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Fitness Watch - Fitness Band - Fitness Tracker

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hello from The Rock, Little Rock.

Trying to come up with a Christmas idea for myself and I was looking at Fitness Bands (FitBit, Basis, Pebble, Mio, etc)

Anyone have any thoughts/experience/preference for a fitness watch/band that would be good for general use? I hit the gym about 3 times a week and ride my road bike (Orbea) 50 to 75 miles per week.

Thanks!

Michael
post #2 of 6

Fitness bands are for folks who what to measure how much time they spend on their butt. Those whose get fit plan is to drink diet soda and buy a gadget to post the results of facebook or twitter.

 

My understanding is that they are glorified pedometers. An accelerometer that measures the relative movement on one part of your body. It wouldn't help you judge the intensity of any workout - cycling would be especially bad. I suspect that certain forms of web browsing would result in higher estimated calories burned than cycling..

 

I you are only looking to track the amount of time that you are not sedentary, then maybe it would be helpful. For the cost of the units I could find in my few minutes of research, a good heart rate monitor or cycle computer would be far more useful.

 

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/12/how-accurate-are-fitness-monitors/


Edited by maydog - 11/15/13 at 1:36pm
post #3 of 6

"I suspect that certain forms of web browsing would result in higher estimated calories burned than cycling.."

 

Damnit! I had Coke Zero snorting out my nostrils!

post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys.

Maydog, thank you for the article. I found several reviews echoing your position. Looks like I'm going to stick with Strava and find a decent Heart Rate Monitor. Or maybe go with a Polar RC3 to combine the two.

Bob - thanks for the post, I hope you didn't fry your nostrils!

Michael
post #5 of 6

FWIW, I just had a nearly new Cateye ANT+ heart rate strap fail. Cateye sent me a replacement, no questions asked. Good folks.

post #6 of 6

I was searching the web for fitness watch info and came across this thread and thought I'd chime in.  If you are looking to track your workout activity, then, as another user mentioned, the basic fitness bracelets and footstep monitors might not be that helpful.

 

For a workout, you'd want a device that is designed for that area.  I read this article on workout watches that mentions some good devices. You might want heart rate monitoring, some GPS and so on.  But it sounds like you've mostly figured it out, so this post might not be that helpful, lol.

 

polar has a good reputation from what I've seen.

 

anyway good luck! :)

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