I’m lucky to have Mallori Lindberg as my Champagne Nutrition intern right now and she runs cross country at Washington State University so she offers a wonderful perspective of nutrition and fitness. You’ll notice her on many of my posts offering “Tips from Mallori” but today she’s taking center-stage with her assessment of Nike GPS watch vs. Fitbit: a runner’s perspective. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram to learn more from this student athlete. Read on to learn about which tracker could be best for your needs and be sure to read my previous post on 5 Reasons to Love your Fitness Tracker today to learn about the benefits of using these devices.
As a runner in college, I have experimented with several different kind of fitness trackers. My main feature when looking into watches is the GPS ability to track distance and pace while I run, though I know this isn’t a feature that everyone looks for given that everyone has different ways they get their workout in. This is why I also invested in the Fitbit, which I love to also use in addition to my GPS watch. But what would work for you?
What I love about the fitbit charge HR:
- Tracks your sleep. Sleep is so important in many ways and I definitely can feel it the next day when I don’t get a solid 8 hours in the night before. The fitbit tracks not only how long you’ve slept, but how many times you are restless, awake, and how long it takes to fall asleep. I love this feature because it allows me to stay on track with sleep and know when I need to get a quick nap if needed.
- Tracks your calorie expenditure. A lot of people track how many calories they burn when working out, though until I got my fitbit I didn’t realize how many calories are burned just to keep your body working throughout the day. With an active lifestyle, it really helps me make sure I am eating enough to maintain body weight.
- Heart rate monitor (my favorite feature). Often during workouts I look at it and love how accurate it is. It’s also good to know your resting heart rate which it shows you everyday. I’ve noticed that when I’m sick my average heart rate increases, which is also a good indication that I need some rest.
These are just some features of a fitbit that I enjoy and would recommend to anyone who is tracking their intake vs. outtake, steps and distance taken in a day, and to track workouts to see how intense they were.
What I love about the Nike GPS watch:
- Accuracy of distance. The fitbit tracks your distance by counting your steps which I have found to be inaccurate when going on runs compared to my Nike GPS watch. Because of the built in GPS, it’s much more accurate in distance and I love how accurate the pace shown is also.
- Ability to upload runs online. I love plugging my watch into my laptop and seeing my run pop up on the screen. It shows your run highlighted on a map in addition to pace, mile splits, elevation and calories burned. The calories aren’t accurate in comparison to the fitbit because a heart rate monitor isn’t on the watch.
I would recommend the Nike GPS watch to runners who want to be aware of their distance ran, pace and who like to look over their run afterwards. I enjoy both products for different reasons and see how each could benefit people differently. If you need to track your physical activity, use the Nike but if tracking calories or sleep is more important to you, get a fitbit!