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    I am thinking of buying a Fitbit to track my calories and steps. I am a housekeeper which is moderate exercise and I have started to go gym to do cardio and weights. If anyone has one, is it worth getting? The one I am looking to buy is a Fitbit flex (cheapest, but all I can afford at the moment)

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    I've got a flex and I really like it
    I found it surprising just how much I walk around during the day even without exercise
    Plus monitoring sleep is pretty good,
    The silent alarm was one of the things I was quite interested in, but tbh I just sleep right through it
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    That's great how does the silent alarm work though? Does it vibrate? and I am going to get one today then worth a shot!

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    You can use Myftinesspal to track calories and is free

    Pedometers cost a 5er or so

    That'd save you a fair bit of money tbh
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    (Original post by Butterfly92xo)
    That's great how does the silent alarm work though? Does it vibrate? and I am going to get one today then worth a shot!

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    yeah it vibrates for about a minute
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    I got one for Christmas and it's GREAT!
    It makes me realise how much difference there is between a non-uni, non-work day where I don't even walk the dog, and a day where I go to uni, work and help out a bit too (for me, it can be about 1,500 calories difference!). It also makes me try to hit my 10,000 steps every day, rather than being happy with the 4 days a week that I hit them anyway.

    It syncs with myfitnesspal and loads of other apps, and so far I'm really pleased with it. However, I'm still not sure how accurate it is because I didn't log al my food over New Year, and then I got ill and lost half a stone overnight rather than through any particular effort.

    The flex is comfortable and really easy to use, and I just ordered another 7 bands in differnt colours because I'm silly and like wasting money haha!
    The silent alarms are also pretty useful - I get up at 5 most mornings and this way I can set my alarm without worrying about waking anyone else up. I use a phone alarm too, 10 minutes later, as I think I could sleep through the flex if I were really tired, but so far it's woken me up every time. The battery on mine lasts about 7-8 days on one charge, and that's with 3 different timed alarms set.


    If you can afford it, go for it - sure, there are cheaper alteratives (like a pedometer and myfitnesspal, as Angry cucumber said) but fitbit keeps it all in one place and will allow you to track your progress without much effort.
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    (Original post by Katie_p)
    I got one for Christmas and it's GREAT!
    It makes me realise how much difference there is between a non-uni, non-work day where I don't even walk the dog, and a day where I go to uni, work and help out a bit too (for me, it can be about 1,500 calories difference!). It also makes me try to hit my 10,000 steps every day, rather than being happy with the 4 days a week that I hit them anyway.

    It syncs with myfitnesspal and loads of other apps, and so far I'm really pleased with it. However, I'm still not sure how accurate it is because I didn't log al my food over New Year, and then I got ill and lost half a stone overnight rather than through any particular effort.

    The flex is comfortable and really easy to use, and I just ordered another 7 bands in differnt colours because I'm silly and like wasting money haha!
    The silent alarms are also pretty useful - I get up at 5 most mornings and this way I can set my alarm without worrying about waking anyone else up. I use a phone alarm too, 10 minutes later, as I think I could sleep through the flex if I were really tired, but so far it's woken me up every time. The battery on mine lasts about 7-8 days on one charge, and that's with 3 different timed alarms set.


    If you can afford it, go for it - sure, there are cheaper alteratives (like a pedometer and myfitnesspal, as Angry cucumber said) but fitbit keeps it all in one place and will allow you to track your progress without much effort.
    Hi, I have got it! Yay! That sounds brill, I love the sleep alarm mode.
    I am still trying to get used to it BUT how can I see how many calories I have burned? I have changed settings from steps to calories but I still cannot find how many calories I have burned so far? I am connected with MFP and synced it as well. Thanks
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    (Original post by Butterfly92xo)
    Hi, I have got it! Yay! That sounds brill, I love the sleep alarm mode.
    I am still trying to get used to it BUT how can I see how many calories I have burned? I have changed settings from steps to calories but I still cannot find how many calories I have burned so far? I am connected with MFP and synced it as well. Thanks
    Have you set it up with your weight? Mine had a calories burned window on the dashboard straight after I set it up, it basically works off your BMR and then adds calories in line with your steps.
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    (Original post by Katie_p)
    Have you set it up with your weight? Mine had a calories burned window on the dashboard straight after I set it up, it basically works off your BMR and then adds calories in line with your steps.
    Yeah I put in my weight and then how I want to display calories but it isn't showing on the dashboard just shows how many steps I have taken. I will figure it out eventually
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    (Original post by Katie_p)
    Have you set it up with your weight? Mine had a calories burned window on the dashboard straight after I set it up, it basically works off your BMR and then adds calories in line with your steps.
    AH! I have found it... But it seems to be wrong? It says 1,581 calories burned.. I don't see how that is as I have not been to the gym today :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by Butterfly92xo)
    AH! I have found it... But it seems to be wrong? It says 1,581 calories burned.. I don't see how that is as I have not been to the gym today :rolleyes:
    Your body will burn an amount of calories per day, just from being alive! That's how people get an idea of the amount of calories they should eat to maintain/lose/gain weight. - Just want to add that the fitbit is likely not exactly accurate, but it does give a good idea of calories burned throughout the day.



    I have a fitbit and really like it. I love the sleep log, and the silent alarm.
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    I have a bodymedia fit, most accurate calorie tracker on the market, best thing ever bought for fitness
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    (Original post by Butterfly92xo)
    AH! I have found it... But it seems to be wrong? It says 1,581 calories burned.. I don't see how that is as I have not been to the gym today :rolleyes:
    Exactly as Kate says, Fitbit doesn't just show "exercise" calories like most fitness apps would (eg. 250 calories for a half hour run), but all the calories you burn in a day.

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    Your body will burn an amount of calories per day, just from being alive! That's how people get an idea of the amount of calories they should eat to maintain/lose/gain weight. - Just want to add that the fitbit is likely not exactly accurate, but it does give a good idea of calories burned throughout the day.



    I have a fitbit and really like it. I love the sleep log, and the silent alarm.
    I love all the sleep stuff too, it's great!!
    I'm yet to see how accurate my Flex is, but I've made a nerdy spreadsheet to see what I *should* lose each week based on its calorie estimates, and what I actually do!!
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    I really like my fitbit flex. Made a lot of difference for me over the 6 weeks holidays as I'm usually really sedentary during the holidays. I can easily rack up 9000 steps on days when I'm teaching all day.


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