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Moov Vs. Fitbit: Fitness Faceoff
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asksqn
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asksqn,
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3/1/2014 | 6:03:37 PM
Young tech will need modifications accordingly
Nice but this gadget doesn't seem to take into consideration angle of inclination when cycling uphill, which I do on a daily basis.  Just distance.  MOOV et al will certainly need to recalibrate its tech to be useful to those of us whose exercise endeavors don't travel a predictable route.
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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3/2/2014 | 2:16:08 PM
Overanalysis
This is the same advice I give everybody, and as a former fatty who is now in great shape, I believe I'm an authority on this topic. Forget all this type of gear. If you want to get into shape, do 20 to 25 minutes of moderately difficulty cardio 3 or 4 times a week. Jogging, swimming, exercise bike, whatever. Work just hard enough to break into a light sweat. Don't try for too much too soon. No, cleaning your house or playing with the dog DOES NOT COUNT. Going on a hike every month and a half, when you're not too busy from work, will do you no good, either. Make it a habit. No matter who your are, you'll either find an hour 1 1/4 a week to exercise, or many hours a week in the cardiologist's office.

In a couple of months, it'll become a habit and you'll be on autopilot.

These types of high-tech gadgets, while impressive technically, will only distract you from the simple task you need to do to succeed.
Kristin Burnham
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3/3/2014 | 8:29:36 PM
Re: Overanalysis
I do wonder how many people use these gadgets regularly after several months have passed. Does the novelty wear off? Anyone with a similar device care to weigh in?
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3/5/2014 | 5:14:24 PM
Re: Overanalysis
I received my FitBit Ultra as a gift in September of 2012 and I can say I've used it consistently since receiving it. I'm considering making the "Moov" to a wrist version of a pedometer but I think Moov offers much more than I need. Walking is the way I exercise, and I don't want a digital coach for that. I received a Fitbit Flex for Christmas and returned it so I could get the FitBit Force, but so many people complained they lost it because the wrist band didn't clasp properly... and like someone else mentioned, FitBit recently pulled it off the shelves due to a wrist irritation.
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Fbob,
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3/2/2014 | 4:02:12 PM
It's 50% off right now...
I'll link you to their site where you can get it for 50% off. I ordered two for myself.
http://moov.cc/getmoov/4374291AFC
FormerMTman
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3/3/2014 | 10:07:17 AM
Current FitBit user switching to Moov
I bought a FitBit Force at Christmas, and although I like it overall, it only comes in two colors - black and grey/blue (the picture in the article is the FitBit flex).  I e-mailed FitBit a month ago and there were no plans to make the force in any other colors, they recommended the fob.  I also asked FitBit about adding the functionality of heart rate monitoring and was told that wouldn't happen.  I ordered two of the Moov units to be shipped in July becuase it appears that feature for feature, the Moov is a better deal although I like the sleek design of the FitBit, the fitness coach of the Moov is too awesome to pass up.
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anon0631711623,
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3/3/2014 | 12:15:26 PM
Re: Current FitBit user switching to Moov
I am not sure if you are entirely correct on that. I can go onto Amazon and find at least four other colors of bands that fit the Fitbot Flex...
FormerMTman
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FormerMTman,
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3/4/2014 | 2:31:12 PM
Re: Current FitBit user switching to Moov
Sorry @anon0631711623, my bad, I meant to say that I purchased the Fitbit Force (top end model) not the Fitbit Flex (the mid market offering).  Yes the flex does offer more color choices that the Force, but I liked the wireless sych of the Force (and you will too as the bank on either is a little hard to put on or take off).
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3/3/2014 | 5:23:34 PM
Re: Current FitBit user switching to Moov
Are you switching to Moov primarily because of the color? I don't use any of these devices although I'm starting to get tempted. The sleep monitor is the part that interests me, actually, rather than the movement tracker. 
FormerMTman
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FormerMTman,
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3/4/2014 | 2:24:39 PM
Re: Current FitBit user switching to Moov
I would go for it!  Try it out and you'll see if you are moving as much as you think you are.  I had thought I was doing fine, could have improved but was still getting some exercise.   Man was I wrong!

 
Kristin Burnham
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3/4/2014 | 8:45:47 PM
Re: Current FitBit user switching to Moov
I'm skeptical about the sleep monitors. I tried an app once that basically tracked your movement during the night and based on that, reported your sleep cycle. It also claimed to wake you up at the most opportune time in your sleep cycle to minimize grogginess, though I never found any of it particularly helpful.
FormerMTman
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3/5/2014 | 11:18:20 AM
Re: Current FitBit user switching to Moov
Kristin - The sleep monitor has to be set manually on the FitBit, so you have complete control over that.  What you do (on the Force) is press and hold the button for about two seconds (a stopwatch starts showing you that you are starting sleep mode) and when you wake up, you press and hold the button for about two seconds to turn sleep mode off.  My problem with this is that I have forgotton to turn it back on in the morning.
FormerMTman
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3/28/2014 | 1:16:54 AM
Re: Current FitBit user switching to Moov
Hi Alison - No, the color of my force is black, which is fine for me. The primary reason is the fitness coach that the mood offers, and the 9 axis movement sensor. I would highly recommend a fitness tracker if you have never used one.
Kristin Burnham
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3/3/2014 | 8:32:06 PM
Re: Current FitBit user switching to Moov
You seem to know your fitness gadgets. Is there any feature either of these models don't have that you'd like to see?
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3/4/2014 | 2:21:53 PM
Re: Current FitBit user switching to Moov
I wouldn't say that I am a pro with these things, for me I purchased to FitBit because I wanted to know how much I was actually moving as my job is mostly sedentary.  Turns out that it is no mystery how I got fatter over the past year, I was only walking about a mile a day, sometimes a little more, but not more than 2 miles.  Using the monitoring functions, I am up to 4+ miles a day walking and 2 miles a day running.

My primary reason for upgrading to the Moov is that it incorporates 9 axis sensors (as opposed to Fitbit Force's 3 axis sensors), that allows the tracker to analyze your total body movement and compare it to different form models.  This comparison allows for real-time "coaching" in order to improve form and increase efficiency, thus making you better at what you are doing and reducing the risk of injury.  I really like the look of the Fitbit Force (and yes the FORCE model only comes in the two colors mentioned in my original post - I verified it, and only the Flex has more colors), and I can't say that I love the design or the color of the Moov, but the coaching is too good to resist INHO.

By the way, Fitbit has pulled sales of the Force right now due to complaints of skin irritation with the band, I haven't experienced any issues with my Force and have suffered no irritations.  I thought the trackers were kind of a novelty as well at first, but heck cell phones were a novelty at their introduction point.  I don't NEED to have a tracker, but once you get one (and use it) it provides some valuable data that will help you meet your goals. 
Kristin Burnham
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3/4/2014 | 8:50:21 PM
Re: Current FitBit user switching to Moov
Your observation about cell phones and fitness gadgets is spot on. People debate the value of these devices all the time, but if they've helped you increase and monitor your activity, why not invest in one?
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3/4/2014 | 2:27:03 PM
Re: Current FitBit user switching to Moov
Features I would like to see:  Blood pressure, heart rate, glucose monitoring would be very nice and could be incorporated easily.  
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8/25/2014 | 10:46:44 PM
Moov missing in action!
Received our two Moov devices. So far, my email inquiring as to why there's no Android support (really??) has gone un-answered. There's no literature with the product, and most 'features' are now officially described as "coming soon". If I can figure out how, I'll be returning our 2 soon! We were conned!

Stick with Fitbit!


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