I have a BodyMedia and love it but it is like any other piece of technology, wherein it will reflect the amount of work you put into it during the day but on the other hand the caloric counter is great.
I have a Fitbit One that I bought in Sept. and I love it. I used to have the older Fitbit model but I forgot I was wearing it and went swimming! I had worn a pedometer for many years and really saw this as a step up since it syncs with Sparkpeople and can track sleep and stairs, etc.
I actually find the accelerometer in my iPod to be very accurate as far as measuring distance. I have an older iPod Nano; I don't know if the new ones are as good, or whether various smart phones have accelerometers, but if you already own a phone, look into it. There are also inexpensive distance-measuring thingies you can put in your shoe that then communicate with your phone/MP3, like Nike+ (which I think costs around $35 or less.)
If you have a smart phone, there are tons of games and apps and podcasts that are helpful. I have several 5K and 10K training podcasts, for example; my favorite free one was done by the National Health in the UK. There's a game app called "Zombies! Run!" that motivates you by sending you on increasingly difficult walks and runs where you pretend you're avoiding zombies while delivering important communications to the anti-zombie resistance or scientists or something. That's on my wish list; it costs around $10 and I have yet to get into paying for apps-- but my brother keeps giving me app store gift cards, so I might as well get it!
In the end, it just depends on your personality and whether gadgets help you. Definitely you can lose weight and do well without any electronics, but if you like them and money isn't an issue or you're satisfied with less sophisticated free stuff, it's certainly worth trying.
By the way, I never had any sort of tracker or anything until after I had lost almost all of my weight. When I decided to start running, I wanted music so I carried a Walkman-type cassette tape player with a mix tape from college! It was only later, when I was working on the last few pounds, that I decided I needed the extra incentive (and I had a high-paying job at the time, so I could afford the "toys.")
i have the fitbit one. I love it. It is discreet and I don't have to worry about band breakage like the force or flex. I don't need something waterproof or water resistant. The site is free and if you are on FB, their group is awesome. You do have to be invited and follow the rules of the group (no self promotion if you are selling anything, they don't like too much political stuff, they don't tolerate "haters" on the comments, etc)
but as others have claimed. any device is only good as long as you use it.
I've only ever really used pedometer-type gadgets, none of them super-expensive. I find them motivating because sometimes I'm not able to do more strenuous exercise, but I still can see how generally active I am.
I have used pedometer apps on smartphones. I DO NOT recommend any of them, all the ones I've tried vastly overestimate one's steps. I'm not interested in inflating my achievements, I just want to know what they are!
I know some people who swear by FitBit, and I have been curious about trying the SparkTracker. I'm interested in this question too!
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Fitness Minutes: (6,076)
1/13/14 9:02 A
I have the Sparks Activity Tracker. I just assumed when you get near a computer it would input what you did when you are not near your computer. My Active link from WW "saves" it. I can plug it in as often as I want. I have used the body bugg and liked it but wanted something a little more discreet and hated paying for the website.
Since the tracker won't offload on a wireless computer, how do you manage it when you are on a trip and 300 miles away from the computer it will download off on? I will be gone for 3 days this weekend and I have yet to figure out what good the tracker is on a trip. As you can "type" in your steps etc, but it doesn't register on your tracker and when you are someplace that you don't know what starting point to the ending point is, it is rather difficult to type in said steps. Kind of worthless when you can't offload onto a wireless laptop.
Fitness Minutes: (788)
10/29/13 5:17 P
I own the Sparker Tracker ($60) and have had it about 3 weeks. For me it helps get me moving. I check it a couple of times a day to make sure that I am getting activity in. Today I walked to the mailbox instead of just leaving it on the box on my front door because I wanted to add more steps, and then continued for another mile. I would not have done it without the tracker. For me it is a motivator, so it does help lose weight. Some people find collecting spark points a motivator, I don't. Weight loss is a very personal journey that must be individualized. You just have to pick what is the best fit for you.
Pounds lost: 18.0
Fitness Minutes: (208,565)
10/29/13 3:37 P
A fitness tracker like the Fitbit, Jawbone, pedometer, Spark Tracker, etc... are all tools you could use to help motivate you to be a bit more active. Whether or not a tracker works depends on whether or not you will use it on a regular basis.
Are they accurate when it comes to calculating calories ? Even HRMs have a margin of error, so take any reading with a grain of salt. They are an estimate, so use that estimate accordingly.
How much do they cost ? A simple pedometer that tracks your steps might cost you $20. The Fitbits range in price depending on model. A Fitbit Zip on amazon goes for $60. a fitbit one is just under $100. the more bells and whistles, the higher the price.
Can a person lose weight without one ? Yes. I lost all the weight before Fitbits or Body Bugs or anyone calorie tracker was available. When it comes to weight loss, what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy. In short, you can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. If you want to lose weight, you have to eat right and watch your portions first.
The gadgets really are just tools. What you get out of them is dependent on what you put in.
Fitness Minutes: (33,798)
310 10/29/13 2:53 P
There are so many gadgets out there that claim to help you track your fitness and calories burned. What are some good ones? Which ones work? What is a reasonable price? DO they really help you loose more? Thoughts? Feel free to answer any or all questions, pose more questions, or discuss your experiences. Thanks for your help
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