Just so you know, pedometers like to play catch up. Activity trackers are basically pedometers but are better suited to track all day activity but they also do catch up. For example, if you walk to your car and then drive, you may notice your AT/pedometer gaining steps while driving, this isn't false positives. It is recording the steps you took to the car, it was just delayed. This could be due to how fast you were walking and it couldn't keep up. The difference between a pedometer and AT is that the pedometer will just give you net calories burned for a specific activity (walking/jogging/running). The AT will track all movement you make during the entire day, I believe is better suited for tracking all other forms of exercises and it will tell you what your gross calorie burn is (BMR, activity + exercise). Most of them will track how well you sleep at night too. They also provide you with various charts, graphs, timelines, food tracking, community, etc. online.
I just got Fitbit Force but I don't have the Spark Activity Tracker so I can't really compare them. I love it so far, it's a handy tool to have for my job and while at home doing housework or running errands to get a bigger picture of how many calories I'm burning outside of exercise. I've wanted to know that for awhile. I also find it's pretty darn accurate when I exercise too, estimating calories burned. It perfectly lines up with the estimated calories burned for those activities. The reason I went with the Force over Flex is because of the display. With Flex you have to log in to see your steps, calories burned, etc. Force has a display with the time, steps, calories burned, distance, active minutes and stairs climbed that you can check anywhere/anytime. This is handy for me at work when I can't use a phone/computer or in the future when I'm camping and I don't have Wifi.
I like that you can compete against your Fitbit friends. I like that you can log your food here on Spark and it automatically syncs to your Fitbit account. One issue is that Spark already awards you calories for basic activities so when your Fitbit syncs your activity, your calorie range/calories burned on Sparkpeople will be inflated but you'll still know how many calories you can eat by your Fitbit account, it's a minor nuisance.
I guess Polar Loop is completely waterproof, all other FT's are just water resistant but I've heard many people do use them for swimming. I'm nervous to even take mine in the shower, I take it off. Polar Loop also connects to a heart rate monitor which is awesome! I was almost sold until I found out they don't have an app for android and only work with 2 Polar loop HRM and I didn't see myself purchasing one in the near future after buying this expensive gadget. Otherwise, I think the Loop would have been my first choice.
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 12/31/2013 (09:28)
Take your focus off the Marshmallow. www.leangains.com/2010/01/marshmallo
"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.
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