@truthfinder: In your post you did not mention (or atleast I missed) the model of Fitbit that you had on...
Actually, early in the blog (third paragraph, I think) I said: "When I opened this package, I discovered something called a Fitbit Zip."
I do agree with you about the wrist ones not being likely to give 100% accurate results, but I woudl like to try one to see. I actually think that they might be better than you expect -- I'm not sure if they work oby detecting a swinging motion, or by detecting the "jaring" motion when your foot hits the floor.
Re counting the steps -- I think mthe desk treadmill in my office is as close to 100% accurate as I coudl hope -- I can watch the step cound advance with each step. Now you have me wanting to try one of those write units (but not enough for me to pay for one LOL)
Max Maxfield : In your post you did not mention (or atleast I missed) the model of Fitbit that you had on. I was commenting on the Fitbit Flex and every other brand that you wear on the wrist or on the arm. Isn't it common sense that when the arm is not moving sufficiently at every step taken by the leg, a step count cannot be made correctly ? Other reviewers have noted that when they shook hands with someone, the fitbit recorded steps. So was it when they waved. On the other hand, if your style of walk/run is such that you do not move your arm, you do not get a step count. Again, statistically speaking, the (in)accuracy of these gadgets become evident only when you can compare say 5000 actual steps with the reading they give out. But who can count 5000 steps correctly ? So, what I expected from you was a statement to point out the limitation of such gadgets. Your later evaluation does address these flaws to some extent. But not fully. My complaint is not against the Fitbit alone but all those that claim to give out correct readings of steps taken while sitting on the arm or the wrist. Anyway, I did not desire my statement/post to be against you personally.
LOL! It does make you think twice, though, about taking the stairs instead of the elevator! The biggest thing it does is create awareness, no magic bullet, but gets you thinking all the time about the healthier option.
Max, I concur... instead of trashing you, the person could have given some useful info... like when I walk, my good old fashioned pedometer is clipped to my waist (which has gone to waste these days with min exercise!) and it gives me the number of steps walked was well as miles. That type of usage does not count arm movements!
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