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Old 27.04.2014, 17:41
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Beware of fitness bands

Just read an interesting NY Times article: For Fitness Bands, Slick Marketing but Suspect Results:
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My Nike FuelBand read lazy. My friend’s read fit.

But we had done essentially the same thing. We spent the day walking around San Francisco together — the same number of miles, same number of hills — but for whatever reason, our FuelBands were out of step. His registered thousands of steps more than mine did.

That’s the uncomfortable truth about many of the fitness wristbands you see people wearing. They don’t really work — or at least not as well as their manufacturers would have you believe.
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Old 27.04.2014, 17:46
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Re: Beware of fitness bands

A fitness band to count steps fitted to your wrist is a total waste of time. It is not possible for it to count steps and 2 people walking next to each other will NOT take the same number of steps it can vary by more than 30% easily due to height differences and length of steps.

Fitness bands are only useful to the fitness of the balance sheet of the companies ripping off the consumer
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Old 27.04.2014, 20:58
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Re: Beware of fitness bands

Don't know about the numbers of steps but they measure distance fairly accurately. I run with a friend who has one and his band tallied the same number of km as my GPS at the end of our run. His band apparently doesn't have a GPS but just measures the movement.

His wife has managed to lose quite a bit of weight with hers. Maybe the steps are out of sync with reality but for her they gave her a nudge that she had to get out and move more.

I was thinking of getting one but maybe won't bother until they improve the mechanism or whatever it is that registers the movement.
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Old 27.04.2014, 21:55
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Re: Beware of fitness bands

I beg to disagree. I have one and although they are not 100% accurate, compared with GPS signal, they do pretty fine - in the end of the day, the total number of KM read by the thing and the GPS are fairly accurate.

And btw, when you have the band and connect it to the mobile phone, you can count the steps in real time, as it measures them - and I'd say 95% of the times is quite correct.

Whatever the game is here, these things make people more active, which by itself is already a good thing...



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A fitness band to count steps fitted to your wrist is a total waste of time. It is not possible for it to count steps and 2 people walking next to each other will NOT take the same number of steps it can vary by more than 30% easily due to height differences and length of steps.

Fitness bands are only useful to the fitness of the balance sheet of the companies ripping off the consumer
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Old 27.04.2014, 22:02
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Re: Beware of fitness bands

Is this a new concept? ..... In my day, bands were into sex and drugs and rock'n'roll.
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Old 27.04.2014, 23:12
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Is this a new concept? ..... In my day, bands were into sex and drugs and rock'n'roll.
My first thought exactly... then I remembered this abomination...

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Old 28.04.2014, 08:18
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Re: Beware of fitness bands

I found the topic a bit misleading... so the things are not that awesome, but that does not mean one has to "beware"...


In case nobody read the news - Nike has announced to stop making them anyway...


http://www.latimes.com/business/tech...#axzz309vbt6Fr
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Old 28.04.2014, 09:54
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Re: Beware of fitness bands

I've used a Fitbit one for the past year, and I find it pretty accurate. I hook it to my bra, which means that it doesn't use my arm movements.

Sure, it's not as accurate as a heart monitor for strenuous exercises like cardio, but for everyday steps it's a great tool. Combined with a proper diet where I ensure I eat less than I burn, it allowed me to lose 7kg in one year.
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I hook it to my bra, which means that it doesn't use my arm movements.
So how does it count the steps then? Sports bra?
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Old 28.04.2014, 10:00
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Re: Beware of fitness bands

from the thread title, I had a vision of Death by Fitness Band.

This is not news. For the study to be accurate, the bands would have to be worn by the same person on the same wrist walking in the same manner on the same route.
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Re: Beware of fitness bands

The battery ran out on 2 of my Polar chest strap things. Could they not make the battery user replaceable?
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So how does it count the steps then? Sports bra?
The Fitbit website explains the technology much better than me, but basically the machine uses sensors that react to 3D moves.

If I walk up a hill, it's counted as stairs, for instance. But if I'm just fidgeting on my chair, it doesn't count as steps or anything, because there's no horizontal move.

The Fitbit calculates your number of steps, stairs and the distance you did over the day. Then it uses the data you entered (age, height, weight) to calculate your TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure), that is the number of calories you burnt throughout the day.

It synchronizes with some free apps like MyFitnessPal, which I use to log in my food. The trick is then to eat less than I burn, always keeping in mind that there's a margin of error.
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Old 28.04.2014, 13:55
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I've used a Fitbit one for the past year, and I find it pretty accurate. I hook it to my bra, which means that it doesn't use my arm movements.

Sure, it's not as accurate as a heart monitor for strenuous exercises like cardio, but for everyday steps it's a great tool. Combined with a proper diet where I ensure I eat less than I burn, it allowed me to lose 7kg in one year.
can you send a pic of how that attaches?
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