky for me. But this one is nice and can be customized to a more elegant look with a replacement band. It is easy to use, but it does not come with instructions. The instructions are online and can be found in the first welcoming email sent after you register the device and download the application on your mobile. The screen is a little difficult to read without glasses for those who need them. It takes a little time to learn how to use it properly and utilize all of its features. But once this is done, everything becomes very easy.

Generally the Fitbit Charge 2 is a great way to monitor your exercise output. The apps allow you to chart your progress in graphical representation which is an excellent way of helping you to monitor, set and achieve goals. The sleep monitoring is a nice touch to see if you are resting your body as much as you should.

This is a great entry level activity tracker and will have a definite positive impact on keeping track of your general fitness. On-board features include a stopwatch, exercise tracking mode, heart rate. There’s also a new Guided Breathing feature “Relax”, which will monitor your heart rate for 30 seconds and then set you a breathing challenge to help you improve your condition.
This is the first time Fitbit has offered this kind of feature, and I found that it would indeed calm down heart rate when I wanted it to. It’s interesting to see Fitbit focus on a feature that’s not entirely exercise-focused, and it’s a welcome addition.

The Fitbit Charge 2 tracker itself is rather small, and comes with one two-section strap in the box. Each part of the strap can be detached by pulling it out of clips on either side of the tracker, if you want to swap-in a different one for a style change.

In terms of tracking tech, the FitBit Charge 2 is similar to other fitness trackers. If you wear the Fitbit Charge 2 in bed it’ll monitor your sleeping patterns. Like other Fitbit products, this feature is a little more temperamental. However, I was slightly disappointed, as silent alarm and sleep tracking isn’t a smart alarm that can wake you up at a more optimal time.

The Charge 2 only gives you a time asleep, which is the time you spent awake and restless, subtracted from your overall tracked sleeping time. It means that while you might have slept for eight hours, the time asleep reading might only read 4hrs 23mins. It’s worth keeping this in mind before assuming that the fitness device isn’t tracking your sleep correctly. I think this is actually a better, and less misleading, measurement than the overall sleeping time that other trackers offer. It can show you why you’re still waking up feeling tired come morning.

You can buy the Fitbit Charge 2 here. We’re super excited to be able to offer you the chance to win a Fitbit Charge 2 for yourself. Just enter via the rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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  • Reply
    Peter Watson
    June 26, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    I do a lot of walking to try and keep fit.

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    Mary Heald
    June 26, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Walking is my fave….we have a large dog so he keeps us fit.

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    June 26, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    i try to walk more and drink more

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    Anthony Harrington
    June 26, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    I walk the dogs out in the Countryside for a long trek every morning

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    Iain maciver
    June 26, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    plenty walking

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    Margaret GALLAGHER
    June 26, 2019 at 2:45 pm


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    Helen B
    June 26, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    I prefer gardening but have recently started going ice skating every two weeks

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    Annie Ley
    June 26, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    I love walking, especially in the summer along our beachfront.

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    Sarah Cooper
    June 26, 2019 at 3:17 pm


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    Emma G
    June 26, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    I prefer walking because it’s easy to just get up and go!

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    Ritchie Dee
    June 26, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Walking the dogs.

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    Alison Johnson
    June 26, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    I’ve just joined a gym, so I’m walking on a treadmill & doing some light weight training as I haven’t exercised for years! I am actually enjoying it. It would be helpful though to monitor my steps to see how I’m getting on.

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    fiona waterworth
    June 26, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    we walk a lot in the english countryside

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    Sheena Batey
    June 26, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Walking really I do a fair bit every day and go fast

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    Karen T
    June 26, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    I love swimming and martial arts!

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    Tracy Nixon
    June 27, 2019 at 3:51 am

    I do a lot of walking to try and keep fit.

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    charlotte isobelle
    June 27, 2019 at 8:11 am

    I love exploring places by walking as you dont really realise your doing it

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    June 27, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    I love walking, especially with a dog.

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    Rich Tyler
    June 28, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Walking normally

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    Laura Wheatley
    June 28, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    walking the dog 🙂

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    Christine Caple
    June 29, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    We love walking.

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    Emma T
    June 30, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    I love Pilates but rarely get the chance to do it. I’m mostly running after my daughter at the park instead!

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    Andrea Fletcher
    June 30, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    I like walking.

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    Ruth Harwood
    July 1, 2019 at 6:51 am

    Walking is my preferred exercise, it gives me thinking time as well as being good for me! xx

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    Laura Wheatley
    July 2, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    love to cycle by the rive r

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    Kay Broomfield
    July 3, 2019 at 11:44 am

    I love weight training. I try to do it every day!

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    Stephen Holman
    July 4, 2019 at 8:53 am

    long walks in north yorkshire

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    John Menzies
    July 4, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Pub to pub. only for a coffee !!!!!!!!

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    July 5, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    I love dog walking, but it’s not always enough, so a bit of Pilates is my go to idea of fun fitness

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    Naila M
    July 7, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    Love walking and trying to get in as much steps in as possible 🙂

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    Justine Meyer
    July 8, 2019 at 9:57 am

    Walking for me

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    Laura Wheatley
    July 8, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    I would love to be able to swim

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    Megan Kinsey
    July 13, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    I love swimming! Shame the fitbit can’t go swimming 😀

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    Dave C
    July 15, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    I like to walk. I walk everywhere when I can.

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    Rebecca Lambert
    July 16, 2019 at 9:21 am


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    July 16, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    l love to Walk

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    Nadia Josephine
    July 16, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Walking and running are my favourite ways to stay fit. I also do a lot of yoga which keeps me fit and flexible

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    Jake O'Brien
    July 19, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    I love cycling

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    Cherry Lloyd
    July 22, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    I love walking and cycling and swimming.

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    Lynne OConnor
    July 23, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    I love swimming but other than on holiday, it seems to be so much effort to get to a pool so I tend to stick to walking most days

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    Susan B
    July 27, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    These days it is walking but i hope to rejoin the gym sometime soon.

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    Lisa Pope
    July 30, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    For me it’s walking especially with our Golden Retriever. We’re really lucky to have a gorgeous woodland right opposite our house, perfect for dog walks

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    john prendergast
    August 14, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    I like to walk with my dog

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    Lynne Durkin
    August 16, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Walking is my preference, it’s something you can do with all the family.

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    J Hann
    August 18, 2019 at 10:25 am

    I like walking but I don’t do it enough.

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    Anthea Holloway
    August 18, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    I ride my bicycle to the village every day to pick up the paper, bread, milk etc. It is a total journey of nearly 2 miles.

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    Carole Nott
    August 18, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Walking is always the easiest choice.

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    James Travis
    August 19, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Running, Walking and Swimming

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    Sheri Darby
    August 21, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    I love walking

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    Sandra Fortune
    August 22, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Walking and yoga

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    Tracey Hallmark
    August 22, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    I love walking in the countryside

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    Danielle Sedgebeer
    August 22, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    I love to swim and i walk my dog a lot

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    Ellen Stafford
    August 22, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    I love swimming but mostly do walking with my dog.

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    Teresa Sheldon
    August 22, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    I love walking , we are very lucky where we live as there are many nice places to walk

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    Adrian Bold
    August 22, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Lots of dog walking.

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    Violet Phillippo
    August 22, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    I love going off for the day, on a long cycle ride. It’s so relaxing!

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