There was a time when I thought nothing could replace my Fitbit Charge.
It was such a huge part of my day, keeping me moving, reminding me to stay active and providing a feeling of accomplishment each time I crushed the competition in a daily challenge.
And then, one day, something came into my life that replaced my Charge.
It was my Fitbit Alta.
Leaner, lighter, and more visually appealing with all of the same benefits I loved about my Charge. But now I didn’t feel as if I was wearing a bulky sports watch and even had the option to dress it up with cute bracelet-style bands when I wore it to dinner or a wedding. (All those dance moves count!!)
I’ve worn a Fitbit daily for more than 2 years. I started with the Charge, and did have to get a replacement after 10 months when the band started to come apart. Fitbit customer service was fantastic and sent me a new one at no cost, all I had to do was send a pic of the damage and my purchase information.
I LOVED my Fitbit Charge – Click the image to check it out
The second Charge lasted another year until I finally convinced my hubby to let me purchase the new, sleeker and less obvious Alta.
Given that I’ve worn my Alta daily now for more than six months, it has held up well. No band tears, nothing coming apart.
The Alta has all the same features as a Charge with the exception of the stopwatch function. I will say I really miss this feature as I used it regularly to time intervals quickly and easily with Personal Training clients. I’m not sure why the Alta does not have this feature but other than that I love everything about it.
One thing the Alta has that the Charge did not is a step reminder. If I have not taken 250 steps in an hour, the watch will buzz and remind me to move. I LOVE this! It is great when I’ve been working at the computer awhile and have lost track of time. This keeps me moving at least a little bit each hour.
My next step is to get some replacement bands so I can dress it up for a night out or when I go to an event. I don’t want to miss any steps so I regularly wear the Alta anyway but the plain black band doesn’t always accessorize well. It does, however, look a lot better than the plastic, bulky Charge.
Having a Fitbit has absolutely inspired me to move more and I always recommend them to clients. If you wear it and if you allow it to motivate you and keep you accountable it is a fantastic tool in your weight loss and healthy living tool box.
Just buying one won’t help you lose weight but it can work if you wear it and aim for a daily step goal.
If you’re trying to decide between the Charge and the Alta I recommend the Alta. FitBit definitely made some improvements with this newer model and it is worth the upgrade.