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I'm working on day 990 of consecutive days walking 10 K steps. It is my Jiminy Cricket reminding me to finish my steps for the day. Yes, it is so worth it.



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2/28/17 11:58 P

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Yes I love mines

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2/26/17 9:09 A

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Tukarama that is so cool. I love the way the data is broken down on that display! It seems really easy to read and very useful.


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2/25/17 7:07 P

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My band displays exertion level and says they use it when calculating calorie burn. That was one of the main reasons I wanted a band with a heart rate monitor.



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2/24/17 3:06 P

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I've been wearing a Garmin Forerunner since August and I really love it. It is reasonably accurate, and I like being able to store my walk/run data in it and upload it to review later.

Personally, I find it very useful and motivating to track daily steps.

If you use any fitness tracker like a forerunner, fitbit, or one of the countless others, it's important to be realistic about its limitations. Science is not magic, so if I leave the tracker on when I'm doing something like washing dishes or making bread, it's going to record some steps that didn't actually happen. If I'm shopping and pushing a shopping cart with the arm that wears the tracker, it is going to miss some steps. And, obviously, if I want a mile on the arc trainer to register on the tracker, I need to not hold on and move my arms in a way that mimics the way they naturally move on a run. Once you're used to your tracker, you'll know how it works and how to maximize its accuracy.

One caveat for outdoor exercisers: when you come in from an outdoor workout, take a second to take off your tracker and clean the straps. We have a lot of pollen around here, and if I don't clean the straps on mine after a trail run, I risk an allergic rash from little bits of pollen stuck underneath.

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If walking is your main exercise, a fitness tracker can help keep you motivated. But if you do any other type of exercise, like swimming, aerobics class, etc., the fitness trackers are not accurate.

For one thing, they can't track exertion level, so running = walking as far as steps. But you burn more calories running than walking.

Most fitness trackers are not water resistant, so you can't use them for swimming.

When doing any type of aerobic exercise other than walking, like a Jessica Smith video or even a Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds workout - the fitness trackers do not track every step. Some of the moves don't trigger the step counter. A 45-minute 3-mile WATP workout only tracked about 2,000 steps for me, and I know I did more than that. If I walked 3 miles, I would have tracked about 6,000 steps.

They're also not accurate if you're exercising on an elliptical machine - I know, I've tried it.

I used to have a BodyMedia Fit fitness tracker which recorded heart rate and exertion & calories burned, but the company went out of business several years ago. It was used on the earlier seasons of The Biggest Loser. I bought a FitBit One, but wasn't happy with the lack of features.

Maybe the newer fitness trackers have more features, but I'm not going to spend more money to get another one.

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2/22/17 10:48 P

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I have a Fitbit Flex and I like it but I don't love it. The steps is motivating for me but I wish it was a little more accurate. I rocked my daughter for 30 minutes the other day and it said I had over 3,000 steps just from that. I didn't realize it was counting and screwed up my calculations. I am really interested in a HR monitor though. I'm thinking about the Fitbit Charge 2. Any thoughts on that one?



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The main things I like about my fitness band are the heart rate monitor, and the workout tracker on the accompanying app. The apps and fitness bands are nice tools but not essential. For me, anything I can use and enjoy using, is good. I am glad I got one finally.

I looked at Fitbit and Vivo but the shipping to the Philippines was prohibitively expensive. I have a Xiaomi Mi Band 2. Some Chinese made $20 band. I bought it just for the heart rate monitor and was shocked at how well it works. Even the bluetooth connection to my phone is flawless. Battery lasts 20 days between charging, too. The sleep monitor is fun but mostly useless.

I have a real good Omron pedometer they gave us at work - many years ago - but I wanted a heart rate monitor.

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I find that the FitBit Zip tracks accurately since wearing it for a couple of days. I am pleased with it. But mind you, I wear mine on my shoe just like I did the Spark Activity Tracker.

I found out that when I wore the SPAT on my bra or on my hip, it didn't record accurately and so I took to wearing it on my shoe which was much better.

But alas, the SPAT has been retired. But I am loving my new FitBit Zip.

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I just got my Fitbit Zip and am so excited because I can wear it on my shoe! Yay!

I just want to get in as many steps as possible. And I got mine at Walmart for $34.00! Can you believe that? Well, I did! I don't know if it was on sale or not because I was willing to pay the $59.00. I just didn't want to be without my Spat but I am so glad that I got my Fitbit Zip.

Now to start walking!

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2/10/17 3:26 P

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I've had my FitBit Zip for 3 years and have not stopped liking it. I also have the SmartTracker, which I prefer because the SmartTracker tracks events; if I take a 30 min walk, it tracks the steps, time, and miles of that event, as well as the whole day's steps, so I can see that, yup, I took a 48-min walk yesterday. The FitBit starts tracking from the minute you step into your shoes until you step out of them.

I have synched only my SparkTracker with SparkPeople, and I am very sad that they (whoever they are) will no longer support my SmartTracker.
Come Feb 21, I wonder how SparkPeople will display the FitBit activity.
Hmmm. Probably the same way it's always shown on (only) FitZip owner's pages.

I can't wear anything on my wrists.

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I love my Fitbit because it is a general fitness tracker. It tracks sleep, steps, workouts etc. I also like the app and website. They sync to the various fitness websites I'm a part of and its so easy to use. Unfortunately however, a month after I bought my Fitbit the band started to separate from the tracker (I had the charge) and I ended up calling customer service to have it replaced since it was still under warranty. I was excited that they replaced it for free, however the new Fitbit I had received (and my current Fitbit) did not even last through the day! The claims are that the battery lasts a week, and on my first day wearing it I looked down about lunch time and realized it wasnt even on. I thought that it must have been a mistake so when I finally got to my car I checked the app and it told me my Fitbit was dead. Fitbit customer service will only replace the Fitbit once for free, so I have been stuck with this Fitbit for some time now. I want to give them one more chance with the Fitbit charge 2, but I am doing some more research before I purchase to see if its worth it. If you want to give the Fitbit a try I would suggest the charge 2 because so far it seems as though it may be the sturdiest one.

I am restarting my fitness journey for 2017. Help keep my motivated and hopefully receive some motivation from my YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/trinaba
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I love my Fitbit, it helps me keep track of calories in versus calories out.

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The statement, "Doesn't work for me." was all that was originally in this post. I think it was in response to a post that had a link in it that didn't work. Unfortunately it made it look like I was referring to fitness trackers when I actually meant a broken link in a previous post. That would be exactly opposite of what I already stated about fitness trackers.... they work, at least for me. Just thought I'd clarify in case anybody though I had gone split personality.

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1/13/17 8:01 P

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I do think a tracker is motivating to get steps in as you can see it in black and white. Also sleep was a goal of mine and it is really cool to see my sleep patterns, the length, and light or restful sleep over time. I didn't want to invest in a Fitbit yet, so bought a simple Misfit flash and it performs and meets my needs, $19.99. I got mine last year for Christmas so it has been interesting to look over data from past year to now.



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Yes I think so. I had the fitbit flex and now I have the charge 2. I like the features and it motivates me.

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I enjoy using my Fitbit. It helps me to see how I have done each day, I broke my leg in April of 2016 and I am almost 100%.



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Yes. I love my Fitbit. It is a great motivator for me daily.

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I think a lot are too high priced. Recently I found one that works with your smart phone for $50.00 regular $150.00,online and new.. I will look into the reviews before I would consider,I do see them new on sale at times for $40.00- $60.00 which I think is reasonable. I would not use it to compete with others but to compete with myself & track my sleep. I would turn it on for exercise when I go out,if there is a exercise on/off switch.

I have chronic kidney disease and low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years..I am 54 years old. I am starting the Fall Challenge ,Firecrackers Team,on P.S.T. My exercise plan is 2400 minutes a month.I do walking, ride the bike at the gym 65 minutes, 3 times a week & go ice skating for 90 minutes 2 times a week for people over 50. My name is Linda. WEight is not accurate, it was weught 2 weeks a go but went up & down. Will track on the weekend & majke the loss accurate.


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I had the FitBit Flex and now have the Fitbit HR and love it! It helps to motivate me and I love that you can challenge your friends.




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I'm not real impressed with my Fitbit Charger 2. I find it isn't very accurate. If you are pushing a cart or carrying something in your hands, then it doesn't keep an accurate count of your steps. I also found if I crochet it adds steps just because I move my hand. I really miss my Sparkpeoplev activity tracker. I lost it and I wish I could get another one.



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Thank you both for the quick response. Much appreciated!

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I used the version 1 for over a year with one battery change and not a problem except website glitches that turned out to be operator error anyway. Have had the ver. 2 for about a month and I really love it. Only bought the second one to get the timer and back-light. BTW, I'm not one to rave about tech gear, but these things do exactly what they are supposed to do and do it reliably. It doesn't have some of the bells and whistles of more expensive variants, but does everything I want. Nothing more to say. It works.

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I love my Vivofit 2. It has batteries and I've had to replace them every five months, but I use it pretty heavy. It has a back light and is my watch. I have several bands to match it to whatever I'm wearing, so it is appropriate for any occasion.
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Vivofit users:

How are your trackers over time? I have had terrible luck (and bad service!) from FitBit. They just don't hold a charge. This last one only lasted two months before it started requiring a charge about every 8 hours. I loved my Spark tracker and would like to find something that will hold up. Geez, even a year is better than two months.

Thanks in advance!

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I would not want to be without mu Vivofit 3

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Well, I couldn't resist. My wife got the Vivofit 2 and it has just exactly the features the version 1 was missing that I wanted. Then I see one refurbished minus the Ant (sending unit) that I don't need since I have the one from the version 1. Was only $39.95 w/free shipping. Very happy with the purchase. So now I have locking wrist band clasp, backlight, and event timer in addition to the features of the first one and still no charging batteries.

She and I (my wife) are mildly competitive, so when I caught her marching in place and asked what's up, she tells me the red line on her Vivofit lit up and she had to get up and move to put it out. Now my version one had that but I always ignored it. Well, no more. If she can do it, I can do it. Discovered that it works on the Gazelle Glider, so I go do a few minutes on that and the red line disappears. Forced exercise that's actually kinda fun and gives old retired fella's something to do.

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Canuckgolfer, which FITBIT do you have? Sounds like maybe the Zip?.

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I got a Fitbit for Christmas this year. It was easy to set-up and I'm getting quite addicted to checking to see how many of the five lights flash as I move throughout the day.

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I've had my Vivofit for a while now and it's exactly what I wanted. Keeps track of my steps, miles and the time and date. I see the version 1 like mine for about $50 refurbished (like mine). I've had to change the batteries once. Syncing with the computer is easy and keeps you aware of what you're doing. No bells or whistles, but it works.

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I just looked back to my first post here and based on that, I've had mine for over six months.

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Thanks CATH2907 for your info. I think so far it has been the most helpful. I suspect I will be better off with a Fitbit Zip also since I am so challenged at techno gizmos. My husband gets frustrated when I ask him to help and I have a son with a computer degree but he doesn't want to help either. He thinks everyone should understand these computer run gadgets!

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I have a Fitbit Zip. It is a pedometer - nothing more. It tells me how many steps I've taken. If I do zumba I need to log in and tell it I did zumba for that hour and it basically replaces my steps calorie credit for that time with the database calorie credit for an hour of zumba (300kcal apparently!)
I like it - it is a simple gizmo that tells me if I've moved enough today. I check it after dinner and if I haven't reached my goal I either do an X-box dance game routine for a bit or take a walk or run up and down the stairs a few times.
It syncs to sparkpeople and I try to not to eat back my exercise calories so I am not too fussed about how many calories I thinks I burned just that I spent 30mins active today.
My husband is used to seeing me satisfying the demands of the fitbit by galloping round the kitchen or walking up and down the road outside.
Personally I wouldn't upgrade to a more complex model - I like this, I get a cute graph showing me number of steps in each 15 min period so I can see when I got up to make tea or when I walked to the shop. Anything else would be surplus to me requirements.



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I am so glad that this is a thread. I am consider getting one but don't know the first thing about them. I don't have a smart phone so I don't know if that is a negative in purchasing one.

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Love Fitbit, buy it from REI just in case it dies(great return policy) Picked up a surge on black Friday w/$50 savings.



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I have a Fitbit and I love it! Mine is the simple one but you can get them in all degrees of measuring such as sleep and calories.



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I not only want to know if the trackers are worth the money but I am extremely techno challenged. I want a tracker but I am so afraid I won't be able to use it. Please advise which trackers are the most user friendly and less complicated. I bought a Timex Iron Woman Watch a couple years ago so I could use it to time my walks/runs. I barely can set the timer. I haven't had it on since the time changed in November because it is such a struggle to change the time. Does this tell you how challenged I am.

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I like my Fitbit HR because it checks my heart rate. I also like participating in the step challenges with my Fitbit friends.

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I use a pedometer. works well. set 10,000 step goal each day. Really exceeded it two days this week with 7.5 mile hikes around Paulina lake.

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They're ok if you're walking. I have one and have to post everything separate and it overestimates a lot

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I love love love my Fitbit One tracker!
It wasn't as expensive as some of the other options, and it's perfect for me.

1 charge typically keeps it running for a whole week, and I just leave it clipped to my bra, so as soon as I'm dressed in the morning, it's tracking.

I find it does really help me - I like the instant feedback of seeing how much I've walked throughout the day. There's been times that I've been so close to hitting 10K steps, and seeing that has made me go for a few extra walks - just 5 or 10 minutes to make sure I hit the target.

I find it doesn't increase the amount of time I'm on the computer at all - I use the app on my phone, and sync it at the end of the day. Then I just sync it in SP, and it uploads all my data, and sends all my food that I've tracked to the fitbit site. I rarely go on the fitbit site, but when I do it's nice to see that all my food is already logged there.

I like that it gives you 'badges' as motivators. For example, I just got the 'heli badge' for climbing 500 flights of stairs - the average cruising height of a helicopter. Of you get a badge when you've reached a marathon (26 miles total), or other milestones.
It keeps a constant track of how far you've gone, how many 'active minutes' you've logged, how many flights of stairs, etc - this makes it a bit more fun and entertaining for me :)

The only thing I don't really like, is that when I sync my fitbit with SP, it SP loads my "all day activity" from fitbit, and includes the calories burned throughout the day - it's a really minor thing though, so I just delete that.



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I started with a FitBit Zip 4 years ago and now use the FitBit Charge HR which tracks steps, stairs, has an activity timer and a heart rate monitor all in one. It's also a watch. As far as if these devices are worth it, I know that using a tracking device motivates me. If I am lacking steps at the end of the day I will take a walk to get to my goal. The heart rate monitor helps me know if I need to push it a bit when working out too. There are a wide range of devices and prices depending on what you want or need. I definitely recommend FitBit because of their superior customer service. I recently lost my Charge, it fell off and I didn't notice. When I e-mailed to ask how to set up my husband's so I could use it they just sent me another Charge to replace the lost one, no charge, not even shipping and I didn't even ask them to do that! Anyway, I love using a tracker, it's a great tool for fitness.

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I use the Human App instead of a Fit Bit or other tracker. Here's what I like about it:

-IT'S FREE
-It tracks activity minutes (walking, running, cycling, general activity) instead of steps
-It tracks miles as well
-You can set up teams to encourage people
-It sends you reminders, notifications, and encouragements to keep moving




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I had a Fitbit One ... it fell in the toilet!
Then I got a fitbit Zip. Enjoyed it.
Then when Sparkpeople released their activity tracker I got that. Loved seeing it light up ... it fell in the toilet ... those darn auto flush!!!
Dusted off my Fitbit Zip. I don't like how it syncs to SP. It clumps all activity as one instead of the individual workouts I did throughout the day.

Yesterday I got a Pivotal Fitness Tracker Band. Similar to the Fitbit band or other fitness bands. Price point for the Pivotal is $15 on amazon. The review were so so, but for the price I thought I'd give it a try before investing $100+ for an activity band.

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I had a Spark Tracker, but it fell off my sneaker and got lost. I haven't quite decided what to replace it with because I don't want a clip style, plus I want to see the step numbers, not count the dots or wait until I sync it. After reading here, it seems like I need a device that doesn't have a whole lot of bells and whistles.

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I don't know anything about the FitBit but I love my Spark Tracker.

UNLESS HUNGER IS THE PROBLEM, FOOD IS NOT THE ANSWER.

WHETHER YOU THINK YOU CAN OR YOU CAN'T, YOU'RE RIGHT.
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I love my Fitbitzip. I had the Jawbone UP24 which snapped. The zip was what was in my budget. I am loving it. I don't need the extra perks like my sleep habits and all that. I only looked at them on my UP for like a month or so then never. My favorite part of the Fitbit is you can compete in challenges. Co-workers and I are in the Workweek Hustle and 3 of the 4 weeks I have won. The first week I had 95,000 steps for the 5 days. This week I have in 88,000. I have moved my step goal up to 12,000 and can reach that and surpass it every day.

I will note that of all the people in my group, I am the by far the heaviest and some of those people are skinny little things. So to be able to beat them each week definitely has to be helping me somewhere.

Now we are in the Weekend Warrior challenge. I have won that twice so far. I purposely find things to do with the kids that require that I get steps in. Walking the boardwalk down the shore, going to a festival and just walking it.

Worth every penny!!! emoticon

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Love my FitBitZip. Just received my Spark Tracker, first day wearing it today.



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Yes I love mine. It keeps me motivated to move throughout the day!

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Yes! I am a fitbit addict. I have the zip. I love that it gives me that extra push to exercise. emoticon

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I loved my fitbit -- but I'm a data nerd. I liked syncing with my phone/computer and seeing the numbers. For me it was worth it!

If I continue running, I'd like to look into getting a decent heart rate monitor.



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I have a Jawbone UP tracker and I love it. I use it for steps and sleep patterns. I find entering food is a pain so I don't bother anymore. A friend has same tracker so we are on a "team" she can see how I am doing and I can see what she has been up to, it's fine. For instance yesterday she text me and asked if I walked, I told her yes ... to my car LOL It can be motivating when you see it on your phone when it tells you how long you've be "idle" or sitting on your rump not doing anything.

The Jawbone UP does not have a heart monitor, if it did it would cost a lot more than $50.00


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I have the Misfit Shine, because it is waterproof up to 50meters and I love it, it keeps me motivated, and it tracks my sleep patterns as well.



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Can't review it yet, but I just ordered a refurb with a one year warranty for $45, so I won't go too far wrong. Will comment later on performance. Am hoping for some motivation. Doing real well with diet, but can't get my butt in gear.

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no

Its not just the weight you lose, but the life you gain.

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i just bought the fitbit surge and I am loving it!

have a friend who has the garmin and bought the fitbit surge because the garmin is so big she said she like the fitbit better.



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I can't decide between the Fitbit Charge HR or the Garmin Vivosmart. I want to know heart rates and track all activities. I do spinning and fitness classes. I also want to set goals and be reminded to get moving.
I almost bought a Basis Peak but it's on back order and I'm not sure I need all those features.
Any advice would be appreciated.



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Yes, I absolutely love mine. Even when I don't feel like working out, it motivates me to get my steps in, my miles, and my activity per day. It really has helped me increase my activity everyday. The best part is it is I have it linked to spark people so I don't have to log the activity myself. What a great tool.

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I finally bought one on Halloween of 2014 and I just love it!

Mostly I finally broke down and got it, not because *I need* confirmation of my fitness, but because my body was changing due to menopause and I had tried every other avenue to remedy it.

And it worked!

My body is right back on target, shape & weight wise, and my motivation has improved. It seems that the ONLY thing I needed to adjust (fitness wise) was my N.E.A.T factor, so I just keeping taking steps till my numbers are where I want them. Average (especially when working) is 15,000 - 21,000..by the time I crawl into bed. Nothing crazy, speed wise, either..just my normal pace.

So, yes, the Fitbit is more than worth it FOR ME! emoticon



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I think it's best to use the Fitbit just to increase your activity each day/week versus finding out how much more you can eat. Like the previous poster stated, you will never really know how much you burn and it could sabotage your weight loss efforts.



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I find that these devices are great for tracking very simple things such as walking or running. They really do not do a good job of helping track any other type of activity. I have a fitbit flex and found myself completely neglecting any type of activity outside of running because it wouldn't really "register" on my fitbit. In addition, the number of calories it says you burn, when synced with Spark, basically "double-add" your BMR calories to Spark and will allow you to eat waaaaay too many calories to lose weight. For instance, I can do no activity, just sauntering around grocery shopping or walking around the office, and the fitbit could add 500 calories burned to my tracker. There wasn't any real exercise there. So then Spark increases your calories to eat range and artificially inflates your exercise minutes. Probably best not to sync the fitbit with Spark unless they get this problem figured out.

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If you want a Fitbit, I suggest eBay. I just bought one for $59.99. It should be here tomorrow!!!



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