I have planned an exercise regime for the New Year. Friends have suggested I buy a Fitbit. They are expensive and I wonder if it is worth it? Will it be like a pedometer? Worn for a while and then not used?

Posted anonymously, 31st December 2015

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  • You can get a really cheap fake one on ebay. If you use that you will get an idea if its worth investing in a good one?


  • I was fortunate enough to win a Fitbit. Prior to this I didn’t really see the need for it but since using it I have changed my tune. I wear it all the time and constantly update the app with what I’ve been eating and drinking etc. I find this is such an incentive to eat well and be active as I am constantly trying to ensure I stay below my calorie target etc. They are expensive but I’ve noticed that generally JB and Big W have been selling them below RRP.


  • I was given a FitBit and I used it for maybe a month or so. I just didn’t like wearing a device on my wrist all that time and the FitBit got quite warm on my wrist. I have an idea now of how many steps I am walking etc now so I don’t feel I need it on all the time.


  • My thoughts were in line with yours. I was lucky enough to have my brother who had a fitbit charge HR and a friend who had the fitbit zip and was able to try them both for a bit. I tried the charge and although I loved all the monitoring options, I really didn’t like how tight it was on my wrist. Plus it meant I couldn’t wear my actual watch and I love my watch. I tried the zip and I liked it much better but it really is just a very expensive pedometer. Unless you’ve got money to burn I’d suggest that you’re likely to get the same benefit from a cheaper pedometer. I guess it depends on what you’re willing to pay and whether technological gadgets and info motivate you to exercise.


  • The alarm must be so good. In my Garmin Vivofit there isn’t. I love the sleep monitor too.


  • I have a fitbit and was hesitant at first for similar reasons. Especially if id ‘be over it’ after a while and not use it. Surprisingly for me its been really good. Yes any smartphone can track steps like a pedometer, bit the fitbit i love easily seeing how many steps ive done, setting my own step goal (for chronic health issues i have 10,000 steps is a marathon so i can set my own lower goals. I love the sleep tracking function – how often i wake, light sleep/deep sleep and the bonus for me is setting the alarm! It vibrates the band so doesnt scare the crap out of me of a morning, much gentler way to wake and useful during the day for setting reminders when brain refuses to work :)


  • I worry about privacy – data from fitbits has been subpoenaed in court cases in the US.


  • I have the Garmin Vivofit, that I got with my Flybuys points one year ago. I love it. I use it every day and it helps me keeping track of how much I walk. I find it really motivating.


  • I haven’t bought one because I have similar thoughts. It will be interesting to see what others say.


  • i have an app on my phone. my phone has a heart rate sensor, calculators, a pedometer etc. can keep track of so much stuff. i think that if you just went for a walk for 30mins or so, that would be enough. too much emphasis is put on the “info” vs just doing it. good on you for making this great decision! i reckon that you could save the money and just enjoy your walk or whatever you want to do. Buy new clothes or something else and reward yourself! :)

    • Out of interest what is the name of the app? Thanks

      • i have a samsung galaxy note edge and the app comes standard on it. it is called S-HEALTH. The sensors are built into the phone.

      • Thanks for the reply and information on the app – good on you! :) Will take a good look at this app.


  • I have a love/ hate relationship with my fitbit. It is essentially a movement tracker so it tracks your steps and other activity. I also like that it monitors sleep patterns and can link up with third party apps including My Fitness Pal. The hate side, the battery of the version I have does not last long enough (less than 7 days compared to my previous Jawbone UP device which lasted 14 days) and the Fitbit app isn’t as intuitive as I would like.

    • Thanks for the reply and great answer! The features sound good to me.


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