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16-08-2015, 22:51:53
Gimmick or good idea?

My wife has raised the possibility of the Inca Trail next year and I have to get more in shape.

Honestly I am not that out of shape. I am 55 and my doctor thinks it is kind of odd that I am still at my healthy BMI and not on any medication. But I have a sedentary job and I am wondering if Fitbit feedback will make me do more during the week. Thoughts?

The Mad Monk
17-08-2015, 00:14:06
I'll say it is a good idea; back when I bothered to record my activity it kept me motivated for longer than I otherwise would have been. This does that auto-magically.

17-08-2015, 09:43:39
Good idea, a lot of smartphones have this stuff built in already so you could save some money?

18-08-2015, 09:12:42

18-08-2015, 19:50:16
Makes it hard to talk, though.

28-08-2015, 05:47:39
Thanks. I think the phone option would not work well for me. I am not thrilled with being in touch all the time. We have a landline. I never owned a smartphone until I was issued one from work. I leave it off unless I need to make a call. The other issues are accuracy which could be better with a fitbit (I have heard conflicting reports) and the heart rate monitor. Heart rate monitors are a good idea for us old guys.

As an icebreaker at the start of a meeting at work I asked my colleagues if I should get one. I got a lot of exceeding well thought out and well articulated responses. Could be because I happened to outrank them. Generally the opinion was in favour of me getting one.

Think I will do it.

Now my wife tells me she meant the express four day Inca trail, not the whole thing.

28-08-2015, 09:31:21
I am not thrilled with being in touch all the time.

Just having a mobile doesn't mean anyone actually phones it. :D

The function on a modern phone I use least is the capacity to make and receive phone calls and text messages.

06-09-2015, 23:12:31
Agreed - but I have an iPod and WiFi at work and home so can use that.

Got the FitBit and so far so good. You reach certain milestones and you get badges for your accomplishments. In the beginning the pop up without any effort kind of like the early days of playing Civ5. Sweet.

The scary thing is how little sleep I get. Typically not much over 5 hours a night.

08-09-2015, 04:20:45
I feel exhausted if I get only 8 hrs a night. :zzzz:

08-09-2015, 08:43:01
what a thread what a thread

08-09-2015, 22:14:32
Sounds like you think you can do better! What is it? Underwater airport?

08-09-2015, 22:49:14
With jet skis!

09-09-2015, 02:13:26
With Jules and Verne.

10-09-2015, 03:44:13
...and dancing bears...

...meanwhile I am not sure how this thing calculates stairs. I tried marching on the spot while going up the elevator and that did not work. Could not trick it.

Steps seem reasonable. Did a three day bike trip on the long weekend and got much less steps per kilometer than walking.

C.G.B. Spender
11-09-2015, 21:13:29
It's so gay

11-09-2015, 23:20:02
Just like us!

11-09-2015, 23:29:39
Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!