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Does anyone wear heart monitor/body media device?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 22, 2011 at 4:53 PM

A co-worker of mine bought a bodymedia body sensor (BodyMedia FIT Armband BW Weight Management System) http://amzn.to/e4qWG0 (measures heart rate, body temp, steps/motion) and let me borrow it for a week after I thought the idea sounded cool.

I'm not really for these things but found it interesting that I now have a reasonable idea of how much sleep I get, what my sleep periods are like.

I have to give it back to her today but am now tempted to buy one for myself now that I have seen the data it outputs.

Does anyone else use one to track their activity/sleep/etc? Are there alternatives to expensive hardware investments to track this that I am not thinking of?

Here are images of my weeks worth of outputs for calories and sleep. alt text alt text

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on January 12, 2012
at 01:41 PM

I have a Fitbit, used to have an Omron pedometer. It works well enough for my purposes - I walk or run 7+ miles every day and I just want a record of that. It tends to overestimate calories burned a tad, so I just subtract 100 cals a day. For exercise I just time myself. It also measures deep sleep vs light sleep which I found corresponds pretty well to how I am feeling in the morning. I don't use their food tracking; I prefer Cron-o-meter because it has more info on macro nutrients.

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on January 12, 2012
at 10:02 AM

Wow, are you and flg8r96 bodymedia sales reps?

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on March 25, 2011
at 02:54 PM

It does. It will log and show specific areas based off GPS locations based on date. Here's a link to the specs. Everything uploads to their software program, and I believe you can export to your own program from there, but I have yet to have any desire in the 3 years I've owned it to export. https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=142&pID=349

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on March 25, 2011
at 02:32 PM

Does the forerunner 305 provide an export of the heart rate and distance measurements?

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on March 22, 2011
at 05:55 PM

Yeah the lack of heart rate being reported is a big minus for the bodymedia.

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on March 22, 2011
at 05:47 PM

After scouring the FAQs for each device (fitbit and bodymedia) I don't think I'd purchase either one for non-exercise calorie tracking, or even exercise tracking. Neither seem to track heart rate, only movement (while bodymedia also measure temperature and electric resistance(?) (I'm guessing how sweaty you are)). Looks like bodymedia might be more accurate for sleep tracking, since fitbit just measures movement. YMMV, of course.

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on March 22, 2011
at 05:34 PM

BodyMedia FIT Armband BW Weight Management System

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on March 22, 2011
at 05:34 PM

I don't see how it's possible for a device like that to accurately measure calories burned.

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07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on March 22, 2011
at 05:34 PM

I had a friend who recently bought a fitbit ( http://www.fitbit.com/ ) - it certainly looks interesting and I've been considering putting one on my wishlist. It seems to offer the same kind of data.

I separately use a Polar FT80 for tracking heart rate and calorie expenditure during workouts, but I don't think it's designed for round-the-clock data collection.

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on March 22, 2011
at 05:55 PM

Yeah the lack of heart rate being reported is a big minus for the bodymedia.

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on March 22, 2011
at 05:47 PM

After scouring the FAQs for each device (fitbit and bodymedia) I don't think I'd purchase either one for non-exercise calorie tracking, or even exercise tracking. Neither seem to track heart rate, only movement (while bodymedia also measure temperature and electric resistance(?) (I'm guessing how sweaty you are)). Looks like bodymedia might be more accurate for sleep tracking, since fitbit just measures movement. YMMV, of course.

21b36b3de8ff31b0d41e7f0f4b5c1e03

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on January 12, 2012
at 01:41 PM

I have a Fitbit, used to have an Omron pedometer. It works well enough for my purposes - I walk or run 7+ miles every day and I just want a record of that. It tends to overestimate calories burned a tad, so I just subtract 100 cals a day. For exercise I just time myself. It also measures deep sleep vs light sleep which I found corresponds pretty well to how I am feeling in the morning. I don't use their food tracking; I prefer Cron-o-meter because it has more info on macro nutrients.

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on March 22, 2011
at 05:25 PM

What brand does she have? I only have Garmin 305 Heartrate monitor. I bought it in the past when I used to run/jog religiously, but now I just use it for an interval timer/stop watch.

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on March 22, 2011
at 05:34 PM

BodyMedia FIT Armband BW Weight Management System

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on May 14, 2012
at 04:53 PM

I wear a FitBit to keep general track of how active I am on any given day, but I don't trust the numbers to be accurate to the step and I definitely put no credence in the calories burned.

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on May 14, 2012
at 03:14 PM

Well, sort of.

I wear a cheap Omron pedometer when I am NOT doing any sort of exercise, just to monitor my baseline level of activity during the day. I am prone to be quite sedentary if not watched. I am also very hard on pedometers (on my fifth in a calendar year), so I prefer to use a "throwaway" one.

I occasionally wear a Polar HRM when exercising just to check actual exertion versus perceived exertion. I am prone to be a lollygagger if not watched.

I use a data-capable CPAP machine at night and therefore have FAR more information about my sleep than any normal person would want, but I wouldn't wish that on a dog. I know that one engineering type on my CPAP forum has figured out a way to consolidate his CPAP data and Zeo data for easy review: http://wiredapneic.blogspot.com/

IIRC the consensus among the CPAP crowd is that the Zeo can give you a rough suggestion of sleep stages but it's not regarded as a "ultimate source of truth." If you're lucky enough not to need a CPAP, it's probably the best data you're going to get. I can check with my Zeo experts further if anyone is interested.

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on May 14, 2012
at 03:01 PM

I wear my BM Fit always except for when I take a shower and charge the unit. It is very accurate and the data it produces is great if you like to quantify what you are doing. I find it helpful for illustrating how sedentary we can be if we don't force ourselves to move around. I got mine for $110 on Amazon and it was totally worth it.

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on January 12, 2012
at 09:42 AM

I use the Polar FT40 for exercise. The FT60 is also a good choice along with the FT80 which has special weight lifting features.

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on January 12, 2012
at 05:45 AM

I have it and wear it religiously. It's pretty accurate on its sleep estimate. I use the Zeo and the ultimate source of truth and compare the BM data to the Zeo data ... it correlates well. The steps walked are also accurate. I'm still evaluating the calories burned ... I have no way of really measuring that except for losing weight over time. I've had the device for one week and I would recommend it. That's saying a lot since I'm a huge consumer electronics critic.

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on March 25, 2011
at 12:08 PM

I own a Bodymedia Fit. When I first got it a little over year ago, I liked it. I could later go back and look at the time of a run or other workout and physically see where I had been doing intervals based on the readout it gave me, which was cool.

After awhile I realized if you're using it for sleep, it can turn off in the middle of the night. When I would upload I would have these entire blank sections in the middle of the night where I was neither laying down or sleeping. Clearly the device had shut off or lost the connection to my arm. I do move a lot in my sleep, so I'm sure it got jostled off my arm.

Another downside which sadly I didn't think about before I purchased it, was that the metal connection points on the armband are made of nickel. I'm allergic. So whatever motivation it was giving me, ended with the rash on my arm.

As for my running and Trikking, I still stick with my trusty Forerunner 305 for Heartrate and Distance.

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on March 25, 2011
at 02:32 PM

Does the forerunner 305 provide an export of the heart rate and distance measurements?

922038b6c0ca6a051cc4858218931456

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on March 25, 2011
at 02:54 PM

It does. It will log and show specific areas based off GPS locations based on date. Here's a link to the specs. Everything uploads to their software program, and I believe you can export to your own program from there, but I have yet to have any desire in the 3 years I've owned it to export. https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=142&pID=349

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on March 25, 2011
at 06:30 AM

My partner uses the bodymedia fit and it's far superior to a heart rate monitor. It's actually used by a lot of athletes now and is clinically based. It's been well worth the money for her as the amount of data it produces is tremendous.

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on January 12, 2012
at 10:02 AM

Wow, are you and flg8r96 bodymedia sales reps?

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