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28 November 2014

27 November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

BPM: 74.

Blood oxygen level: 99%.

Steps yesterday: 1,268 (SmartHealth watch); 300 (Withings Pulse).

Sleep efficiency: 88 percent.

The Withings Pulse fell off my belt in the kitchen. The clip is secure enough - as long as you seat it proprly.That's the problem with clip-on pedometers and trackers. If it drops at home, you have a shot at finding it. Elsewhere, fuhgeddaboutit. Not as bad as losing a smartphone, but $100 is $100 (or in my case, $90 -I had a coupon). Makes me wonder if buying the $15 wristband is a good idea.

Withings has an entire ecosystem of devices, including a scale, blood pressure monitor, and a sleep tracker. Reviews for the scale and monitor are good; for the sleep tracker, not so much. For $300, I expect it to serve me breakfast in bed as well as track my sleep.

26 November 2014

25 November 2014

Steps yesterday: 1,530 (SmartHealth watch).

Sleep efficiency: 96 percent.

Blood oxygen level: 99 percent.

The Withings Pulse arrived yesterday. Unlike the Misfit Shine, set-up was easy. The hardest part was prying the unit out of the plastic clamps holding it in the box. The Withings synched with the Asus Memo 7 without any problems. Withings has an Android and iOS app and a website. The screen resolution isn't anything to write home about. The on button is recessed, which prevents it from getting accidentally turned on, but makes it tricky to turn on.

I would have gotten a Fitbie, but new models are coming out and I want to see how that shakes out before I buy one. Fitbie has an app for the Amazon Fire HD. Withings does not. MyFitnessPal is integrated with Withings. I may start recording my calories in MyFitnessPal for that reason instead of FatSecret. MyFitnessPal also offers nutritional factoids when you enter foods into the diary. MyFitnessPal also allows you to set limits on ingredients such as sugar and salt. I wish FatSecret would get with the program and offer integration with fitness trackers.

The unit comes with a soft rubber holder with a clip which seems more secure and protective than the Striiv. There's also a micro-USB cord for charging and a wristband for sleep monitoring. Charge lasts ten days.

As far as I know, Withings is the only tracker that measures your blood oxygen level.

Your blood oxygen level is a measurement of how much oxygen is reaching your muscles. It is important because low levels mean that you will become easily fatigued during exercise. The more exercise you do, the better your blood oxygen levels will become.

I only had the Striiv for 2 1/2 months, but was able to prove to my satisfaction that I will use a fitness tracker.

An article in The Washington Post today says problems walking are a key predictor for morbidity. Oops...

24 November 2014

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