Experience with using Fitbit to monitor exercise and sleep

Posted by Don Higgins @dsh33782, Jan 17 6:56am

I’d like to learn more about how to use my new Fitbit select 3 that I got for my 76 birthday. I ordered it from Amazon for $150. I wear it on my wrist and it measures movement, location, and heart rate. It replaces watch, it doesn’t require winding, and I can see the high contrast digital display of time much better. It does require WIFI access to smart phone Fitbit app, and it requires recharging about once a week. It says I got 6 hours of sleep last night. Charlotte and I walk twice a day for total of 4 miles. I’m hoping this new Fitbit tool will help me stay on track and improve health. And I’m hoping other Fitbit users will share their experience and tips.

@therjes

My hubs and I got Fitbit Versas on Canada Day 2017. My mom and dad actually got us on to this. So we decided to try for 10,000 steps daily. Hard when we both had sedentary desk jobs! So we walked our dog about an hour each night after supper to get those steps. Then we decided to start using the app to track food. I resisted the weighing and measuring at first, but as I watched my hubbie start to lose weight doing it, I gave in and we never looked back! I absolutely love being able to see what I've eaten and also "earned" by activity in calories. I always say "I walk for snacks!". I find it super motivating. I used to look for parking spots near the door of a store; now I park far away to get more steps. At work I used to file patient charts in the filing cabinets at day end; now I get up and file each one as I'm done with it, for more movement! My husband lost about 60 pounds this way, over about 8 or 9 months. I lost 16 pounds over about maybe 5 months. We have easily kept it off and in fact we have both become leaner than ever in our lives. I am 54 and my hubs is 45 so age isn't a factor, anyone can do this! We found out how much and how poorly we were eating too. We eat lighter versions of what we used to eat. We "fall off the wagon" a few times a year- Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, and take a few days of eating whatever the heck we want with no measuring. We put on like 5 pounds! Then go back to our normal eating and it's gone in a couple of weeks. You can do this and won't want to go back to how you were before!
Theresa

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I used my fitbit in a different way, I got it strictly for feedback and tracking on a short-term basis. I wore it for several months to learn and form habits with the sole goal of NOT needing it forever. I wanted to learn from the information it provided but not be dependent on it for life. After Google bought fitbit I dumped it in a drawer and haven't used it since. I struggled to understand how I could keep my data private and secure because it seemed like I was paying for the device but giving my health information, weight, age, location, etc. to them for free, did I understand the "terms of use" correctly?

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I really don't mind Google and others seeing my Fitbit info. In fact I I would be happy to share info in a group as an added incentive to work on goals.

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It seems like I should have a choice about what happens to the medical data it is collecting about me. Like how HIPPA prevents your doctor from giving out or profiting from the medical data they collect. I definitely respect your choice though.

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@jolinda

It seems like I should have a choice about what happens to the medical data it is collecting about me. Like how HIPPA prevents your doctor from giving out or profiting from the medical data they collect. I definitely respect your choice though.

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@jolinda I would not like the collection of my health information either. I selected a watch that is not of cellular control. I am still waiting for delivery. I don’t think it works like Hippa where information is only given on a need to know basis like to another physician or health equipment store. I am hoping to have more control of my health info. I will find out when I get it.

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@avmcbellar
Thanks. Can't wait to hear more when you get your new device.

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@jolinda

I used my fitbit in a different way, I got it strictly for feedback and tracking on a short-term basis. I wore it for several months to learn and form habits with the sole goal of NOT needing it forever. I wanted to learn from the information it provided but not be dependent on it for life. After Google bought fitbit I dumped it in a drawer and haven't used it since. I struggled to understand how I could keep my data private and secure because it seemed like I was paying for the device but giving my health information, weight, age, location, etc. to them for free, did I understand the "terms of use" correctly?

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Amen!
I don't even use Google as my server because of the privacy issue and other world-wide control/privacy issues. I Also don't shop Amazon anymore…same reasons. I've have enough info to know I want to guard whatever privacy I have left. Not sure we have any privacy at all anymore……enjoy my watch tho.
Blessings, elizabeth

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@ess77

Amen!
I don't even use Google as my server because of the privacy issue and other world-wide control/privacy issues. I Also don't shop Amazon anymore…same reasons. I've have enough info to know I want to guard whatever privacy I have left. Not sure we have any privacy at all anymore……enjoy my watch tho.
Blessings, elizabeth

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@ess77
I would pay more for a product that allowed me to keep my medical information private. Let's hope there is a fitness tracker company somewhere working on a product for people who want to choose how their medical information is collected, stored and used.

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@jolinda

@ess77
I would pay more for a product that allowed me to keep my medical information private. Let's hope there is a fitness tracker company somewhere working on a product for people who want to choose how their medical information is collected, stored and used.

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There is an app called MySymptoms and website MySymptoms.com you shook at… my wife and I use it to track our daily log and meds, etc. The other is CareZone. I’ve used both and they are good.

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@mayofeb2020

@colleenyoung. I original got the Fitbit to track my HR more than my steps. I'm having alot of issues with my fitbit:

One night I had a restless night, woke up at midnight and could not go back to sleep until at least after 1am. The next morning, I found I got a 90 in my sleep score! Another night I thought I slept well, but only get a 67 because it did not record my sleep for a few hours during the night.

I always use the same route for walking so I know how many steps it would be, but lately it was about 300 steps less. So I decided to use Google fit too when I walk, sure enough, the difference is about that much. My fitbit is on my wrist 24/7, except when I charge it or bath time. I do not carry my phone with me during the day, so I don't understand why at the end of the day, my Google fit showed I walked more steps.

I still use it to track my HR when I walk as this is primarily why I got it but my cardiologist dies not think that fitness tracers are always correct.

Now instead of counting steps, I use the mileage feature. Shopping for a new fitness tracker. Now that Google has completed the purchase of Fitbit, maybe they can iron some kinks out as I think it is a useful tool to get me motivated.

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@mayofeb2020 This is the first time I've seen all these messages about Fit Bit. I'm so happy to have come across them. I don't have anything approaching a Fit Bit but have been feeling the need to keep track of my exercise (not enough!) which I get some of on my Apple phone. Would love more food / diet info, also the sleep into, Most of the messages here are not really recent. If anyone feels like making recommendations, I'd be interested!

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Hi! If you don't have or want a Fitbit, you can track food pretty easily with an app called MyNetDiary. It's free.
Cheers, Theresa

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@barbb

@mayofeb2020 This is the first time I've seen all these messages about Fit Bit. I'm so happy to have come across them. I don't have anything approaching a Fit Bit but have been feeling the need to keep track of my exercise (not enough!) which I get some of on my Apple phone. Would love more food / diet info, also the sleep into, Most of the messages here are not really recent. If anyone feels like making recommendations, I'd be interested!

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@barbb. If you are only tracking steps/miles you walk, your Apple phone probably have those features. I use Google Fit bc I have an Android phone. As far as tracking sleep, I take my fitbit results with a grain of salt. People can get too stressed out with the numbers and it defeats the purpose.. . If I get up feeling rested, that's the important part. I still wear it knowing that it may not always be 100% correct. My friend has both the Fitbit Versa and the Oura Ring fitness tracker, and the numbers don't match at all….

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@therjes

Hi! If you don't have or want a Fitbit, you can track food pretty easily with an app called MyNetDiary. It's free.
Cheers, Theresa

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Thanks for the tip! I look forward to checking it out!

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