Fitbit

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    Jan 09, 2016 3:00 PM GMT
    OK, so I am trying to talk myself into getting a Fitbit, probably the Surge or Blaze. Who uses any of the Fitbit models, and what's your opinion? Like I said, I want to get the top-of-line model, but I have a problem or two, with doing it. Mainly, I am not connected to the internet 24/7, ie, I don't have moble internet, no fancy phone. I use a flip phone. I am trying to talk myself into caring about what my heart rate is, and if I really need to use a GPS. Any advice would be helpful!
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    Jan 09, 2016 7:48 PM GMT
    I am leaning on the side of holding back a bit on biometric devices until emerging standards shake out. Unless you really need one.

    But personally, I am in the stage of too old to care about performance minutia and not old enough to need constant monitoring for medical reasons.

    Apple's "HealthKit" standard appears to be gaining traction, and I'm sure that there are other contenders. If I were going to collect a lot of biometric data, I'd want all of my devices to communicate, or at least upload to a common data base.

    All the data that I enter into "health" on iOS can be automatically uploaded to "MyChart" in my doctor's office, if he chooses to reach out and grab it. But I haven't invested in any "smart" devices - it all has to be manually entered. Except for the stupid built-in activity monitors, which are useless because the unreasonably large phone is too inconvenient to carry around with me all day.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 09, 2016 10:21 PM GMT
    I've talked about the "Fitbit" on my weekly fitness show and I do the Charge HR model... really like it and very nice.

    Fitbits are not cheap and I'd make sure you have a practical reason for buying one... they became all the rage during Christmas and people bought them, just because it "seemed like a good thing to do".
    When the most expensive model is $230+, make sure you buy the one that fits your budget and addresses your needs.

    I personally think they are a great idea, but some people expect too much out of them and again, some bought without any specific reason. If you have to "talk yourself into" use ... I'd invest your money elsewhere until you know why you want it.
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    Jan 09, 2016 10:31 PM GMT
    I was given the basic fitbit flex for christmas a year ago. It tells me no more than how far i've walked in a day. I decided to wear it for a year to see how far I walk (3,349km last year). I still wear it because i find it interesting to see how far I walk in a day.

    The best feature is the silent alarm, which vibrates on your wrist to wake you up. I don't want to give the flex away for this feature alone! That said, I wouldnt recommend this model, at very least get one that gives you a time display. No point wearing something on your wrist that doesn't tell you when its lunchtime! icon_razz.gif
  • dextersima

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    Jan 10, 2016 12:13 AM GMT
    I used to have Fitbit force and now I have a Fitbit surge. I don't think you need to worry about not be connected to the internet all the time since you sync your device with your phone using bluetooth. But if you have a flip phone, I'm not sure if it will work since you need to use the Fitbit app. But if you have an ipad, I guess it still could work out. I probably only sync my Fitbit with my phone once a day. The other time I just check the status on Fitbit itself. I like surge for the most part. But one thing is I'm never used to wearing a watch when I sleep. And when I had force, it's just a wristband and it didn't feel too awkward. But now it bothers me sometime to wear my surge when I sleep.
  • Timbales

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    Jan 10, 2016 2:17 AM GMT
    If you don't have a smart phone, you'll need a self-contained fitness tracker or one that will work with your computer.

    If you had a smartphone, I'd recommend the Google Fit app. It's free and will act as a basic Fitbit as long as you have it in your pocket while you're active.
  • interesting

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    Jan 10, 2016 2:18 AM GMT
    I was going to ask for a Fitbit for Christmas present, but then I thought, why???? There's no reason for me to ask for an expensive activity tracker, when I can just get a cheaper one that does the basic for what I really need. So I ended up asking for something really really cheap, much cheaper than a Fitbit, it was only for 30 bucks or so lol, but the family ended up getting me something a bit better, I got this 41l-tC8Mr0L._SY300_.jpg

    It's a Garmin Vivo Fit 2 Activity tracker, it really does what I need, I don't think a Fitbit is really necessary when there are other cheaper models that may fit you.
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    Jan 10, 2016 4:06 PM GMT
    My company gave out One's at no cost to all of our employees. I like it. I think, no matter which one you select, they all pretty much give you the same basic info... Steps, etc...

    Cheers,

    Sean
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    Jan 10, 2016 7:55 PM GMT
    Yeah, I was trying to figure this stuff out a bit more yesterday. So this weekend, I'm thinning brush and cutting firewood on a steep slope. It's a shitload of work, toting logs up the hill (it's too steep and brushy for the quad or the tractor). But the phone just gives me credit for an average number of daily steps. icon_mad.gif. I thought it might count going up the slope as "climbing stairs," but it doesn't. I wonder how it tells the difference?

    You'd have to add some kind of load cells in your shoes to get credit for toting stuff. I don't know what kind of sensors could give credit for stuff you do with your upper body. What kind of sensor could give a universal measurement for the amount of work you're doing?
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    Jan 10, 2016 11:40 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidYeah, I was trying to figure this stuff out a bit more yesterday. So this weekend, I'm thinning brush and cutting firewood on a steep slope. It's a shitload of work, toting logs up the hill (it's too steep and brushy for the quad or the tractor). But the phone just gives me credit for an average number of daily steps. icon_mad.gif. I thought it might count going up the slope as "climbing stairs," but it doesn't. I wonder how it tells the difference?

    You'd have to add some kind of load cells in your shoes to get credit for toting stuff. I don't know what kind of sensors could give credit for stuff you do with your upper body. What kind of sensor could give a universal measurement for the amount of work you're doing?


    I'm pretty sure that's the whole point of trackers with heart rate monitors. If you're out riding a bicycle, it will register no steps at all, but measuring the heart rate should allow it to quantify the amount of activity.
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    Jan 10, 2016 11:50 PM GMT
    Well, what you need is a calorimeter. But since that's not really feasible, you'd have to whump up some sort of respirometer. But since that's not really feasible, I suppose you'd need some gadgets to estimate breathing, depth of breathing, heart rate, some constants based on body mass, and some rule-of-thumb math to try to estimate calories.
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    Jan 11, 2016 1:09 AM GMT
    I had a Polar chest strap heart rate monitor, and it didn't require any gel. Just strap it on. That said, a wristwatch that measures heart rate is a lot more convenient than a chest strap that sends data to a watch.
  • metta

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    Jan 12, 2016 7:39 AM GMT
    Their stock is way down out of concern that the $199 price is too much for what they give you.


    Fitbit Stock Trading Below IPO Price For First Time

    http://fortune.com/2016/01/11/fitbit-below-ipo-price/


    There's a hack for that: Fitbit user accounts attacked

    http://www.cnbc.com/2016/01/08/theres-a-hack-for-that-fitbit-user-accounts-attacked.html
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    Jan 13, 2016 3:34 PM GMT
    If you have to micromanage something it may as well be your health but way too much work for me.
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    Jan 17, 2016 3:43 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    interesting saidI was going to ask for a Fitbit for Christmas present, but then I thought, why???? There's no reason for me to ask for an expensive activity tracker, when I can just get a cheaper one that does the basic for what I really need. So I ended up asking for something really really cheap, much cheaper than a Fitbit, it was only for 30 bucks or so lol, but the family ended up getting me something a bit better, I got this 41l-tC8Mr0L._SY300_.jpg

    It's a Garmin Vivo Fit 2 Activity tracker, it really does what I need, I don't think a Fitbit is really necessary when there are other cheaper models that may fit you.


    I went online to check this item out and the lowest price I see around is $79 (on amazon.com). Where did you get this for $30?


    I asked for a $30 one, I think it was a Striiv Activity Tracker and it was on Ebay for $34. But my mother ended up getting the Garmvin Vivo Fit for me, and when I asked her about the price, she said my sister had a credit card with Amazon (?, couldn't remember the place she bought it from), and they subtract like $50 from the original price. Though I'm not exactly sure it was Amazon she got it from, or some place that she has a credit card with and they gave her $50, which was either from previous credit or a new promotional thing, not really sure though.

    The great thing about this thing though, the battery lasts a whole year, no need to charge. The app is very simple, no bells and whistles BUT very efficient for tracking my sleeping pattern. And the steps it measure are extremely accurate. And I remember reading it's waterproof for up to like 50 meters.
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    Jan 17, 2016 5:14 AM GMT
    I don't think the technology is quite there for these things to provide any useful info. I mean, it counts the steps you take in a day or tracks how many hours you sleep. Woopty dooo.

    Personally, I have a mid-range Garmin Forerunner watch. I only use it to track my running. I don't use any of the fitness tracking, like steps per day or sleep cycles. There's a model above mine that has a heart rate sensor, but I don't care that much about HRM. If I'm not dead, then it's safe to assume my heart is ok. icon_lol.gif
  • interesting

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    Jan 19, 2016 6:07 AM GMT
    xrichx saidI don't think the technology is quite there for these things to provide any useful info. I mean, it counts the steps you take in a day or tracks how many hours you sleep. Woopty dooo.


    I just use mine to keep track of how many steps I'm taken and how far I've gone for my run/walk. It is surprisingly accurate, and track how many hours I sleep, nah, who would use that if they have clocks in their house? I do use it to track my sleeping patterns though, I found out I am not a deep sleeper at all, I'm super active when I'm sleeping.
  • metta

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    Jan 20, 2016 8:46 PM GMT
    Gay Man’s Fitbit Records the Heartbreaking Moment His Boyfriend Dumped Him

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    http://www.towleroad.com/2016/01/gay-mans-fitbit-records-what-happened-the-moment-his-boyfriend-broke-up-with-him/