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JULIA1154 Posts: 1,783
8/27/13 6:01 P

Hi, Dionne - are you still as satisfied with your HRM? I'd be interested to know which make and model you're using, too, if you have time.


JULIA1154 Posts: 1,783
8/27/13 5:59 P

TCanno - Thanks for the info on the HRMs. Is there a specific model that you like?

PAM2BFIT Posts: 76
8/25/13 1:31 P

I have an ActiveLink, but don't belong to WW any longer so it's no good to me. Can the FitBit track all activity? I do Zumba, circuit, weights, etc., not just running or walking. I need something that can track whatever activity I do.

TCANNO SparkPoints: (315,763)
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8/11/13 4:06 A

I have two but none of the above.

I have the Garmin Forerunner with GPS
and the Polar FT4

Both seem to be with in a few beats and calories of each other.

I have tried cheaper ones and they have had problems. The first one I had, every time I walk past a computer the HR would go up to 299 and stay there. Another cheap one when in the the car would sent it up or all over the place.

The Garmin it good at tracking but has a short battery life. It need charging ever 7 hours. The Polar it good as it has a 4 year battery life and does every thing but track distance

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
8/11/13 1:31 A

Love my Fitbit Zip.

ONTHEPATH2 SparkPoints: (149,452)
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8/11/13 12:17 A

fitbit one - love it - I'm addicted

8/10/13 11:52 P

I really like my Active Link. It is by far the cheapest way to get started with an activity monitor and although I realize it doesn't give a thorough reading of my vital signs and seems to cheat you when you spin or work out on the elliptical machine, it does track my laps when I swim. Swimming is my favorite activity and I haven't read where any of the other monitors can be worn in the pool or shower.

Edited by: CLARISSABOND at: 8/10/2013 (23:53)
SHORTLAURABETH SparkPoints: (40,346)
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8/10/13 11:20 P

I truley hate and dissapointed with the Active Link. I don't think anyone needs to be stuck with one. They can transfer it to a family member and you are tied to paying money that adds up every month just to plug it in. If you don't, it stops working altogether. Such a rip off. I will get one of the above mentioned devices that sound so much better. My spin and cycling never showed up and don't have time to actually add everything manually into computer...that is why I am wearing it to get the info?

GRAMMYBRENDA2 SparkPoints: (3,883)
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7/31/13 11:59 A

I love my FitBit Zip!

MYUTMOST4HIM Posts: 11,453
7/31/13 9:06 A

I have the fitbit ONE - I really like it but the sleep band needs to go back to the drawing board. The velcro type closure is not very secure. I sewed mine closed so now I just slip in on over my wrist.

LOUIE-LILY Posts: 4,604
7/31/13 8:36 A

Why not get onto the "fitbit users" team - seems you'd learn alot about it there. My coworker has one and just loves it. Price shouldn't be more than $89 now since the new version is out. Personally, I love my Omron $18 on Amazon. I don't need the sleep tracker with fitbit. I did consider the "fitbit zip." That's around $49-59 and supposed to be good without the sleep tracker.

KITTY20 Posts: 8,095
7/31/13 8:10 A

Really love my fitbit one. Its a good compliment to my Garmin.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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7/31/13 7:33 A

I absolutely love my BODYMEDIA as it gives me everything including the ability to graph results over time, tracks my sleep, calories, steps, physical activity, calories burned etc.

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
7/30/13 7:59 P

I love my Fitbit and it gives me everything I need in a tracker, accurately.

JUDYRAUL Posts: 137
7/30/13 4:47 P

I've been looking at the bodybugg as I had one nine or ten years ago and loved it. They were quite expensive back then. I paid $500 at that time. The cost right now is $99 and it includes a six month subscription. I am looking at the fitbit and don't quite understand how it works if you don't have to wear it and get a heart beat reading.

DIONNE1972 Posts: 1,041
4/4/13 9:27 P

i have a fitbit and a HRM, and the HRM is what i rely on to get me results based on ME. not an averge of who knows howmany people that are not built like me.

DRIVIN_DAVE SparkPoints: (13,985)
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4/4/13 9:24 P

Hope you're getting the Fitbit One, I have found it to be far more durable than the Ultra.
I like the ability to track sleep efficiency along with all the other measurements!

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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3/4/13 6:33 A

Active Link

3/4/13 12:29 A

I pre-ordered the new fitbit and can't wait till I get it. I did some research and talked to quite a few people and determined for me the new fitbit would work best. I just wish I had a ship date =/

KIMSUTH Posts: 969
3/3/13 5:08 P

I have Active Link and I really like it. There are some days when I don't move a lot--I have a desk job. I SHOULDN'T be earning points for for 20 minutes of exercise if I haven't done anything the rest of the day. I love how it takes all of my activity into account. I know I have a bare minimum to hit everyday and that makes me try harder to get up and moving around at work so that my actual exercise is benefiting me more. :)

1/6/13 5:27 A

I have the ActiveLink mainly because it's waterproof. I wear it 24/7 around a chain on my neck even when showering! I like the idea of every bit of activity I do while wet or dry being counted. However, may look into the newer FitBit only if it's waterproof.

Edited by: WILLISGIRL at: 1/6/2013 (05:30)
KLFOSTER27 Posts: 3,193
12/18/12 4:48 P

i have a fitbit and its ok but i always wanted the Bodybugg but didnt want to spend all that money on one but I did find a good deal for one that I got for Christmas so I wont know how I like it until after Christmas but... I got mine for Only $64.98 + Free Shipping w/ Coupon Code
The coupon code is AFPBGD1


WWREFUGEE1942 SparkPoints: (73,959)
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12/18/12 12:56 A

I can't wait to find out if FitBit gives as accurate a picture as Active Link. If it does, I will be that much closer to ending a $45 a month relationship with Weight Watchers.

FITMARTI SparkPoints: (20,370)
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12/13/12 11:55 A

I just bought the fitbit zip and will receive it tomorrow. Can't wait to try it out.

WWREFUGEE1942 SparkPoints: (73,959)
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12/13/12 11:05 A

Thanks for saying that Fitbit has no subscription fees. I have been trying to find out about that. I love the combination of Weight Watchers ActiveLink and SparkPeople. ActiveLink shows exactly how much time I walk, and then SparkPeople allows me to plug in the number of minutes with my walk route and I find out how many calories I burned. ActiveLink is just awful when it comes to telling you how much calories you have burned. They give you no credit until you have done a certain amount of exercise and, if you are elderly and short, you never reach that limit so you are very demoralized. SparkPeople is great about motivating you to do more by giving you credit for what you do as you do it.

The big down side for ActiveLink is that you have to be a Weight Watcher member and pay a $5 per month subscription fee. The total for ActiveLink is $45 per month. Still, I will keep up the subscription until I can be sure I don't need it any more.

MEMYSELF2011 Posts: 638
10/19/12 1:29 P

Good morning. I'm just starting to research devices. I had a BodyBugg a few years ago and liked the 24-hour monitoring (very useful for determining the calories to eat per day). But not sure I want something that comprehensive this time around. Also not into wearing it on my upper arm all day.

I'm back at Weight Watchers, as of this week. Also still logging food in SparkPeople because it lets me monitor calories and some more detailed nutrient info than WW will allow.

So far, I am leaning toward FitBit and linking up with this site. The main critique of WW Active Link that resonated with me: the inability to manually enter (or edit) your APs if you link up their device.

Anybody using the FitBit with the link to this site yet? Thoughts?

10/1/12 12:11 P

Is there anything out there similiar to bodybugg that tracks all day but without having to pay a subscription? Fitbit doesnt show your heart rate so I cant see how it would be very accurate.

LYSADELL SparkPoints: (45,015)
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10/1/12 11:05 A

I think i'm starting to understand the reasoning with the ActiveLink but get discouraged too. I'd also like to have something that I can upload to my phone vs. computer.

My HRM is need repair. I got a battery put in and Timex told me to press all the buttons to reset time, date, weight, etc. and I did and the screen remains blank...

JENNADAILEY SparkPoints: (9,653)
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9/30/12 8:15 P

I use a Garmin HRM, and before I had a Polar HRM. I noticed that the Polar one says I burn a lot more calories, and I suspect the Garmin one is more accurate, sadly. I guess what I'm saying is in my experience, HRM's can vary a lot in terms of the number of calories it claims the person burns. I'm pretty sure I put in my weight on both, so I don't think it's a situation of not having some of those stats to accurately determine it or anything.

9/30/12 7:42 P

I'm still wondering about the accuracy of my Bodybugg. When I first started using it a couple of months ago, it had my base metabolic rate - what it judged I burned in the absence of any other activity - at about 1620. Now it's down to about 1450 (yes, I've been strength training.) It doesn't show any increase in metabolism after doing cardio or after eating, which all the current thinking tells us we should expect. And the calorie burn it gives me is maybe half to 2/3 what the machines show. That would all explain why I'm not losing anything, but it's contrary to what the "experts" tell me. Anybody else see the same thing?

LYSADELL SparkPoints: (45,015)
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9/20/12 3:27 P

Thanks - that's interesting. I really am only interested in my workouts. will look that up. :)

AUNTMISSA Posts: 136
9/20/12 11:33 A

i went to a sporting goods store and bought a watch that is a heart rate monitor and calorie counter. it was on sale for 30bucks.they had ones a little cheaper too. it seems to be accurate.maybe a 30-50 calorie burn diff on that than when i type in a workout on here and it gives me a reading(according to my weight and such so its just an average reading). the boddybug is only 100bucks at 24hr fitness i thought. my cousin wears one and claims she burns 4,000 calories in a day. not sure on that one!

LYSADELL SparkPoints: (45,015)
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9/20/12 11:26 A

Now I just read on WW board that FitBit is coming out in October for $60 and all updated - no subscription fees!

I changed the position of my activelink - so I'll see how it does...

KRISTIN9924 Posts: 952
9/19/12 10:27 P

I won a bodybugg in a drawing at my gym. It is suppose to be very accurate because you wear it almost constantly (except for when you shower or swim). It calculates the number of calories you burn by measuring your heart rate and figuring your basal metabolic rate. I agree that it is very expensive. I think that they are about $300-400 and then you have to pay to the online service too (I think only one year is covered with the initial purchase). If you really want one, you might look on e-bay or other online resale places. I sold mine online for a little under $200 a few years ago.

07SOJO Posts: 1,652
9/19/12 3:50 P

I never used my HRM all day; only used it when I was working out and it seemed pretty accurate. I bought a decent one at REI. By decent, I mean it was a good one but not overly expensive.

LYSADELL SparkPoints: (45,015)
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9/19/12 3:14 P

I can see that - 24 hr coverage is too much.
I'd like to see what I burn in my daily routine and my workout - but which would be the best method and most accurate?

I wear the activelink but i think it lies.
Never wore a HRM for the day, does anyone do that?

BANKER-CHUCK Posts: 6,638
9/19/12 1:28 P

I think most any of them are better that any equipment readout. The bodybugg from my research to to much money for what I need it for. I don't need for it to show me every calorie I burn for a 24 hour period.

LYSADELL SparkPoints: (45,015)
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9/19/12 1:23 P


LYSADELL SparkPoints: (45,015)
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9/18/12 9:12 P

ok- too many choices here!

I have a HRM and when I work out it gives me a number I like!!
Using this Weight Watchers ActiveLink, well it says the # of points that I used for the day was 2 points, I can't believe that knowing I did a two point workout and was active over 30 minutes.

What is your feedback about body bugg or fitbit?

What do you feel is the MOST accurate to give you feedback about your workouts and activity?

I haven't had the ActiveLink long but I can see me canceling the service...

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