Fitness tracker?

posted 2 weeks ago in Fitness
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2021 - Boulder, Colorado

I’ve had either a FitBit or an Apple Watch for several years and I love it! If you use them to track your heart rate and steps, it can help to motive. 🙂

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I’ve had multiple fitbits (Charge, Blaze, Versa), and currently using a Galaxy Watch 3

Fitbit was far better for activity tracking IMO. I hear the Apple Watch is pretty good too.

Do not rate the Galaxy watch. As in, I do for everything else, but definitely not for activity tracking. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2021 - Boulder, Colorado

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@sbl99:  I loved the FitBit Alta HR but mine would break every year. I replaced it a couple of times before finally switching to an Apple Watch. It’s held up so far (1.5 years in). I think it’s more water resistant and it’s great especially if you have an iPhone. For me, the FitBit was better for sleep and fitness tracking, but you can do the same with the Apple Watch.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

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@teainthemountains:  That’s funny you say that – I lost my Charge after about 18 months because the wrist-band broke. I submitted warranty claims for both my Blaze and my Versa due to battery issues within the first 6 months of owning each.

Like their OS and monitor tech is good, but the hardware is absolutely rubbish. 

But….as far as cost goes, they’re in the lower-mid range these days so I guess you get what you pay for?

If I had an iPhone I’d go Apple Watch without hesitation if Fitness Tracking was my key motivator. But I do like the look and versitility of the Galaxy Watch. It’s a nice accessory.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2021 - Boulder, Colorado

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@sbl99:  The Galaxy Watch does look really good! Yeah, I agree. The FitBit is generally at a much lower price point so it makes sense. I had issues with the band as well but those are easy to replace, except my dad lost his because the band broke. The watch mechanism itself just stopped turning on after about a year. Any luck with the warranty?

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

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@teainthemountains:  Yeah I got both replaced under warranty through FitBit – they just sent out a brand new watch both times. Very few questions asked – super easy.

Point is moot now, however, as I’ve had the Galaxy Watch for over a year now and it’s going great guns – no issues at all. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2021 - Boulder, Colorado

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@sbl99:  Same here but with the Apple Watch. It’s good to hear that they’re good about the warranty if OP does want to go with a FitBit!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

My dad and I both have had good experiences with our garmin watches. His is one of the ones that looks like a typical watch. And mine is the garmin vivosmart which looks more like a fitbit. The larger watches typically have a built in gps and the smaller ones (like mine) can use your phone’s gps if you want to.

It’s been really nice to be able to track my heart rate, stress, and activity throughout the day. And there are options to create an activity for walking, running, biking, yoga, and a bunch more things. I’ve found it helps to participate in the “challenges” through the app. You get randomly grouped with people who have a similar activity level as you and then you get ranked at the end of the week based on who has managed the most steps. It’s been a good way to get moving because I’m super competitive.

I’ve also found the watch itself comfortable and I pretty much wear it all the time.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2022

I have had a Fitbit Alta (no heart rate monitor) for the last 5 years and love it. I also wanted something to motivate me + simple. 

Pros: small and simple, I have it on a magnetic strap and people often think it’s jewelry. One charge = 1 week minimum. Relatively spashproof (showered with it and it was ok). Lasted me 5 years and counting. Pretty sturdy, I’ve dropped it and banged it up a lot and never had issues.

Pro or Con: It only gives really basic info like time and date, distance, calories, steps, battery life and next alarm time. If someone calls or texts, it vibrates but you dont know who it is.

Con: display is super simple, tapping twice to stop the alarm sometimes takes quite a few taps, not great if you want a watch that can differentiate between walking/running/stairs etc be super accurate on REM cycles

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2022

ha, just looked up and it looks like they discontinued the Alta, which tells me it probably wasnt very popular hahahah

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2021 - Boulder, Colorado

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@thecleverfoxgirl:  Oh damn hahaha. Just the Alta or also the Alta HR?

Post # 13
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Worker bee

I used Fitbit and now I’m with Apple watch, I can tell you I’m going through phases of liking/disliking them mostly because step goal thing makes me nervous and I’m always angry with myself when I don’t achieve the daily goal. At first it didn’t work like a good motivation for me, I motivated myself with an edited picture of myself (I just made myself slimmer in Photoworks and then printed the picture out to put on my fridge) and seeing the future result helped me to stay on track much better than the bracelet. Now I’m fine with not reaching the step goal and not fullfilling all the circles sometimes, but it was a real perfectionist’s struggle at first.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I have had trobule with multiple fitbits as well. The watches themselves are crap but the app is so easy to use and does a lot more han other platforms.

But just on the warranty. sbl99 is in Australia like me and our consumer affairs took fitbit to court over their warranty (which was rubbish) and they had to offer far more protctions here in Australia than other places in the world in order to keep selling here. It is why we can get a full refund rather than replacement for example.

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Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I have a garmin (vivosmart) and I like it. It is harder to use than the fitbit but once you get the hang of it, it is great. They are also economical compared to apple etc.

Tracks sleep, heart rate and activity. Also 50m waterproof so you can swim in it. It also tracks calories vs exercise if you link with myfitnesspal.

SWimming was my main concern after heart rate monitoring so I really looked into all the devices. None of them proved good coverage for swimming. They all mostly go 50m but it is only covered in water for 30mins. Apple seemed to offer the best for that 30mins as they have an inbuilt fan to push out water. 

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