new-fitbit-fitness-trackers.jpg5 years ago I had never heard of fitness trackers. I relied on my watch to track my runs, and although it was handy, I was more than ready to try out new technology as it became available. Moving on to tracking via my smart phone also worked, but having the phone in my pocket and always having to check it to change music or see how my run is progressing was distracting when I was just trying to get out there and enjoy my run. When wrist-based fitness trackers entered the picture, I was instantly hooked.

Since then, I’ve been fortunate enough to test out a bunch of fitness trackers and I’ve become the go-to person my friends go to for advice when they want to buy the latest and greatest fitness devices. That’s why yesterday, when Fitbit announced their newest wrist-based activity trackers, my phone was buzzing. And for good reason, because there’s a lot to be excited about. Here’s a quick look at the three new fitness trackers from Fitbit:

FITBIT-CHARGE.jpgFitbit Charge

The Fitbit Charge has an LED display, keeps track of all of your activities including steps, floors climbed, calories, and sleep patterns. Speaking of sleep, one of the coolest features of the Fitbit Charge is that it will automatically detect when you’ve fallen asleep so you won’t have to worry about putting it into sleep mode when you are crawling into bed at night. The Fitbit Charge has a battery that lasts seven days, and it will also display any phone number that’s calling you.

Fitbit Charge HR (Coming soon to Best Buy)


If you strap on the Fitbit Charge HR, you’ll have all of the features of the Fitbit Charge plus an LED heart rate sensor. The sensor will work continuously, even when you aren’t working out. This comes in handy for anyone who wants to keep an eye on his or her heart rate all the time or maintain an optimal fat burning zone when you’re working out. The battery life on the Fitbit Charge HR is five days.

Fitbit Surge (Coming soon to Best Buy)


Fitbit calls the Surge a ‘Super Watch,’ and it’s for intense athletes, serious runners, and for anyone who likes to get into their workout. It has GPS so it will track your workout and your pace, plus it has an LCD touch screen and the battery life between charges will be approximately seven days. But it doesn’t end at fitness – the Fitbit Surge will also show you your text messages, give you call notifications, and lets you control your music on your phone.

With these three new fitness trackers, Fitbit really does have something for everyone. Even if you’re just getting out there and beginning to walk or run, Fitbit on-wrist fitness devices will motivate you and keep you on track when it comes to your fitness goals. With a Fitbit device, you also get the added benefit of joining the Fitbit community where you can find a fitness partner or make likeminded friends.

With all of the great new features revealed yesterday, there’s never been a better time to pick up a new Fitbit or try out a fitness tracker for the first time. Keep an eye out for everything new coming from Fitbit right here on


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  1. Really looking forward to these, especially the Charge HR. Having to return the Force as part of the recall was a bummer, but we’ve made do with our old Fitbit Zips while waiting for the revamped models. If Fitbit would only make nice with Apple and add HealthKit support, that would be the icing on the cake.

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