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Old 01-07-2014, 09:04 AM
 
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I was debating about getting one of these bands but wasn't sure if it was just a gadget or something that could be useful. I am hopeful in trying to get in better shape and drop a few pounds. Anyone have any thoughts on these?
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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If it makes you work out more then it's worthwhile. But it's nothing other than a cool toy
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Wine Country
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They really are just tools to track your activities and set goals for activity. You can input diet as well and it will keep track of calories you are burning. But if you are a busy person you may find putting the info in time consuming.
They are expensive and in no way necessary to lose weight. They are, like the above poster said, cool toys.
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I received a Fitbit as a gift about one and a half years ago and I still wear it daily. It's a fun motivator (except on days when I am a slug, then it's a tiny little guilt gadget). It seems to be having intermittent problems lately, possibly from old age, and if I replace it with something, I may just get a reliable pedometer. But it is sort of nice to have "floors" tracked, as well as steps (that is, the amount of vertical ascents you have done that day, either on stairs or hills).

(The Fitbit can also track sleep, which I did for a while, until I had enough information and didn't care about that anymore.)
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Old 01-07-2014, 04:39 PM
 
Location: CA
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I have the fitbit. I bought it because I needed motivation. It's okay but not MY solution.

After several months it started having problems - I'm going to send it back since it's under warranty and I paid a lot of money for it.

Really, whatever will work for you. Check out their forum - you will find a ton of tips.
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Old 01-07-2014, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Don't get the Jawbone. I loved the sleep tracking/alarm clock/app. It was nice to see my steps. My 4th or 5th replacement broke, and I have only had it 5 months. I don't have time to keep doing warranty repairs, so I am taking it as a loss. I am more than frustrated about it. It is completely flaky and I don't have time to keep dealing with sending it back every couple of weeks.
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Folsom
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I have numerous trackers, cheap to expensive. They are kind of nice to help you develop a habit. I don't use any one of those things anymore...they all have been resold. Eventually, you make the decision on whether you will exercise or not.
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Old 01-08-2014, 08:09 AM
 
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There will be a heart rate monitor pretty soon that will have the activity monitor built in. You'll probably have to wear a strap all the time for it to work but the combination of HRM and monitor would be the most accurate.
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Old 01-12-2014, 07:24 PM
 
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Bought a Fitbit Flex for my mom. It's got glitches, but is useful in tracking calories burned and steps.
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Old 01-13-2014, 06:08 AM
 
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Bought a Fitbit Flex for my mom. It's got glitches, but is useful in tracking calories burned and steps.
Tracking calories is NOT accurate on the FitBit. It only measures steps taken for activity, and stairs climbed. Any intense cardio other than running does not get measured correctly in either steps or calories.
An HRM would be best for that.
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