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Mad at the Fit bit@#!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

This is my second day with my Fitbit. I have been looking forward to getting this for myself for a month or two now. To tell you the truth now that I have it, I'm not to happy with it. emoticon
I went on a 6 mile walk today pushing my mother in a wheelchair and the Fitbit shows that I only walked 1.9 miles with only 4000 steps for the day and only 9 very active minutes? I don't understand how that can be. It is fully charged, and on my dominant wrist. I bought this so I wouldn't have to remember to turn on Runkeeper. So far Runkeeper (A free app, keep in mind) performs much better.
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  • NICKI984 just helped me make the decision not to waste my money. I've been thinking about getting a fit bit for awhile now.
    2250 days ago
  • NHES220
    Yep, the issue is when you were pushing your Mom (good for you), you were not swinging your arm. When I am doing something where my arms will not be moving, I put it in my pocket. A little annoying, but for the most part I like it. Way to go you!
    2273 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14731147
    I've never had much luck with tracking gadgets and accuracy- no surprise I do every thing by hand now... however for step counting by hand doesn't work of course- good luck, I'm looking forward to more of your blogs & vlogs
    2273 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12915013
    I don't have it so I don't know much to help. You would think that there is another kind that would better for you. I guess I would have to ask someone who knows more about this type of product. Sorry I can't be of better help to you.
    Have a great weekend. Good for you on your 6 mile walk with your Mom. Not easy pushing a wheelchair some days. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2274 days ago
  • GINA180847
    I have a spark tracker and wear it on my left sock all the time except in bed when I put it on my shirt on the neck. The tracker on my sock is very accurate in the steps but lousy on time. It takes batteries and that is a pain
    2275 days ago
    Yeah it was the swinging the first day I hiked with it and it was perfect today not so much I ended up taking it back so all is well I am going to buy a different model online!
    2275 days ago
    Is is a wrist worn model? They're pretty accurate if you walk normally with arms swinging, but it's the arm motion that affects the counter hence, if you're pushing a cart or a wheel chair, carrying an arm full of books, purse or briefcase, if often doesn't record all of the activity. They have a holster that clicks to your shoe which would probably be more accurate in your case.
    I used a Nike Fitband for bout a year and it had the same problem. I also had one of the low-tech waistband clip ones. They're fairly accurate if your pants fit loosely enough but don't record at all well if your pants are tight or if the material is thick because it doesn't allow the counter a full range of motion.
    Bottom line, any of them will do the job, but none of them are perfect. Since you enjoy the walks with your Mom, I suggest you go on your hike one day by yourself, let your arms move normally and see what the fitbit reads after then take your mom along when you want and just add the extra steps to your daily total.
    2275 days ago
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