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Anyone use a Fitbit or similar modern activity tracker?

So yesterday I bought a Fitbit Charge HR from Media Markt https://shop.mediamarkt.ch/fr/soin-d...l/idpcm4hvx8xq and while it's early days, I'm really liking the constant tracking of activity and heart rate, not to mention the sleep tracking which last night seemed reasonable accurate and in line with what I expected. I also bought a wireless scale that syncs with the Fitbit account (Withings WS30) which is meant to be very good, but this scale stupidly only allows initial setup on an iPhone before it allows you to use an Android device (*epicfacepalm*) so I may take that back next week and exchange it for the Fitbit Aria https://shop.mediamarkt.ch/fr/soin-d...r/idptoohsiqn1

So, what have you got and how do you use it? Has it made a difference to you`

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Old 28.11.2015, 09:45
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Re: Anyone use a Fitbit or similar activity tracker?

One of the reasons i bought the apple watch was for the activity tracking.. However I'm also a Garmin user and find Garmin much more useful for anything more serious than just daily walking around.

I have a set of scales that claims to measure fat and muscle but i think it's snake oil.. I can stand on it and it says i have 12kg of fat .. Try again and an hour later and i now have 10kg or 15kg..
The electric pulse would take the shortest route between my feet -- which wouldn't include {big wobbly boobs} / {solid chest muscles} choose one as you like


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One of the reasons i bought the apple watch was for the activity tracking.. However I'm also a Garmin user and find Garmin much more useful for anything more serious than just daily walking around.

I have a set of scales that claims to measure fat and muscle but i think it's snake oil.. I can stand on it and it says i have 12kg of fat .. Try again and an hour later and i now have 10kg or 15kg..
The electric pulse would take the shortest route between my feet -- which wouldn't include {big wobbly boobs} / {solid chest muscles} choose one as you like
Yeah, anything more than weight and BMI is pretty useless on a scale imo, it's all best guessing.

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Re: Anyone use a Fitbit or similar activity tracker?

Low tech here ... ordinary scale and pedometer plus two spreadsheets (weight and steps/day). Pedometer definitely provides motivation for one more quick walk later in the day when I am below target.
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Low tech here ... ordinary scale and pedometer plus two spreadsheets (weight and steps/day). Pedometer definitely provides motivation for one more quick walk later in the day when I am below target.
That's not low tech enough for this thread, you should be counting every single step in your head and then etching it by hand on to a stone slate.
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Re: Anyone use a Fitbit or similar modern activity tracker?

I have a Fitbit Charge (Non HR) and the excellent Fitbit Aria weighing scales which synchronises nicely with the Fitbit app.
I use the Fitbit more just to ensure that I do a min number of steps per day, so if I am deficient in the evening I will go for a brisk walk. I also find the sleep tracking feature useful, it used to be all over the place with late nights, restless sleep and then me being knackered the following morning. So I've made a few changes over the months and the quality of my sleep has improved. At the end of the day you can try and fool yourself, but when you have cold, hard data then its very hard to fudge that.
My GP once spotted the fitbit so he demanded to look at my data since he also has one.... it was quite embarassing
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Re: Anyone use a Fitbit or similar modern activity tracker?

Just been to the gym and tried out their new machine.

I only used it for an hour, but it's great. It's got KitKats, Mars bars, crisps and everything in it.



I use a charge HR. My main motivation is to track exercise.

Had it for six months and strap is starting to look tatty and it irritates my skin. Otherwise, all good.
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I have a Fitbit Charge (Non HR) and the excellent Fitbit Aria weighing scales which synchronises nicely with the Fitbit app.
I use the Fitbit more just to ensure that I do a min number of steps per day, so if I am deficient in the evening I will go for a brisk walk. I also find the sleep tracking feature useful, it used to be all over the place with late nights, restless sleep and then me being knackered the following morning. So I've made a few changes over the months and the quality of my sleep has improved. At the end of the day you can try and fool yourself, but when you have cold, hard data then its very hard to fudge that.
My GP once spotted the fitbit so he demanded to look at my data since he also has one.... it was quite embarassing
Thanks Castro, can you tell me a bit more about the Fitbit Aria? I was also looking at getting one yesterday, but I've also read some bad feedback on the web regarding its connectivity and accuracy. How has it been for you, spot on?
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Thanks Castro, can you tell me a bit more about the Fitbit Aria? I was also looking at getting one yesterday, but I've also read some bad feedback on the web regarding its connectivity and accuracy. How has it been for you, spot on?
Yes, absolutely spot on. Its wifi based so I'm guessing most user problems are probably due to poor signal from their routers. However I have never had any readings which have failed to upload to the fitbit server. It even knows who is weighing themselves and can upload that to separate user accounts.
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Old 28.11.2015, 14:39
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Yes, absolutely spot on. Its wifi based so I'm guessing most user problems are probably due to poor signal from their routers. However I have never had any readings which have failed to upload to the fitbit server. It even knows who is weighing themselves and can upload that to separate user accounts.
Thanks Castro, just went out and traded in the Withings piece of crud for a Fitbit Aria at Media Markt and it's working perfectly and was spot on accurate with the weight reading taken from the Withings... difference is it connected to my Wi-Fi and uploaded right away!

I am now one very happy Fitbit camper and really look forward to seeing the stats as the weeks go by!
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Old 28.11.2015, 14:45
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I also bought a wireless scale that syncs with the Fitbit account (Withings WS30) which is meant to be very good, but this scale stupidly only allows initial setup on an iPhone before it allows you to use an Android device (*epicfacepalm*)
It *is* very good; I've had a Withings scale for year and love it. I'm confused by your next statement though; according to their website, you can set it up with android?
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It *is* very good; I've had a Withings scale for year and love it. I'm confused by your next statement though; according to their website, you can set it up with android?
You need an iPhone to set it up, then you can use Android. https://withings.zendesk.com/hc/en-u...ndroid-device-

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I am sure the scale is good as I did research before I bought it and people had lots of good things to write about it, but after purchasing I could not connect to my Samsung phone no matter what I tried upon which point I Googled and saw that help link saying iOS is needed to set the thing up, and that is just very silly imo.

Thus, Fitbit is now here and I must admit I prefer the way it looks and displays and integrates directly into Fitbit.

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Update:

I still love the Fitbit Charge HR, results seem very consistent and I am getting a lot of good info, especially regarding my sleep.

The Firbit Aria scales are good but I notice that they are sometimes a little inaccurate as the scale "locks" the weight too quickly before your weight has fully settled and this can result in maybe a 0.2KG discrepancy. If this happens I simply take my weight again once or twice until I get a consistent result. This doesn't happen always, only occasionally. It's still a great tool though and very convenient.

Now if only Fitbit made a blood pressure monitor... I see Withings have one but not sure about the accuracy of that... may be better off buying a "traditional" non-smart one from Amazon..
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So yesterday I bought a Fitbit Charge HR from Media Markt https://shop.mediamarkt.ch/fr/soin-d...l/idpcm4hvx8xq and while it's early days, I'm really liking the constant tracking of activity and heart rate
Can I ask why?

I can't see the point to it.
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Re: Anyone use a Fitbit or similar modern activity tracker?

I got the Surge for my birthday.
Its the big one that has the full screen and whatnot.


I really like it...its step counting is very accurate, measures calories burned, distance travelled, floors climbed and continuously measures heart rate.


Has GPS for mapping runs too. It automatically detects exercise and goes into a different mode where you can see your progress (time, calories, distance). Fitbit have specific modes for different exercise which means it keep better track of your progress.


Its sleep detection is good too - you don't have to do anything, just wear it. it detect sleep within a few minutes by noticing heart rate and movement.


The best thing (for me) is that it tracks it all over a period of time, so you can see day to day, week to week, month to month, how you've progressed.


you can pair it with the scales and use it to keep track of food consumed and water consumed but I don't.


As a watch, it has 4 different watch faces, so can be modified pretty easily to suit your mood or feeling. They have pretty frequent software updates to give it new functions too like timers/stopwatches etc. The haptic alarm is a good way for me to wake up without waking up the mrs.


All in all, I really like it. looks quite smart too. Its replaced my actual watch, so definitely something I would recommend.
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Can I ask why?

I can't see the point to it.
I'm pretty much with you on this, as it seems to me that if you have to monitor your activity to ensure you're doing enough on a day to day basis is probably because you know that in fact you're not doing enough But that some people feel the need for such gadgets is clear, so if this helps their fitness regime in the long term then so be it.

So far all of these devices have been aimed at fitness 'training' geeks, but a real-world medical monitor in this price range and size would be of much more interest to me. Continuous wearable heart rate and blood pressure measurement is a much better diagnostic of overall fitness than how many steps you walk per day. Not likely to happen any time soon, due to market pressures and technical challenges with BP, but maybe one day...
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I got the Surge for my birthday.
Its the big one that has the full screen and whatnot.

I really like it...its step counting is very accurate, measures calories burned, distance travelled, floors climbed and continuously measures heart rate.

Has GPS for mapping runs too. It automatically detects exercise and goes into a different mode where you can see your progress (time, calories, distance). Fitbit have specific modes for different exercise which means it keep better track of your progress.

Its sleep detection is good too - you don't have to do anything, just wear it. it detect sleep within a few minutes by noticing heart rate and movement.

The best thing (for me) is that it tracks it all over a period of time, so you can see day to day, week to week, month to month, how you've progressed.

you can pair it with the scales and use it to keep track of food consumed and water consumed but I don't.

As a watch, it has 4 different watch faces, so can be modified pretty easily to suit your mood or feeling. They have pretty frequent software updates to give it new functions too like timers/stopwatches etc. The haptic alarm is a good way for me to wake up without waking up the mrs.

All in all, I really like it. looks quite smart too. Its replaced my actual watch, so definitely something I would recommend.
Sounds good man... though I am old-skool when it comes to watches, I wear my Swiss automatic to tell the time and nothing else!

I also love the haptic alarm, I find it a non-jarring way to wake up.
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I'm pretty much with you on this, as it seems to me that if you have to monitor your activity to ensure you're doing enough on a day to day basis is probably because you know that in fact you're not doing enough But that some people feel the need for such gadgets is clear, so if this helps their fitness regime in the long term then so be it.
I suppose there's some use for them if you're old and infirm with a tendency to sit down all day but if he thing says you only took 5000 'steps' that day and your 'target' is 6000, what real benefit is there in walking around 800m or so up the road and back?

A bit of fresh air maybe, but negligible calories burnt and no fitness gained.

I'm not trying to spoil Richdog's thread but I just wonder about the point of all these things.
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Re: Anyone use a Fitbit or similar modern activity tracker?

I'm a fan of Fitbit, I started with the FORCE back in 2013 then they recalled this model because of skin iritation. I replaced it with FLEX in mid-2014 and it is still working fine until now. I had 3 bracelet replacement though.

I am diabetic so my target is always 20K steps or roughly 13 km.
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i had a fitbit device. i used it until the battery ran out and couldn't be bothered to charge it again.
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