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11/1/12 1:44 P

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Do you have a zip or ultra or one? I am not sure with the zip since it doesn't have a button, my guess is after the fact you could see the calorie burn fitbit estimated if you go into your fitbit activity log, then choose "activity record", then it will give you a form to type a title and start and stop time. This should create an "activity record" just like the one ultra and one users can create with the stopwatch button. It will show your calorie burn, steps, distance, average pace, etc. for this duration in time (assuming you were wearing your fitbit). I do this sometimes if I forget to use the stopwatch. I don't have a zip, but I am assuming the fitbit account is the same so this should work if zip users want to see the stats for a certain activity. I don't know whether there is an easier way without the button.

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10/31/12 9:41 P

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Or.... when you manually track activities, too, like mark off your time and use the drop-down to pick what you did and the intensity/mileage/steps.... your record will tell you how many calories it was good for.

I just remember being REALLY surprised at how close it was to what my HRM was telling me.... But I know I used something I could track accurately (like steps on my elliptical or mileage on my run).

I dunno... it's at least a bit of a stop-gap if your HRM has given up the ghost.... or if you don't have one.

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10/31/12 9:37 P

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When you do the start/stop deal and make an activity record, it gives you the calories for that "activity." (At least it did--probably close to 2 months since I did it, but I don't think the format changed... I hope. I don't make "records" real often....)

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10/31/12 8:51 P

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What do you do? Do you write down calories before you begin and then where they are after you finish?

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10/31/12 7:24 P

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Not sure if this is at all useful or how accurate you're trying to be, but Fitbit "estimates" based on motion/activity and weight. I recently got a Garmin Forerunner (with an HRM), and very surprisingly, in terms of elliptical and running workouts, the Fitbit estimates are not far off from what the HRM is telling me (like within 15 calories).

Just in case you have to hang on awhile without one, you know....

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10/31/12 2:08 P

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I've got an extra strap and sensor.

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10/31/12 2:02 P

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Oh if you are looking for a strap, it is kind of pricy. This one syncs with a number of phone apps including digifit (which links with fitbit) and Endomondo (also can link with fitbit) and it syncs with other Polar watches so I use it with my F11 watch and iphone. It only works with certain phones so it is probably only worth it if you use it that way. The strap is comfortable and since the hrm transmitter part can snap off it is easy to clean in the washing machine (I was surprised when Polar suggested doing this!).

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10/31/12 2:01 P

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I had thought of that, but never thought of putting it in the wash. That is a good point. Well, I bought another Polar Ft4 and I will just wash it more often. I had never thought of a nail brush. I thought it could hurt the transmitter.

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10/31/12 1:57 P

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Lararre, I wonder if your hrm straps are just not clean enough. Over time, sweat or salts, etc can block the sensors and the way it behaves is similar to if the batteries die (erratic readings like zero or 220, etc.). My Polar F11 has worked for years, but after a year it seemed to stop, I ended up hand washing it and cleaning the sensors with a nail brush and that fixed it. More recently I bought a Polar H7 bluetooth strap with a gift certificate and it worked for two months and stopped. I tried hand washing and the nail brush and changing the battery--no luck. Then I called Polar customer service and they suggested washing the strap only (take the transmitter off, the H7 transmitter just snaps on and off) in the gentle cycle of the washing machine but do not dry. That fixed it, he said to do that every month or so. If one of your old straps is the type where you can remove the center transmitter part, that might be something to try. The sensors frequently get blocked with normal use so I imagine it is even more likely an issue wearing it to the barn.

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10/28/12 8:55 P

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I had the strap, but not the transmitter. I hadn't used it in a year. Oh well, got a new one. We'll see what happens :)

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10/28/12 8:44 P

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Yes the strap with transmitters is 49.00. But if your watch is picking up any kind off info than the transmitter is ok but the strap maybe wearing out. Worth 15 $ to find out and I'm sure you could send it back if that doesn't fix the problem. Amazon has both with and without

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10/28/12 8:23 P

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Amazon does not give you the big transponder thing. If you do get a strap with it, it is almost as much as buying a whole new HRM.

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10/28/12 8:12 P

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Yep just go to amazon for the straps

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10/28/12 4:31 P

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If you only need a new strap you can buy them at Amazon. I think the H1 works with most polars and has a user replaceable battery.

I bought my polar back when you couldn't replace the battery in the strap so I guess I'll have to replace my strap eventually. And the way it's been working lately I'm thinking sooner rather than later.


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10/28/12 12:54 P

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I bought a sportline HRM yesterday and can't get it to work at all. I bought a warranty with it. I guess I am going to return it and maybe go back to the Polar and get the warranty so, when it dies, I can replace it. I tried to get a new strap for my Polar, but couldn't figure out how. I wish these things would work!

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10/28/12 10:49 A

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I'm new to fit bit but I have use HRM for years polar about 3 years old I did have to replace chest strap and batteries but still going strong. I am using Fit Bit to just be more active any Real exercise Running, biking, weight lifting I take the Fitbit off and use HRM Yesterday I run 9.75 with HRM 1083 calories added to actives the fit bit sited added that to my step count I did not want that to happen! I want credit on SP for calories but not for steps have to figure out how to make that happen But I Love the new form of motivation! I'm not getting to worked up about the numbers being perfect just concentrate on being more active

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@grrarrgh- I am kind of like you. I sometimes take off my fitbit when doing certain activities. For instance dancing. I know dancing is very good for you- but I feel like I am getting "cheat" steps because bouncing around gives ya lots of steps! emoticon emoticon

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Maybe I'm hard on them because I do use them at the barn when I ride so maybe they get filled with dirt.

Don't worry the FitBit does not count anything but steps :)

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10/27/12 11:25 A

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I have a Polar HRM I use to track my calories. I'm new to the FitBit, but it seems like it's mainly just for steps and stairs. In fact, I'm heading to a kettlebell class shortly and I'm planning to take the Fitbit off while I'm doing it. I don't want it to register my swings and squats as steps.

I'm sorry for all the HRM troubles; I've had this one for at least 10 years and it's still going strong.

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I have been through 2 polars and they stop reading after a year ugh! Now, I have a New Balance and it looks like the same thing is happening.

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I use a heart rate monitor. I have a polar and have had it for a few years. I just replaced the battery recently and it is working well. I figure someday I may get one with GPS but that will not be soon. I plan on using my fitbit to monitor my daily activity and my hrm to monitor workouts.

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I have an HRM by Polar & I rely on it for my calories burned because it's reading the heart rate according to my working out.
The Fitbit I use to count my steps & my sleep mostly.

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I have never used a HRM but I am told that it is, by far, the most accurate method of tracking calories burned. With regards to the replacement issue it seems to me that the HRM should last longer than a year. I am hoping that LILY_SPARK chimes in because she is the true HRM expert!

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10/26/12 3:41 P

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How many of you use a HRM for your calories burned while exercise or do you just use your FitBit. My HRM seems to be dying. This is the 3rd one in as many years and I'm wondering if I have to get another one or just use my FitBit. Opinions please ;)

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