I’ve decided to give this fitness thing a go again. I haven’t stopped working out, but have gotten somewhat lazy with it. I go for mostly a good FES bike ride and do minimal weights, but that’s about to change. I rejoined Weight Watchers and hope to go back to my first meeting this week and get weighed. Getting weighed weekly is a huge motivating factor for me. They offered 50% off the cost for 6 months. I can afford $20 a month and I really do want to drop some weight before I go to Las Vegas. I lost 25 pounds with Weight Watchers the first time, maybe I can get that next 25 off. I’m not getting it off on my own that’s for sure.
With Christmas fast approaching my dad has been asking me what I want this year. I’m deadest on a new fitness watch. I currently have the Polar FTF4
, but half the time I forget to wear it and if I do wear it when I am working out I forget to turn it on. I’m not one to turn it on and off per exercise. It doesn’t work with the FES bike or most machines (for the abled bodied population) with a computer. That’s one of the downfalls of the watch. It’s not accurate if you are hooked to any machines with a computer and gets spotty with the connection to the chest strap.
I need something to motivate me to move more, especially in the winter and something to give me goals. A lot of the new activity watches do that and that’s a major plus. Some feature an alarm that will tell you to get up and move. The downfall is there is not a whole of information out there on how well it will work with someone in a wheelchair. If this is going to be a gift for Christmas I want to get the best possible one that will fit my needs.
My biggest question is will it work for someone in a wheelchair? Both Nike
have contacted me and both said yes, it measures wrist movement so it will track when we push our wheelchairs. However, I don’t know if that counts as steps or just activity/calories burned. I’ll do so more contacting on that and see if I get an answer. Then there’s the FitBit
– another watch that does the same thing, but I have yet to contact them. I will make it a point to contact all of them and give this blog an update when I hear something.
We are kind of on the short end of the stick when it comes to fitness technology. I’m all for using motivating pieces – sometimes they are just needed and I love a goal. I’m happy to report that Nike posted this in their Nike+Fuelband FAQ
“Nike created the Nike+ FuelBand SE and first generation FuelBand with all athletes in mind. The devices captures many types of wrist activity involving arm and wrist motion, including the motion created when powering a wheelchair.”
It is nice that we are not totally being left out, but it would be nice to get an accurate reading on wheeling, hand biking, and if it is going to work with machines we use such as, the FES bike. As I right this I am wondering if it will track transfers? I’m aware we are a small demographic compared to the rest of the fitness abled bodied population, but we work out too and be nice to know what we are burning since our bodies do work differently when burning calories.
I’ve read and watched numerous reviews on these watches and I haven’t picked a definite one yet. Looks like I have a little more homework to do before I pick one. Personal reviews weren’t good on the new Nike+Fuelband SE
, but it is encouraging they a) mentioned it being compatible with someone in a wheelchair and b) have reached out to me. Also, if you are thinking about getting a Nike+Fuelband SE
know it is only compatible with Apple and the iOS system and is the most expensive of the three. I like the size of the Jawbone UP
and the Nike+Fuelband SE
over the Fitbit Force
. And now I see Polar
makes one too.
I like that you do not have to wear a chest strap with any of these watches. You are good to go once you get your software and smart phones synced with them. I don’t mind my chest strap with the Polar FTF
, however that could be tricky for a high quad. It’s like putting on another bra band strap. These activity watches are also somewhat waterproof and can be worn in the shower. I’ll probably take it off for that, but I will wear it for the rest of the day and night as they do monitor your sleep patterns too.
In my quest to find out more information about these three watches I’ve been signing up for pretty much any contest that offers them as a prize. So far, I have yet to win one on any sweepstakes, but I will keep trying. Just takes a few clicks of the keys to enter and not much time, who knows, maybe I’ll get lucky!
There is not doubt in my mind that I will get one of these watches for Christmas. I will report back on it after I have used it for a good month and let you know my findings. Hopefully it’s good news.
If you have used any of these watches please comment below and let me know how you liked or disliked them. I would love a review form a fellow wheeler.