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Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
« Reply #100 on: June 12, 2013, 07:33:43 am »
Yay, Corky!

Yes, you can start now!

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    Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
    « Reply #101 on: June 12, 2013, 08:08:09 am »
    I went on my regular morning walk and it was 5161 steps.  I'm really impressed with myself!  I'm doing better than I thought.  He just said "hold me"... :D
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    Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
    « Reply #102 on: June 12, 2013, 02:31:27 pm »
    If only my volunteering involved more walking and less driving...

    Isn't it fun to get credit for what you do?

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    Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
    « Reply #103 on: June 15, 2013, 05:49:57 am »
    We're in Colorado and yesterday we visited Red Rocks, which I'd been to...but I hadn't visited the amphitheatre before.  How awesome.  We climbed it, whew!  But I got credit for 22 flights, LOL!  New badge, as I'd only gotten up to 8 flights til then.

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    Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
    « Reply #104 on: June 15, 2013, 05:50:59 am »
    Y'all are making me jealous. My Zip never talks to me!  :D

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    Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
    « Reply #105 on: June 15, 2013, 05:57:33 am »


    Here's a pic of the Amphitheatre...

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    Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
    « Reply #106 on: June 15, 2013, 10:48:54 pm »
    YAY for badges!

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    Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
    « Reply #107 on: June 19, 2013, 06:01:28 am »
    Getting lots of great step totals in on my trip, yay!

    We were on a excursion train in Georgetoen, CO, and the conductor announced that they had found a Fitbit.  (It was a One.)  I panicked, but it wasn't mine!  Hope the person got reunited...

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    Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
    « Reply #108 on: June 19, 2013, 06:09:15 am »
    I just ordered a Firbit and can't wait to have it get here. I ordered the one and it comes with a bracellet so you can use it at night. I am going to be interested to see how well it works. I do use My Fitness Pal to track food consumption so I like that the two work together. My questions is pretty silly, if I am tracking with the FitBit, do I still enter my time on the elliptical or in spin class or just the FitBit number?

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    Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
    « Reply #109 on: June 19, 2013, 07:27:52 am »
    When you are sleeping, how does the One distinguish between restless and awake?  How does it know?
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    Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
    « Reply #110 on: June 19, 2013, 07:45:47 am »
    I would guess blood pressure changes and other electromagnetic signatures that the human body gives off.

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    Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
    « Reply #111 on: June 19, 2013, 08:22:30 am »
    When you are sleeping, how does the One distinguish between restless and awake?  How does it know?
    From the Fitbit website https://help.fitbit.com/customer/portal/articles/176096-how-does-my-fitbit-tracker-know-when-i%E2%80%99m-asleep-

    "How does my Fitbit tracker know when Im asleep?
    Last updated: May 20, 2013 04:56PM

    Your tracker has a motion sensor that analyzes your movement patterns in such a way that it can distinguish between when you are awake and when you are asleep. It works most accurately when worn on your wrist during sleep, because arm movements are a good indicator of how heavily you are sleeping."


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    Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
    « Reply #112 on: June 20, 2013, 06:12:58 am »
    I got up in the night to go to the bathroom.  I remember getting back in bed and telling my hubby I was cold.  The Fitbit did not know that I woke up last night.   :o :o :o
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    Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
    « Reply #113 on: June 20, 2013, 06:29:17 am »
    Honestly, I am looking for it to count steps and sync with my iPad. It would be nice if it had a heart rate monitor and the like, I am sure something like that will be released at a reasonable price, but I don't think I am going to trust the sleep thing. Not to mention, I already know my sleep sucks, I have an 11 month old in the house.

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    Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
    « Reply #114 on: June 20, 2013, 07:48:53 am »
    My fitbit alerted me to much more fitful sleep than I had realized, very low efficiency.  I had a sleep study and indeed I had OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) .. and went on cpap therapy.  Fitbit  now reports better sleep percents.

    Last night I slept very poorly and the fitbit noted that.  I actually forgot to press the button to start the sleep timer, but you can go in on the dashboard and enter sleep start and stop time.  It showed what I knew.. that I woke up quite often last night.

    You can also set an alarm and it quite effectively wakes you up without disturbing anyone else with an alarm.

    Mama.. I realize you undoubtedly don't need that feature currently, with the 11 month old.

    But it will definitely count steps, miles and stairs for you.

    Betsy, your One had a kindred spirit on the train!!

    Also, last night my Aria wifi scale updated software while I was standing on it!  It told me so and the version, which, of course, I forget.
     

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    Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
    « Reply #115 on: June 20, 2013, 09:04:48 am »
    I am sure the day will come when the sleep monitor will be appreciated. I have a feeling it is just a bit off for me. (grins)

    I am glad to hear that it helped you with your sleep. Reading reviews makes it sound like there is a decent percent 5% or so have defective fitbits and the sleep thing seems to be one of the problems. Obviously I hope to be part of the "Love it" crowd.

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    Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
    « Reply #116 on: June 20, 2013, 02:16:29 pm »
    Probably so, though there are indeed pediatric users of cpap .  Some people simply have narrow airways, I gather, no matter how young or slim they may be.

    The Fitbit just showed many times of wakefulness, but only a sleep study can diagnose sleep conditions.

    Anyway, many fun uses for the Fitbit.

    I was having a problem with mine and was given suggestions in their forum from Fitbit (might have been on Twitter, even) which had me download an update.  So they seem to be a responsive company.

    And this is the first scale to ever have a wireless update, or any update, in my experience.     

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    Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
    « Reply #117 on: June 21, 2013, 06:11:53 am »
    OK so Fitbit is linked to my Myfitnesspal account. I am entering everything at my fitness. What do I do about time in the car? I am entering that at the Fitbit site but should I be doing that on Myfitnesspal as well?

    Wore it sleeping last night. It tells me that I was 97% efficient in mysleep. It did seem to log the restless periods and there were a lot of them. So I am not sure how it got that level of efficientcy but that is ok. I kind of like the idea of just tracking how much actual sleep I am getting. I am assuming you can use it for napping as well?

    I saw that you can use it to mark when you are doing activities. Has anyone done that? I might for when I am on the elliptical. Does it do a good job on ellipticals or should I be prepared to manually enter that time?

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    Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
    « Reply #118 on: June 21, 2013, 10:50:11 am »
    I'm going to enter exercise time for other than walking, though I've just started doing it.  Not sure what you mean about time in the car?

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    Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
    « Reply #119 on: June 21, 2013, 11:08:41 am »
    The Fitbit records bumps in the road and the like as steps so riding in the car increases your number of steps. If you go to your activity dashboard you can type auto, choose riding int he car, enter the time you were in the car, and it subtracts steps that it had given you credit for. I read about this when I was reading through reviews on Amazons website. Essentially, it inflates your step count. If you drive a lot, it could really inflate your step count.


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    Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
    « Reply #120 on: June 21, 2013, 11:37:23 am »
    If you enter it on the fitbit site, that should be good enough. Fitbit just sends info to myfitnesspal on how much exercise you did via walking, so if you subtract it out on fitbit, it will send the correct total to myfitnesspal. Does that make sense? That's how I understand it, anyway.


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    « Reply #121 on: June 21, 2013, 12:00:56 pm »
    Yup. That is what I am doing. The directions from Myfitnesspal when I linked the site was to complete all entries on their site but I couldn't figure out how to do the car there so I did it on Fitbit.

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    Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
    « Reply #122 on: June 21, 2013, 12:23:49 pm »
    When I first looked for an exercise at Myfitness I ended up using the computer. But now "bike, stationary, general" shows up as recent on the app. Its under cardio. What I can't find is the exercise ball.

    As far as fitbit inflating steps while driving, a developer addressed that on their site some time back. When whatever one looks like the One but wasn't called that... You can take your fitbit off and lay it flat while driving. But he made an excellent point, its a small number that gets added, and you do burn calories while driving. You aren't just sitting there, your arms and legs are moving, as is your head. I think it adds 20 or 30 steps on my commute.
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    Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
    « Reply #123 on: June 21, 2013, 12:26:28 pm »
    The Fitbit records bumps in the road and the like as steps so riding in the car increases your number of steps. If you go to your activity dashboard you can type auto, choose riding int he car, enter the time you were in the car, and it subtracts steps that it had given you credit for. I read about this when I was reading through reviews on Amazons website. Essentially, it inflates your step count. If you drive a lot, it could really inflate your step count.



    Ahhh.  I don't worry that much about it, but then I'm not in the car a lot.  I'm sure there are other things that I do that add steps, like squirming in my chair.  I figure as long as I'm consistent, it's good enough.  The idea is, am I getting a lot of steps in--am I getting more steps today than I did yesterday?  As long as the general number gets up there, I don't worry too much.  But then, as I said, I'm not in the car that much.

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    Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
    « Reply #124 on: June 21, 2013, 12:34:26 pm »
    I use calisthenics (sp) to cover situps and pushups. Perhaps the same for the exercise ball.

    The number of steps added is small and I probably won't worry about it until we have commutes greater then 10 minutes.

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