Fitbit (and other!) activity monitor track-all

Docjoe wrote:

I'll second the Blaze. I have a first gen Apple Watch but the short battery life was driving me nuts.

That's strange. After two full years with one, only now am I starting to wonder about the battery life, even with it tracking workouts.

Ended up just going with the free replacement. Until I'm physically active enough to justify it I don't think I need to spend more money. Plus there are some sleeves you can slide on the FitBit Charge HR and keep it together.

So garmin finally decides to refresh the Vivoactive line and the big new feature is.......

Garmin Pay

WTF garmin! I've been waiting forever for onboard music storage so I can leave my phone at home. Now that you have not given me a reason to leave my phone at home I might as well use it to pay for things instead of another crappy pay system. Seems real backward. It's like it was designed with thoughts of money pouring in from transaction fees when, in reality, no end user asked for this.

EvilDead wrote:

So garmin finally decides to refresh the Vivoactive line and the big new feature is.......

Garmin Pay

WTF garmin! I've been waiting forever for onboard music storage so I can leave my phone at home. Now that you have not given me a reason to leave my phone at home I might as well use it to pay for things instead of another crappy pay system. Seems real backward. It's like it was designed with thoughts of money pouring in from transaction fees when, in reality, no end user asked for this.

Perhaps you would be interested in a Fitbit Ionic?

Yeah, that perked my interest but that is a definite wait and see. I see complaints of fitbit bands breaking and poor GPS all over the comment sections on Fitbit news. Scares me off a little after having a solid experience with Garmin watches being tough and working really well.

For those of you with trackers -- when do you charge them? I know they should only need a charge twice a week, but if you're using them all day to monitor your steps, and all night to monitor your sleep, when do you take them off to give them a charge?

"At work" doesn't fit my profile -- that's one of the places I really want to track steps, and I'm not sitting at a desk anyway. And I think it will be valuable to have the tracker on-wrist when I'm sitting at the computer at home, to give me that "get up and move" reminder.

Katy wrote:

For those of you with trackers -- when do you charge them? I know they should only need a charge twice a week, but if you're using them all day to monitor your steps, and all night to monitor your sleep, when do you take them off to give them a charge?

"At work" doesn't fit my profile -- that's one of the places I really want to track steps, and I'm not sitting at a desk anyway. And I think it will be valuable to have the tracker on-wrist when I'm sitting at the computer at home, to give me that "get up and move" reminder.

I charge my Fitbit Alta while I do my morning routine (shower, shave, and brush teeth). That's almost always enough time to stay fullish.

kaostheory wrote:
Katy wrote:

For those of you with trackers -- when do you charge them? I know they should only need a charge twice a week, but if you're using them all day to monitor your steps, and all night to monitor your sleep, when do you take them off to give them a charge?

"At work" doesn't fit my profile -- that's one of the places I really want to track steps, and I'm not sitting at a desk anyway. And I think it will be valuable to have the tracker on-wrist when I'm sitting at the computer at home, to give me that "get up and move" reminder.

I charge my Fitbit Alta while I do my morning routine (shower, shave, and brush teeth). That's almost always enough time to stay fullish.

I don't track sleep so I charge it with my Bluetooth headphones overnight. I have a Fitbit Charge HR. It might charge more quickly than that, but I know my sleep is crap so I just charge when I'm sleeping.

My Garmin Vivoactive lasts 10-14 days between charges. I throw it on the charger when it is below 20% and after I've done my evening workout (around 7PM every 1-2 weeks). It's ready to throw back on the wrist at 9PM.

I vaguely recall that this may have been discussed earlier in the thread, but does anybody know of any good/decent fitness trackers that do not require/use cloud storage?

Is anyone interested in doing weekly challenges in the GWJ Fitness Community. I kind of forgot about this but I need to get back into pushing my steps each day.

//www.fitbit.com/user/48JN89

My public profile if anyone wants to add me.

I'm certainly up for challenges. I clearly need a bit of a push now that the weather's turned. (On the other hand, hooray for snow, and may it stick around and accumulate enough for some good skiing and snowshoeing).

I sent you a friend request. Anyone else, I am over here.

Overall I think it's been good for getting me out and walking, and I'm thinking of upgrading from the basic Flex2 to something with an actual watch included, because having not-a-watch on my wrist is starting to really irritate me.

I am pleasantly surprised by Samsung Gear Fit 2 Small. Bought it on a whim when Verizon was selling it for $70, and liked it so much that it completely replaced my daily wristwatch.

It's not bulky, has an excellent screen has a very polished interface, and some very good core apps. It's technically a fitness tracker, not a smartwatch -- but it does probably 95% for me of what a true smartwatch would do, without any smartwatch baggage (size, weight, short battery life).

And the watch aspect is great, down to customizable watch faces with various complications.

I'm the Rob S. that friended you, and here's me for anyone else interested:
https://www.fitbit.com/user/2PTWNB

I actually tend to walk a lot, but I'm not so great at remembering to wear the Fitbit - viz: today, when I took it off after a trip to the grocery store to charge it, and then promptly forgot to put it back on before I left for work.

Tanglebones wrote:

I'm the Rob S. that friended you, and here's me for anyone else interested:
https://www.fitbit.com/user/2PTWNB

I actually tend to walk a lot, but I'm not so great at remembering to wear the Fitbit - viz: today, when I took it off after a trip to the grocery store to charge it, and then promptly forgot to put it back on before I left for work.

Yep, I do this all the time. I need to just be better at charging it every morning while getting ready instead of waiting until it completely dies on the weekend and then forgetting to put it back on until Monday. That kills my average daily steps! lol.

I sent friend requests to everyone who listed their profile. Mine's here.

Katy wrote:

Overall I think it's been good for getting me out and walking, and I'm thinking of upgrading from the basic Flex2 to something with an actual watch included, because having not-a-watch on my wrist is starting to really irritate me.

I used to use Miband, but I really hated it has no watch. Cue in Fitbit Alta (a friend gave me his, because he didn't use it) and I really enjoy it. Nicely customizable and silent alarms are really great when I want to wake up at 5.30AM to go practice a piano and don't want to wake my wife up with phone alarm.

My profile. I've sent requests to everyone who has posted their page.

There's also a GWJ group to join.

I picked up a new Fitbit Blaze a few weeks ago, replacing my then-bricked Fitbit Charge HR (firmware update went wonky, but the device was 2 or 3 years old by that point, so I wasn't too upset). The Blaze is nice and bright and shiny, with plenty of features that I'll never use. Thumbs-up.

Oh, cool, I didn't realize this was a thing here.

Here's my profile. I'll go through now and add other profiles listed here.

What is the least expensive viable fitness tracker that you know of?

I'm asking for ms. bravado, who wants something that she can wear on her wrist. It just needs to count steps, calculate mileage, and have its own display (time a plus). The challenge is that money is real tight -- she's in grad school, and I'm in the early stages of getting my second career started.

merphle wrote:

My profile. I've sent requests to everyone who has posted their page.

There's also a GWJ group to join.

I picked up a new Fitbit Blaze a few weeks ago, replacing my then-bricked Fitbit Charge HR (firmware update went wonky, but the device was 2 or 3 years old by that point, so I wasn't too upset). The Blaze is nice and bright and shiny, with plenty of features that I'll never use. Thumbs-up.

Joined the group. Awesome!

I joined the group. Someone must be in what my wife calls "the business" she has 72k steps this month already! (My wife is a bartender so crushes me in fitbit steps every day!)

I joined up as well:)

misplacedbravado wrote:

What is the least expensive viable fitness tracker that you know of?

I'm asking for ms. bravado, who wants something that she can wear on her wrist. It just needs to count steps, calculate mileage, and have its own display (time a plus). The challenge is that money is real tight -- she's in grad school, and I'm in the early stages of getting my second career started.

The ones without a display tend to be cheaper, but if ms. bravado has an iPhone 5s or newer, Fitbit can just use its data (it just won't trust it for competitions). Having a display to accurately tell time can adds a lot to the cost of the device, at least for the ones you want to integrate with Fitbit.

I sent off an invite to a bunch of people in the GWJ group. We should try one of the adventure races together.

I just picked up an Ionic this afternoon so joined the GWJ group.

Holy hell Hannah you are killing it whoever you are!

We had ice and sow around here for 4 or 5 days so I'll be glad to get back on the (step) wagon tomorrow !

Katy wrote:

I sent off an invite to a bunch of people in the GWJ group. We should try one of the adventure races together.

Hahah I was wondering who this was! I accepted the invite and then basically invited everyone on your friend's list. Definitely interested in starting something since I need motivation to get back on the step train.

Ok I spammed the top 10 on the GWJ list with friend requests (will be coming from Joe L.). Can’t get the group to show on the app though?

Also any Ionic owners out there with words of advice? I knew this would be the case before buying but the app selection compared to my iWatch is.......sparse. But love the idea of a 5 day charge and hopefully I’ll stop missing text messages now.

I just did a workweek challenge and invited as many GWJ people as I recognized on my friends list. If I missed you please post your username.

Sydhart wrote:

I just did a workweek challenge and invited as many GWJ people as I recognized on my friends list. If I missed you please post your username.

Here is me I believe - feel free to add me https://www.fitbit.com/user/2W5DRH