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February 20, 2012 8:13 AM
Is it worth the $$ to get a fitbit to track exercise and calories or would I be better off/ just as well off with something else??

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  8357392
February 20, 2012 8:17 AM
I am wondering the same thing...
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February 20, 2012 8:17 AM
I have the fitbit and I like it for the motivation but I have had problems with the connection. In fact, I decided just today to disconnect it but I plan to keep wearing it. I like challenging myself to move more and I like that it monitors my sleeping patterns. I have difficulty sleeping so it has been providing me with data that seems to be helping.

Good luck with your decision.
February 20, 2012 8:22 AM
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I have the fitbit and I like it for the motivation but I have had problems with the connection. In fact, I decided just today to disconnect it but I plan to keep wearing it. I like challenging myself to move more and I like that it monitors my sleeping patterns. I have difficulty sleeping so it has been providing me with data that seems to be helping.

Good luck with your decision.


Thank you for your input. What kind of connection issues were you having? I am liking the sleep pattern part. I need a HRM but I am wondering if I should just get a HRM or go for the fitbit!
  8357392
February 20, 2012 8:27 AM
I got the fitbit and I am on the fence about it. I wore it for a while and realized that my daily steps didn't really change all that much and I have a very consistent pattern. As for the sleep thing, it told me what I already know (once I fall asleep, I sleep really, really well ... just need to get a couple more hours every day!). I don't have a lot of opportunity to "up" my steps, so any additional exercise I do is just that, additional. It did confirm how sedentary I am, though, which is helpful/eye opening. I hope it gets more use in the summer when I will have the opportunity to walk outside with the kids after I get home from work.

In retrospect, I wish I would saved the money, but I can't say it hasn't provided some useful information.

Hope that helps!
February 20, 2012 8:55 AM
Can anyone offer a better suggestion?
  8357392
February 20, 2012 9:03 AM
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Can anyone offer a better suggestion?


If you want total day calorie burn, a Bodymedia Fit of Bodybugg are other options. They are more advanced than the Fitbit which is basically a jumped up pedometer. The down side with them is you need a paid account to get your calorie information (although apparently there is a workaround for that at least with the Bodymedia Fit) and their information is not integrated with MFP like the Fitbit stuff is.

If you want exercise only calories, the option for doing that is a Heart Rate Monitor with a chest strap (without a chest strap HRMs are basically useless for calorie calculation even if they will give you a number as the number is only useful with constant HR monitoring). Polars are by far the most popular ones in this area. Here is a good post on HRMs. http://www.myfitnesspal.com/blog/Azdak/view/the-real-facts-about-hrms-and-calories-what-you-need-to-know-before-purchasing-an-hrm-or-using-one-21472

I have a HRM although not a polar which I use for exercise calories. I considered getting a Fitbit, but for the $50 or so dollars more I am currently leaning toward a Bodymedia Fit. I just with Costco in Canada would start carrying them since they have had some really good deals on them at Costco in the US.
Edited by rileysowner On February 20, 2012 9:05 AM
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February 20, 2012 9:16 AM
I would love a daily total calorie burn, but something accurate for exercise will be fine. I use my xbox kinect most mornings and "your shape fitness revolution" and i would love an accurate calorie count. Somedays I am far more active with my job or chasing my child than others which is part of the reason i was looking at the fit bit
  8357392
February 20, 2012 9:19 AM
My fitbit picks up all the car movement. I have a fitbit and a polar HRM. I like my HRM for exercise. But I do like the fitbit for steps but somedays it is way off
February 20, 2012 9:21 AM
For me it is worth the money because the type of motivation it offers works for me. It won't be for everyone.
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February 20, 2012 9:22 AM
I really lilke mine...had it a few days now, and I really like all the info. I get. Not only my activity and steps, but it adjusts my calories based on my activity. I've figured my BMR and TDEE on some sites, and the fitbit actually has it the closest to what it "should" be. I have a nice Timex HRM which tracks my weight, height, etc. for calorie burn, and this helps complement the fitbit info. It's really helping me tweek my intake, as I'm basically on maintenance and some days I need more, some less.
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February 20, 2012 9:23 AM
I have a fitbit and I like it. It has kept me motivated, BUT you may find that once you get it, it isn't enough. I am now looking at the Polar FT 7 HRM to get more accurate results.
Fitbit is great for getting you moving and for showing you visually where you are at any given point in a day. It isn't that great at measuring your calories burned .. and at that point an HRM is more effective in my opinion.

I'll use them both just to guide me
Good luck
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February 20, 2012 11:45 AM
I kept mine for two days before returning it. It's a fancy pedometer so I got a HRM (polar) instead and am very happy with it.
February 20, 2012 11:48 AM
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I really lilke mine...had it a few days now, and I really like all the info. I get. Not only my activity and steps, but it adjusts my calories based on my activity. I've figured my BMR and TDEE on some sites, and the fitbit actually has it the closest to what it "should" be. I have a nice Timex HRM which tracks my weight, height, etc. for calorie burn, and this helps complement the fitbit info. It's really helping me tweek my intake, as I'm basically on maintenance and some days I need more, some less.



I agree...It does not replace my HRM but makes a nice addition to tracking. An Hrm could never pick up the subtle movements a fitbit does, likewise the fitbit can't track actual heartrate for excersise. The fitbit is more for fun and motivation....but also helps you get a better idea of how much you burn on a daily basis. NOTHING is ever exact!!
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