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    I started using a Fitbit Force about 3 months ago (picture below). When I started wearing it I was going through a medical treatment that made it very hard to get out and exercise much. So I was able to get about two weeks of baseline data to compare my improvement with. First the reason I chose the Fitbit Force was it got the highest rating in Consumer Reports of all fitness monitors tested. It won't do you any good if you buy one and then don't want to wear it for whatever reason.



    Anyway my personal experience using it has been very good. My average day spent at home without going out anywhere is around 3000 steps. It does record calories burned and distance traveled, plus a few other functions. But for me I'm going to focus on the steps taken. The target activity it recommends a daily activity of 10,000 steps. So my problem was to find ways to keep getting me closer to making my daily activity reach 10,000 steps on the device. Well two days ago I had my first 10,000 step day since I started wearing the device. I had to go to the gym twice that day to make it.

    When I use the treadmill I average about 100 steps per minute at 3 mph setting. So 30 minutes on the treadmill equals about 3,000 steps.

    This device has a USB plug for my Windows 7 computer and keeps a program on my computer updated wirelessly. I can view the Dashboard at any time (Screen shot below) for a current status. Plus I get weekly reports sent to my email, so I can more easily monitor my weekly progress and I have been improving every week. Before I got this device, I had trouble going to the gym 4 times every week and doing just 20 minutes on the treadmill. Now I get up and look forward to going to the gym every day and I never do less than 30 minutes on the treadmill. That's an attitude adjustment I couldn't make without using the device.

    I would recommend one for anyone that wants to achieve a more active life style but seems to be having a problem doing it.



    Note: The new smartphone Galaxy S5 now monitors your steps and heart rate. So fitness monitors are going to get a big boost as the major large companies get on this bandwagon.

    I would be very interested in the personal experience of others that have fitness/activity monitors, and will also answer any questions from anyone who is interested in them.


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    I'm glad that it is working for you, Bad Robot, and also that you are not one of the 10,000 users who have experienced contact dermatitis, some even blistering.

    The startup company's activity and sleep tracking wearable gave almost 10,000 users rashes in the US and Canada. A Fitbit Force recall in February has taken it off the market for the time being with the promise of a new version that people aren't allergic to.
    Fitbit Force review | Gadgets Reviews | TechRadar

    Just out of curiosity, where is the device made?

    Personally, I do not care for electronic devices anywhere near my body and for years I wore only a wind up wrist watch because battery operated ones quickly stopped working on my person. I finally went to a Timex watch that seems to be a good battery operated, stainless steel backed unit.

    This Fitbit technology would not be suited to me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    I'm glad that it is working for you, Bad Robot, and also that you are not one of the 10,000 users who have experienced contact dermatitis, some even blistering.

    The startup company's activity and sleep tracking wearable gave almost 10,000 users rashes in the US and Canada. A Fitbit Force recall in February has taken it off the market for the time being with the promise of a new version that people aren't allergic to.
    Fitbit Force review | Gadgets Reviews | TechRadar

    Just out of curiosity, where is the device made?

    Personally, I do not care for electronic devices anywhere near my body and for years I wore only a wind up wrist watch because battery operated ones quickly stopped working on my person. I finally went to a Timex watch that seems to be a good battery operated, stainless steel backed unit.

    This Fitbit technology would not be suited to me.
    Fitbit - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Everything you want to know)

    And yes, I haven't had any problems with it. They are claiming it has only affected 1% of their users and that's enough for them to fix the problem. They use a rechargeable battery that uses a powered USB port to charge up with, only about an hour once a week. It's supposed to be water proof, but I do take it off when I shower. There are 100's of different fitness trackers, I just happen to like the one that fits my wrist for the convenience of it. It will be interesting to compare it to the Galaxy S5 smartphone which I'm planning on upgrading to next month.

    I already know your over 10,000 steps a day as you still go to work and work and play around your house. Much more active than me. These devices record steps during other types of movement, so I think if you were out riding your horses it would rack up a nice number of steps for you. It's not really a pedometer, it's more of an activity monitor feedback device. For instance if I go food shopping I know I'll add about 1000 steps to the monitor. Every type of running around I do has a ballpark number of steps that will be added to my monitor. Another translation is every 1000 steps is very close to half a mile in distance. On my 10,200 steps day I was just a 2 tenths of a mile short of 5 miles for the day.
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    Fitbit Inc. is a company headquartered in San Francisco, California, United States. Founded and managed by James Park and Eric Friedman, the company is known for its products of the same name, which are activity trackers, wireless-enabled wearable devices that measure data such as the number of steps walked, quality of sleep, and other personal metrics. The first of these was the Fitbit Tracker. The average price of a Fitbit is between $60 and $130, depending on the model.[2] However, data cannot be downloaded off the Fitbit website unless one pays the premium membership price of $49 per year. Intraday data analysis cannot be downloaded at all.[3]
    Membership price of $49.99/year to download data and use the analysis tools. Some seriously savvy people behind this device when it comes to making money.

    I think I'll stick to my GPS for keeping track of the distance that I ride the horses and as for me, well after all these years of dashing about, I am definitely 'a high miler'.
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    Whew, thought for a minute there that Scheherazade was talking about being a mile high'er *chuckle*
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    Quote Originally Posted by babe View Post
    Whew, thought for a minute there that Scheherazade was talking about being a mile high'er *chuckle*
    Sounds like a good way to put a few steps on the device.
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    For a fitness monitor, I use single, same-age members of the opposite gender, and the methodology covers: weight, buffness, stature, somatic and facial symmetry, countenance, BO, amount of hair (scalp (+), nose (), ears (), eyebrows (), etc), cuteness/charm, abs, buns, dental health (enumeration, brilliance and halitosis), manicure (trim (+), polish (), etc), etc ... as well as fashion sense, matching socks, etc.

    Unfortunately, I have yet to obtain any positive results.

    I suspect faulty instrumentation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrmonroe View Post
    For a fitness monitor, I use single, same-age members of the opposite gender, and the methodology covers: weight, buffness, stature, somatic and facial symmetry, countenance, BO, amount of hair (scalp (+), nose (), ears (), eyebrows (), etc), cuteness/charm, abs, buns, dental health (enumeration, brilliance and halitosis), manicure (trim (+), polish (), etc), etc ... as well as fashion sense, matching socks, etc.

    Unfortunately, I have yet to obtain any positive results.

    I suspect faulty instrumentation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrmonroe View Post
    For a fitness monitor, I use single, same-age members of the opposite gender, and the methodology covers: weight, buffness, stature, somatic and facial symmetry, countenance, BO, amount of hair (scalp (+), nose (–), ears (–), eyebrows (–), etc), cuteness/charm, abs, buns, dental health (enumeration, brilliance and halitosis), manicure (trim (+), polish (–), etc), etc ... as well as fashion sense, matching socks, etc.

    Unfortunately, I have yet to obtain any positive results.

    I suspect faulty instrumentation.
    ya need to get fied....cause my "weight, buffness, stature, somatic and facial symmetry, countenance, BO, amount of hair (scalp (+), nose (–), ears (–), eyebrows (–), etc), cuteness/charm, abs, buns, dental health (enumeration, brilliance and halitosis), manicure (trim (+), polish (–), etc), etc ... as well as fashion sense, matching socks, etc.

    are in great working order and always available....along with a wicked sense of humor...a decent golf game....and a joy of life .......
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    Email about a voluntary recall of the Fitbit Force tracker. Since I'm not having a problem I won't be sending mine in for a full refund.

    A letter from the CEO
    February 20, 2014
    To the Fitbit Force Community,

    I co-founded Fitbit in 2007 to help people lead healthier, more active lives. We have been thrilled by your response to our products, and are committed to customer satisfaction. Late last year, we began selling Fitbit Force, our most advanced activity tracker. Recently, some Force users have reported skin irritation. While only 1.7% of Force users have reported any type of skin irritation, we care about every one of our customers. On behalf of the entire Fitbit team, I want to apologize to anyone affected.
    From the beginning, we have taken this matter very seriously. We hired independent labs and medical experts to conduct a thorough investigation. Here’s what we know:

    • Independent test results have not found any issues with the battery or electrical systems.
    • Test results show that users are likely experiencing allergic contact dermatitis.
    • All Force materials are commonly used in consumer products. However, some users may be reacting to the nickel present in the surgical grade stainless steel used in the device. Other users are likely experiencing an allergic reaction to the materials used in the strap or the adhesives used to assemble the product.

    We have now learned enough to take further action. We have stopped selling Force and have decided to conduct a voluntary recall. We are offering a refund directly to consumers for full retail price. For additional information related to the recall, we have set up a dedicated page on our website and a call center at 888-656-6381.

    To our Force community, rest assured we’re working on our next-generation tracker and will announce news about it soon.

    Thank you for your continued loyalty and support.

    Sincerely,
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    A great many people are sensitive to many of the man made materials from which bands and straps are made of. Any material which can potentially restrict airflow to the skin can cause a problem, in humans and also in horses.

    I recall using a very nice nylon breast plate on my horse when I went on a mountain climbing expedition. The strap was designed to help hold the saddle in place while negotiating the steep terrain.

    Two days after the trip, I saw that the horse's skin was all wrinkly where the straps had been and all of the hair proceeded to fall off and took some time to regrow. The skin was not rubbed or damaged but the heat exerted by the climb effectively 'poached' her skin and caused the resulting hair loss and shedding of epidermis. I disposed of the breast plate.

    Many people react to latex and to the adhesives used on bandaids and medical tape. It is far more common than most people realize.

    As you do not seem to be affected, the technology and it's various components are obviously of benefit to you. The manufacturers could also use hypoallergenic components to minimize reactions but these components cost more and would impact the profit margin. A small number of complaints are always budgeted for and if the cost of litigation is less than the savings from cheaper sourcing, so it goes.

    I work in retail and I am well aware of the optics of ethics as relates to profit margins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    A great many people are sensitive to many of the man made materials from which bands and straps are made of. Any material which can potentially restrict airflow to the skin can cause a problem, in humans and also in horses.

    I recall using a very nice nylon breast plate on my horse when I went on a mountain climbing expedition. The strap was designed to help hold the saddle in place while negotiating the steep terrain.

    Two days after the trip, I saw that the horse's skin was all wrinkly where the straps had been and all of the hair proceeded to fall off and took some time to regrow. The skin was not rubbed or damaged but the heat exerted by the climb effectively 'poached' her skin and caused the resulting hair loss and shedding of epidermis. I disposed of the breast plate.

    Many people react to latex and to the adhesives used on bandaids and medical tape. It is far more common than most people realize.

    As you do not seem to be affected, the technology and it's various components are obviously of benefit to you. The manufacturers could also use hypoallergenic components to minimize reactions but these components cost more and would impact the profit margin. A small number of complaints are always budgeted for and if the cost of litigation is less than the savings from cheaper sourcing, so it goes.

    I work in retail and I am well aware of the optics of ethics as relates to profit margins.
    As they said they use stainless steel in the port that charges the device and I have known people that are very sensitive to nickle, even in very low doses. That port is directly pressed against the skin.
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    This is a snapshot of part of my weekly Fitbit report. My best week so far. Each day is measured from 12:00 midnight to 12:00 midnight and the 7 days are Sunday through Saturday.

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    I see that the device also records weight gain/loss and sleep. You have not been tracking your sleep yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    I see that the device also records weight gain/loss and sleep. You have not been tracking your sleep yet?
    You have to manually put in those figures, and I can't see either one of those things changing so I don't bother.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scheherazade View Post
    I see that the device also records weight gain/loss and sleep. You have not been tracking your sleep yet?
    His real name is Don Juan......he doesn't sleep!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Robot View Post
    I started using a Fitbit Force about 3 months ago (picture below). When I started wearing it I was going through a medical treatment that made it very hard to get out and exercise much. So I was able to get about two weeks of baseline data to compare my improvement with. First the reason I chose the Fitbit Force was it got the highest rating in Consumer Reports of all fitness monitors tested. It won't do you any good if you buy one and then don't want to wear it for whatever reason.


    Anyway my personal experience using it has been very good. My average day spent at home without going out anywhere is around 3000 steps. It does record calories burned and distance traveled, plus a few other functions. But for me I'm going to focus on the steps taken. The target activity it recommends a daily activity of 10,000 steps. So my problem was to find ways to keep getting me closer to making my daily activity reach 10,000 steps on the device. Well two days ago I had my first 10,000 step day since I started wearing the device. I had to go to the gym twice that day to make it.

    When I use the treadmill I average about 100 steps per minute at 3 mph setting. So 30 minutes on the treadmill equals about 3,000 steps.

    This device has a USB plug for my Windows 7 computer and keeps a program on my computer updated wirelessly. I can view the Dashboard at any time (Screen shot below) for a current status. Plus I get weekly reports sent to my email, so I can more easily monitor my weekly progress and I have been improving every week. Before I got this device, I had trouble going to the gym 4 times every week and doing just 20 minutes on the treadmill. Now I get up and look forward to going to the gym every day and I never do less than 30 minutes on the treadmill. That's an attitude adjustment I couldn't make without using the device.

    I would recommend one for anyone that wants to achieve a more active life style but seems to be having a problem doing it.



    Note: The new smartphone Galaxy S5 now monitors your steps and heart rate. So fitness monitors are going to get a big boost as the major large companies get on this bandwagon.

    I would be very interested in the personal experience of others that have fitness/activity monitors, and will also answer any questions from anyone who is interested in them.
    I am pleased that this device is helping you to exercise on a regular basis, if it works, who cares what it is. I was thinking about your treadmill regime. I occasionally run on treadmills, and after about ten minutes of marking time I feel suicidal. It is now spring ( I think ) summer is on the way, lots of other walkers will be venturing out, birds are singing, the sun may be shining, plenty of fresh air. Just a thought.
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    If the band is rubber. I can't wear it. I am allergic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by babe View Post
    If the band is rubber. I can't wear it. I am allergic.
    No rubber.

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    Good point, but the old people in my neighborhood don't get out for daily power walks. What the tracker does is give you some numbers to work with. How you get and change the numbers is your business. I do know that I don't care as much if I don't get a close parking space anymore. In any event I know that for every 10 minutes on the treadmill, I give myself another thousand steps on the tracker. But then going food shopping does about the same thing (another 1000 steps).
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    I can hardly wait to get back to the gym and my power walks. I personally work at keeping a tight butt!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by babe View Post
    If the band is rubber. I can't wear it. I am allergic.
    No rubber.

    Dave

    Good point, but the old people in my neighborhood don't get out for daily power walks. What the tracker does is give you some numbers to work with. How you get and change the numbers is your business. I do know that I don't care as much if I don't get a close parking space anymore. In any event I know that for every 10 minutes on the treadmill, I give myself another thousand steps on the tracker. But then going food shopping does about the same thing (another 1000 steps).
    Yow, go for it dude.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Wilson View Post
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    If the band is rubber. I can't wear it. I am allergic.
    No rubber.

    Dave

    Good point, but the old people in my neighborhood don't get out for daily power walks. What the tracker does is give you some numbers to work with. How you get and change the numbers is your business. I do know that I don't care as much if I don't get a close parking space anymore. In any event I know that for every 10 minutes on the treadmill, I give myself another thousand steps on the tracker. But then going food shopping does about the same thing (another 1000 steps).
    Yow, go for it dude.
    Actually having a 10,000 step day isn't that hard, but trying to do it every day is a very tough cookie to crack. But it's a worthy goal to keep working on achieving. I put 2 miles on the treadmill this morning (at 3 mph that's 40 minutes). By 1:00 pm I have about 6,000 steps. If I wasn't retired it would be no trouble getting 10,000 steps with less time on the treadmill. But I am retired and living in a small town, where I have no friends and they roll up the sidewalks at about 8:00 pm every night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Robot View Post
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    If the band is rubber. I can't wear it. I am allergic.
    No rubber.

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    Good point, but the old people in my neighborhood don't get out for daily power walks. What the tracker does is give you some numbers to work with. How you get and change the numbers is your business. I do know that I don't care as much if I don't get a close parking space anymore. In any event I know that for every 10 minutes on the treadmill, I give myself another thousand steps on the tracker. But then going food shopping does about the same thing (another 1000 steps).
    Yow, go for it dude.
    Actually having a 10,000 step day isn't that hard, but trying to do it every day is a very tough cooky to crack. But it's a worthy goal to keep working on achieving. I put 2 miles on the treadmill this morning (at 3 mph that's 40 minutes). By 1:00 pm I have about 6,000 steps. If I wasn't retired it would be no trouble getting 10,000 steps with less time on the treadmill. But I am retired and living in a small town, where I have no friends and they roll up the sidewalks at about 8:00 pm every night.
    I was just wondering, is your gym in walking distance from your home ?
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    Mine is, but........I prefer my power beach walk....instead....gym separate! *S*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Wilson View Post

    I was just wondering, is your gym in walking distance from your home ?
    A little less than 2 miles I think. But here in Washington it's frequently cold and wet out. The gym is always the same temperature and they have a fan I can use to keep me from over heating during my workout. Next, the more time you spend on the workouts the more you need to fight boredom. If you are outside and walking alone, you very quickly travel every route you can take and get very bored. The treadmill has a TV you can watch while you workout.

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    I used to live by a beach (a long time ago).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Robot View Post
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    I was just wondering, is your gym in walking distance from your home ?
    A little less than 2 miles I think. But here in Washington it's frequently cold and wet out. The gym is always the same temperature and they have a fan I can use to keep me from over heating during my workout. Next, the more time you spend on the workouts the more you need to fight boredom. If you are outside and walking alone, you very quickly travel every route you can take and get very bored. The treadmill has a TV you can watch while you workout.

    babe

    I used to live by a beach (a long time ago).
    You mean you become "HOT" I the gym? What happens when you are not in the gym......you become plain? *L* and *ducking*....


    Bad ROBOT, *evil grin*.......a sandy beach?

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    I was just wondering, is your gym in walking distance from your home ?
    A little less than 2 miles I think. But here in Washington it's frequently cold and wet out. The gym is always the same temperature and they have a fan I can use to keep me from over heating during my workout. Next, the more time you spend on the workouts the more you need to fight boredom. If you are outside and walking alone, you very quickly travel every route you can take and get very bored. The treadmill has a TV you can watch while you workout.

    babe

    I used to live by a beach (a long time ago).
    You mean you become "HOT" I the gym? What happens when you are not in the gym......you become plain? *L* and *ducking*....


    Bad ROBOT, *evil grin*.......a sandy beach?

    Cause my GF is called "SANDY BEACH".....
    And breaking up is hard to do.
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    I was just wondering, is your gym in walking distance from your home ?
    A little less than 2 miles I think. But here in Washington it's frequently cold and wet out. The gym is always the same temperature and they have a fan I can use to keep me from over heating during my workout. Next, the more time you spend on the workouts the more you need to fight boredom. If you are outside and walking alone, you very quickly travel every route you can take and get very bored. The treadmill has a TV you can watch while you workout.

    babe

    I used to live by a beach (a long time ago).
    You mean you become "HOT" I the gym? What happens when you are not in the gym......you become plain? *L* and *ducking*....


    Bad ROBOT, *evil grin*.......a sandy beach?

    Cause my GF is called "SANDY BEACH".....
    And breaking up is hard to do.


    are you dumping me......like an abalone shell?
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    I was just wondering, is your gym in walking distance from your home ?
    A little less than 2 miles I think. But here in Washington it's frequently cold and wet out. The gym is always the same temperature and they have a fan I can use to keep me from over heating during my workout. Next, the more time you spend on the workouts the more you need to fight boredom. If you are outside and walking alone, you very quickly travel every route you can take and get very bored. The treadmill has a TV you can watch while you workout.

    babe

    I used to live by a beach (a long time ago).
    You mean you become "HOT" I the gym? What happens when you are not in the gym......you become plain? *L* and *ducking*....


    Bad ROBOT, *evil grin*.......a sandy beach?

    Cause my GF is called "SANDY BEACH".....
    And breaking up is hard to do.


    are you dumping me......like an abalone shell?
    I really miss my Sandy Beach.
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    are you dumping me......like an abalone shell?[/QUOTE]

    I really miss my Sandy Beach.[/QUOTE]

    If you ever come this way, I will show you mine and share it's beauty!!!
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