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10/14/13 10:18 A

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Ive had a fitbit for over a year, now and am happy with it, on land. I never tried the flex, i didn't want to waste my money, since its not made for a pool..... but like many of you here my main exercise is in water. so i jumped at the chance of trying the new spark thingy. (they probably cringe when i call it that). I think of the spark as a piece of technology in beta. since i beta test plenty of games, i think they will be tweeking and changing as we go.

there are some issues with it, but they seem minor to me. sure, it does not track water aerobics or laps as an activity, at least not for me. it does seem to recognize i am walking during class. and in our class tech. we walk for 20 min, then dance and move quickly 20 min , then do weights &/or stretch for 20 min. then i do laps for 20 min. but it counting me as moving, adding way more steps to my day then the fitbit did simply because it is always on.
And even though it has no sleep tracker, i wear it to bed as well.

so far mine is not recognizing any activity i do, but most of what i do is 5 min at a time. so i add my activities manually just like i used to, but i do have way more steps now!

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10/8/13 6:29 P

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Candice ~ I would be anxious to hear a review from you on the SAT while using it in WA. A friend got one yesterday and used it this morning. Already, she is THRILLED with it. But, about the only "exercise" she does is when she walks around the cleaners that they have and that is not fast or vigorous walking. What she liked was that it counted steps very close to what her Omron pedometer does. I can't see getting one for just that purpose. I have a perfectly good Omron that is very accurate. I want more than step counting if I am going to spend money on a tracker.

The only way I can think of to satisfy myself is to get one, try it for 20 days and, if it doesn't serve my purpose, send it back.

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10/8/13 10:46 A

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These activity trackers all are set up for action performed in full gravity. Measuring aquatic exercise has always been problematic--even heart rates are different in the water. I can manually enter my water exercise time, and my fitbit gives me "credit" for "very active minutes", but I'm sure the number of steps is not accurate. Where I find value in my tracker is that it encourages me to move more outside my dedicated exercise time--more trips up and down stairs, more walking while shopping, etc. What the exact counts are, I don't much care. I want to be sure I do more than yesterday, more than last week, more than last month.

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10/8/13 6:56 A

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the spark tracker will NOT track for deep water exercise. it will track for shallow, so they say.

But I will also tell you that I am returning my spark tracker. I am very unhappy with it.

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10/7/13 9:29 P

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Hi, I am new here as of about 10 minutes ago. But would like to share something with you about the Spark Activity Tracker (SAT). I wrote them questioning the accuracy when doing water aerobics. This is the answer I got and it makes me think twice about getting one.

The Spark tracks your movement all day. It does best tracking running, walking,
cycling, and elliptical workouts. It actually records these activities by name
in your fitness tracker. I'm not sure how well it will record water aerobics,
but the tracker will count your time exercising, and approximate your calories
burned. However, it may not specify the name of the activity.

Regarding not tracking steps accurately, we would details about the activity
tracked, why the user thinks it wasn't tracked accurately, etc., in order to
give advice for that.

My main reason for having one would be to track my water aerobics, as that is my main source of exercise.

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10/2/13 4:40 P

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Should be? Doesn't sound like a great warranty. Maybe I'll get my polar fixed though I'm not wild about the chest strap.

 
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10/1/13 6:43 P

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I ordered the spark one yesterday.. anxious to see how it does. I have been doing some checking the last couple of weeks. The WW one you have to have a WW account. I checked the reviews for the fit bit flex on amazon and a LOT of people said it died in the water rather quickly. I am not willing to risk about 100 bucks on one doing that. I did email the spark folks, and got a reply saying it should be just fine in the pool, it also has a 30 day satisfaction guarantee.

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9/29/13 9:42 A

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Will wait for the Spark water monitor. It will be a good motivation for my water walking!

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9/26/13 7:35 P

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Glad you enjoy it. I think one of the gals at the pool likes hers but the other was ready to sell hers. Not sure why.

 
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9/26/13 3:25 P

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I love my Weight Watchers Active link. I was already a WW member when active link was introduced, and it immediately appealed to me because it was waterproof. The feedack I get from it helps to motivate me.

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9/22/13 8:20 A

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Try Weight Watchers Website--they have a store!

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9/21/13 7:30 P

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Thanks for the info!

 
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9/21/13 4:48 P

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Yikes! I forgot I ever posted the start of this! I bought a FitBit Flex, which only claims to be water resistant, but I have had no problems over about a month now wearing it for water aerobics.

But the best news is that Spark is about to come out with its own activity monitor that is not only waterproof and a bunch cheaper than other monitors, but syncs all your activity automatically to the web site!

All of the body monitors are able to measure only land exercise accurately (more or less). There's nothing yet that can automatically handle swimming or water aerobics or water jogging. I'm used to that and not terribly addicted to numbers, so I'm getting what I want out of it--feedback and motivation to be more active in general.

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9/21/13 9:58 A

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There are a couple of ladies who wear the WW tracker in the pool and seem to like it though one person said she was thinking of selling hers. I'm not sure you have to join to go in and buy one. I would think they would welcome shoppers.

 
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12/30/12 12:54 P

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Me, too----would be nice if FitBit had something we could put it in.

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I'd like to try one of those wearable activity body monitors, but need a waterproof one, as a large proportion of my exercise is in the water. A class member had one from Weight Watchers, so I know they exist, but I don't want to join WW just to get a gadget. Anybody know of one? Tried it?

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