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Friday, January 03, 2020

My doctor advised me to achieve 10000 steps/day to lose weight. Of course, eating healthful too. My problem with this is using a pedometer to track my progress. They must be accurate, and you must wear it all the time. I am brutal to traditional pedometers! In the past, I used the kind that you clip on your belt, or stick in your pocket. I found them to be pretty accurate... well, at least they were recording my movements. However, they did not hold up well to the occasional wash in the laundry! I am notorious for forgetting them in my pocket, and then later find them clacking in the dryer! Aaarghhh! I never wanted to invest in a Fitbit before. Seems like a huge amount of money for one feature. So recently I discovered the Samsung Health app on my phone. I plugged in all my data (height, weight, activity level, etc) and it does all the work for me! I love the features it has: food journal, exercise journal, weight tracker, water tracker, etc. It utilizes GPS to map my daily walks, which I love! Everything I could possibly want! The only downfall to using my phone's app is remembering to carry it with me. Easy to do if I have pockets. But on the occasion that I don't, I tuck it in my armpit and carry it along. Sigh So now I'm rethinking the Fitbit. I think if I wear it on my wrist I'll get more benefit without the hassle. DD gave me a kindle for Christmas. I don't really need it since I have a tablet, which I use daily. I'm thinking of returning it and apply the credit toward a Fitbit. Have you used one? What are the features you like?
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    My daughter also has a Versa. Last year all three of our kids (21 yr old son, his wife, 15 yr old daughter) asked for trackers, and they all wanted a different one. I'm sure you can find one reasonably priced that will hold up to your needs! They don't get expensive until you start adding a heart rate monitor. My daughter's even tracks her sleep, which is super helpful for her. She even did a high school PE class over the summer where they checked out Polar fitness trackers to the students and just uploaded their data. If you love the functionality of your phone app, a more consistent tracking method will be worth it!
    252 days ago
    I love my Fitbit. There are many to choose from and some that are very inexpensive. I got my first one from Target and it was small enough to wear tucked in my sock or anywhere on my body. They are no longer available in stores but can be purchased by ordering from Fitbit. I now have the Versa and love it. It works alot like the Smart Watch and the price is so much more reasonable!
    266 days ago
    I never use my Kindle! Trade it in for a Fitbit!
    266 days ago
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