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3/13/13 9:14 P

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3/7/13 1:05 P

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Just a note, in case you weren't aware. BodyBugg is not the same as BodyMedia Fit, I've had both. BodyBugg does not link with SparkPeople while BodyMedia does; it also does not give as detailed feedback as BodyMedia. I switched to BodyMedia after using BodyBugg a couple of years and am much happier with the info that I get from BodyMedia--it differentiates between moderate and vigorous activity and gives feedback on sleep (when you're actually asleep vs. just lying down). It's not perfectly accurate (none of these devices are), but it is the best I've seen so far.

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3/7/13 11:45 A

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I have a FitBit One. I like it to help me keep moving throughout the day but it is definitely NO substitute for a HRM. You need to get another one. I keep my FitBit on all day even at the gym but after I sync it with spark people I delete the fitness minutes. I have tested it also and for it to be even mildly accurate you will need to log your activity onto the FitBit website. It's important to take note of your start time. After you do this, FitBit will adjust your steps and calories burned. I kinda wish I knew about the bodybug. I think I might have compared the 2 to see which one was better. I'll live with the FitBit for a bit and if I need to replace it then I might go with the BodyBug. I love my Polar HRM. If that died, there would be no issue for me not replacing it. A HMR is the most accurate thing out there.

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3/7/13 11:02 A

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I had a triaxial pedometer, but it was gauged to only count real walking, and didn't even count stairs a lot of the time. That was a major factor in my getting a fitbit. The zip is $59 ish, which also got my attention.

Though its food tracker sync with SP is wonky. If you change something, it doesn't update in fitbit and may duplicate. I have gotten really good at doing stuff right the first time. I don't know why I care, since fitbit is always flagging me to eat less, less, less. But only if I click on the food tracker. It's not like it emails me with messages to eat less.

From a cursory overview the fitbit food tracker and my fitness pal seemed similar in terms of being intuitive and having auto fill, but fitbits database is limited. On the other hand there's a lot of flotsam and jetsam in The SP food tracker, from people adding their own stuff. And then stuff changes. I don't add stuff for this reason. I always figure out a substitution.

I do think Bodymedia has more features, but it costs more. Fitbit costs more than a pedometer, and they vary a lot based on what you're after. It doesn't sound like you need motivation as much as I did.

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3/7/13 9:47 A

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I am a runner as well, and for tracking my running, I use a Garmin. I don't either Fitbit or BodyMedia would have me what I'm looking for there, heart rate, distance, and pace. It really does depend on what you want to know which will be better for you. Good luck with your decision!

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I like Fitbit, but it doesn't substitute for a heart rate monitor, and it's not useful for a bike. Also, it overdoes the calories on SP. I am now on my 5th Fitbit, because the previous ones fell apart. My new one is the Fitbit One, and I bought the insurance package this time at Best Buy. Hoping this one will last longer, because Fitbit has already gotten way too much money from me.

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MEL_UNRAU's Photo MEL_UNRAU SparkPoints: (99,065)
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3/7/13 9:20 A

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Thanks everyone, so much for all your input! I'm now more confused than ever on what to do. I feel like it could be a really good thing for me to have, but, as a distance runner, I don't know that it would do what I need it to for tracking that. But, I do more lower intensity workouts regularly these days (maybe 2-3 a day, as napping or cooperative kids allow), rather than distance runs. I only get my distance runs in on the weekends. I miss my polar HRM for those, but its been on its last legs for a year and recently gave up the ghost. So, I've been working out without anything and just using the SP trackers. I'm guessing the fitbit would be more accurate than those (based on a great "comparison" I found online www.corhq.com/blog/post/an-unfair-fi
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3/7/13 8:52 A

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I have a bodymedia core armband. I like it a lot. It has helped me figure out how many calories I am actually burning each day and I actually like their food tracking system a lot better than here. Now that I can sync my armband to this site I am very happy. I feel like it is accurate seeing as when I keep my deficit in line I lose weight as I should. I like being able to see how well I slept and that sort of thing. It also has the ability to link to a HRM. I don't have one, but if you have been using one you could get both and have more information in the bargain. I actually like how my armband syncs with SP since a lot of the little things I do (parking extra far away and taking stairs and such) don't get counted as traditional exercise and with the armband now it can convert it well. As far as workouts go I think it does a good job. The only caveat is that the band is worn on your arm and some people find that it isn't as accurate for things like biking. If you read the forums there are tips to help this, but as I don't do a lot of biking these days it is not a major concern for me.

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3/7/13 7:17 A

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I won a FitBit from SparkPeople, got it I think in late January. I do like it. For awhile I was testing things out, synching it, taking it off when I did intended exercise so then I'd see my day-to-day activity vs. when I workout for real. I actually helped me figure out where my weekly calorie burn should be. It had been higher awhile ago, then I started not working out as much, so I lowered it significantly, and then I started working out more and wanted to up it, but didn't know how much. I actually did a blog about it: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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I didn't take it with me when I went to VT this past week because the WiFi connector is on Chris' computer (my laptop no longer allows me to download things, and the WiFi connector doesn't go into my iPad) and with Chris' computer with HIM, my FitBit wouldn't have synched anyways. I haven't yet put it back on since I've been back in MA. Think I'll take March off from the FitBit and get back on it in April. Will see.

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3/7/13 6:48 A

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I really like my FitBit, but I used to have a Polar HRM and miss it for workouts. Fitbit does give you a good idea of how much you burn throughout the whole day, but a HRM seems to be more accurate for workouts. I wish I had both. But FitBit does seem to set calories where they should be.

For me, I don't like the way FitBit syncs with SparkPeople so I've started tracking food using My Fitness Pal. I hope it's okay to say that on this site, but I've found it to be the most accurate way to get fitness and nutrition synced together.

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3/6/13 7:29 P

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I toyed with the idea of unlinking the fitbit and SP. it depends on if you're wanting to stay the same weight or wouldn't mind still losing. I think the daily calories from fitbit have served me pretty well. It's been very motivational for me, but I was very sedentary before. I have a zip and it classes activity into sedentary, somewhat active, fairly active, and very active. The very and fairly active minutes come up as fitness on SP.

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3/6/13 4:05 P

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I use the BodyMedia Fit Link armband and love it; it tracks a lot of information (calories burned, steps, minutes of moderate and vigorous activity, sleep) and syncs up with SP, as does Fitbit. My experience has been that these devices are more accurate than a heart rate monitor in terms of the information you get from it. BMF Link is more expensive up front (though there are always deals to be found) and has a monthly or yearly subscription as well, but it is supposed to be the most accurate device out there. I don't think you'll go wrong either way, it just depends on what you want from your device. Good luck!

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3/6/13 3:50 P

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I suggest you go read the Fitbit boards and see what the opinions are of all those who have one. I have one, and I just sort of let it do its thing. It tracks my steps very accurately. Also flights of stairs. And I have the One, which tracks sleep patterns, also.

But many people who want completely accuracy seem to be saying over on the Fitbit boards that they take out the activity recorded by the Fitbit on SP and put it in themselves.

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3/6/13 3:31 P

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Howdy maintenance pals!

My trust old heart rate monitor died. I could go and get it repaired for about the cost of a new device. Since I'm breaking my activity up more and more these days with two kids, instead of one... I'm wondering about getting something more like the Fitbit that could track my daily activity plus my workouts. But, I'm wondering about how accurately it tracks something like workouts. Anybody have experience with it? I know that it wouldn't be as accurate as my chest strap HRM, but just trying to get an idea of how people feel about it.

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