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Old 07-19-2021, 05:57 AM   #1
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Question Fitness Tracker

Morning y’all,
What type of fitness tracker do y’all use and why? We get a discount on health insurance when we’re linked in with the wife’s provider. I also get a discount on my supplement program with Medicare.
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Old 07-20-2021, 08:43 AM   #2
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I'm not sure what all kinds of devices will be accepted for the program but I can give you feedback on the two I have used.

Whoop. Device is typically free with a code. It is just a band with a sensor. No face. Monthly fee of $30. Data is viewed in their app. Device reads well and is low profile. Battery life is about a week from what I remember. You charge this little battery pack and then it snaps onto the device so that you can charge the device while still wearing it. I eventually lost the battery pack and didn't want to spend $30 on another one. The never ending $30 a month also really annoyed me.

Now I have a garmin instinct watch. It does everything the whoop did, plus everything a watch does. It also has gps function and gives you notifications from your phone. I think i paid $170ish on amazon but there is no monthly fee. Battery life is about 3 weeks. I am happy with it so far.
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Old 07-20-2021, 08:49 AM   #3
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2x for Whoop. It Bluetooth's to your phone. It's very small. I get about 4 days out of a charge, and I paid for three years up front, which works the price down to about $12/month. The biggest perk is it measures my sleep, which is something I struggle to get an adequate amount. The only downfall, you basically always need service for it to keep your data current. It will hold about a days worth of data itself, but it needs some sort of internet connectivity to save the data.

I had a huge Garmin watch, and it was too big and cumbersome. I also had to buy the HR monitor, which was also annoying, and it doesn't monitor my sleep. The plus, there was no subscription fee, it measures elevation change and distance run, and generally doesn't need internet connectivity.
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Old 07-20-2021, 09:19 AM   #4
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I have a Fitbit Charge 4, small, very bright display, and I really like its features.
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Old 07-20-2021, 09:25 AM   #5
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Garmin Instinct Tactical, is a great choice
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Old 07-20-2021, 09:48 AM   #6
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Apple Watch. Does all of that stuff and more.


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Old 07-20-2021, 09:59 AM   #7
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I have the Garmin Instinct Tactical Solar - great battery life, GPS, tracks heart rate, steps, sleep, pulse ox, and alot of other stuff. I have my main screen showing battery level, current temperature, day and date, time of day and sunrise/sunset. Don't know if it meets your insurance needs but I really like the watch. And it's not super big.
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Old 07-20-2021, 10:27 AM   #8
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Definitely not into the $30.00 a month fee. Hail that’s 1/8 a tank of gas per month! I am writing these down y’all so I really appreciate your input. Will there be a monitoring fee for all of these? Or any tracker you buy? Ok just read not all have fees.
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Old 07-20-2021, 12:01 PM   #9
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I had a Fitbit and I liked it and it had good features. Battery life was decent. I have since got a Apple Watch. It has good features too but more complicated to use. I need to see if I can get a discount on my Medicare supplement plan.
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Old 07-20-2021, 12:40 PM   #10
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I have the Garmin Vivoactive 4 and don’t really have any complaints. Besides tracking all my health stats and movements i also use it as my golf gps and download music to it so I don’t have to carry a phone when i run/workout. You can upload your stats to your phone for ease of tracking or to share with friends.
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Old 07-20-2021, 12:49 PM   #11
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I’m technically challenged (can’t even get pic to download on here) so I don’t need anything too technical or expensive. Maury I have Mutual of Omaha and I believe they have some type of discount program. The wife’s job does for sure.
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Old 07-20-2021, 01:00 PM   #12
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When I wasn't being a bum I used a fitbit.

I was a skeptic before I started using it but seeing those daily and weekly goals and you hitting them really kept me pushing. Only need 30 more active minutes to hit daily goal, let's go!!!!
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Old 07-20-2021, 01:05 PM   #13
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Get the Apple Watch. If you wait till 4th Quarter the new one should be out with some (predicted) significant health monitoring upgrades.
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Old 07-20-2021, 02:23 PM   #14
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I've got an Apple Watch and a Garmin Fenix 6x - they do pretty much the same thing; track workouts, sleep, pulse ox, the Series 6 AW has an ECG monitor too. Totally different in appearance though.

With everything Apple is doing on the health side with the AW and the integrations being built, it's probably your best option. The only negative is battery life, it'll need to see a charger every day but, the series 6 has a rapid charge which is 20% faster and takes less than 1.5 hours to fully charge.
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Old 07-20-2021, 02:31 PM   #15
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I use the Whoop. It has been interesting to see my trends and how it measures the strain on the body.

It is amazing what getting the correct amount of sleep does for the body.
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Old 07-20-2021, 02:37 PM   #16
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Got the wife a Garmin Forerunner and I have a Garmin Instinct Solar. She loves her Forerunner and it tracks all sorts of stuff and is targeted for more cardio and working out. I'd probably love the Instinct if I used it more but I've not worn a watch for 20 years so it's tough getting used to. I can tell you when I start a "strength" workout the darn thing knows somehow which muscles I've targeted and counts reps and such. The Garmin Connect will show me primary muscle groups worked and such afterwards. I thought that was pretty crazy.
edit: The Instinct gives me like 24 days on a charge.

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Old 07-20-2021, 02:47 PM   #17
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My fitbit got me in a bit of a predicament with the wife when I ran 2 miles in the shower before bed.
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Old 07-20-2021, 03:18 PM   #18
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Fitbit if you are just tracking steps and minimal workouts for health insurance.

Garmin or Suunto if you are an athlete and want more accurate tracking.

Both have smart watch capabilities.
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Old 07-20-2021, 03:28 PM   #19
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I looked up the Garmen and those are fine but waaay past my price point. Pushing $500.00 !y’all forgot I’ve got implant surgery tomorrow so moolah is a little tight.
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Old 07-20-2021, 03:42 PM   #20
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I looked up the Garmen and those are fine but waaay past my price point. Pushing $500.00 !y’all forgot I’ve got implant surgery tomorrow so moolah is a little tight.
I got my Solar on Prime day for a huge discount. The regular Instinct can be had for roughly $169 I believe.
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Old 07-20-2021, 04:14 PM   #21
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Wow Just! I just missed prime day.
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Old 07-20-2021, 04:38 PM   #22
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Fitbit. Simple and not too expensive. I wear one for work. Volta get your steps to get the insurance money.
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Old 07-20-2021, 04:41 PM   #23
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Wow Just! I just missed prime day.
Solar was $239 or $229. They had the Tactical for $179 I believe.
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Old 07-20-2021, 04:47 PM   #24
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Those were straight up bad azz! I mean monitoring your sleep patterns? Crazy where technology has gone. Something tells me the government can probably track through that thing! Lol
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Old 07-20-2021, 04:49 PM   #25
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Those were straight up bad azz! I mean monitoring your sleep patterns? Crazy where technology has gone. Something tells me the government can probably track through that thing! Lol
It seems to know exactly when I go to sleep and exactly when I wake up, but not sure how accurate all the other stuff is. It usually shows me getting maybe 3m of deep sleep, 6 hours of light sleep, and an hour and change of REM. There's been a couple times it said I had 40+ minutes of deep sleep and those days I felt real good and energized. I've only had it for a few weeks so jury is still out.
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Old 07-20-2021, 05:51 PM   #26
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That would be me. A couple of trips to whizz, toss and turn, wife wakes me up running her chainsaw, I wake her up, then her alarm goes off. Eat, sleep, repeat.
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Old 07-21-2021, 08:08 AM   #27
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2x for Whoop. It Bluetooth's to your phone. It's very small. I get about 4 days out of a charge, and I paid for three years up front, which works the price down to about $12/month. The biggest perk is it measures my sleep, which is something I struggle to get an adequate amount. The only downfall, you basically always need service for it to keep your data current. It will hold about a days worth of data itself, but it needs some sort of internet connectivity to save the data.

I had a huge Garmin watch, and it was too big and cumbersome. I also had to buy the HR monitor, which was also annoying, and it doesn't monitor my sleep. The plus, there was no subscription fee, it measures elevation change and distance run, and generally doesn't need internet connectivity.
The newer garmin watches monitor everything themselves. HR, sleep, etc.
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Old 07-21-2021, 12:16 PM   #28
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My fitbit got me in a bit of a predicament with the wife when I ran 2 miles in the shower before bed.

You owe me some paper towels for wiping the drink off my screen
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