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Review of The Spark - Tales from 100# Down


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Friday, October 04, 2013

I've long been a user of various activity trackers so I was excited when Sparkpeople said they were introducing their own that would specifically synch to the website. I've been using it every day and wanted to pass along to you my thoughts about it.



What does it do?

It tracks steps, miles, activity and time and the best thing is it knows WHAT kind of activity. I was so surprised the first time I got off my recumbent bicycle and went to my activity tracking page and saw that it KNEW I was cycling! None of my other devices could do that. That was a huge plus for me. It recognizes the difference between the elliptical, bicycle, walking, running and just normal activity.

What else makes it different from other trackers?

You can wear it swimming! That's a huge plus for those that do water aerobics, swim laps, etc. It also means it won't "die" if I forget to unclip it from my shorts!

It fully synchs with the Sparkpeople website AND you get specific awards for activity for your sparkpage. I like those Glow-Getter badges! It's just extra motivation to get moving!

It's TINY so you can wear it discretely unlike some devices that stick out like a sore thumb. You can clip it to your shoe laces, your waistband and even your bra (just flip it so the clip side is out and you won't get that bump in your clothing).

The tracking page on the website is EASY to use and gives you your daily and weekly progress at a glance. You can even look back over the past 30 days!

Competition for motivation - There is a Leader Board for all Spark owners by total fitness minutes for the month. This friendly competition keeps me getting out of my chair to try to work up those rankings!

The best part - it's much more affordable than those other activity trackers I purchased. You can buy it for $59.95 right from the Sparkpeople site (upper right corner) or from Amazon.com

I love that it's pricepoint makes it more affordable for MANY and hope that if you don't have a device you will get one soon. It really does help keep you moving!

The only con is that the clip is a little hard for me to use with my arthritic hands but that also means it won't fall off too easily!

I received my Spark free in exchange for my honest review. I was not paid to post this review nor told what to say. These words are my own!

PRESS ON!

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NIKKIJ55 10/28/2013 9:07AM

    Thanks for sharing

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CEILIE2 10/28/2013 9:06AM

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When I need to replace my pedometer I may replace with this.

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MJEFFERSON23 10/28/2013 9:03AM

  Makes me want to try it!

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MOM1014 10/28/2013 8:59AM

    Looks like a good motivational tool. Good blog!

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GGRANLDY 10/28/2013 8:46AM

    Awesome

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AUNTB63 10/28/2013 8:38AM

    My tracker is on the way. Looking forward to using it. I appreciate the review as I was waiting for others to try this new gadget. Sounds like this will be a win win for everyone.

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JUST_BRENDA 10/28/2013 8:22AM

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SETTIMIA 10/28/2013 8:21AM

    Thank You great review emoticon

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PATTYKLAVER 10/28/2013 8:00AM

    Thanks for the reminder that it's waterproof. I forgot about that. I love mine, too.

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PB4WEGO 10/28/2013 7:45AM

    Thanks so much for all the great information. I too wish I bought one when it was cheaper, maybe next payday.
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SLIMGRAM2 10/28/2013 7:09AM

    emoticon emoticon I'm going to order one today!

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ELBOURDO 10/28/2013 7:09AM

    Love it. emoticon emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 10/28/2013 7:00AM

    It looks like an awesome gadget to help with Sparking! Thank-you!

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SUNSHINEGB 10/28/2013 6:48AM

    Excellent review, thank you!

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MSLZZY 10/28/2013 6:45AM

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SLACHETKA103145 10/28/2013 6:02AM

    I really like mine too! I am doing about 5 times more steps than I thought! So far it has been worth it!

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SECRETKEL 10/28/2013 5:53AM

    I've been considering getting the Spark tracker because it sounds really great and activity seems to be where I need the most improvement. Does anyone know if they ship to Canada? I haven't been able to find that information in anything I've read. emoticon

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HIKINGSD 10/28/2013 5:00AM

    WTG!

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AMYROSEC 10/28/2013 2:43AM

    Thank you for sharing

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SUNSET09 10/28/2013 2:35AM

  This is very helpful information and emoticon for sharing. It helps us know what works for us and how! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TDWANDD2MYK9 10/28/2013 2:18AM

    Thanks.

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MOTLORAC 10/28/2013 1:46AM

    Thanks for the info

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GABIBEAR 10/28/2013 1:43AM

    Thanks for all of the great info!!!

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NYARAMULA 10/28/2013 1:37AM

    Sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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TOKIEMOON 10/28/2013 12:54AM

    I really like my Fitbit zip, but it does not track when I ride a stationary bicycle. So I'm thinking about the SP Tracker when I need a replacement, EXCEPT for the fact I have read numerous comments that the only place the SP tracker is accurate is when it is worn on the foot. I prefer to wear mine on my bra, and that works well with my Fitbit.

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MARCIEMCGOWAN 10/28/2013 12:22AM

    I want one of these. I would love to see just how far I walk each day at work. and who much exercise I am getting on my days off. Thanks for the encouragement to try this

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RONI122 10/22/2013 11:08AM

    I ordered my SP tracker after reading your review. I wore it for the first time yesterday. I love it. I couldn't believe how many steps I did for one day at work. Also, I wore it to my cycle class. I'm going to have fun with this little gadget!

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CATLOVER110 10/16/2013 9:25PM

    Thanks for the review!

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JILLHARVEY 10/16/2013 3:04PM

    It recognizes my walk/run but it doesn't count when I'm on the exercise bike as a workout :(



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LEEW0LF 10/16/2013 6:30AM

  sounds perfect. waiting for mine to arrive

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SNOWYOGA 10/14/2013 7:06PM

    Wow that neat and thanks for the info.! emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/14/2013 7:00PM

  that sounds fun! emoticon

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ELINTY 10/14/2013 3:55PM

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CFMOSS 10/14/2013 8:23AM

    glad to get the review - all of the reviews are helpful.

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LADYBUG0805 10/14/2013 6:37AM

    Thanks for the info. You answered one of my questions regarding the tracker. emoticon emoticon

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K1TT3N 10/13/2013 6:49PM

    Thanks for sharing

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MARYJEANSL 10/13/2013 12:18AM

  Well written, thoughtful review - though others have said it can't recognize real bicycling, only on an exercise bike.

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SASSYTHING52 10/12/2013 11:53PM

    love to get one

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SUGAR0814 10/12/2013 11:28PM

    Thanks for sharing your review!

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JAMER123 10/12/2013 10:38PM

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I haven't found the monthly totals but will sure be looking for them!! Thanks!

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PCASEY7 10/12/2013 10:26PM

    Thanks!

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GRAYGRANNY 10/12/2013 9:46PM

    Totally in love with my Fitbit Zip but should something happen to it will be looking into this one. Thanks for your opinion!!

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GOOSIEMOON 10/12/2013 8:57PM

    Thanks!

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DIANNEMT 10/12/2013 8:12PM

    Thanks for you opinion.

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MIAJOEB 10/12/2013 7:14PM

    I love mine too.
It is really fun to keep track and I have been doing more exercising than I have been giving myself credit.

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OLLIESGRACE3 10/12/2013 5:46PM

  Right on!

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