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3/9/15 6:25 P

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Okay, I can finally offer a little more to this conversation as I won a giftcard for Road Runner Sports, so I decided to get a Fitbit Charge and I absolutely LOVE it! I had no idea that I would enjoy having a fitness tracker as much as I do. I went with the Fitbit Charge for 2 main reasons: 1) it tracks sleep quality which is the primary thing I was interested in; and 2) it interfaces seamlessly with my phone (I can see who is calling and it vibrates on my device) AND an added bonus is that it also seamlessly interfaces with SparkPeople!!

I can definitely say that I highly recommend it...

***Kristen***

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2/15/15 12:00 P

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I have been using the Spark Activity Tracker for a year and LOVE it! The estimated calorie burn from it is conservative and has been extremely accurate for me.

I have never used a FitBit. My fitness buddy did use a couple of FitBit products and has stopped using them. She eventually purchased a Spark Activity Tracker as well.

Both of us also use Ironman GPS watches by Timex. What I have found is that with the heart rate monitor the calorie burn estimates from the Ironman watch are closer to my activity tracker estimates. Without the heart rate monitor the watch appeared to over estimate calorie burn for me. With the heart rate monitor sometimes the watch estimates more calorie burn than the activity tracker and vice versa. Know that these numbers are simply estimates and that it is important to update your user data as your weight changes.

What I really like about the Spark Activity Tracker is how seamlessly in integrates into the Spark Fitness Tracker. This has been a motivational tool for me. The Spark Activity Tracker team has monthly challenges that have been fun and supportive and I really like the reports page for the activity tracker. I have found it to be a beautifully simple and effective tool. I also like that it tracks fitness and activity minutes. So, I can see movement patterns throughout the day.

I use two devices because the GPS watch has capabilities that the tracker does not. The watch has software that allows me to download to an online site. At that site I have access to satellite maps of our walks/hikes/runs/etc. With the heart rate monitor I get heart rate data that has been especially useful since I started running. It provides elevation gain/loss. I can see how steep various trails are and can zero in on pacing over various portions of a workout and see how my heart was responding at the time. For some, I'm sure that's too much information. I consider myself an information junkie and my fitness buddy's husband has nicknamed me Calc-N-stein because I also love numbers. So, for me two devices works. I am also an extremely fortunate and grateful recipient of a generous gift. The watch was given to me.

My fitness buddy recently purchased a new GPS watch...a Garmin of some sort. She's still awaiting it's arrival. We'll see what it can do.

Think about what features are important to you and what's affordable. Also, perhaps thinking about prioritizing the features would aid a decision as well. It sounds like heart rate is important information for you. Also, take into consideration what type of activity you wish to track.



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1/15/15 12:07 A

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So, Lets try this again. Do any of you have an opinion on the LifeTrak Zone C410 v. FitBit Charge HR?

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1/15/15 12:04 A

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I really like this one too. And it is a fabulous price. I also like the FitBit Charge HR (twice the price! emoticon ). It is not waterproof emoticon emoticon but it does track altitude. I walk a lot of trails in hilly terrain so this intrigues me.

Michelle
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4EVERADONEGIRL's Photo 4EVERADONEGIRL Posts: 5,648
1/14/15 12:42 P

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Wow, I'm really surprised this conversation didn't get more response and I can't help you since I don't own an activity tracker yet either but have been looking into them more and more and, like you, I want one that will give me a somewhat more accurate calorie burn than an estimate but not cost a bajillion dollars. I found this one on Amazon that I'm leaning heavily towards purchasing: www.amazon.com/LifeTrak-24-hour-Fitn
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12/31/14 6:15 P

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Sorry I'm not any help. I just purchased the Spark Activity Tracker 6 months ago and love it. I have only ever used pedometers before this. I don't know anything about the FitBit or Heart Rate Monitors.
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12/31/14 6:01 P

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I am looking to purchase an activity tracker, but I also think I should also have a heart monitor (history of HA). Any suggestions? Should I buy two devices (one of each) or try to do 2 in 1. The 2 in 1 I am most interested in is the FitBit Charge HR....which hasn't come out yet. Are the 2 in 1 products as accurate as buying them separately? Also, I want to invest in quality, but funds are limited so I have to make each $$ count.

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