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6/13/15 4:06 P

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

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6/13/15 10:28 A

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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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6/8/15 10:07 A

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



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6/8/15 9:17 A

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

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6/7/15 12:49 P

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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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6/5/15 4:26 P

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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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6/4/15 9:09 A

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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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5/30/15 7:28 P

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no

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

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5/30/15 12:49 P

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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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2/16/15 7:55 P

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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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1/8/15 12:07 P

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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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1/6/15 3:07 P

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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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1/6/15 12:30 P

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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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I just bought a Garmin Vivofit with a HR monitor for less than $100 on eBay. I did A LOT of research into the various Fitbits, the Jawbone, and the rival Polar. I currently use a HR monitor, and I liked the idea of a fitness tracker incorporating that capability, so I only need one piece. Also, the battery life (one year vs. one week) was a factor for me. Really, it comes down to what you value most and what will motivate you. I'd suggest browsing through reviews on Amazon to get an accurate overview of each trackers capabilities and flaws.



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1/3/15 4:36 P

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I never realized how many different kinds of activity trackers there are! When I was a Weight Watcher member, I had their activity tracker, but was disappointed due to the monthly fee:( And, I also feel that a device (or a website) is only useful if you commit to actually USE it! Right now, I am trying to get in the habit of just logging in to SparkPeople daily. I believe I will put research activity trackers as a short term goal as well as a follow-up goal of purchasing one. Being serious about health begins with being willing to change.

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From what I hear they aren't the most accurate for the type of workout you do. For example it reads walking as more exercise than Zumba. Most fitness trackers I notice only account for steps, I think the one's with heart rate monitors built in would be more accurate for calorie counting, but they are much more expensive.

I'm thinking about finding an affordable that just reminds me to move around more often. I workout daily, but the rest of the time I'm mostly sedentary since I'm at home with not much to do. Something to remind me to getup, stretch a bit, walk round the house for a bit, that's the kind I need.

Read reviews, and check out the different types of trackers. Maybe you'll find it's not for you, or maybe you'll find one just right for you, but getting feedback first is always the best step. Not to mention it helps those of us who are curious as well. :)

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1/3/15 11:02 A

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I love my Fitbit. Never leave home without it if I can help it! I find it motivating.



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I just ordered FitBit - Ill let you know


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Hey there. I figured I put in my two cents on my fitness tracker. I have the Garmin Vivofit. Some of the things it does is track your sleep, steps, miles, calories, time, date, goal steps, and hear rate if you buy the additional monitor.

I love it because it gives me a goal of steps. If I have a few days where I don't meet the goal then it'll drop the goal down. A few good days will keep the goal raised just a little. It's fun to hit those goals and strive to do better each day. If I'm inactive for two hours a little red line will show up as a reminder to get moving.

As for the heart rate tracker, I love it because I train for football so I can get my heart rate in the target zone that I want. It does cost a little bit more for the heart rate band that goes around your chest. It's nice because it better calculates the calories burned.

As for battery life, it is great. It's supposed to last year on a watch battery so I don't have to charge it up. This was a big plus for me because I'm forgetful when it comes to those things.

I love my vivofit and I'm glad that I bought it.



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1/2/15 8:44 P

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If you are somebody who is motivated by seeing numbers than yes it will help you. You can technically find all the gear you need without buying a Fitbit (Sleep & Step tracker on your phone, or Step Tracker/Heart Monitor Watch) but if you have the money to spare it is kind of nice to have it all in one on your wrist and never having to worry about turning it on/off.

My mother found her fitbit at Target.



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Cuda, there was a limited release on the Charge HR and Surge. That being said, there are stores/online carrying them but you have to be quick. Fitbit says they will be available in the next several months on their site. I have seen them at Dicks, REI and Best Buy had a few

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I really like the Charge HR, I was confused at first and thought it would take awhile to get, but nope, came in like 4 days. I bought it from REI. It has no problem reading my HR, was nervous about that, but I like that feature.

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1/2/15 3:01 P

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Beckie,

I haven't gotten a Charge HR or Surge yet. However, I have done research based on the Fitbit website and the reviews from the limited release they did through Amazon last month (I found out about it after the fact, but didn't have the $300 lying around to buy one anyway). It is something that I want to purchase this year (probably for my birthday) once I can save the money to do so. I also looked at other trackers (Nike FuelBand, Samsung Gear Live, Garmin VivoFit, etc) to see how they stacked up against one another. I'll probably do another round of research when I get closer to my purchase point to see if there have been any improvements in the devices.

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try it, you won't be sorry

God is good ! He is with us always, in the valleys and the mountain tops, Praise Him !


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Yes I've worn mine every single day since July of 2013 along with tracking my food and it has been great and has kept my weight off.



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fitbits are so helpful, worth the $

God is good ! He is with us always, in the valleys and the mountain tops, Praise Him !


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1/1/15 8:12 P

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I love my fitbit

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absolutely, great to keep one on track

God is good ! He is with us always, in the valleys and the mountain tops, Praise Him !


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yes



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I love my fitbit flex....keeps me motivated to walk more but I was more interested in its ability to track my sleep...I knew I had sleep issues, but this shows me how much or many times I move during my sleep time..

I think it's best to make to make your decision based on your own personal goals, needs, or area of focus...there's a lot of choices out there.



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Thank you for the information.




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A gismo that tracks your steps, calories burned, time etc. for esch day, changes at midnight.

God is good ! He is with us always, in the valleys and the mountain tops, Praise Him !


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What is a Fitbit?




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I have no idea how you got a Charge HR yet, when fitbit's site still says "coming soon" The
Charge is available, but the HR is suppose to be early 2015.

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have had my fitbit for a year now, wouldn't be without it. Had a Spark, didn't work and couldn't return it. Good luck

God is good ! He is with us always, in the valleys and the mountain tops, Praise Him !


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Got my FitBit Charge HR today, going to charge and get set up this weekend. I had a bodybugg years ago and LOVED it. I wore it all the time and it did keep me motivated! Looking forward to learning all about this new device.

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it all depends on what your goals are. What do you need the device to do? I am part of fitbit friends on facebook and hear all the low down dirty details.
I have something similar to the one and absolutely love it. I don't need a HR as I don't think no matter what, the one the wrist just won't be accurate. I also love to change to pretty watches and wear bling and a charge or surge just don't fit the bill.

It all comes down to personal choice. What works well for one person may not work well for you at all. Take every opinion with a grain of salt. You may find that once a person finds a device they like, they stick with it. That one will be the best.



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I'm looking at getting a Charge HR or Surge. The combination of the HR monitor with an activity tracker is what I want and need. I really don't like chest strap monitors, and since the Fitbit devices have internal memory, they will store all the data I want to track until I sync it through my phone or computer. Added benefit is that I can program in different types of workouts (weights, HIIT, running, etc) so that the device can track how my physiological responses (HR) change for each type, and the Fitbit products sync with SparkPeople. I'm a nerd, so I want as much data as I can get in order to know how much harder I should work to maintain the pace I need to achieve my goals. For me, being able to track these data points makes either of these devices a must-buy.

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Fitbit Charge HR has the heart rate monitor built in--just recently available. I was just reading reviews.

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I haven't found that the fitbit tracks activities other than walking. I'll go to a 60 minute zumba class and apparently I'll only have 5 or 10 minutes of "very active" minutes. My heart rate monitor disagreed with that assessment.

I have found that the fitbit is great for helping me to be overall more active and to walk more. However, when it comes to tracking activities, increasing your fitness level, etc I don't feel that it's that helpful.

Edited by: TRAGICCNET at: 9/16/2014 (15:32)

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don't have a fit bit but have had the spark tracker. Very disappointed with spark tracker. doesn't always track and it breaks a lot. I've quit using it because once again it is broken and I'm tired of having to 'fix' it. I've heard good things on fit bit and may give it a try.

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BORNTEXAN1954, I have a Fitbit but not a Spark.

About the fitbit and whether it tracks more than walking. Yes. I find it tracks just about any activity that includes walking, running, skipping steps, hops or jumps. My fitbit and heart rate monitor give similar estimates (sometimes matching) for walking, running, jumping rope, cardio drills like jumping jacks, cardio kickboxing, cardio boxing, and aerobic dancing that involves hops or traveling steps. I have a Fitbit One that I wear clipped either to my waistband or bra. What it doesn't track well--non step and resistance activities. So it doesn't do well with cycling, swimming, weight lifting, yoga, pilates, rowing, etc. I also use a heart rate monitor for some of the activities it doesn't track well or I use the METs based activity database (I use the database mainly for yoga or strength work).

Fitbit doesn't guess what the activity is. So it won't categorize walking, running, cycling, elliptical like Spark advertises. I don't know how well Spark works for these since I don't have one. Fitbit does categorize each minute by "intensity" (sedentary, light activity, moderate activity and very active). The intensity is based on how much and how fast you moved that minute. I think it does categorize walking vs. running because it asks for a stride length for both and from the distance estimates it does credit more distance per step for running and jumping type movements.



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For those who have the Spark Tracker and the Fitbit, do you have a preference of one or the other or do you like them equally the same? I bought a Spark Tracker and it seems to only work every other day although it shows up on the website.. I bought it because it registers exercise bikes and other fitness equipment.

Does the fitbit register anything besides walking or will it register fitness machines as well?

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INDYTRACKMOM Posts: 846
6/21/14 12:48 A

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I love my Fitbit, if I am not where I want to be in my count, I am usually motivated to either go for a walk and add more steps.

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2/17/14 6:55 A

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I love my Fitbit One. I love going home and syncing my One to my computer after work, and if I am not where I want to be in my count, I am usually motivated to either go for a walk or put on a walking video and rack up some more steps.

I had a glitch in mine, and the customer service was really fast and responsive, and then checked back with me a week or so later to make sure everything was fine.

Like others have said, it is also fun if you have friends who own them too so that you can compete with each other. I will admit that sometimes I don't sync for a day or two so that I can lull one of my really competitive friends into a false sense of security. Then I sync and BOOM! Tons of steps!!!

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DIALYNN Posts: 15
2/16/14 11:11 P

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I bought a Spark Track in October, and I have found that it is a wonderful motivator for me. I have a fitbit one on order. I managed to get it on half price through a points program my checkcard offers.
I think the fitbit is going to be better for me and the types of activity I want to record. However, I signed up on their website and app, and I like the Spark much better for food tracking. So I'm going to use both for a while and see what happens. I didn't want a wrist style tracker because I work in a bank and didn't want to wear it every day on my wrist where everyone could see it.

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2/16/14 10:04 P

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I have a fitbit flex and I absolutely LOVE it. I got it for Christmas and ive worn it ever since. I forgot it one day and I felt naked! I have a few friends with a fitbit so its fun to add them to my list and 'compete' and cheer them on throughout the day. Its very rewarding when your reach your goal for the day and it lights up and vibrates in celebration. Ive had multiple trackers and so far fit bit flex is my favorite.

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2/15/14 9:54 P

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Camry- I was able to replace my battery on my pedometer that I bought at the dollar tree they usually carry the battery there too button cell but I have bought pedometers that have quit too there so sometimes I think at least it was just a buck I tried the ones at Walmart and got the sand results I love the sparks tracker too it's 49.99 or 59.99 I think in shop it's pretty good but I lost mine somewhere it's the size of a quarter and can put on your shoe I don't know how I lost it this last time because it's hard to fall off the socks or shoe string or even the bra strap I wore it in all places tested it out really liked and I miss it even I think I lost it at work

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2/15/14 9:21 P

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My mother bought when and she seemed to like it fairly well.

A fitbit is a great way to help motivate you to move a little more. Plus it also keeps track of your sleep! It helps you form good patterns and motivates you to move even more.

That being said whether or not it's worth it depends upon who. If you have the money to spare, it's a great tool. If your having to stretch your budget for it, I wouldn't buy it. It's a great tool but I personally cannot see myself utilizing it so much that I'm willing to spend a couple hundred on it.

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2/15/14 7:07 P

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@Motivate@LastPersonally, I am a little skeptical of them. After all, they are only a measurement device, and measuring more accurately doesn't in itself burn a single extra calorie - your body burns what your body burns.

Personally, I would rather spend my money on something that actually helps me exercise, whether it is a new pair of shoes, some workout clothing, a new chain for my bike, etc.

Of course, some people do get inspired by seeing numbers on tracker to get out and exercise more. But remember that it is YOU that has to get out and exercise more - the tracker is not going to do it magically for you.

M@L




I almost agreed with you one the rather spending the money on something that helped you but then I realized that a chain on your bike, new shoes, or a treadmill actually doesn't help you lose weight (burn calories/exercise) anymore than a Fitbit would. Clothes don't exercise, running the treadmill without actually running ON it won't burn a single calorie either. It actually functions EXACTLY like a pair of shoes. I mean a treadmill, shoes, bike, etc. will not magically help me anymore than a Fitbit does if I don't use it. I bought a jump rope for 10 dollars but as cheap as it was it was not worth because I don't even use it but this Dollar Tree pedometer was because I started walking and lost 5lb in a week. Those didn't work for very long so now I'm going to get the Fitbit Zip. I found it to be worth it if you use it. Since chances are I'm going to walk each day anyway might as well measure it and see if I get enough.

Have a great weekend everyone

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1/22/14 2:24 P

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I absolutely love my Fitbit Flex. For me, it was a must buy. I was a previous owner of a Fitbit One and I did like it, but didn't love it. I would OFTEN forget to clip it to myself and I wouldn't track for days on end and it didn't bother me, so I felt it was a waste of money, but I loved seeing my steps and how many stairs I climbed. I sold that since I wasn't wearing it and just recently invested back into FitBit and got the Flex.

I love it so much more than the One. Since it's a wearable bracelet, I never take it off (except in the shower) although, you CAN shower with it. It's waterproof, so I don't even need to be careful when washing my hands, getting water on it, etc. I wear it on my non-dominant hand/wrist and it is pretty accurate. I find it very motivating. I see how many steps I am actively taking and I try to beat it every day. I set a goal and I want to make sure I reach it every day so I find myself striving toward it.

The plus is also being able to track your sleep. I'd agree with what others said, the Fitbit site is pretty lacking, but I track all of my food here at Sparkpeople, but the bonus is that you can link your fitbit to Sparkpeople and all of the fitness minutes track here, and the food you track at SP rolls over into the Fitbit website.

I'd vote yes. :)

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1/22/14 8:32 A

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I have the Fitbit One and I love it. I clip it to my bra or my waistband and I check it throughout the day. There are multilple times when I've been tempted to take the rest of the afternoon off, in terms of activity, and let myself coast a little -- but the numbers on the Fitbit spur me on. It syncs well with Spark. You track your calories on Spark and they show up on the Fitbit dashboard, while the Fitbit tracks your calories burned and sends that information back over to Spark, so you have two sources of measurement for calories burned vs. calories consumed.

It's highly motivating and I recommend it. I'm glad I bought it.

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1/21/14 7:48 P

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I spent 3-4 weeks researching activity trackers overall. I wanted something I could sync here and on another site just in case I decided I wanted to use it instead. I also wanted something without a mandatory monthly fee. I decided to go with the Fit Bit zip to see how I do. If I use it consistently and I feel it helps, I'll upgrade to a flex or force and track my sleep as well. When I get more physically active I'll also probably invest in a HRM that counts calories burned as well. I like visual manifestations of my progress (like steps and calories burned, etc) That's why I always come back to calorie counting because its what I do best with :) If you are visual like me, its definitely worth a shot!


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1/21/14 7:35 P

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I am actually looking into getting one myself. However, something to keep in mind is there are hundreds of different types of watches/clips/monitors you can get so the best thing to do is research. If you like one that will sync to SparkPeople then look for sync compatibility. If you want one that can do something else in particular than look for that. Right now I have my eye on the Garmin Forerunner 210. It is a bit pricey but it has the features I'm looking for. In my opinion, while asking others what they think can be good, this is one area where doing some self research is a good plan.



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1/20/14 7:39 A

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I have a FitBit and a Spark Activity Tracker coming, absolutely worth both purchases~

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1/20/14 1:13 A

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Yes for me.



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1/19/14 9:19 A

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I was wondering if they are worth it also - I think I am going to go for it and see for myself.



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1/19/14 9:05 A

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On the contrary, I find they do help you exercise and stay active. I got my Fitbit Force before Christmas and the amount I exercise and stay active has doubled since then. I used to do short runs, about 30 mins but lately I've been motivated to do over an hour and aim for marathon runs. It has encouraged me to see what I'm capable of in distance, speed, pace, steps. I was getting a little bored with my cardio and now I'm looking forward to it. Weight lifting used to be my first favourite but it's actually been replaced with running (of course I still weight train but have developed a new passion for running). It also motivates me to get more steps/activity in during the day in an attempt to beat previous records and to compete against my Fitbit friends. It also provides goals while I'm at work. I work harder (I work a physical job) to beat previous records and it provides mild entertainment. ;)

For me, it was a well-worth it purchase. I absolutely love my Fitbit. They're food tracker is pretty terrible compared to Spark. Spark definitely has them beat in both the extent of their database and ease of use, plus I have all my recipes, fav. foods, groups saved here but I track food here and it instantly syncs to my Fitbit account.

So far I'm finding it's very accurate with my cals burned, steps, distance, etc. My total cals burned vs. deficit matches up with my weight loss/maintenance etc. It also seems reasonable with what Spark would estimate for me. For example, yesterday I didn't work but I did a marathon run for 80 mins and burned 700 cals from my run. If I subtract that 700 cals from my total calorie burn for the day... I get just over 1700 cals burned without exercise. Now coming from someone who has extensively looked into estimations for cals burned through activity this seems spot on with the amount of normal activity I had. I was lightly active for the day; did a few chores, ran a little bit of errands. Spark gives me between 1550-1850 cals for being sedentary to lightly active. When I work I burn around 2200 cals for doing around 15k steps which is only slightly higher than the amount Spark would give me for being "active". Pretty darn, spot on.

And that's that. I love my Fitbit, I think it was worth the purchase, for me anyways. It can be a great tool to help motivate you. It also makes everything much more convenient and takes a lot of the guess work out of things.

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1/19/14 6:46 A

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Personally, I am a little skeptical of them. After all, they are only a measurement device, and measuring more accurately doesn't in itself burn a single extra calorie - your body burns what your body burns.

Personally, I would rather spend my money on something that actually helps me exercise, whether it is a new pair of shoes, some workout clothing, a new chain for my bike, etc.

Of course, some people do get inspired by seeing numbers on tracker to get out and exercise more. But remember that it is YOU that has to get out and exercise more - the tracker is not going to do it magically for you.

M@L

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.


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1/18/14 10:33 P

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I've been wondering the same thing, are they worth it? I really don't want to spend more time on the computer than I need to. I would like to track everything on one site, like here. Anyone know about the other fitness trackers?



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1/17/14 12:43 P

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I got a fitbit (force, i think) in November and i like it. I have discovered that I need to take it off when drying hair and doing dishes though, so it won't count those movements as steps. I also take it off at this point when am working out (unless I am running) and I track that separately. It has been an interesting challenge for me to make sure I reach 10k steps on average. I also like that I can track on here and it syncs on the fitbit site.



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1/17/14 8:52 A

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Just curious for those people that have the Fitbit of the Flex type trackers - - do you feel they are worth it?? Is there one out there that was a MUST BUY for anyone and they love it or was it a waste of money? I am asking before I go spend the money on one for myself to see what people like best



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