Fitness Trackers

 

Time for me to shop for a new one. My old Fitbit Charge HR truly keeled over. I purchased it in 2015, so I figure that's pretty good for what it was.

I'm now looking at mostly Garmin's (ya think they'll give me a discount if I purchase online using my POI Factory email? razz JK).

I'm mainly looking at the Garmin Vivomove Hr and Garmin VivoActive 3. I really only walk, swim and do yoga, so the VivoActive3 seems a bit overkill, but it's currently only $30 more than the move. I also like the look of the Withings(Nokia) Steel HR.

Anyone here have experience with these, or other trackers that have worked well for them?

~Angela

Still Use the Original Fitbit

I still use the original Fitbit that clips to your pocket, belt or bra.

I don't need a Fitbit that tells me how badly I sleep at night (I already know that), I don't jog, so I don't need to monitor my heart rate. It doesn't need to be charged regularly, and about every 3-6 months I replace the battery.

I have a watch that tells me the time.

I can download my steps and see how many steps, how far and how many active minutes.

Don't get caught up in bells and whistles if you really only need a basic unit.

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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350

I have a Fitbit I clip to my pocket.

Not sure why I use it because my Iphone tells me how many steps I take. I probably just use it for comparison. And like GPSgeek, I don't need it to tell me how bad I sleep because I already know that. I don't need to replace the battery, just charge it.

GPSgeek wrote:

I still use the original Fitbit that clips to your pocket, belt or bra.

I don't need a Fitbit that tells me how badly I sleep at night (I already know that), I don't jog, so I don't need to monitor my heart rate. It doesn't need to be charged regularly, and about every 3-6 months I replace the battery.

I have a watch that tells me the time.

I can download my steps and see how many steps, how far and how many active minutes.

Don't get caught up in bells and whistles if you really only need a basic unit.

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Nuvi 2460LMT.

AppleWatch

Works great for me.

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NUVI 660, Late 2012 iMac, Macbook 2.1 Fall 2008, iPhone6 , Nuvi 3790, iPad2

I've been using the Fitbit

I've been using the Fitbit Charge 2. I only really like it for these features: continuous HR monitoring and sleep tracking.

I haven't tried any of the other ones you mentioned, or really any other smart fitness tracker.

Make sure you report which

Make sure you report which one you ended up with Angela. Now's a great time with the sales and all.

Strictly currousity, not

Strictly currousity, not sarcasm, but why do people think they need an electronic gadget to tell them how many steps they walk, if they sleep well, what their heart rate is? I really don't get it.

I walk every day, sleep as good as ever, up early and not tired. I do need to watch the calories, and the types of food I eat, but stepping on a scale once a week should give me a hint.

And why would I want my phone to do that?

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I never get lost, but I do explore new territory every now and then.

A variety of reasons

KenSny wrote:

Strictly currousity, not sarcasm, but why do people think they need an electronic gadget to tell them how many steps they walk, if they sleep well, what their heart rate is? I really don't get it.

I walk every day, sleep as good as ever, up early and not tired. I do need to watch the calories, and the types of food I eat, but stepping on a scale once a week should give me a hint.

And why would I want my phone to do that?

Personally, they help me stay in reality about both eating and health. I'm excellent at rationalizing why I should eat that 2nd piece of pizza, assuming my walk with the dog earlier would balance that out and not looking at how many calories and of what kind, the pizza is made up of or how long I walked, the rate or calories burned. Plus, I'm easily distracted, so having a structure, both automatic and manual is super helpful for accountability. I also just like looking at the data. Not all progress is visible to the eye so metrics are helpful in keeping motivated for longer term changes.

Some people enjoy joining online communities created around various devices either because they benefit from group motivation or they find competition helpful. I don't tend to be in that category.

They're not for everyone, but that's ok. I've found them useful and know some of our membership have as well. I posted it here because I trust our membership experience on most products over amazon reviews.

~Angela

Garmin Vivomove HR

Ended up with the Vivomove HR. A friend of a friend received an Apple Watch as an early holiday gift so she let this one go for fairly cheap. Getting going with this device & app is not quite as easy as the Fitbit products I've owned, but I'm getting there. Downloaded Garmin Connect and My Fitness Pal to pair with it. Guess we'll see how it goes.

~Angela

Monitoring and tracking

"Strictly currousity, not sarcasm, but why do people think they need an electronic gadget to tell them how many steps they walk, if they sleep well, what their heart rate is? I really don't get it."

A family member first used a FitBit Charge HR to monitor and track their heart rate after having heart surgery. It was recommended by their doctor to use a fitness tracker so they could track their heart rate. They ended up giving the Fitbit to me and they upgraded to another device to track their heart rate and have it recorded and uploaded to their doc.

Others use it to track their workout so they can chart their progress at loosing weight, monitoring their sleep patterns, and other things.

They are not for everyone but for some they are very useful. I find it useful at times to use the FitBit rather than my phone when working out to track how far I've walked/hiked/run and to estimate how many calories burned. Its nice to be able to look at a weeks review and make changes if needed.

Apple Watch, esp on motorcycle

I'm a fan of the Apple Watch. It was the only tracker that didn't get me thousands of extra steps when I used my motorcycle. Fitbit tried to tell me I could go through this circuitous route of suppressing data online when I went for a ride instead of putting in a decent motion sensor. Most other motorcyclists I know feel the same way.

I did spot checks of the heat rate monitor against chest straps during runs and it was generally spot on. Need another now that my wife has appropriated mine!

goals

KenSny wrote:

Strictly currousity, not sarcasm, but why do people think they need an electronic gadget to tell them how many steps they walk, if they sleep well, what their heart rate is? I really don't get it.

~snip~

My wife uses one, it helps her set and obtain goals, helps her give it the extra push when walking or whatever. Not everyone can keep a regular schedule/routine whereas you might know what you've done that day. For her it's a big help, a kind of pat on the back for a day well done.

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. 2 Garmin DriveSmart 61 LMT-S, Nuvi 2689, 2 Nuvi 2460, Zumo 550, Zumo 450, Uniden R3 radar detector with GPS built in, includes RLC info. Uconnect 430N Garmin based, built into my Jeep. .

Me Too

I use my Apple Watch for the same purposes.

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RKF (Bethesda, MD) Garmin Nuvi 660, 360 & Street Pilot

Dashboard

KenSny wrote:

Strictly currousity, not sarcasm, but why do people think they need an electronic gadget to tell them how many steps they walk, if they sleep well, what their heart rate is? I really don't get it.

I walk every day, sleep as good as ever, up early and not tired. I do need to watch the calories, and the types of food I eat, but stepping on a scale once a week should give me a hint.

And why would I want my phone to do that?

A car has a dashboard to summarize the coolant temperature, oil pressure, speed, various alerts, fuel level, load, tire pressure monitoring, voltage, and a plethora of other data. All to monitor and make sure the car is healthy and will provide reliable and safe transportation.

Same goes for a fitness tracker. I used the first edition of the Garmin fenix, then moved on to the Apple Watch. The Garmin fenix had HR capability, which then enabled calorie tracking. Heart rate monitoring is very important, and the reports of what the Apple Watch has done for people with HR monitoring is amazing. Being able to monitor HR, speed, distance, time, temperature, ascent, and other factors shows how I am improving or maintaining fitness. The trend that the compiled data on the phone shows is crucial and telling.

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GPSMAP64s, iPhone XR w/Garmin North America, Yaesu VX-8R w/GPS.

I worked with a lady...

...when I was doing Meals on Wheels. She wore a fit-bit so that she could make sure that she got her 10,000 steps a day. She was very diligent about getting the 10,000 steps. She was constantly checking it throughout the day to check on her progress towards her goal.

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It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible. ----George Washington

MAV, double by pass, Aortic graft

Motivates walks sometimes 10 miles, great to monitor HR and bunch of other things. Fitbit Ionic

Apple Watch

Recently received an Apple Watch S4 as a gift. Wife has an S3. We both have seen a noticeable increase in our desire to be more active. Both watches have also made us more active and often times compete against each other.

Apple watch is the most well

Apple watch is the most well known and works well. There are others with varying degrees of success.