Tuesday, April 28, 2015

FitBit Flex VS Polar FT7



Over the weekend I decided to start wearing my FitBit Flex that I recieved in my PopSugar Target Must Have Box (what a mouthful) back in January. 

Since I've started working from home I have noticed that I am moving less, even if I am getting to the gym 5 times a week. So I have challenged myself to 10k steps a day.

Sunday was my first day using my FitBit flex and although it was a rest day from the gym I was inspired to move more. The dogs and I went on 4 long walks and although I missed my goal for the day it was even more of a push for Monday.




Yesterday was day 2 and I wasn't sure if I wanted to include my workout towards my 10k steps goal until I saw how hard it was to get there. I took 2 work breaks to walk the dogs and I couldn't even break 4,000 steps before my class. By the end of the day, even with my hour long Tabata class I was under my goal and under Sunday's total steps.



I am still wearing my Polar FT7 during my workouts because wearing a chest strap is really the only way to accurately monitor your heart rate/get total calories burned, However I hated wearing both of them during class. 
At first I had them both on my left wrist, but at some point during our warm up the FitBit shut my Polar off and I lost 15 minutes of my burn. I decided to then put one on each wrist which not only looked silly, it didn't feel great on my wrists during burpees.



For this very reason I want a Polar A300. It is the Fitbit and Polar heart rate monitors all in one. You have the option to add a chest strap for your workouts or use it without and you can change the wristbands as you please. If I had the extra $180 I would order one of these today, it's the perfect fitness watch for all of my needs!

Santa, can you hear me?



Do you use a FitBit or Polar?
Which do you prefer?


8 comments:

  1. I got a FitBit about a year ago and only wore it for a month. I found it to be very inaccurate. I work with babies, and the FitBit would vibrate, telling me that I reached my goal steps while I was rocking a baby to sleep in a rocking chair! And the darn thing kept popping off. I've never used a heart rate chest strap monitor, but I imagine those are the most accurate. I've been trying my FitBit again, only for runs outside, and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I would stick with your Polar!

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  2. I just upgraded from the FT4 and Jawbone Up Move to the Polar A300. Best decision! I felt like I had too much on me during my workouts, while I don't always like wearing a watch, this is a lot better. It syncs with My Fitness Pal, and Polar Flow without any plugs, so much easier to track everything!!

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  3. Just out of curiosity, what do you do with your old polar watches?

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  4. I am selling them but in the past I've held on to them.

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  5. I have a fitbit flex right now. I have lots of thoughts about it. I like the idea and it serves its purpose to an extent. I think there is a huge design flaw with the tracker being able to come out of the band. I say this because, I am a sweater when I run. As a result, all that sweat gets all lodged up in there and I'm pretty sure after time, has had a negative impact. I have had mine for a little less than a year and there are charging issues and it has stopped vibrating when I reach my goals. Recently, it decides to stop working on occasion and I have to fight with it. With all that said, I like the fitbit app, just not the flex. I am currently thinking about the Surge as I'm in the market for something new (although I may go with a Garmin). I've never used Polar before.

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  6. Would you recommend getting a used one first or just paying for a new one?

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