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May 12, 2012 3:09 AM
Hi, I keep seeing lots of posts singing the praises of the Fitbit. Having had a look at the website it seems very expensive for what it is.

I would love to hear peoples views on this as if it is genuinely worth it I am willing to invest in it.

Thanks
  1251726
May 12, 2012 3:15 AM
I'd be interested too! I'm like you, keep hearing all these great things but when I look on Amazon, I wobble when I see the price!! I'm terrible for buying fitness things and then only using them once!
  15748485
May 12, 2012 4:47 AM
I love mine...better yet. Last week while hiking I lost mine. I knew about where I lost it but couldn't locate. I sent an e mail to fitbit asking if there was any magic to finding a lost fitbit....they sent me a new one at no charge! Not saying this is their policy for all but I was impressed. Thank you fitbit team if your reading this!
May 12, 2012 4:50 AM
My fitbit hasn't left my body for more than showers or swimming since I got it in February. I use it to keep me motivated and challenged - can I walk more steps, more distance, more calories per minute, more flights of stairs. My youngest also likes to see the activity indicator get big, so he is always asking me tomove so he can see the flower get bigger!
  5491015
May 12, 2012 4:51 AM
I have wasted money on the less expensive pedometers and they never worked right. Fitbit was given to me as a gift and I LOVE it.

Of course, I am visually motivated. When I can SEE I walked 5679 steps, I just have to make it 6000!! The same thing with my HRM-I see I burned 322 and I have to make it an even 350. Problem is, I make it a 388 and have to go to 400!! laugh

To me it is a fun motivator!!
  31795
May 12, 2012 4:56 AM
I too wobbled about the price, but decided to take the plunge and have now been wearing mine for 3 days constantly (apart from showers) and I have to say I think it is the best thing! I definitely find it is a huge incentive to beat the steps, flights climbed, etc each day. it is a lot of money but all you have to do is keep it clipped onto your clothing and let the fitbit do the rest. I also find it fascinating to find out how much I've moved about when sleeping!
  12179902
May 12, 2012 5:00 AM
No, not really. I've had mine since January and don't find it particularly useful or motivating.
  10676197
May 12, 2012 5:06 AM
Look around for sales and coupons. I had a coupon for Best Buy and a couple of gift cards, made it much more reasonable. I have had mine for a couple of weeks and am in love! It never leaves me except to shower. It is soooo motivating to look and see how you have done, and you compete against to yourself to do more! It has been very eye opening for how much I sit, and I have realized that all those little things, like parking farther away, or taking the stairs really DO add up! I have not been sorry for one minute that I spent the money. That's been my experience so far, hope that helps.
  7569959
May 12, 2012 5:30 AM
Love, love, love mine. Wasn't sure if I would because I've used other pedometer-type things before and would either fall apart or just would taper off.
Here's what Ilike.....it's super comfortable to wear and stays on really well. I often foget that it's there and don't worry about it falling off, even if I'm playing soccer or running. I've been using it since January and February and it still works like a charm (so the cost evens out if you spread the cost overseveral months). I like the way it tracks my exercise on the computer. I can analyze which days I did well and which days I didn't get as much exercise in. It actually encourages me to exercise more because I want to get above a certain level of steps or exercise----I might set a goal of a certain number of steps or flights of stairs each day or a cumulative level of each week. I also like the way it links to MFP.
May 12, 2012 5:36 AM
Love mine! I'm now disturbed if I'm not making my 10,000 steps or 10 flights daily. I just need them to read 100%. I will pace in my house if neccessary in the evening to get it up there, lol! I like how it tells me what I've burned already in the day, so I can better calorie count based on my activity done, or what I know I will do for the remainder of the day. I try to have a 1000 calorie deficit per day, so I up my activity to give me that allowance because I am a very good eater (which is why I need to be here.)
  18995058
May 12, 2012 5:57 AM
The following is simply my opinion and, if you disagree, that's fine...

You have to weigh cost against value. Would it be worth $100 if it is the inspiration you needed to reach your weight loss goals?

If you are the type of person who is motivated by the information provided by Fitbit, it can help you lose weight. If you catch yourself going the extra mile (or extra kilometer, block, whatever) to make the 10,000 steps (or whatever your step goal is) each day, then its going to help you burn more calories, and that MAY be worth it to you.

If you get sick and tired of trying to log your cardio exercise or you're worried you may not be tracking all of your movement, this MAY be well worth it for you.

The first week I used my Fitbit, I was ready to toss it in a box and return it. After I learned how to use it, it is a valuable part of my diet/exercise program. I forgot to bring it with me yesterday and actually caught myself getting upset at myself for forgetting to bring it.

I like it because it motivates me.

I like it because it shows my peak times and slow times throughout each day on the charts.

I like it because I don't have to track my cardio manually.

To me, as an ongoing venture, it's worth it.
  18569952
May 12, 2012 6:02 AM
I would be under eating if not for my FITBIT I love it!!!!
  10991076
May 12, 2012 6:02 AM
I love my fitbit!! It actually has motivated me to take the stairs now anytime that I can and to keep moving until I reach the goals that I have set for myself!
May 12, 2012 6:03 AM
QUOTE:

Love mine! I'm now disturbed if I'm not making my 10,000 steps or 10 flights daily. I just need them to read 100%. I will pace in my house if neccessary in the evening to get it up there, lol! I like how it tells me what I've burned already in the day, so I can better calorie count based on my activity done, or what I know I will do for the remainder of the day. I try to have a 1000 calorie deficit per day, so I up my activity to give me that allowance because I am a very good eater (which is why I need to be here.)


Yep, motivation to do more and top your fitbit friends with stairs and steps.
  10991076
May 12, 2012 6:03 AM
yes, get one it's fun to get those numbers up. Get money for your birthday and treat yourself. Worn mine every day since 5 Jan, only forgot to put it on once and then remembered after an hour. Consider it on a level with my mobile phone - luxury but necessary!
  13153982
May 12, 2012 6:03 AM
I returned mine the next day. Seems a bit hyped, but to each his/her own.
May 12, 2012 6:04 AM
I love mine also! I'm thinking of getting one as a gift for my very sedentary boyfriend. As others said, it's a great motivator and is just fun to see how active you really are. I was shocked at how few steps I took in a normal day. I do not have a sedentary job. I see patients in a medical office - but turns out I was not walking as much as I thought. When you are trying to maintain a deficit - it's good to know how much you actually are burning on a daily basis. The other nice things is - unlike Bodymedia Fit you do not need a monthly subscription for the thing to work. :)
May 12, 2012 6:07 AM
QUOTE:

I would be under eating if not for my FITBIT I love it!!!!


I've had mine for about 10 days and its shown that I am undereating!! So trying to get up to decent calories even though I already feel like I'm stuffing all day anyway...

I love mine wear it all the time well worth the money...
May 12, 2012 6:08 AM
I love mine. I hike, so it is fantastic to be able to compare trails for flights of stairs, distance and steps. It is so motivating- I can't stand having a day where I don't meet my goals and will push myself to avoid that feeling, lol. Great tool and well worth the price!
  18751671
May 12, 2012 6:12 AM
just wondering? has anyone ever compared the bodymedia monitor to the fitbit?
  17484140
May 12, 2012 6:13 AM
I use a heart rate monitor with a chest strap. I just don't get how fitbit could give accurate readings on calories burned. Does anyone use both? Do they match up?
  18384951
May 12, 2012 6:18 AM
This is my exact question!!! How accurate can it be on calorie burn with no chest strap? I love the idea of it but how does it compare to using an HRM? Do you use only one or the other?
Edited by marathon64 On May 12, 2012 6:19 AM
May 12, 2012 6:22 AM
I'm also having the same worry... I love the idea and I'm a real gadget type person... It's just the price that puts me off. Other than syncing, what's so good about this over other pedometers?!

Saying that, I have just added it as a treat when I reach my first target, which I am nearly half way towards!!
  20975594
May 12, 2012 6:23 AM
It depends on the person really.. I am a very competitive person. So I compete with myself to do better then the day before. Sometimes it works... other times not so much. But over all it's FANTASTIC!
  21248052
May 12, 2012 6:28 AM
I've had mine a little over a week now and LOVE it! I've found that it's much more accurate when figuring out my activity for the day. MFP was actually overestimating on my workouts at the gym by about 100 calories. Plus I get to see what I burn normally throughout the day. Personally I put mine on my bra, right in the middle part by your chest. Works like a charm and you forget it is there. The website with all your info is free and links to MFP which I also love (and didn't even know until a friend told me!) All in all, totally worth it in my opinion. And I too have ran around my kitchen island just to get my 10,000th step! ;) It's motivating.
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