Post # 1
For Christmas I wanted a fitness watch to start tracking my calories from workouts. FI bought me one that is a bit uncomfortable on my wrist, and it requires wearing a heartbeat monitor that straps around my chest…I’m not sure if this is typical of all fitness watches but I’d prefer that I didn’t have to wear it.
I’ve been hearing about the FitBit a lot and might consider asking FI to swap them out. But how accurate can it be when it can just be stuffed in your pocket? How does it track the calories, is it even possible to take into account the heartbeat from that placement?
They just announced at CES a new product, the FitBit One, which looks like it does the same as the other product, except it’s a wristband (looks similar to Livestrong bands). I could definitely live with that, and I feel like that would give better tracking being right near a pulse than if it were in my pocket. But it’s not coming out until Spring and I wanted to know my calories burned yesterday.
So I’m just curious what Bees’ opinions are on the product.
EDIT TO ADD: I am specifically looking to monitor my activity in fitness classes and Insanity workouts, I can’t tell if this is just meant for overall daily activity.
Post # 3
@kmarie719: It’s pretty much for daily activity, walking and running. It won’t accurately record fitness classes etc.
I love mine, though. I clip it between my boobs (on my bra) and away I go. No idea if I’ve lost weight since wearing it, but I’m apparently a lot more active than I thought!
I’m still thinking about getting an HRM for the gym and other non-walking/running exercise, particularly as I’m starting a strength training regime on Monday.
Post # 4
It sounds like you want a proper heart rate monitor, and from what I’ve read Fitbit is more like a really cool step counter. The strap around your chest is the best way to monitor your heart rate (pulse isn’t really the same). I think there are HRM that are only watches though.
Post # 5
I got one for Christmas! It is a fun gadget I do not know how accurate it is. It does not monitor your heart rate I wish it did!
Post # 6
@auggiefrog: I agree, I got a watch with HRM for Christmas because I asked for the watch, I just didn’t realize they came with the HRM, I was hoping there was a better solution.
But I actually tried it the other night, and it wasn’t that bad-I hardly even noticed it!
Post # 7
My best friend, who is some health and fitness major in school, just got one. It’s like a fancy pedometer, as one PP said. If heart rate is what you’re after, then I don’t think the FitBit is what you’re looking for. My best friend loves it though.
Post # 8
I think that there are some other HRM that can strap to your arm – body bugg was one name I remember from my calorie counting days (which I am suppose to be back to…) but I am turned off by the $6.99/ month fee
I was looking at the fit bit as well but seems its just a step/movement measuring – on their forum it specifically says that the exercise I do most (elliptical, spin class, other aerobics) won’t get counted and I would have to manually enter (which is exactly what I don’t want to do)
if you find something that is HRM like without the chest strap and meant for all day wear I would be very interested
Post # 9
I have one it cam with my Xbox Kinect bundle. I use it when I do Zumba or any Cardio, so I can count my calories burn. then I plug the number into My Fitness Pal account.
Post # 10
The HRM you have now is more accurate than the FitBit. I have used one for over 10 years. You get used to the strap and it actually helps keep your breasts in place when doing cardio.
Post # 11
@Sunflower–girl: If your sports bra fits properly, the HRM band should do absolutely nothing towards supporting your bust.