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Do I need a Fitbit?

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newrecruit Sun 11-Jan-15 19:42:41

Honestly. Do they actually help it just a bit of a gimmick.

I have about 3 stone to lose but haven't quite got round to starting yet. hmm

aimingforthesky Sun 11-Jan-15 19:54:41

No you don't need one but I love mine.

I've had a fit bit flex for 2weeks now and have just gone for a short walk to get to my 10000 step goal. Not sure how many calories it really burns but it helps to keep me out of the fridge and I certainly feel healthier. Great satisfaction when the wristband vibrates to tell you the target has been reached, but much cheaper to get a simple pedometer if you just want to log your steps!

MagpieCursedTea Sun 11-Jan-15 19:56:58

What kind of phone do you have? My iPhone logs all my steps and has a bunch of other things with the built in health app.

grumblepuss Sun 11-Jan-15 20:02:28

You don't NEED one, but if it works as motivation, gets you moving, helps you loose weight etc. Then maybe a good investment?
I like a good gadget, I'm waiting for the one which measures your heart rate to be sold in the UK.

bertiebogtrotter Sun 11-Jan-15 20:05:20

I love mine and it has definitely helped me become more active. I got a flex in September and there are not many days since then that I haven't hit my target of 10k steps, even if that means running round the house or on the spot while I watch TV!

The sleep tracker is quite interesting but I don't remember to put it in sleep mode much now.

FullOfChoc Sun 11-Jan-15 21:03:39

Do you think it accurately tells you how many calories you use?

I have a heart rate monitor, which is set with my age and weight. I think that must be pretty accurate?

My Iphone tracks my steps and links into my fitness pal. It seems stingy with calories burnt - or is that wishful thinking!

StatisticallyChallenged Mon 12-Jan-15 19:02:22

I bought a cheapy fitbug to see if I would like it - I've just ordered a Fitbit charge HR (from the US) as I really find it motivating but wanted something better!

whatsagoodusername Mon 12-Jan-15 19:13:19

I was considering getting one too. What iPhone apps are people using instead?

FullOfChoc Mon 12-Jan-15 19:45:42

I am looking at this one.

FullOfChoc Mon 12-Jan-15 19:48:44

Whatsa - I use runkeeper on my phone. I don't think it's accurate with my calories burnt though, loads less than my heart rate monitor says.

FullOfChoc Mon 12-Jan-15 19:49:31

Stats- let me know what you think when it turns up please.

StatisticallyChallenged Mon 12-Jan-15 19:50:28

Will report back - I eventually got fed up of waiting for them to release it here!

grumblepuss Mon 12-Jan-15 19:53:46

statistical - where did you find it? How much and did they have it in purple?

feckitall Mon 12-Jan-15 19:54:43

I posted in exercise..I've been looking at activity trackers and apps. I have a pedometer on my phone that seems quite accurate but I would like a tracker to monitor my sporting activity(up to 5 hours a week) as it is quite physical and having my phone on me isn't practical or safe.

FullOfChoc Mon 12-Jan-15 19:55:31

I liked the purple / plum too. But thought the black would go with everything. What did you go for Stats?

MagpieCursedTea Mon 12-Jan-15 19:55:44

Whatsa - I just use the health app that came with the last big iOS update.

Only1scoop Mon 12-Jan-15 19:55:45

I've had one for Christmas it's still in the box....

StatisticallyChallenged Mon 12-Jan-15 19:55:57

It's not out anywhere in the purple yet - the fitbit US site is showing 6-8 weeks for it. Very annoying as I want purple!

I ordered it from Brookstone, ended up being £150 including express shipping and UK takes etc. More expensive but it's helping keep me motivated so I don't care (and DH kindly donated, I bought him a fitbit one recently)

I was holding on to see if it would be released here but they just keep saying variants of "soon" and "early 2015" on facebook!

NotEntirelyWhelmed Mon 12-Jan-15 20:00:24

I have lost nine kilos since mid-November using the Fitbit. I am totally addicted to checking my stats.

FullOfChoc Mon 12-Jan-15 20:07:23

Sorry to keep on stats, but which size did you go for?

I just can't wait for it to arrive and you to try it!

Black will go with everything.

FullOfChoc Mon 12-Jan-15 20:08:34

Notentirely well done on the 9 kilos! - you are encouraging us to spend money in January...

StatisticallyChallenged Mon 12-Jan-15 20:08:42

I got the small - my wrists and hands are about the only small part of me grin

I went for black as I'm impatient, I want my new toy!

FullOfChoc Mon 12-Jan-15 20:09:44

Not for long! Once you get your fitbit all of you will get small!

newrecruit Mon 12-Jan-15 20:09:55

I have the health app but I only have an iPhone4 so it doesn't gather any data confused.

I use Nike+ to track my running.

Do you think I would just be better upgrading my phone. It tends to be with me at all times and I have an armband for running.

Racmactac Mon 12-Jan-15 20:58:33

I got the Fitbit charge and have been using it for about a week and I really like it.
Anyone want to be my Fitbit friend?

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