BATTLE! – Misfit Shine versus Fitbit Flex

Wearables are here to stay.  If you don’t already have some sort of “smart” device wrapped around your wrist you’ve probably at least thought about it.  Or perhaps you have a friend who can’t stop talking about theirs, and all the fun things it does.  In this installment I’ll talk about two of the hottest devices, the Fitbit Flex and Misfit Shine, to help you decide which one deserves to land on your arm right now.

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BATTLE! – Wahoo Fitness TICKR RUN Heart Rate Monitor vs Polar H7 Heart Rate Sensor + Polar Stride Sensor

There was a time before smart phones where you had to carry around your address book, your daily planner, and if you needed it, your camera.  Now you can have all of that and more in the palm of your hand, thanks to a desire by consumers for converged devices which we rightfully call smart phones.

This same evolution is quickly happening in the health & fitness technology sub-sector.  Not only do we expect our existing smart phones to work as health-recording devices, we’re also beginning to expect more from the more basic sensors that have been around for years.  But is it possible for something as simple as the good ol’ chest-strap heart rate monitor to accurately record extra data, such as stride and running form?  Let’s find out!

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Making SENSE of my workout SENSORS (Activity, Speed, Cadence, and Heart Rate)

Last installment I wrote an article that compared data collected by heart rate monitors to activity tracking devices.  This time on the soap box I shift gears slightly, and take a look at how all of these various devices that I’ve been adding to my workout can help monitor and improve my health.  Let’s try to make sense of all these sensors!

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