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Alternative to tingling and numbness from a Fitbit Charge?

I've been wearing a Fitbit Charge for a few weeks and loving the functionality and the motivation. What I don't love is that over time it's caused numbness and tingling in my hand. This seems to be a common occurrence for a minority of wearers. I contacted Fitbit who were great about organizing a return and refund. Now I want a fitness tracker that keeps me motivated but doesn't make my arm and hand go numb or tingly. Ideally, it shows the time, is waterproof, connects to an Android with a decent app. Anyone else had this issue and moved on to a tracker that works for them?
posted by merocet on Jul 4, 2016 - 4 answers

Recommend some Fitbit Flex bands that won't cause irritation

I love my Fitbit Flex but my skin doesn't love the band. Now that the resulting skin rash is almost healed I'd like to wear it again but would prefer a band made from a different material. [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Jun 23, 2016 - 6 answers

Why the discrepancy with my heart rate monitors?

I usually wear a Wahoo TICKR heart rate monitor when I cycle. Recently, our office purchased us FitBit Charge HR wristbands as part of a "get healthy" initiative... They don't really seem to agree. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Apr 2, 2016 - 16 answers

Integrating a bicycling app with a Fitbit Charge HR?

I have a Fitbit Charge HR. It doesn't do well with cycling, per Fitbit's instructions, so I'd like to connect it to an app like Map My Ride or Strava for my trips on my bicycle. Can this work or should I use something like Microsoft's Band 2 or the Fitbit Surge that has fully integrated GPS and cycling modes? [more inside]
posted by fireoyster on Jan 19, 2016 - 5 answers

Fitness Tracker for a Very Small Windows User?

Microsoft Band, Band 2 and Fitbit are all too big. All the devices I've seen that look as if they *might* fit aren't compatible with Windows Phone. Dear MeFi, please help this tiny little Windows-using snowflake track All the Things. [more inside]
posted by Flipping_Hades_Terwilliger on Jan 12, 2016 - 10 answers

What's a good alternative to a fitbit?

My girlfriend's fitbit charge has fallen apart twice now - are any of the competitors hardier? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Dec 4, 2015 - 23 answers

Flex vs Charge HR: which fits a beginner better?

Please help me pick an activity tracker that fits my needs from the seemingly limitless options out there. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Nov 17, 2015 - 17 answers

MyFitnessPal+Fitbit Flex=?

Help me figure out how to best use a Fitbit Flex and MyFitnessPal together. [more inside]
posted by still bill on Sep 12, 2015 - 3 answers

Sleep Tracker and brain waves - what to measure, and how?

Let's say there are three options for sleep tracking. The first is an expensive sleep study in a lab. Won't sleep anyway, in an unfamiliar bed, electrodes hooked up everywhere. The second is a "home version" of same, where the lab sends you home with a device and electrodes (also expensive). The third is some kind of smartphone-based sleep tracker. What I need to know - when measuring phases of sleep (and what the best time is to wake up, within a "window"), what is the minimum I need? [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Aug 21, 2015 - 8 answers

Can you help me find a less expensive version of this Fitbit bracelet?

Can you help me find a less expensive version of this Fitbit bracelet? [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes on Jul 4, 2015 - 8 answers

Best Windows PC-compatible, wearable sleep tracker?

Best Windows PC-compatible, wearable sleep tracker? [more inside]
posted by vers on Jun 21, 2015 - 9 answers

Can I hack my Apple Watch into tracking sleep?

I used to own only a Fitbit Charge wristband. Now I own the Fitbit and an Apple Watch. But as the Apple Watch doesn't have an official sleep tracking function, currently I have to wear the Fitbit to bed to track sleep, and then use the Sync Solver apps to synchronise sleep data and fitness data between Fitbit and Apple. It's all a bit of a kludge. Is there a way to hack the Apple Watch into tracking my sleep patterns? [more inside]
posted by skylar on Jun 9, 2015 - 1 answer

Fitbit and the Modern Negro

Do wrist-based optical heart rate monitors work on dark skin? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Jan 25, 2015 - 7 answers

Is Starvation Mode Even A Thing?

My new FitBit reveals that I'm burning a lot more calories than I thought I was, despite the fact that after tracking my eating habits for two months, I've failed to lose any weight. WHY? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jan 6, 2015 - 60 answers

Best Fitness Tracker For 63 Year Old Mother

For Christmas, my mother has said she wants a fitbit/jawbone style fitness tracker and I'm trying to pick one out for her. I'm looking at newer, mid/high range models that will sync with ios and are easy to use. [more inside]
posted by pugg on Dec 17, 2014 - 11 answers

Fitbit flex overcounting steps?

Does anyone else's fitbit show what appears to be a wildly inflated number of steps per day? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Oct 28, 2014 - 18 answers

I want to reward myself for doing good stuff, for real, not with points.

I want to reward some good/healty behaviours automatically. Examples might be reaching 13K steps on fitbit or for reaching a fitbit goal for X days in a row. The obvious solution is IFTTT (not all goals are fitbit related, but I think I can make an IFTTT trigger happen easily enough). The problem is that I can't think of any IFTTT do-able reward. I am open to non-IFTTT-based solutions otherwise. [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Aug 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Make my black fitbit clip flesh toned

Is there a simple way to paint or color the standard fitbit clip so that it is a nude/flesh tone? I would like to paint it, but I anticipate difficulty since it seems to be made partially of silicone. Is there a way this can be done successfully?
posted by skjønn on Jun 28, 2014 - 9 answers

Display fitbit steps/info on desktop or chrome toolbar?

There must be a simple way thru a desktop widget or chrome extension to display the step count (and perhaps other daily data) from my fitbit on my windows 7 desktop or my Google Chrome browser toolbar, but I can't seem to find it. Does anybody know how to do this? thank you so much!
posted by skjønn on Jun 19, 2014 - 1 answer

Was your fitbit a game changer...or not?

I'm really itching to buy a fitbit to help lose weight and get in better shape. I'm interested in hearing from people who got one. Was a fabulous gamechanger that totally whipped you into shape? Or just something that ended up in your junk drawer because it was too cumbersome? Also, is it reliable for women when clipped to the center of the bra between the cups? I don't want it to be visible.
posted by skjønn on May 7, 2014 - 39 answers

Fitbit becoming less accurate over time?

I have a Fitbit flex I've been wearing for about eight months now. In the past couple months I've started tracking my runs with the RunKeeper app, and when I compare that with the fitbit the flex is way off --- up to 20% off in distance. The weird part is, this seems to be a new thing --- when i first got the flex I compared it a few times with google maps of known distances, and I wasn't getting these huge discrepancies. I tried manually entering stride length in the fitbit settings, but doesn't seem to have helped. Any suggestions as to why this might be happening? Has anyone else noticed this with their flex? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Apr 1, 2014 - 9 answers

Fitbit snowflake: which one will work for me?

It's that time of year again when the REI dividend is in the air, and I am thinking about a Fitbit (though if a Jawbone is really what I want, persuade me). Criteria that are making this difficult inside. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Mar 29, 2014 - 13 answers

Why am I not losing weight?

YANMD but should I see one? Seemingly unable to lose weight with diet and exercise. Details within. [more inside]
posted by arniec on Feb 2, 2014 - 40 answers

Fit bit...body media arm band or other option?

I would like to get an idea of how many calories I burn in a single day. I'm also interested in being able to log my food intake using a database. I do not want to have to sync with my computer daily, but do want to use my smartphone. I am looking to spend $150 or less. I am willing to wear the monitor on my wrist or arm. I do have a large hand so any bracelets would need to be a strap with closure. Please tell me which monitors you like and don't like about the one you use. What does the hive recommend?
posted by Coffee Bean on Jan 24, 2014 - 25 answers

Fitness tracker (Fitbit, etc.) whose Bluetooth/wifi can be turned off?

Personal electronic devices with active wireless / bluetooth are not allowed in my workplace, so I'm looking for a fitness tracker whose Bluetooth / wireless can be turned off during the day. I have looked at the manuals for various products - FitBit (Flex/Force/One), Nike FuelBand; Misfit Shine; etc. - but I haven't found the answer yet. Does anyone know whether this is possible for any of the various devices out there today? I'm happy to do the work of manually syncing the device on my own (for instance, via USB) if that's what's called for.
posted by ninotchka on Jan 4, 2014 - 15 answers

What's a good site/app for tracking and graphing manually inputted data?

What's a good site/app for tracking and graphing manually inputted data? I do not own a Fitbit or Jawbone, but I'd like to manually input the reading of a pedometer every day, and then be able to see graphs that show me, for example, how well I've done over the last month, or that I tend to have fewer steps on, say, Tuesdays. I'd also like to track and manually input things like: kilometers cycled, pages read, and other categories that I might come up with. I've seen Daytum, Beeminder and some others, and am keen on being able to input via a phone app, and would also prefer a free service. Can anyone recommend the best tools for this? Thank you.
posted by surenoproblem on Jan 1, 2014 - 6 answers

Jawbone or Fitbit, wake me up before you go-go (to the snooze button)

I'm strongly considering buying a Jawbone UP24 or FitBit Force specifically for the alarm/sleep tracking functions. Does anyone have any experience with either product for that purpose? Is there something else that would meet my needs better? [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies on Dec 11, 2013 - 12 answers

Why can't I connect devices to my wifi?

Last week I had to upgrade my cable modem. Most of my wifi devices were perfectly happy, but my scale and printer refuse to connect to wifi now. [more inside]
posted by Blue Jello Elf on Nov 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Fitbit? One or Flex?

Due to events beyond the scope of this AskMe, high-intensity exercise is currently off the table for me. I need to stay active in order to manage a bunch of minor but chronic health conditions, though, and I know from previous experience that gamification works really well to keep me on target. So I'm in the market for a Fitbit or something like one -- I have a pedometer app for my phone, but that doesn't work so well for on-all-day functionality. But which fitbit? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Aug 2, 2013 - 26 answers

I want a fitbit!!!

Or do I? I don't have or want a smartphone and "my" computer is at work. Is there something other than fitbit that is as easy to use but isn't quite so synched into the smartphone/app world? [more inside]
posted by janey47 on Jul 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Out of shape AWF - ISO wearable fitness device for long term partnership

Seeking wearable fitness device, preferably one that integrates with Strava and more-or-less automatically dumps all the information into some centralized web-accessible resource. I've looked into the Fitbit Flex, the Jawbone Up and the Nike Fuelband and I'm now suffering from option paralysis. Should I aim a level up? Special snowflake details inside! [more inside]
posted by rednikki on Jun 8, 2013 - 11 answers

Perfect pedometer?

Pedometer recommendation: is there an open source alternative to Fitbit? Or should I go back to a cheap Omron? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jan 8, 2013 - 4 answers

Which personal fitness gizmo do I want?

Which personal fitness gizmo do I want? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Nov 29, 2012 - 16 answers

Fitbit for people who walk and bike?

Do you have a fitbit? How to you deal with biking and/or other activities that fitbit does not measure well? Or is there a better tool for this? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Nov 22, 2012 - 13 answers

Fitbit API

I just bought a Fitbit and I want to play around with their API. [more inside]
posted by JPowers on May 24, 2012 - 9 answers

Tracking my dog walks across the country.

I have a fitbit. I have a dog. I would like to make a map of Canada displaying the distance I have walked with said dog. I am completely incapable of anything technical. Help me out? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Jan 14, 2012 - 5 answers

Fitbit hacks?

I got a Fitbit for Christmas! Do you have one? What should I know about it? Any tips/tricks/hacks for getting the most out of it?
posted by exceptinsects on Dec 27, 2011 - 10 answers

How fast am I moving now?

Is it possible to manually extract and analyze the data from a personal accelerometer? [more inside]
posted by eisenkr on Mar 15, 2010 - 4 answers

You walked 875 steps, typed 31,221 characters, and found 0 girlfriends today.

I'm interested in self-tracking/home automation. What products (or DIY projects) are out there in the same vein of "Withings" and "FitBit" that will semi-passively track data about myself? [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed on Feb 2, 2010 - 5 answers

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