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9/6/12 10:57 A

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Sounds reasonable; as Spark Coach Nancy says, we are all an experiment of one, so figuring out what your body is doing and then how to put that knowledge to work for you is what matters. Good luck!

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9/5/12 11:25 P

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I have decided to do a month long experiment, and just see how things go. I do a fair bit of cycling, so I tend to wear the strap on my leg rather than on my arm still. Even then it seemed to underestimate. However, rather than hoping one is the best, I'll use the month of September and compare both method and pick what works.

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9/5/12 8:07 A

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I agree that the BB/BMF underestimates for things like cycling. A HRM is probably more accurate for that, but for most things, I trust my BMF much more. I'd rather err on the side of underestimating my calories burned than overestimate--I'm much too likely to indulge in food that I don't need if I think I've burned a lot.

It would be a wonderful thing if they could include HR with these gadgets, as long as it doesn't mean having to wear a chest strap all the time!

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9/5/12 12:23 A

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Interesting that you find the BMF is more accurate than your HRM for workouts. As is usually the case, what works for one person, doesn't work for everyone else. Perhaps I am the anomaly.

I do agree 100% that my BB keeps me moving much more than my HRM - for one thing I really don't want to wear that chest strap all day. emoticon

I wonder if it depends on the type of workouts one is doing? Here are some examples of why I wear my HRM as well as my BB when I workout:

1) I find that my BB says I burn the same or more calories when I walk (5 cal/minute on avg), than when I do some cardio workouts - which I know is not accurate. My HR doesn't feel at all elevated when I am walking on these occasions, but it does feel like I'm working when I am doing the cardio workouts. (I am certainly sweating a heck of a lot more, too)

2) If I do any leg based workout, like cycling, the BB also underestimates my calorie burn. (I have heard of people wearing the BB on their leg for these type of activities but haven't done it myself).

3) I also rebound daily and the BB gives me a huge calorie burn for this (9+ cal/minute on avg) which is a little high even for when I am running, while my HRM indicates a much lower level of effort - which also is more inline with my feeling of exertion for this exercise.

The BB and the HRM agree most closely when I am running - but for most other workouts there is a large discrepancy. But this is not the case for everyone - I have a SP friend who also has a BB and she has very close agreement on most workouts between her HRM and BB.

I am hoping for the day when the BB/BMF will incorporate HR when calculating calories burned.

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9/4/12 11:47 P

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I trust my BodyMedia more than my heart rate monior as far a calories burned. The BMF/BB typically shows less calories burned than the HRM, and based on what I have seen with my weight, it seems more accurate than the HRM. The monthly subscription is worth it to me. It gets me moving much more than the HRM ever would, but that's just me. I find without the feedback of my BMF, I can quickly revert to being a couch potato without realizing it!

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9/4/12 11:45 P

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I pay the monthly fee of $6.95. I find it's a cheap price to pay to find out how much i do or don't move each day.

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9/4/12 11:31 P

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I am a researcher at a university and I end up sitting A LOT....I find the BB really helps motivate me to get up and move throughout the day. I do love my HRM for giving me info about my workouts though. (I like both really - but I completely understand trying to figure out whether or not to keep paying the monthly subscription...I keep eyeing the fitbit as an alternative to my BB)

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Any response helps! I'm just debating if I want to keep using mine, or cancel the paid subscription and just wear my heart rate monitor when I workout. Seems like to you, it's been worth it though.

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9/4/12 11:02 P

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I have a HUGE discrepancy between what my BB tells me and what my HRM says I burn. I don't worry too much about the actual calories burned these days as I have had my BB for so long. What I do now is just try to hit a certain number per day and per week that means I've been moving a lot. It may not be the actual number of calories burned, but by now I know what my body needs the BB to register.

Probably not the answer you are looking for, hopefully someone will have a response that works for you.

sarah
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"I never look back, detracts from the now." Edna Mole - "The Incredibles"

October: "Being overweight is hard, losing weight is hard, maintaining a healthy weight is hard. Choose your hard."

Vince Lombardi: "We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."

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9/4/12 10:57 P

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Has anyone compared their BodyMedia GoFit or Body Bugg to a heart rate monitor. I have a Polar heart rate monitor and for two strength training workouts my BodyMedia has listed a significantly lower calorie amount than my heart rate monitor (Over 150 calories less for an hour of exercise). I noticed it also on a treadmill.

The thing is I typically assume my BodyMedia is overestimating my daily calorie burn by about 10% so that I don't count on calories that I may not have burned, and I figure it will average out in the end, but if I do this, then the discrepancy is even greater. Any tips that don't require me to go out and buy a garmin heart rate monitor would be greatly appreciated?

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