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    Activity Trackers - are they worth it?

    I'm debating getting a fitbit flex. I've been looking for a while. I did initially want a jawbone up24 but at over £120 it's just silly money. However the fitbit has good reviews and comes in at half the price. Currently in argos at £10 off too.

    Does anyone have one and do you find it complements SW? I'm really sedentary and would hope that it would shame me into moving a bit more so I can lose this last half a stone or so to hit target.
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    **punk*~*star** and Mrs.S. have one, you could ask them, I've never used one so no idea

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    Thanks Michelle, if they don't see this thread I'll PM them in a bit
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    I have the Fitbit one.Can't help you with the Slimming World bit.

    If you just want to see how many steps or miles you do then a pedometer will do.If you want it so you can see how many calories as well as steps/miles then it is worth it.
    It also sync's to your computer so you have a record of what you've done every day/week/month.

    I wasn't too keen on the Flex as I had read reviews that it records vibrations and as I use my arms a lot I decided to go with the One.
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    That's very useful. I like the idea of the flex simply because you can wear it straight instead of clipping it to things and like you say it syncs. Because I have an iphone there is an app that it will sync with automatically. I'm looking to get a little nudge to get moving some more. I find it too easy to just sit. Plus I work in a large school so would be good to see my activity in term time v holiday time.

    I have read that you can set it to dominant or non dominant hand and this affects the sensitivity so hopefully too much arm waving wouldn't be too damaging

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    I haven't look at the Flex properly but can you see the steps etc you do by just pushing a button like on the One or does it have to sync first then look on iphone?

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    No, from what I have read it has 5 little led lights. Each worth 2000 steps. They light up as you hit each target. Maybe you have to tap it, I suppose that's likely simply from an energy conserving point of view. Do you find that yours makes you more conscious of what you are doing in terms of moving around? I'm my own worst critic and very very competitive so I would hope that it would tap into that mindset and pit me against myself to hit the targets. Its a bonus that it tracks kcal burn and although the food lists are American I don't eat convenience food so could track my diet too. For any one else reading this I know that's not the point of SW but for me the time has come to exercise restraint and learn portion control! Something SW doesn't really concern itself with, a problem if, like me, you have a very quiet off switch!
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    Following this with interest as was looking at these things in the newspaper. I am NOT very techie and don't want to waste money so am not sure but I do like things that give me a push. I think with me I have to make things playful!
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    No it doesn't make me move any more.Some days I look at it while lazing on the sofa and see I've only done 2 miles and feel I should go out for a walk. But I don't as I know over the week I do a lot of steps/miles.
    When you first get one you should just do what you have been doing so you can see how many steps you were doing before then set yourself some goals.

    I just like to know how far I am walking each week.
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    So do as I have done for a few days and then see where I can incorporate more. That's good advice! Apparently its possible to programme in other activity too like cycling (get the bike out Sam!) and swimming (which I love). More than anything I just want an all round picture of my activity and a little nudge to increase it. I reckon it might just do that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by solange View Post
    Following this with interest as was looking at these things in the newspaper. I am NOT very techie and don't want to waste money so am not sure but I do like things that give me a push. I think with me I have to make things playful!
    I'm the same. Give me an app or a gadget and I'm all over it. I will go and get one today I think (managed to reserve on at argos before they all sold out) and let you know how easy it is to set up!
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    I'm off at 2pm so let me know if you get one and I'll send you an invite.

    I won't be around until Sunday.
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    Oh thanks that will be great! I'll definitely be getting one. I've just got to get madam dressed and she is a little glued to rugrats on Netflix at the moment....
    i was just about the ask you where you were off to then. I'm such a numpty. Enjoy our southern hospitality I hope you have a nice time!!
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    Im interested at this too, I use to had polar watch but it died … and now Im searching for new toy.
    Only thing that worries me is heat and water. As I work in kitchen I dont know will any of em deal with heat and water. Other hand if I cant wear it all the time its not worth of money and I should look watches again…
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