I would like to have just a bit of a confirmation that my Tracker can be worn repeatedly in the pool. I do water running and aerobics 4-6 times a week and I would love to have all that leg movement counted as steps/activity since I cannot do a lot of walking all the time. I have had my tracker since last fall and it was not until tonight that I found out it is waterproof. I do not want to ruin it by wearing it in the pool. I go to a warm, SALT WATER pool. Will that make any difference? Thank you.
I can't believe anyone would recommend the spark tracker over the fitbit. There is no comparison. i've tried both and found the fitbit to be so much better. The biggest reason? You can immediately see how many steps you've taken, how far you've gone, right be looking at the fitbit itself, so its motivating during your workouts and during the day. With the spark tracker all you get is lights...it gives you an estimate of how much you've done, but not specifics.
The other thing is that the fitbit syncs with your phone automatically, so you can look at it and track as you go along during the day. Since I wear mine on my bra, it would be a little odd checking the tracker during the day, so you can easily check it with your cell phone. You can't do that with the spark tracker.
Fitness Minutes: (55,470)
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I recently purchased the Spark tracker, and I've been a Fitbit user for years (I use the Ultra, which is one of the old models; the newest model that is comparable is the Fitbit One - both can be hidden on my bra, although I wear the Spark on my shoe and the Fitbit on my bra).
I find the Fitbit is far more active in terms of numbers of steps taken. I also will do "one minute dance breaks" or other similar activities during the day to break up the doldrums of working a desk job, and while Fitbit does record those as activity, the Spark does not. The Spark seems to require 10 minutes of constant activity to count as "exercise".
The Fitbit also tracks flights of stairs climbed and sleep "activity" -- in other words, you wear it when you sleep and it gives you an idea of how much tossing and turning you do in the night. The Spark does not offer such abilities.
With that said, the Spark is a very hard taskmaster and a valid tool for exercise. I'll probably continue to prefer my Fitbit (especially with years of data entered for that!), but will use both for a while.
I do find it frustrating that I don't have the control to sync one or the other, though - the Spark automatically syncs whether I want it to or not, which messes up my fitness tracking with the Fitbit. I've grown accustomed to just syncing both, even if it throws off my numbers here.
Edited by: LADYPIXEL at: 10/30/2013 (19:17)
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Fitness Minutes: (137,025)
9,508 10/9/13 1:24 P
How many days does The Spark archive if you haven't synched up to SP?
I was having trouble with my Sync Point Device and it took me a week to get it working again...I expected when it finally did update that I would have all previous days work show up in SP...it didn't. even today's information wasn't complete.
The Spark shares a number of similarities to other trackers. It tracks your all day movement, and wirelessly transfers the data to your computer and account. However, big differentiators of the Spark vs other trackers includes: - The Spark fully integrates with the rest of SparkPeople. So on one site you can see and use all your tracker data, plus use all the other great tools, resources, and community interactions on SparkPeople. We also then have special challenges and coaching available exclusively for owners of the Spark. -You can wear the Spark discretely on your pocket, belt or bra – unlike many other devices that you HAVE to wear on your wrist). - The Spark can distinguish the types of workouts you did, determining (and tracking) if you did running, walking, indoor cycling, or an elliptical workout. The type of workout you did will appear in your fitness tracker, so you can see exactly how many calories you burned while running vs. an elliptical workout. We believe other trackers do not provide this level of detail. - At $59.95 The Spark is priced less than most other trackers on the market. Of the 3 most popular other trackers, the Nike FuelBand is $149, the FitBit Flex is $99, and the Jawbone Up is $129. - The Spark is completely waterproof. You can wear to exercise in the pool (it will not track and categorize your activity as “swimming” but since you are moving , it will track that you are active), and it even can survive a run through the washing machine if you accidently leave it on your clothes. - The battery will last 6-12 months. Other trackers typically need to be recharged every 5-10 days. Plus we include an extra battery. - We can’t underestimate the benefits of being fully integrated with SparkPeople, and with the benefits of SparkPeople building the system to view and use your data. SparkPeople has been around since 2001, and has learned how to encourage people to be more active and eat better. We have applied all of this learning to our Spark Activity Tracker experience. You’ll get special weekly coaching tips based on your activity, have access to special teams and challenges, and many more great new features. Plus you get 500 SparPoints when you setup your Spark
Be well, Kelly
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I am wanting to invest is some sort of tracking device. What is the difference between the Fitbit and the Spark Tracker? What are the pros and cons? Want a good return on my investment. Be helpful if I knew the prices also.
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