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    • matrix11001
    • By matrix11001 18th Mar 18, 1:51 AM
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    Looking for a good Fitness Tracker
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    • 18th Mar 18, 1:51 AM
    Looking for a good Fitness Tracker 18th Mar 18 at 1:51 AM
    Hi

    I'm going back to the gym soon and am looking for a good fitness tracker. It needs to have heart monitoring (preferably built in and not with a chest strap). Also needs to have an accurate step counter/sleep monitor.

    The classes I will be doing is body pump (weights), body combat (martial arts), spin (cycling) and various other classes such as Pilates.

    Can anyone anyone recommend a good reasonable priced one or even a more expensive one as I'd like to keep costs low as I'm low income and want to monitor my fitness classes to improve my overall fitness and lose weight.

    Thanks for your help
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    • ozaz
    • By ozaz 23rd Mar 18, 7:06 PM
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    • 23rd Mar 18, 7:06 PM
    There's lots of choice and lots of price points. Entry level heart rate equipped trackers can be had for 50-120. Mid range trackers with more features including smart watch features go up to about 350. Top of the range trackers can go up to about 500.

    What do you consider reasonably priced?
    • parking_question_chap
    • By parking_question_chap 23rd Mar 18, 8:09 PM
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    ok, as this is money saving expert I am going to make the counter point.

    You dont need a fitness tracker, unless perhaps you have blood pressure issues and need to keep your bpm within a tight range.

    Having a fitness tracker isnt going to get you fitter, or even give you any useful information that cant be obtained for free (ie a stop watch and fingers on a pulse). And dont get me started on counting steps or "monitoring sleep", utter fads.
    • JadedAngel88
    • By JadedAngel88 24th Mar 18, 7:19 AM
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    • 24th Mar 18, 7:19 AM
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    • 24th Mar 18, 7:19 AM
    Xiaomi Mi Band 2 IP67 Smart Wristband with Heart Rate Sensor

    I purchased this one, good reviews and similar to a Fit Bit without the price tag.
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    • matrix11001
    • By matrix11001 28th Mar 18, 1:47 AM
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    • 28th Mar 18, 1:47 AM
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    • 28th Mar 18, 1:47 AM
    Xiaomi Mi Band 2 IP67 Smart Wristband with Heart Rate Sensor

    I purchased this one, good reviews and similar to a Fit Bit without the price tag.
    Originally posted by JadedAngel88
    That's the kind if thing I'm looking for.

    I don't have a lot of money coming in, so looking for a good cheapish watch
    • Novice investor101
    • By Novice investor101 13th Apr 18, 10:02 PM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 10:02 PM
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    I have a Garmin vivosmart HR. It was about 75 from Amazon. Not the latest gadget, but it's great for me. The Garmin connect app is also linked to the MyFinessPal app I use to monitor what I eat & using the two together has meant I've finally found a way to lose some weight!
    & I quite like the heart rate & sleep monitoring bits.
    • geordiepaul2001
    • By geordiepaul2001 15th Apr 18, 10:07 AM
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    ok, as this is money saving expert I am going to make the counter point.

    You dont need a fitness tracker, unless perhaps you have blood pressure issues and need to keep your bpm within a tight range.

    Having a fitness tracker isnt going to get you fitter, or even give you any useful information that cant be obtained for free (ie a stop watch and fingers on a pulse). And dont get me started on counting steps or "monitoring sleep", utter fads.
    Originally posted by parking_question_chap
    It will help with motivation though and that can be priceless
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    • halogen
    • By halogen 26th Apr 18, 11:55 AM
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    • 26th Apr 18, 11:55 AM
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    • 26th Apr 18, 11:55 AM
    I've been looking for a fitness tracker as well. Has to be able to cope with swimming and has to be discreet so I'll actually wear it so not an uncomfortable watch style thing. looking to spend up to 50.
    any ideas?
    • ozaz
    • By ozaz 26th Apr 18, 9:36 PM
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    • 26th Apr 18, 9:36 PM
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    • 26th Apr 18, 9:36 PM
    I've been looking for a fitness tracker as well. Has to be able to cope with swimming and has to be discreet so I'll actually wear it so not an uncomfortable watch style thing. looking to spend up to 50.
    any ideas?
    Originally posted by halogen
    When you say has to be able to cope with swimming, do you just mean it has to be waterproof or do you mean it has to be able to track swimming?

    Do you need heart rate monitoring?
    • halogen
    • By halogen 27th Apr 18, 8:24 AM
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    When you say has to be able to cope with swimming, do you just mean it has to be waterproof or do you mean it has to be able to track swimming?

    Do you need heart rate monitoring?
    Originally posted by ozaz
    ahh yes that wasn't clear sorry. Track swimming and a heart rate monitor would be good yes, although not essential.
    I have bought several fitness gadgets in the past year but they have all been rubbish so I'm obviously not a good judge of these things so I'm wary of spending more money.
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    • sunshinegirl100
    • By sunshinegirl100 27th Apr 18, 8:41 AM
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    Hi

    I'm going back to the gym soon and am looking for a good fitness tracker. It needs to have heart monitoring (preferably built in and not with a chest strap). Also needs to have an accurate step counter/sleep monitor.

    The classes I will be doing is body pump (weights), body combat (martial arts), spin (cycling) and various other classes such as Pilates.

    Can anyone anyone recommend a good reasonable priced one or even a more expensive one as I'd like to keep costs low as I'm low income and want to monitor my fitness classes to improve my overall fitness and lose weight.

    Thanks for your help
    Originally posted by matrix11001
    The FitBit Blaze is pretty good and accurate
    • cazs
    • By cazs 27th Apr 18, 9:25 PM
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    I've always thought fitness trackers were just a gimmick, particularly as I'm already active (walking to/from work and regular gym visits).
    I bought one (Fitbit 2) on NYE as a 2018 gift to myself, wore it for about 3 days and it really just served to confirm my suspicion. Have only worn it once since.

    A lot of the stats are well inaccurate as well. So if were me I'd advise you to spend your money on some nice gym leggings/tops etc instead. But if you're determined I think the Fitbit 2 is said to be the best around at that price point.
    • bluenose1
    • By bluenose1 29th Apr 18, 6:35 PM
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    I've always thought fitness trackers were just a gimmick, particularly as I'm already active (walking to/from work and regular gym visits).
    I bought one (Fitbit 2) on NYE as a 2018 gift to myself, wore it for about 3 days and it really just served to confirm my suspicion. Have only worn it once since.

    A lot of the stats are well inaccurate as well. So if were me I'd advise you to spend your money on some nice gym leggings/tops etc instead. But if you're determined I think the Fitbit 2 is said to be the best around at that price point.
    Originally posted by cazs
    I'm the opposite. I bought a Fitbit Charge 2 and it made me realise I was only walking just under 5000 steps a day. Definitely helped me to increase my steps significantly. It buzzes if I haven't done 250 steps every hour, which when I am in work is quite often. I then do the 250 steps by going to the 3rd floor loo [too much info I know] It does help me achieve 10k steps per day. I consciously walk and run more.
    I bought a reconditioned Fitbit from ebay without a strap for 50 and a cheap 4 strap.
    I also have a TomTom Spark for running as I like the big HR monitor display. Though too big to be my everyday watch.

    Though back to the OP question not waterproof so no good for swimming.
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    • ozaz
    • By ozaz 29th Apr 18, 7:38 PM
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    ahh yes that wasn't clear sorry. Track swimming and a heart rate monitor would be good yes, although not essential.
    I have bought several fitness gadgets in the past year but they have all been rubbish so I'm obviously not a good judge of these things so I'm wary of spending more money.
    If anyone wants any of the following items PM me!
    TENS belt
    Waterproof MP3 player
    Posture trainer
    Originally posted by halogen
    I don't think you'll find something with swim tracking and heart rate monitoring for 50

    Fitbit Flex 2, Moov Now, and Speedo Misfit Shine all support swim tracking for about 50 but don't do heart rate monitoring.

    Activity trackers with heart rate monitoring but no swim tracking will generally start from around 100 (e.g. Fitbit Charge 2). A notable exception is Xioami Mi band 2 which is around 30.

    I suspect the cheapest activity trackers that support both heart rate monitoring and swim tracking are probably around 150-200 (e.g. Nokia Activite HR, Fitbit Versa)
    • halogen
    • By halogen 30th Apr 18, 2:48 PM
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    Activity trackers with heart rate monitoring but no swim tracking will generally start from around 100 (e.g. Fitbit Charge 2). A notable exception is Xioami Mi band 2 which is around 30.

    I suspect the cheapest activity trackers that support both heart rate monitoring and swim tracking are probably around 150-200 (e.g. Nokia Activite HR, Fitbit Versa)
    Originally posted by ozaz
    Thanks. I suspected as much. They are all watch style as well and that's a no no for me.
    • Nisha B
    • By Nisha B 1st May 18, 1:15 PM
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    I'd recommend the Fitbit Charge 2 - I upgraded from the Alta and am loving it!

    The features on there allow you to track when you're doing various activities including spin and pilates and I find it pretty accurate.

    I know there's some skepticism around these trackers but for me, it encourages more activity so it's money well spent in IMO
    • AlexandLauren
    • By AlexandLauren 1st May 18, 2:01 PM
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    I would say the argument for or against fitness trackers are....what will you do with the data it gives you?

    Heart rate might help if you need to keep within a certain % of your max heart rate while exercising, but unless its sitting tight to your wrist or have a chest strap that won't be 100% accurate

    Number of steps is never 100% accurate with fitness trackers, but what will knowing steps give you? It doesn't equate to weight loss or cardio.....surely putting the GPS tracker on your phone or measure out a route and then timing yourself is more accurate and beneficial by trying to beat your previous each time?

    Sleep pattern.... again not 100% accurate as your partner next to you might move about etc but also what will knowing you had a deep sleep for 2 hours last night really give you?..... will you suddenly go to bed earlier? stop caffeine after 9pm? if you're tired you should be doing that stuff anyway

    Having the latest gadgets and technology won't help you lose weight or be fitter....only working hard, resting and a good diet will help shift those pounds or gain strength

    I would rather spend money on better running shoes, clima cool tshirt or a pair of bluetooth headphones

    Sorry rant over lol
    • halogen
    • By halogen 2nd May 18, 3:20 PM
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    for me knowing I've done a little bit more than the day before is what I'm looking for
    Last edited by halogen; 02-05-2018 at 3:48 PM.
    • zappahey
    • By zappahey 7th May 18, 9:52 PM
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    Having the latest gadgets and technology won't help you lose weight or be fitter....only working hard, resting and a good diet will help shift those pounds or gain strength
    Originally posted by AlexandLauren
    Though, in principle, you're correct, I'm going to disagree. As someone who has only quite recently (3 years or so), I found having a Fitbit to be hugely motivational in that it allowed me to see the progress that I was making. Sure it might not be accurate, but it doesn't need to be so long as it's consistent. So I could see that my daily activity, whether it be steps or calories burnt, was in the zone I was aiming for, or if I was slacking off. I could also see the decrease in my resting heart rate and, perhaps more interestingly, how consistent it became.

    So, sure, for many it may have no value but to me it's been a huge boon in getting to a place where I no longer need it.
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    • kacie
    • By kacie 13th May 18, 9:12 AM
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    I have a Fitbit Charge 2, and I was a bit sceptical about whether it would be worth it. However now I've had it a few months I would recommend it to others, I enjoy to competitiveness of it, the community with it. It has challenges and that pushes me to do better than what I was, before I was barely doing 5000 steps now if it's sunny I can go out and do 15000+ steps a day. I can track food and water intake in it as well.
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