Fitbit I’m Back!!!

I just purchased the new Fitbit Blaze. I was a big fan of the Fitbit Flex for a long time, and have tried the Garmin Vivoactive, and most recently the Withings Pop Activé. 

When they announced the new Fitbit Blaze I fell in love it had the smart watch capabilities and multi-activity that I loved about the Garmin, but this also has the built in heart rate monitoring, which the Garmin doesn’t have. Although, I guess there is a new Garmin coming out with wrist heart rate monitoring, but I haven’t seen it yet. 

I just got the Blaze today it is currently charging so I’ve yet to test it out. I like that you have the ability to change the bands and even get leather or steel bands that will make it a bit more dressier. I’ve found that this is a big problem with fitness trackers they break up an outfit pretty easily. If I like the Blaze after giving it a test for a while I will definitely be picking up a higher end band to wear on days where I’m at work and running around. I’ll still be taking it off and putting on the nice watch when I’m going out, but it’ll be nice to have a nice looking band to go with my business attire. 

I can’t wait to put this Fitbit to the test and I’m pretty excited about it which will definitely help with my motivation factor to get out and move more. It’s all about getting up and moving. I really need to do that and I want to start run training and by run training I mean fat man jog training but it’s a start. 

Also I like the fact that they’ve incorporated FitStar into their device as well and so now there is no excuse not to workout wherever you are. I like FotStar a lot so I think I’ll get a lot of use out of this feature as well. 

I’ll let you all know in a few weeks what I think of the new Fitbit Blaze. But, I’m sure I’ll be addicted as anything again to the Fitbit and my steps as I once was before. 

 

Blaze is charging

  
  

Blaze band, I’ll be gettig a nicer one if I like it to wear to work.

 
Happy stepping. 

Fitness Trackers

So, as you may know if you’ve been following this blog for a while I had a Fitbit. And, to say I was addicted to it was a bit of an understatement. 

However, I’ve moved on. Sorry Fitbit but I found a new fitness device. 

About a month ago I purchased the Garmin Vivoactive and well let me just say I love it.  

 
Here it is on my wrist. People think it’s an Apple Watch all of the time. And, I sure did want the Apple Watch for a bit but then I looked at the limitations. You can’t get it wet and needs to be charged daily. Well great that’s just not working so well for me.  

Shortly after getting my Fitbit Garmin had released there first Vivo tracker. And, I was like Doh! It has some features that the Fitbit didn’t have. But, I had just purchased the Fitbit and stuck with it. And, like I said I was fitbitten, I was addicted to the thing. 

However, I am in love with my vivoactive. The charge lasts anywhere from 7-10 days you can get it wet and has lots of cool features. 

Let’s talk about some of my favorite features. 

  • The move bar. I love this feature that Garmin has incorporated into their trackers. This was one of the things I loved about them. It reminds you to get up and move if you’ve been sedentary for to long. 
  • Tracks multiple activities
  1. Running
  2. Walking
  3. Cycling
  4. Swimming
  5. Indoor treadmill running
  6. Indoor treadmill walking
  7. Indoor cycling 
  • It adjusts your daily step goal based on what you’ve done in the past so it pushes you a little bit further every day. 
  • There are also other apps that you can download to measure other activities such as downhill skiing, rowing, and even sailing. I’m excited to try out the skiing one this winter. 
  • You can download widgets to give you weather information, calendar, timers, and even stock information. 
  • They have plenty of data fields to help track your progress from heart rate charts, to cadence, speed, and elevation. 
  • And, hey if you don’t like the watch face you have you can change it. There are tons of different faces to choose from. I have one that is great to show my fitness info but I also have another face that’s plain so that I can change it so it looks a little less fitness tracker like. 
  • Also there are multiple band colors you can get. I have the white and also a pink band that I have yet to try. They also have leather straps so it can look a bit nicer. I haven’t bought one yet because well I’d ruin it. I didn’t get t for fashion reasons but to track activity. 
  • The one thing that this is missing is the heart rate monitoring on the wrist. But, it’s not that big of a deal. You can purchase the chest strap heart rate monitor. And, well I was pretty sure I’d hate it, but I purchased the comfort fit monitor and I don’t even realize that it is on. And, it reads my heart rate continuously unlike the wrist tracking ones do. 
  • So yeah I’m loving this product. I’m so happy with this purchase. 
  • Oh and you can also do some fun things with the vivoactive. I have an app that finds my car, I used this at concert it’s amazing, and another favorite app is heavenward where it’ll show me the constellations and planets over head of me right this second.

So if you’re looking for a fitness tracker with a little bit more I highly recommend the Garmin vivoactive. 

Lifetrak

I’m a fitbit addict, as I’ve said many times before, I mean I have the shirt even. However, the fitbit is limited in what it can do. Basically it’s a pedometer with a web interface that gives you extra motivation by allowing for friends and leaderboards. Basically promoting some healthy competition. The fitbit tracks your steps and either through their app or website you can also add activity that you do, and it will roughly calculate the calorie burn for your time during the activity. It’s an estimation, there is no way for your fitbit to calculate your calorie burn, the only way to do this is with a heart rate monitor.

Now, here’s the thing with a heart rate monitor, I can’t wear a chest strap.  I sweat, and I have boobs, and well it just irritates the heck out of me. So with this it’s really difficult to get an accurate count of how many calories I’m burning.

I found a new device this past week, that I’ve been testing out. It’s the Lifetrak Core 200. Again it’s a wrist worn device that is basically a pedometer, with the added benefit of a heart rate monitor. Now this heart rate monitor that takes the reading from your wrist is not as accurate as a chest strap heart rate monitor, it’s definitely more accurate than the fitbit’s estimation of calories burned. The device counts your steps, distance, and calories burned along with taking your heart rate. Based on your heart rate it lets you know your calorie burn. Also, the device has a workout mode. This mode allows you to start it at the beginning of the workout and it will track all of your stats for your workout. You take your heart rate during the workout, and it will calculate your calorie burn. I really like this device, and if it had the community that the fitbit has, I would probably get rid of the fitbit. All of my information is right on my wrist at all times, no need to look to my phone for the stats.

The device I have is not Bluetooth enabled so it doesn’t sync with my phone or anything so I can only keep my stats for 7 days. But, that’s ok I have my fitbit to show my long-term achievements. There are other models that are Bluetooth enabled and works with the Argus app, and its own Lifetrak app. The Move 300 model and then the Zone 410, which in addition to the Bluetooth connectivity tracks your sleep. There is no need to put it in sleep mode it does it automatically which is kind of neat.

I went with the basic model because I have my fitbit, and since Lifetrak doesn’t work with the many rewards apps I use I didn’t need the extra features of Bluetooth and sleep tracking since my fitbit does both of these things. I’m hoping that in the future Achievement, EveryMove, EarnedIt, and Fleetly will all sync with the Lifetrak, and then I can be down to wearing one device on my wrist.

There is a new version coming out this fall the 415 which I’m really excited about it looks really neat, it’s a round face instead of the rectangle face that they currently are using. It tracks all of the same stuff as the 200, 300, and 410. The 415 will also sync with your phone delivering alerts to the tracker with texts, phone calls, and emails. I don’t really need that feature, but hey it’s still pretty cool. I really love the heart rate monitor on my wrist without the chest strap, and that all of the info is right on my wrist. Plus the device looks like a normal sports watch. Oh, and another plus, changeable bands, which I love since I change my fitbit bands daily.

You can check Lifetrak here.

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So, after 4 days with the Lifetrak, I’m loving it, but still not giving up the fitbit yet. Although, it may happen in the future.