I think they're interesting for about 3 weeks. Then? "Meh."
Motion-X is now making an app called "24/7" - counts your steps, tries to divine your sleep patterns (iffy), optimal napping, etc.
Only uses the iPhn internal motion sensors, no peripheral to wear. Under $10
As good as Fitbit? probably not. Just as useful? very probably.
These things are generally telling you things you already know on any given day. Good to focus on, undoubtedly, but interest wanes after a while.
Motion X 24/7 is currently on sale for $.99 in the iOS app store for anyone interested. Probably only worthwhile if you have a iPhone 5s due to the passive activity tracking capability it has.
Originally Posted by blacknbluebikes
I haven't tried a fitbit, but my wife and I got Jawbone UP 24s as gifts recently. They are interesting, and will be creating a interesting competitive element in our household. We will see how long we remain intesting.
I don't know about fitbit, but Jawbone seems to integrate with apps like Strava and MapYourFitness so you can capture your cycling activity. I will try it out this week to see how it works.
Mapmyride will import data from fitbit. Fitbit will also let you connect to other people to "compete." I find it very motivational to know that my sister and friends will know if I missed my 10k per day!
I'm thinking about an app that tells people when their clothes are getting too tight. I think that's all people really need for all these intentions. Bluetooth, of course. We'd break-even on gifting alone.
Lots of you are missing the point on these things.
Think about it: while process of losing weight is not rocket science, many people have a very, very difficult time accomplishing it. If it were easy there wouldn't be so many overweight people.
It doesn't matter if the fitbit is 100% accurate or not because it's most important benefit is motivation, not information. While healthy weight loss often happens at a pace too slow to notice on a daily basis, a fitbit shows your progress throughout the day. That is key.
Personally I don't have one and weight loss isn't something I worry about but I've used things like cyclemeter when running or riding to help me pick up the intensity. While running on my own it's really easy to fall back into a slower pace. When you've got something in your ear telling you that your pace this mile is slower than the last one or perhaps you're just a few seconds off your best time, it helps you speed up.
Good thoughts tjspiel but my wellness program awards points based on the recorded step count, and points translate into dollars.
If I take 6999 or fewer steps I get 20 points. 7001 steps earns me 60 points. 24000 points in a year means $600.
If I had used the FitBit instead of the "other" pedometer authorized by the program, I would have missed out on at least $300 in incentives while spending twice as much for the device.
Does the money motivate me to exercise? No, but I won't refuse it for an activity that I would do anyhow.