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    Super Member Edie's Avatar
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    I would not purchase one for the same reason that I will not buy a cell phone (with all the bells and whistles) - They are way too expensive, I have no reason to have one. I don't want one and it never fails - when someone buys one or the other, they always complain about it! I don't worry about when I sleep restless, and I don't have a purse that makes weird noises or something that sticks out of my ear. I have a pedometer and snap it onto my jeans. That tells me how many steps I take per day - What more do I need. I don't mean to sound like a grouch or a curmudgeon, but if God had wanted us to have all this stuff to attach to our bodies, He would have made us robots. Edie
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    I love mine....It tells me how ,any times I was waking up at Night..how many hours I slept....it sends me an email when the battery is low and it sends me a weekly update on how many calories burned and how many miles I walked That week.....it really keeps me on my toes ...to keep walking and eating right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edie View Post
    I would not purchase one for the same reason that I will not buy a cell phone (with all the bells and whistles) - They are way too expensive, I have no reason to have one. I don't want one and it never fails - when someone buys one or the other, they always complain about it! I don't worry about when I sleep restless, and I don't have a purse that makes weird noises or something that sticks out of my ear. I have a pedometer and snap it onto my jeans. That tells me how many steps I take per day - What more do I need. I don't mean to sound like a grouch or a curmudgeon, but if God had wanted us to have all this stuff to attach to our bodies, He would have made us robots. Edie
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    My husband works for a BP Refinery and to be eligible for the high deductible health insurance he (and his wife - me) has to earn 1000 points each in various ways. Last year we each needed 250,000 steps, measured with a FitBit, to get 200 points. We did.
    There were other ways to get points. The high deductible health insurance is a lot cheaper monthly than the old way. It seems if you use it more, it costs a bit more, I think a fairer way.
    The fitbit and all the keeping track of all that was furnished by BP. After about a month mine stopped working, and the Fitbit co replaced it right away.

    This year, things are different. We don't get any points until we each have 1,000,000 steps, and then it's 500 pts. Also, anyone who needs a new Fitbit needs to buy one. I have one of the cheapest, , it's $100 plus shipping. I doubt, if this thing stops working, I will buy one and just get my points another way. I can see why they now have this policy as many people let theirs go through the laundry, and other things, but mine just stopped working. I'm not paying $100 for something that measures what I would do anyways. See, I didn't step anymore, and I won't step any less if I don't have it.

    I suspect we're supposed to go to the FitBit site and get into forming teams, and competing with others, but that's not my way. I'm just not really competitive and don't use that to try and sty healthy.

    The way I look at it, I'll play their game as long as it doesn't cost me anything.

    All I have set up is how many steps I take. All that other info, to me, is private
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    Love mine, had a Flex, after almost a year I lost it last week, it fell off my wrist-after documenting purchase and explanation Fitbit replaced it free (this is a one time thing). I have already bought a Charge- WHICH I LOVE! as it functions as a watch-, I can see all my numbers without checking my phone, it tells me who's calling me etc. We get credits through our insurance so having my Charge and my new Flex as a back up is important.
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    I have worn the CHARGE HR for about a year. My husband bought this after I was diagnosed with Sleep apnea, after an ER visit due to a rapid heart rate caused by an atrial flutter and the apnea and stress, etc.
    I agree that it makes you more aware of moving in general. It tells me the time, how well I sleep, my heart rate, steps taken, miles walked, flights of stairs climbed, calories burnt. the app also adds water ingested, active minutes, and a New exercise tracker. I can also enter the food I've eaten, and weight to track gain or loss.
    Pros and cons:
    Due to the reasons I use it it has made me very aware of exercise which I was not getting enough of when working 50-60 hour weeks. Company laid me off, so that is not a problem anymore. I usually drink enough fluid during the day in the form of coffee, green and black tea, and water, but tracking when I am busy helps me know when I am truly dehydrated. I tells me how well I am sleeping at 6-7 hours a night, which is better than the 2 hours a night I was getting before my hospital stay in 2014. However, I know there are nights I am awake, and it does not register so. I believe if you are laying there quiet, and not moving, it does not register as restless or awake because there is no large increase in the heart rate. I have started an exercise class twice a week, along with walking more. It registers the walking as "active minutes" but not the exercise class which is more weights, and core work.
    It may or may not register the stairs climbed. If I have something in my fitbit arm, generally it does not register my climb upstairs. So i can usually say that I have at least 2 more flights of stairs per day than it actually measured. On one other occasion, walking through Denver Int'l airpot, it registered that I had climbed 32 flights, so I figured we are just about even. In researching this anomaly, the website addressed this by saying that the gyroscope inside the fitbit needs to register a 10 foot difference in height to register a flight. It also clearly states that while they do everything to ensure accuracy, the apparatus is meant to be a guide/tool only and not meant to be the authority on what you do.
    My husband is an engineer, and he researched this quite extensively. I make fun of Felix the (insert your own word here) Fitbit keeping track of me, but overall, I like it in spite of its limitations and foibles.

    Good luck with your decision,
    Susan
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