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5/24/15 2:27 P

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Erica - I wear the heart rate monitor band that came with my Vivoactive and it has an adjustable band. Does your band adjust? My heart rate monitor band never slips and I wear it for every workout I do. In fact, if fits me so well, I also wear it a lot longer than my workouts because I'll forget to take it off until I take a shower sometimes.

My Vivoactive seems to be accurate on my step count but maybe I don't file my nails correctly. emoticon I've never noticed steps added for taking care of my nails.


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5/24/15 2:18 P

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Ok, so I've been using it for about a month now, and I'm still loving it, but one thing I did notice about it is that the step counter is not necessarily accurate - this morning after my workout (did an indoor walking workout) it said I'd gone over 3000 steps...okay this I can believe because I moved a lot during that workout. But then later while I was filing, trimming, and buffing my nails it vibrated, saying I'd reached my step goal (4754 steps) - I knew that wasn't possible that I had taken that many steps since I finished my workout - my apartment's not that large! LOL. So now not sure how accurate the step counter on the Garmin is - might have to try to wear my phone on my side as much as possible for a day to see if the step counter app I have on there is about the same as the one on my Garmin Vivosmart. Another thing I'm concerned about with it is the heart rate monitor strap - it seems to slip a lot during workouts, which makes keeping track of my heart rate difficult. Any suggestions for how to deal with this?


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I got one around Christmas time and loved it. Not using it now as I bike mostly so use my heart rate monitor instead. It really helped me during the cold winter months when I couldn't cycle outside. I did set the steps goal though after about a month rather than letting it pick one for me. I'm pretty competitive so after about a month I joined the challenges and that was also a great motivator for me.



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4/30/15 4:37 P

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I just got a Garmin Vivosmart activity tracker and so far I love it...but it hasn't even been a day yet. LOL Does anyone have any feedback on this?

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3/19/15 12:07 A

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if the battery only lasts about a year does that mean the activity tracker needs to be replaced?




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The one time I needed help from Bodymedia (before they were bought by Jawbone), I got very good customer service. But that was a few years ago. Oh, I did also talk to a Jawbone agent about 3 months ago, and she as helpful as she could be but didn't know when the Jawbone UP3 would be out.

Thanks for the info Safaribabe. I think that, even though the Vivosmart doesn't link to Spark, I'm going to go with it for now. It "should" be out very soon now and as soon as someone I'm following as gotten his and posted his latest thoughts on it, I'll probably order mine.


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2/11/15 9:57 A

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I've also been using a Bodymedia band for about three years and have been looking at alternative trackers. I looked at the Jawbone UP3 (primarily because they are the successors to BodyMedia) and thought that would be awesome until I read an article in Fortune that the company is in dire financial straights and that's what's lead to the UP3 release being delayed. Apparently, they aren't paying the vendors that do their manufacturing. In addition, the UP3 only measures resting heart rate. I even called Jawbone's customer support and was told that they had not yet shipped a single device to all the people who ordered the device when it was "released" in November. And they have no idea when they will start shipping.

The con for me on the Vivosmart is that it doesn't sync to Spark.

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1/30/15 2:39 P

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the biggest con for me when I used the product from Garmin or Jawbone was their customer service was less than stellar. There was virtually no support. I traded it and went for a fitbit and their customer service and support is phenomenal.

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I'm looking into getting either a Jawbone UP3 or a Garmin Vivosmart. Both of these should come out at the end of March. The UP3 does link to Spark but I'm assuming the Vivosmart doesn't if the Vivofit doesn't...hope that changes soon.

I've been using a Bodymedia armband for about 3 or more years (it's very old and worn and my subscription is up soon) and the SPAT, since it came out. My SPAT is on it's last legs...I'm not sure it will close again, when I change the next battery.

Both the UP3 and the Vivosmart do more than either the Bodymedia or SPAT, which is why I'm interested in them.


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1/23/15 10:05 A

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I'm ready for SP to sync with Vivofit.

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1/19/15 8:53 P

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I've only had mine for almost two weeks, but I did a lot of research into all of the trackers (Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin, and Polar) before making this purchase.

The Pros:
The battery lasts a year. (Most other trackers last a couple of weeks, at most.)
It syncs to the HR monitor.
There is a display screen, featuring date, time, steps, HR, and goal.
It's waterproof, not just water-resistant.

The Cons:
The screen is not backlit. (This is to extend battery life.)
The HR monitor doesn't seem to work in areas of high conflicting signals (like the cardio section of my gym). This is probably the biggest drawback for me, since this is the main reason I got this product.
It doesn't sync to Sparkpeople.

I don't regret my purchase, but it probably helps that I didn't pay full price. If you go with this product, check out your options on eBay.



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1/12/15 9:12 A

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I have to disagree with you about the vivofit. i have moved only my arms to see if it would count steps and it does not. you can flap your arms all around and swing them back and forth and it will not count steps. it is so accurate in counting steps. i have counted steps and checked what my vivofit said and it was right on! maybe i have a newer version...got mine in december. i had originally bought a fitbit charge and hated it. it wouldn't sync, count steps accurately. just awful. loving my vivofit.

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12/16/14 11:53 P

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I have a vivofit and love it! I had a fitbit but was not happy with, waste of money. It never synchronized wth anything! Here's hoping SP adds it to the apps.

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11/7/14 12:25 A

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I got the vivo through the biggest loser/NBC site. Its was a better deal than on Amazon, and it came with 2 sm bands and 2 lg, in blue and gray.

Ive just started wearing it and Im NOT pleased. When worn on wrist its woefully inaccurate. It counts steps very well while walking, but its counting arm movements not steps. It gave me credit for 32 steps for walking 2 steps from my chair and doing a few pieces of paperwork while standing. I tested it several ways and verified that it indeed is counting arm movement as steps.

Im using the large band to wear it on my ankle to see if it does a better job. I had been wondering how wearing it like a watch would count my steps.
Unfortunately, this will make people think they are walking a lot more than they really are.

Having to wear it on my ankle will not allow me to use most of the other functions, so this was not a good buy for me.



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Thank you for all this info. So, someone explained that I could try to have my Fitbit replaced but I'm so addicted to trying to get over 10,000 steps a day I could not wait. I've had the One, the Force and now am trying the Vivofit. I really like it. Love that you can instantly check your progress like the Force(without the rash or charging problems) and I'm getting over the "non syncing with SP issue"-it's not making the amount of calories I have left for the day look so generous.



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8/29/14 1:50 P

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I love the Vivofit...have been using it about two months and it really does keep me motivated, really want to avoid the RED line!!! I ordered mine through Amazon and also got the extra bands for some color
















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My Fitbit died yesterday and I am debating between buying a new one or getting a Garmin Vivofit. I like that the Fitbit syncs directly into the fitness minutes. But I like that the Garmin has a readout on the wristband that I can look at throughout the day to keep me going if I am behind with the steps rather than just looking at the dots on the Fitbit band which isn't very motivational. Suggestions????



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7/6/14 8:45 A

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You had mentioned above about how to link the Garmin Connect site to fitbit and I was able to find a way. It is hidden in the fitbit site but there is a 3rd party service. Info at the link below. It only only pull the activities so it doesn't include steps or sleep data


https://www.fitbit.com/apps/fitdatasync



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On day three with the VivoFit and love it so far. I found a place in the "edit goals" section of the my Fitness tracker where you can set a step goal and then enter what you actually do each day but it does not seem to give you any calories burned info. will use it for awhile and see how it works out



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UPDATE! I went ahead and purchased the vivofit with the HRM. for me that was an absolute must. I want an efficient workout and I've been addicted to HRMs since 2004. sleep feature was a bonus, but it is interesting to look back and see the trends of when i'm restless and when i'm sleeping well.
The red line!!!! ok, sometimes it's really irritating, like when you've gotten in an early morning workout, walked around all day (ie 12k+ steps) and then at 8pm the red bar comes up and tells you to move around. "NO! i'm tired. you be quiet!" That said, on a regular work day i have it sitting face up on my keyboard so i can see it and it's a great reminder to get up now and then. when i first put it on i was averaging less than 5k steps. My goal (i let garmin adjust for me) is now over 7k. less than 2 months. For someone who is crazy busy at work this is HUGE! i'm that person that forgets to eat because i'm so lost in payables and such.
Their app (connect) was very chunky, like the above reviewer mentioned, but they've made vast improvements in just a couple months. I'm looking forward to seeing what other modifications are still to come.
It is waterproof! went swimming in the ocean recently and it keeps on ticking.
really hoping something can be arranged with spark people. The connect app currently works with my fitness pal... but i really prefer spark.



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Does anyone know how to log 10,000 steps in the fitness tracker?

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All of these fitness gadgets are making me crazy! I still haven't decided what to buy and the companies keep coming out with new ones! lol



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I just started using my Garmin Vivofit and I love it! I have had it 5 days now. I love having a heart rate monitor so that when I am exercising I know if I am in my target heart range and most importantly I can find out how many calories I burned when I sync to the Garmin website. It tracks your steps, miles, calories burned, hours of sleep, it keeps track of your step goal, and your heart rate (when you are wearing the chest band, which is pretty comfortable to me). It's a handy little device and is easy to use with only 1 button to access everything. It also has the date and time which I wasn't expecting. I highly recommend it. If you purchase it on the web, be sure to look for coupons at sites like RetailMeNot, I got $10 off of mine and free shipping (from Sports Authority).

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I've had my vivo for about a week and love it. I suggest getting the hr monitor with it. It glitched when i was on my bike, said i wasn't doing anything when i was riding for 45 min. I went back and manually put it in so it wasn't to off.

I don't think it can link to sparkpeople. I manually put in my workouts, i just copy from Garmin Connect to the fitness tracking page on sparkpeople. To me thats not a big deal.

It comes with two sizes so i am sure the small band will work with you. It has a sporty look to it but to me doesn't come off as manly. I suggest to order it through a store you know you can return it to if you don't like it. I hear Amazon won't let you return it. Read some online reviews before commiting to it. I thought it came with an alarm but doesn't.

It only fell off on me once other then that it stays on. Weight your requiements against what it does. For example i wanted steps, calories burned, heart rate and waterproof, not splashproof. The sleep tracking was an additive for me. It only tracks how mich you move at night, which isn't bad. And you have to manually put it in sleep mode. It doesn't do it automatically. Over all i am very happy with it.

Edited by: KITTEN52388 at: 5/1/2014 (12:58)
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looking more and more like i'll be buying the vivofit this week. quick question though, i know that spark people connects to the fitbit app, what is the process for getting them to also link to garmin connect? I like the idea of having all my info in one spot and ideally that spot is here.

also, to those who have it (and this may sound like a ridiculous question) is it dainty? I have very small wrists and my husbands polar loop looks like i'm wearing a man's watch, it's so bulky.



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4/21/14 12:34 A

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I've been resarching for a tracker to keep me motivated and after a week i keep coming back to the vivofit. I feel its about time i get it. Staying motivated has always been a problem for me and i feel that seeing day to day progress and not the whole big picture i think may help.

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4/10/14 8:42 A

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I got one about 3 weeks ago. I absolutely love it. I started with a 5,000 step a day goal and it gradually works you up. I now am walking over 10,000 steps a day even though the vivofit hasn't made that my goal yet (I think it's at 9800 now but after 3 consecutive days of just happening to go over 10000 I decided to make it a goal for at least April). I bought mine with my mom but her phone is so old that it didn't have the right Bluetooth technology so I was competing with myself/the vivofits goals for a little while. I haven't had any issues with the app or the computer program. My vivofit and my forerunner sync without issue every time. That lil red bar does get you moving :)



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And it does not sync directly to SparkPeople. I am trying to figure out how to record my steps. May just have to record the total calorie count for the day, above what I normally would burn just being alive. I'll let you all know more info as things progress with this tracker.

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Oh yeah and I forgot to mention that a red line appears at the top when you have been sitting too long - about an hour or so - the red line means get your butt up and walk around for a few minutes. Something about this helping your metabolism, but I have yet to research that. There is no beep or anything, you just have to remember to look at it, which isn't hard for me since my wrist is generally visible when I am doing my job.

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I got one just last week during a fit of gadget-itis and so far, I LOOOVE it. Band is like the Fitbit wrist band but doesn't come off as easy. I can wear it in the shower. Keeps track of steps, calories, and how many steps you have left before you reach your goal. It shows the time and date, it has a mode for sleep monitoring based on nightly movement. You can sync it to the heart rate monitor they sell separately which is a good value considering. I do not know if it will sync with any heart rate chest band tho. The software that you sync with is ok, but it's sort of clunky. It's not back-lit, but that is a minor inconvenience - the numbers are just large enough that I don't need my readers to see them. The whole thing is slightly larger than a Fitbit but not much. The kit comes with two bands so you get to choose which one works for you. The steps counting thing - you can set it via the software to set daily goals for you so that you work up to 10000 steps or you can set the goal yourself. So far, everything is doing what it is supposed to, but like I said the software is a bit clunky so be patient.

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I wondered about it too. I read up on it but it does not have gps and i need that so i am not interested.

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I've been wearing an Omron pedometer for the last two years and it's great - tracks steps, aerobic steps, calories burned and miles walked and keeps me moving. when I do cardio at the gym I also wear a HRM. Have seen ads for the Garmin and of course the others.
Anyone use the Garmin Vivofit? If so, what do you think of it? Is it worth the money?

I did order the Lumo LIft which hasn't come in and not sure what all it does.



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