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Topic # 162081 28-Jan-2015 15:45
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A couple of years ago I was exercising a lot and in pretty good condition for a man of my advanced years. For a number of reasons I stopped going to the gym and ended up overweight and unfit. This year I'm trying to get back into shape and thought I might add some technology to my sessions because there's nothing like a new gadget to get you motivated, am I right?

I walk and cycle a lot - most fitness trackers can handle that (even Google Fit on my phone handles that) - but I also go to the gym six days a week, where I alternate between cardio (rowing machine, stationary bike and treadmill) and light weight sessions. Does anyone know of a tracker that does a good job with those gym activities? I mean, tracking distance/time/speed is easy when GPS is plotting you all over town, but what can they measure (apart from heart rate) when the bike is not moving? Can they even tell the difference between, say, rowing and cycling?

I'd be interested in any insights/experiences people have had. Thanks...

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  Reply # 1224187 28-Jan-2015 16:16
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I just record manually into MyFitnessPal. A tracker can't measure weights and such, and doesn't really have any idea what you're doing.

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  Reply # 1224222 28-Jan-2015 16:39
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timmmay:  A tracker can't measure weights and such, and doesn't really have any idea what you're doing.


if you really want a fitness tracker, try the Jawbone up3, which will monitor your heart rate ( to a degree) or the Whithings pulse O2 for heart rate and blood oxygen levels.

but really, If you can track time, amount of weight, and rest period. HR is a nice addition, and your phone can do that. Everything else is fluff.

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