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Fitness tracking thingies
« on: August 20, 2019, 04:55:40 PM »
I'm getting curious after our niece looked at her wrist upon completing our little walk, and told us how far we traveled, how many calories she'd burned, avg heart rate, max heart rate, how many steps were taken, what the overall elevation gain and change were, and some other stuff.  Granted, she's got some super apple type thing which I have no interest in but it made me curious about the devices.  is there such a thing as a cheap but effective version of something like that?  I like the elevation thing given where I am but assume that GPS isn't part of cheap. 

What do you have?  What does it tell you?  How well does it work?  How much?

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Re: Fitness tracking thingies
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2019, 06:16:48 PM »
I have a Samsung Galaxy watch.  It does all that and the battery lasts 3-4 days.  Not cheap ($340 on amazon right now- I paid about 300), but it's pretty amazing if you're in to the tech.  It will do it all.
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Re: Fitness tracking thingies
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2019, 06:20:27 PM »
Got a recent smartphone?  Apps are available for android and apple versions, some are even free. 


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Re: Fitness tracking thingies
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2019, 07:03:20 AM »
Pretty much any Garmin wearable will do the basics. from 50-60 bucks up to 1000 plus.

GPS is just a chip...eg. is a 10 cent option these days

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Re: Fitness tracking thingies
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2019, 08:38:56 AM »
Bill,

  If you're interested I have a Garmin Fenix 3HR that I bought used off of ebay.  It still works fine If you're interested drop me a PM.

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Re: Fitness tracking thingies
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2019, 09:05:23 AM »
I just use Strava, but I don't hook myself up for heart rate, etc.

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Re: Fitness tracking thingies
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2019, 09:58:32 AM »
I use Under Armors "Map My Run" app. (free version) I also used one of their fitness tracker apps.  Got a cheaper heart rate monitor. I like data.

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Re: Fitness tracking thingies
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2019, 10:02:04 AM »
Got a recent smartphone?  Apps are available for android and apple versions, some are even free. 


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Thanks Tom but I'm not tethered to my phone.  I especially don't have it when I'm in floppy exercise shorts.  I guess i should have specified wearable.
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Re: Fitness tracking thingies
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2019, 02:07:22 PM »
Bill,

  If you're interested I have a Garmin Fenix 3HR that I bought used off of ebay.  It still works fine If you're interested drop me a PM.

I am interested.  I did drop a PM.  I did buy it.  I love this place. 

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Re: Fitness tracking thingies
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2019, 09:53:20 AM »
Pretty much any Garmin wearable will do the basics. from 50-60 bucks up to 1000 plus.

GPS is just a chip...eg. is a 10 cent option these days

CB got me the Garmin Vivosport for my birthday last year and I love it. Syncs to MyFitnessPal and Strava. Holds a charge anywhere from 3-6 days, depending on how much I use the GPS to track a walk or hike. Told me that Mrs. Superslider and I walked 136,747 steps or 63.31 miles at Disney last September!
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Re: Fitness tracking thingies
« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2019, 10:17:23 AM »
Pretty much any Garmin wearable will do the basics. from 50-60 bucks up to 1000 plus.

GPS is just a chip...eg. is a 10 cent option these days

CB got me the Garmin Vivosport for my birthday last year and I love it. Syncs to MyFitnessPal and Strava. Holds a charge anywhere from 3-6 days, depending on how much I use the GPS to track a walk or hike. Told me that Mrs. Superslider and I walked 136,747 steps or 63.31 miles at Disney last September!

How many days were you there?   :o
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Re: Fitness tracking thingies
« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2019, 11:40:18 AM »
Got a recent smartphone?  Apps are available for android and apple versions, some are even free. 


Screenshots from my iPhone XR.

Thanks Tom but I'm not tethered to my phone.  I especially don't have it when I'm in floppy exercise shorts.  I guess i should have specified wearable.




That's why I qualified it.  Didn't think you were a tech junkie.  ;)  I had a Fitbit Flex for a year and it was fine for what I wanted.  Since I carry my phone usually, it does ok for what I want when I work or travel.  On my days off, it sits on the end table collecting dust.
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Re: Fitness tracking thingies
« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2019, 11:14:55 AM »
As with the OBD2 dongles being pitched by auto insurance companies, these fitness trackers can and eventually will be used against people making insurance claims for health care when their trackers show they don't live an approved lifestyle.

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Re: Fitness tracking thingies
« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2019, 09:30:16 AM »
I bought the Garmin Fenix 3 HR from Radon and I'm having fun with it.  I probably won't use it to near it's potential and I'm not entirely certain of the accuracy of the data but it gives me points of reference and it sort of holds me accountable on some stupid level.  I like being able to view the map of where I've gone during an activity since that allows me to count the number of loops I've done on my circuit when my brain fails in a hyperventilating stupor and I forget what lap I'm on. 

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While I'm ordinarily very opposed to this level of connectivity (because, you know, they can track you that way), this isn't really bothering me.  If you want to hack my Garmin acct and see my pulse and step count, go for it.  In my world, my data has been compromised so many times there should be nothing out there about me that isn't known.  N E WAY, I'm kinda loving it.  I need to find a way to turn off when it yells at me to move during the day when I'm actually supposed to be at my desk not moving but otherwise, it's all good.  I recommend getting one. 
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Re: Fitness tracking thingies
« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2019, 09:36:03 AM »
I need to find a way to turn off when it yells at me to move during the day when I'm actually supposed to be at my desk not moving but otherwise, it's all good.  I recommend getting one.

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Re: Fitness tracking thingies
« Reply #15 on: August 29, 2019, 11:36:10 AM »
DC Rainmaker can tell you a lot   (too much?)   about these devices...

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2016/02/garmin-fenix3hr-review.html

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Re: Fitness tracking thingies
« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2019, 11:10:50 PM »
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Re: Fitness tracking thingies
« Reply #17 on: September 04, 2019, 06:31:50 AM »
I've been using the Levi method. If the Levi's are tight then I eat less and walk more.  If they are loose then it is time for the next size down. Repeat as needed.

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« Reply #18 on: September 04, 2019, 06:53:15 AM »
I've been using the Levi method. If the Levi's are tight then I eat less and walk more.  If they are loose then it is time for the next size down. Repeat as needed.


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Re: Fitness tracking thingies
« Reply #19 on: September 06, 2019, 12:19:37 PM »
I bought the Garmin Fenix 3 HR from Radon and I'm having fun with it.  I probably won't use it to near it's potential and I'm not entirely certain of the accuracy of the data but it gives me points of reference and it sort of holds me accountable on some stupid level.  I like being able to view the map of where I've gone during an activity since that allows me to count the number of loops I've done on my circuit when my brain fails in a hyperventilating stupor and I forget what lap I'm on. 

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While I'm ordinarily very opposed to this level of connectivity (because, you know, they can track you that way), this isn't really bothering me.  If you want to hack my Garmin acct and see my pulse and step count, go for it.  In my world, my data has been compromised so many times there should be nothing out there about me that isn't known.  N E WAY, I'm kinda loving it.  I need to find a way to turn off when it yells at me to move during the day when I'm actually supposed to be at my desk not moving but otherwise, it's all good.  I recommend getting one.

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