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Re: Fitbit One and Withings scale

Post by jennypenny » Wed Oct 28, 2015 11:42 am

I received my new fitbit on Monday ... and it won't hold a charge. I've been charging it 2x day. They had me try some things, and now they are sending me another one.

That puts the count at three fitbits. What's the carbon hit on that? I'll be hearing from Al Gore soon.

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Re: Fitbit One and Withings scale

Post by jennypenny » Mon Nov 16, 2015 7:29 am

So ... the next one they sent was the wrong size (small), so they sent yet another one. At least the latest one seems to be working.

That makes FOUR fitbits -- just to get my fat ass off the couch. *sigh*

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Re: Fitbit One and Withings scale

Post by jennypenny » Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:31 pm

The latest one isn't working. The battery charge only lasts a couple of hours now. I used gorilla glue to put the first one back together since that one seems to have the best innards.

Fitbit is officially off my Christmas card list. I'm tempted to stop wearing it anyway after reading Future Crimes. :shock:

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Re: Fitbit One and Withings scale

Post by jennypenny » Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:57 am

Dead again. I charged up the replacement that was too small and stuck it in my pocket for now. I hate fitbit.

To be fair, my son has one and has never had any trouble with it. He's convinced I emit some strange electromagnetic energy that's messing it up.

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Re: Fitbit One and Withings scale

Post by vexed87 » Mon Mar 21, 2016 5:09 am

@JP, how are you getting on with the fitbit? I can't believe you have had 4 already... :lol:

Does anyone use a heart rate watch/fitness trackers for serious exercise (not just walking around!)? E.g. HIIT sprints, calisthenics etc?

I'm trying to get into a habit of committing to a set of body weight exercises when I get home from work and figured a gadget would replace some of the discipline that I have lacked in maintaining these regimes over the long term.

I suppose I could make my own health tracking spreadsheet, that might do the job.

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Re: Fitbit One and Withings scale

Post by Ydobon » Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:02 am

I use the Fitbit Surge for run tracking. While the GPS seems reliable enough, I'd probably use a Garmin or similar if I was in training for anything other than not being a fat ass.

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Re: Fitbit One and Withings scale

Post by vexed87 » Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:35 am

Yeah I liked the look of the surge. Does it provide on screen feedback on HR zones?

I'd like a product that helps track HR zoning for HIIT, I had a HR monitor and smart phone app, but I think I'd like something easier to use and glance at (hence interest in the HR watches).

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Re: Fitbit One and Withings scale

Post by jennypenny » Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:36 am

@vexed87--They are all dead now. My family offered to buy me the new one (Alta?) for my birthday, but I can't decide if I want fitbit to get any more of my money.

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Re: Fitbit One and Withings scale

Post by jennypenny » Wed May 11, 2016 7:24 am

My boys bought me a new fitbit alta for mother's day because they were tired of hearing me complain about the other ones. So far, so good. I'm three days in and it still shows 1/2 of the battery life remaining. It's more comfortable and 'adult' looking. I don't think it's counting as many steps though, especially on normal activities like housework and gardening. :(

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Re: Fitbit One and Withings scale

Post by black_son_of_gray » Mon May 30, 2016 12:16 pm

http://www.bloomberglaw.com/public/desk ... 1464440183

There is a class action suit against FitBit with respect to the accuracy of their heart-rate monitoring features. Apparently it isn't very good, particularly for elevated heart rates e.g. like when you are exercising.

What I find most interesting in the arguments against FitBit has to do with manditory arbitration clauses. Basically, when you buy the FitBit, you have to make an account before you can use it. To make the account, you have to agree to terms and conditions that prevent you from suing FitBit if it doesn't work/isn't accurate. So before you can even see that it isn't accurate, you have signed away your rights to legal complaints that it isn't accurate. :geek: Not that uncommon actually.

Just FYI for the FitBit enthusiasts... I don't have one. But I am thinking about getting into the fitness tracker space if people have any recommendations.

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Re: Fitbit One and Withings scale

Post by jennypenny » Wed Jun 15, 2016 4:41 pm

Can I just say that I hate that fitbit can't accurately account for things like gardening or landscaping?! I busted my butt in the yard this week, and my step count is down.

I suppose I should just be happy that my new fitbit is still working. :P

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Re: Fitbit One and Withings scale

Post by Ego » Tue Sep 20, 2016 6:55 pm

Ego wrote:FWIW, When teaching spin I would encourage the class to cover the parts of the screen displaying miles, watts, calories burned, and heart rate, leaving only cadence visible. Instead of following the hard data I encouraged them to use perceived exertion and would constantly tell them to think about what they are feeling (40 times per class). Are you taking it easy? Can you push a little harder?

Invariable the hardcore data driven folks would reluctantly agree to me covering their screen with a sheet of paper but were always amazed at how much harder they pushed themselves and how much higher where their total watts/calories/miles when they didn't have moment by moment feedback but only gauged by feel.

My takeaway was that after a baseline fitness is reached using a data driven approach, the device begins to discourage the user to go above and beyond a particular point. In my experience, being fit is one part consistency, which the data encourages, and one part going to extremes, which the data discourages.

Activity Trackers May Undermine Weight Loss
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/27/well/ ... share&_r=0

After 18 months — and two years after the beginning of the study — all of the volunteers returned to the lab to repeat their measurements from the start.

Most were thinner now than at the start of the study (although many had regained some of the weight that they had lost during the first six months).

Those who had not worn activity monitors were, on average, about 13 pounds lighter now than two years ago.

Those who had worn the monitors, however, weighed only about 8 pounds less than at the start.

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“People may have focused on the technology and forgotten to focus on their behaviors”

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Re: Fitbit One and Withings scale

Post by jennypenny » Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:28 am

It probably depends on the type, too, and what you're using it for. I use a Fitbit Alta now. My favorite feature is that I can set an alarm that goes off @ :50 of every hour I haven't taken at least 250 steps. It reminds me to get up and at least stretch my legs when I'm stuck at my desk working. I don't think it's great at tracking my fitness activities (I've stopped wearing it for most of those) but I think it's good at helping people avoid being too sedentary and for tracking sleep patterns.

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Re: Fitbit One and Withings scale

Post by jennypenny » Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:48 pm

If anyone needs a band, the Fitbit Alta and Blaze accessory bands are half price at Dick's sporting goods. The leather bands are included in the sale. I grabbed the grey leather band for my Alta and I like it. It's more taupe than grey, which I think is better (more versatile). The extra bands for the Flex aren't on sale but I I already have a good band for that one. I wear the Flex when exercising and the Alta the rest of the day.

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