Are fitness watches worth it?

Or are they just a gimmick?

  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    very good if you're into cardio.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Good to observe heart health since they track your pulse 24/7

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Are fitness watches worth it?
    Yes.
    >Or are they just a gimmick?
    Yes.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I find them useful for tracking heart rate, steps, and sleep quality. The silent wrist alarm in my experience is also a gentler and less annoying way to get woken up compared to a phone alarm. Even the cheap models have these features so no need to get the pricier ones, one of the lower end Fitbits is fine

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I recently bought a Garmin Venu 2 to track my heart rate and progress with rowing. The sleep monitoring is also nice. I was surprised to see how quickly I got used to checking time/date/weather on my wrist instead of pulling out my phone.

      I appreciate the sleep quality tracker in mine and knowing whether what I'm down is improving my heart rate or not.
      It also helps on work days because I don't know how to estimate calorie burn when my days can have such a wide range of activity levels.

      The heart rate monitors on any watch even Garmin are WIDELY inaccurate. I bought a heart rate strap and my heart rate with just the watch was off anywhere from 10-15%. If you're training with heart rate only then you need a good quality strap with ANT+

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        10-15% really isn't all that bad, all things considered. And as long as it accurately tracks changes in heart rate, IE it has a similar error % at rest as it does at various stages of activity, then it still fulfills its primary purpose.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Yeah, the Garmin heart rate is always around 4-6 bpm higher than what my machine says when I check my blood pressure.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Most of them don't actually offer solid sleep quality data. Garmin for instance are usually way off. I agree on the other points though

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I recently bought a Garmin Venu 2 to track my heart rate and progress with rowing. The sleep monitoring is also nice. I was surprised to see how quickly I got used to checking time/date/weather on my wrist instead of pulling out my phone.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Garmin Venu 2
      holy fuck $400

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Kek, yeah, wasn't the cheapest, wasn't the most expensive from Garmin either though... I like the amoled screen, probably pretty unnecessary though

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I appreciate the sleep quality tracker in mine and knowing whether what I'm down is improving my heart rate or not.
    It also helps on work days because I don't know how to estimate calorie burn when my days can have such a wide range of activity levels.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Does anyone have experience with xiaomi band?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Don't buy anything Chinese unless you want Xi Jinping tracking where you go and what you do on a daily basis

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        And why would that matter?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        and if you buy something from the west its the feds and triple digits who know

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      No, but similar to what this anon said

      >Are fitness watches worth it?
      Yes.
      >Or are they just a gimmick?
      Yes.

      they work but they're all a gimmick. Read the reviews on all the brands and versions they offer and you'll find people that noticed inaccuracies in the health information they show you. If you really want one, find one with the features you like and make sure to look up their battery life.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Fitbit battery life is the better part of a week. I plug mine in every few times I shower and that's enough to keep it charged.
        Only major inaccuracy I spotted was step counter when I used vibrating power tools like a needle gun

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I had a Xiaomi Band. Would not recommend. Bought a Xiaomi Mi Watch...a lot better and fairly accurate (GPS, Tracking, Sleep, HR). For 50 bucks worth it.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Yeah it works great for me

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    If you're the type that responds to metrics and charts then it provides a good source of motivation.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    yes, they're a gimmick. put your fingers on your neck and make sure it's faster than two beats a second at all times. oh and time the run with your phone if you actually care about that stuff. JOB FUCKING DONE.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Can tell you things

    • 1 month ago
      Reddit Randy

      Enjoying my Samsung so far

      This is a cool feature too I've been scoping out

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I was looking at these. Don't you have to charge them everyday?

        • 1 month ago
          Reddit Randy

          Nah should last you 2-3 days at a time.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Oh damn, I was thinking about getting one but I read online that the battery only lasted like 20 hours. I think I'll probably pick one up now. Thanks anon.

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    After you've had it for a while and the novelty wears off the only useful thing it'll do is show you your heart rate and sleep patterns.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Garmin watches are pretty cool, way better than an apple watch. But yes like anything more than a standard face watch it’s a bit of a gimmick

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It's so unfair.
    I am a wristlet, and I cannot wear those watches.

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Remove immediately, smash and discard promptly, never own another
    >ever got wrist burn?
    >ever felt weird pain where watch touches skin?
    Not only do they monitor your heart, they record it and then table the data to compare physiological response to what you are doing on your phone. Please know ai is aware of your psychological triggers and currently targeting you with ads/media based on moments of elevated heart rate, sleeping patterns, periods of rest, and when around other individuals this data is compared to recorded conversations as they relate to vocal queues and keywords. Im a firm believer they are also using these watches as micro electro shock therapy to condition thoughts and media consumption.
    >basically
    You are giving the satanic tech industry direct access to your conscious and subconscious mind as they monitor your physiological responses to external stimuli. If you cant comprehend why this is dangerous, or think they are incapable of literally electrically shocking you to promote certain physiological and thus emotional responses… good luck

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      This schizo knows what’s up, if you want your heart rate just do it yourself

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The only reason to have one is to use the vibration alarm. Which also means you can get a cheap xiaomi band and not experience the constant distraction of notifications on your wrist. And you charge only once a week or so

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    For counting steps they're a great indicator to tell you to move more.

    I have to get 15k steps a day and without a watch I'd have to carry my phone every second which is unsustainable. Plus my watch is waterproof to 50m and is the amazon something something was about 100 quid and is perfect for my needs. I don't need to make phonecalls or read texts or any of that shit.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      What do you do to get 15k steps? I work sedentary 9am-5pm and usually end up between 4-6k and struggle to get the extra 10k. Maybe I just have to go for morning runs or something

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    15 cm wrist

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >vibration alarm
    >step counter
    >distance and time when running
    That's it. Everything else is inacurate as fuck and you are literally blowing your money. Just get a cheap one.

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I love my forerunner 35, got it cheap as it is several models old at this point. All I wanted was a watch to track heart rate and distance, which it does both fairly well. I find the extra gimmicks in other, newer models aren't enough for the pricetag. Also, it is pretty small snd compact, with a simple design, which I really like. Would 100% recommend if you can get cheap from somewhere

  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Is buying the fancy Garmin Fenix watch for 500$ bad idea? Am I just wasting my money? Be honest with me.

  22. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    How exactly do you benefit from seeing an estimate of your heart rate or sleep? Your body already tells you how hard you’re working or if you’re still tired.. How can you actually use that information to be healthier or have better workouts?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Well, I'm 38 and spent around 10 years smoking 3 packs of cigarettes a day, and as such I have fucked my heart and lungs up pretty bad. I like being able to see where my resting rate is at, and how long I'm in an aerobic level when exercising, and get actual data of how hard my heart is working vs just "feeling it". It's definitely not necessary, but it's nice.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Training cardio by heart rate is really useful, and when biking or running seeing the distance is rewarding, if nothing else. My watch doesn't track sleep well, so never really trust it. Also useful to track calories burnt throughout the day, bearing in mind that the actual number will be wrong. I use it more to get a sense of how much 'background' activity I've gotten in relative to other days.

  23. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    They are good if you know how to use them. They will never be able to give accurate data but they do give good estimates, so if your watch says you burn 3000 calories a day then you can use that to eat at e deficit for example. For cardio they are nice because they track everything you need, heart rate, where you run, how long and roughly at what intensity. Again it isn't accurate but it can show if you are improving over time or if you are getting worse.

    If you lift and you write down sets/reps/weight they can help with that since you usually have an app and it is faster than having to take a note between sets

  24. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I got a Suunto spartan a few years back and just started using it to track workouts. It's nice for snowboarding to track routes/run times etc and average training time but the bmr/heart rate monitoring is bullshit and I'm not going to wear a watch while I sleep. On average smart watches are +/- 40% for accuracy. If I could go back I'd fork over the cash for an oura ring and become a garden gnomeelry fag like sub 5% bf carnivore nippong boy.

  25. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Some are gimmicks. Avoid fitbits at all costs

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