Activity Trackers

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    Feb 27, 2015 6:59 AM GMT
    So at my work, the corporate culture is getting more and more into Wellness; and all associates are encouraged to invest in an activity tracking device to help stay motivated. The current preference seems to be toward the FitBit. Since I'm a manager, I want to help set a good example in this endeavor. So...

    Have you found an Activity Tracker that you love? What specific bells and whistles does your tracker sport?

    Thanks in advance for your recommendations. icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 01, 2015 4:45 AM GMT
    I want to like these things, but the technology isn't there to make these things accurate or the data meaningful.

    But if I were to choose one today, I'd get the Microsoft Band. I really like the Microsoft Band because it's less of a "smart watch" and more of a fitness tracker with smart watch capabilities. It ha a built in GPS so it's pretty awesome for tracking your runs/walks/hikes/cycling.

    FitBit isn't a bad choice either. They've been in business longer than anyone, so their products tend to be reliable.

    Kind of strange that your company is "encouraging" you to get these. Seems kinda shitty to pressure employees to spend $100 or more on a gadget. Are they offering some type of incentive to those that improve their fitness/activity? If not, you should suggest that to your bosses.
  • insaneplight

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    Mar 01, 2015 8:34 PM GMT
    I went with the Jawbone Up when it first came out. Since then I think I'm on my 4th one by now. The battery's keeps dying, so I need to replace them. I bought mine at best buy, with the added coverage. They pro rate it, but it still helps a lot.

    It's nice tracking my steps, and when I'm living in Manhattan its great for tracking my walks around the city. I found that it made me more aware, and I would try and set and obtain daily and weekly goals with it to keep track. Plus it was interesting to start tracking my sleep patterns. I found that I was getting a lot less sleep than I thought I was, but the second I got rid of the tv in my room, I started getting several hours more a night.

    Having said all that, I'm thinking about upgrading to the fitbit the next time my battery goes out again.
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    Mar 02, 2015 3:54 AM GMT
    I've used Stava (smartphone app) for everything from walking to running to cycling to flying a small plane to even strapping the iPhone to my quadcopter.

    It's an awesome tracking app. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 03, 2015 6:49 AM GMT
    xrichx said

    Kind of strange that your company is "encouraging" you to get these. Seems kinda shitty to pressure employees to spend $100 or more on a gadget. Are they offering some type of incentive to those that improve their fitness/activity? If not, you should suggest that to your bosses.


    Oh yeah, they're holding all sorts of contests and challenges to encourage people at work to get off their butts more. I think they figure it might help lower their portion of the health care costs they pay...I dunno. I do know that there are a lot of people at my job that need every little nudge they can get!
  • Kovyn

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    Mar 06, 2015 11:22 PM GMT
    MyFitnessPal for calories, Fit Notes for workouts. You really don't need anything else.