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I Always Hit My 10,000 Step Goal, On My Garmin, While Showering — Kind Of Frustrating.

by Anura Guruge


Just for the record. Click to ENLARGE. I do intentionally take a day-off.


I have had 12 Fitness Trackers In The Last 2-Years.

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Evaluating a ‘Polar Ignite’ against my ‘Garmin MARQ’ in July 2019. Click to access post.


I fully appreciate the dynamics and physics. I am NOT new to this and as you can see above I have been LUCKY enough to have(/evaluate) 12 decent (one could even say ‘high-end’) activity trackers over the last year, spanning Garmin, Fitbit, Polar and Amazfit. And I will say upfront: ‘in my opinion Garmin, especially with the likes of the Fenix 5 (Plus) is better at counting steps than a Fitbit’. But, that is kind of old news.

My wife wears a Garmin Vivosport. She has the same questions. How much of the step count is phantom?

It is inevitable. The accelerometer has to measure arm movements. It has no idea I am in the shower and standing still. It thinks I am walking. And then there was the 6-weeks when I was on crutches! Never counted my labored steps, and I was walking more than most — on the crutches — because my left hand wasn’t moving enough! Again, I understand. Just frustrating.

Why it always happens in the shower these days has to do with my latest ‘schedule’ of the last two-months. As I continue to recover from my knee surgery I have upped the mileage on my morning walk/run from ~3.5 miles to 4+ miles — always with GPS on. Given that a GPS mile equates to about 2,400 steps I am at about 9,700 — 9,800 steps when I get home. Then I get in the shower. Then I hit my GOAL. Bingo.

I did some EXTENSIVE step count record keeping with the Fitbit Inspire HR. With brushing teeth and showering I was clocking up around 400 steps in the bathroom. So, Garmin isn’t doing too bad.

Yes, I walk more than 10,000 steps MOST days. In the days I do, I am in excess of 14,000. So, the 10,000 is not my max. I also realize and tell people that what counts is the trend. Doing the same number of (or more) steps each day.

But, wanted to share this because it has got so rote — having the Garmin do its ‘GOAL’ celebration while I shower.

Oh, I average 41 floors count a day. I go past the 10 floor goal every day (as long as I am not on crutches). I usually hit that goal in the first 30-minutes of my walk/run because I live on the side of a ‘mountain’ and can’t go in any direction without doing some major elevation changes.


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‘Steamtown’, National Historic Site, PA — The Last Published Brochure.

by Anura Guruge



I gather that their brochure is in short supply.

But it is freely available on the Web.
So, I wanted to share it with you.


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Front & Back.


If you want the PDFs.

Front. Click icon to download PDF.

 

Back. Click icon to download PDF.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Enjoy.


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How Accurate Are Fitness Trackers — A Somewhat Interesting Article In ‘Digital Trends’.

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I too have had MY say.


This is NOT a new topic for I.

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The thing I found most interesting was that a hip-mounted clip will be more accurate at counting steps than a wrist-worn device. AMEN to that. I now know that, even with a $1,750 top-end Garmin MARQ Expedition, at least 10% of the steps I register a day (and I average over 10K/day) are FAKE. I just use the step count as a guide — try to do 10K+ as a goal. If I am going for a proper walk I use GPS on the hope that it is more accurate — but GPS has issues too, i.e., trees/tall building, going back on yourself (like walking around in tight circles).

It talks about heart rate and calorie burn too. I am pretty happy with my HR tracking since I have checked it, so many times, on multiple devices.

Anywho, skim through the article. You are sure to find a few things that will interest you.


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‘Fitbit Inspire HR’, Even With Latest Firmware, Still Over-Counting Steps — Compared To Garmin Fenix 5 Plus.

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Spot the difference.

Worn all day, side-by-side. 24-hours. Midnight Wednesday to Midnight Thursday.


I have been testing this for MONTHS!

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I have had doubts about the accuracy of the ‘Fitbit Inspire HR’ from day one — i.e., way back in mid-March when I was given one for evaluation.

I did various documented tests and started wearing the Fitbit Inspire alongside other trackers. Even roped in my wife to help in that she wears a Garmin Vivosport.

To begin with the overcounting of steps — i.e., FALSE STEPS — by the Fitbit Inspire was horrible. It was way, way, way out.

Then a few days ago I downloaded the latest Fitbit firmware. I was sure that they would have tried to fix the problem — which was pretty widely known.

Well it has got better, but it is not perfect.

600 FALSE STEPS is still a LOT.


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My ‘Fitbit Inspire HR’ Is Now At Firmware Version 34.20001.60.39.

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Given that I do have a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus I do not use the Fitbit Inspire HR much. Yesterday, I charged it up and synched it … just to keep it ‘alive’. That is when I was told about the update. It took a fair amount of time to download — over Bluetooth. I just left it downloading and went to bed.

It was up and ready to roll in the morning. So, just wanted to make sure that you knew that there is new firmware.


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‘Fitbit Inspire HR’ vs ‘Garmin Vivosport’ Step Count. Prepare To Be Amazed.

by Anura Guruge


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Spot the difference.

Worn all day, side-by-side. 24-hours. Midnight Friday to Midnight Saturday.


She started wearing them, together, on Thursday,
so we can get a 24-hour reading on Friday.


I have tested it against other watches too.


You can draw your own conclusions. I had a hunch. I needed proof. I started logging steps on an Excel spreadsheet. But, right now, 3-weeks after major knee surgery, I am on crutches. Step counts don’t work too good with crutches.

My wife wears a Garmin Vivosport. So, I convinced her to help me test. She started wearing the Inspire HR on Thursday so that we could get a full day count on Friday. Well, you see the numbers. You make up your own mind.

Both bands needed charging. So, we are not going to test them today, i.e., Saturday. We will try again tomorrow.

My wife was speechless. She has heard me ranting and raving about fake steps. She just thought that it was just I … Now, she saw proof and was AMAZED.


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‘Fitbit Inspire HR’ Heart Rate Readings Par With My $750 ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’.

by Anura Guruge


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Last night I started wearing my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus alongside the Inspire HR to see how the readings matched up.

I checked the heart rate (HR) on a pretty regular basis.

The Inspire HR heart rate was always with +/- 5 beats per minute (bpm) of the Fenix 5+.

That +/- 5 b

pm variation is GOOD. Very good.

Neither the Fenix nor the Inspire HR measure HR ‘non-stop’ so to speak. They read it a few times each minute. Maybe once a minute. That is to save battery life. So, there is no guarantee that they are both reading my wrist at the same time. What I did observe is that the Inspire HR always catches up to the Fenix within 30-seconds or so.

I have had (and worn) a Fenix 5(+) for nearly a year. I have checked its HR against multiple other devices: blood pressure cuffs, oximeters etc. I even got a nurse to check it last August. She was impressed. Said the Fenix 5 readings were within the range they consider ‘more than acceptable’.

I was impressed. $750 watch vs a band that costs $99.95. Just wanted to share that with you.


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Using Garmin Fenix 5 Plus To Check Accuracy Of The New Fitbit Inspire HR — Wearing Them Side-by-Side.

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Garmin Fenix 5 Plus and Fitbit Inspire HR Anura Guruge

Garmin Fenix 5 Plus and Fitbit Inspire HR. You work out which is which. SMILE.


Fitbit Versa Lite and Fitbit Inspire HR. Wore this combo for 4-days.


Since Friday, March 22, 2019, I have been conducting a detailed study to determine the STEP-COUNTING accuracy of the new Fitbit Inspire HR.

I have a hunch (albeit now with some proof) that the Fitbit Inspire HR overcounts steps even by the generous, overoptimistic standards of Fitbit.

Testing against my trusted Garmin Fenix 5 Plus should be the acid test.

I now have a hunch to what is happening with the Inspire HR. It is way light and the accelerometer doesn’t take into account its lightweight. I could be wrong.

I don’t just measure the steps at the end of the day. I keep a log, on an Excel spreadsheet! Yes, I will publish my findings.

Wish me luck.


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My Short Review Of The ‘Fitbit Inspire HR’ At ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’.

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Fitbit Versa Lite to the left, and the Fitbit Inspire HR to the right Anura Guruge

Fitbit Versa Lite to the left, and the Fitbit Inspire HR to the right.


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I have been wearing the ‘Fitbit Inspire HR‘, 24×7 (bar short breaks for charging) since Friday, March 22, 2019.

This was my short, pithy 1st-cut review. I will write a longer review once I have worn it for at least a week.

It is fun being able to evaluate this Fitness Trackers. I enjoy it.


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by Anura Guruge