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Body Media/Fitbit Users
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Tell me a little bit about why you like your device. I'm not sure I want/need one but I'd like to know more.
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I own both and prefer the fitbit to the bodyfit. One reason is because I can clip it to my bra out of site and the bodyfit made me itch and irritated my skin. Second, I love the program so much better!!
1315 days ago
I have owned my fit bit for a year and love it. the customer service is AWESOME Once you get it you pay noting else for service, but with the body media you will be paying money for the monitoring it is lik 6.95 a mont or you can pay on an annual basis
1316 days ago
I have owned the body media link and LOVVVED MINE.. however, I sold it due to money reasons on Ebay.. If you decide to get one it's cheaper through amazon or ebay for sure..
The downfalls 1... it is NOT waterproof, you can not get it wet.. if you swim, you loose out on the calories burned
downfall 2.. Tired of wearing it ALL the time.. I have found that you can take the little gadget out and stick it in the bra, but I have found it to fall out hahahah maybe I need new bras hahahaha..
Downfall 3. IT DOES NOT calculate immediate calories unless you are live with the blue tooth link before work outs.. The ONLY way I was able to calculate calories before a work out was take down the number before, then after class I checked it again and I got a reliable calorie burn reading..
The gadget was GREAT! I LOVED, LOVED LOVED MINE.. It really made you aware of what you do, how you do things and I LOVED the graphs and easy charts that it gave you at the end of the day. I had the link so it synced up to my phone.
To get the sleep, you had to sync it with the USB port
If you are a techy person and LOVE up to date information it is totally worth it.. you can look at your numbers and if you are short of your 8,000 steps a day, you can do jumping jacks or run around a block in your neighborhood to make your goal and for THAT I missed it.. Just know you can get a cheaper pedometer to track your steps.. I was trying to loose 2lbs a week at least and I needed 8,000 steps per day for activity walking... ( I do zumba on an every day basis and I make my stepping goal every time with 9,824 steps easily)
I DO miss the fact of knowing what your sleep patterns were, and that really really shocked me.. I was finding myself not getting a fulls nights rest.. I would be laying down for 8-9 hrs but only 5-6hrs was the most I would get...If you move around to change positions or get it, it tracks it and it also knows somehow if you are just laying there and not sleeping. That was really bothersome..
Diet: The diet part had to come from a third party app. I used and may use the myfitnesspal and I STILL use that every day.. its a free app, at the end of the day bodymedia breaks it down into charts and graphs and it gave you pointers and tips... that you were over carbs or fat and cut it down ...
I needed at least a 800-1000 deficit to loose weight this is after your work outs..
My calories were tracked 7x my weight and I changed that on a weekly basis.
IS it worth it? I think it was for me, it gave my body a new total awareness of my body and how it reacts and what I really do.. What I really "thought I did" was totally different from the "real" activity was tracked, for that I was shocked.
There is another gadget that ATT&T has which is just a wrist band and I think it does a better job of tracking things, but in all honesty... do you wish to part with your green $$$ it all boils down to your budget.. People are in it for money and for you to separate it from your hands, they make it feel like a MUST HAVE NEED, when in reality... you have these apps that sparks has (WHICH IS FREE) to track and I use myfitness pal for my diet.. its all about tracking and keeping track..
If you want to pay for it, go for it.. just know there is also a subscription of a yearly or monthly fee...
It has its ups and it has its downs, but for the most part you need to consider, is it for you and can it fit my budget. It did make it easier to keep things tracked without the headaches but in the long run after me using it 2weeks, I needed my money back more and I was just going to use things here on spark and the free apps on my phone for free.. I already had a free pedometer so as long as I have my 8000 -10,000 steps in per day, I know I have been active enough.
ooooo did you know too, that smart phones have free app pedometers which work great and it has a GPS in it ? That is free too!
1316 days ago
Comment edited on: 3/19/2013 9:09:57 AM
I just got my fitbit zip on Friday and I love it! It just helps me stay accountable and moving. I didn't know how few steps I really was taking. The clip ont he zip is fantastic. It's hard to get it on or off so I don't think it's going anywhere. And it syncs all on it's own, I love it!
1316 days ago
I've been debating getting a device too. Based on reviews I've read the older Fitbit was better than the new one because of the clip that you use. Many reviewers write that the clip on the fitbit falls off and you are likely to loose the device. The FitFlex comes out sometime this spring, I think I am going to wait and see the reviews on that before making a purchase.
1316 days ago
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