Nicole Wilkins

My Favorite Fitness Watch!

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  • #4949
    Nicole
    Nicole
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    I get a lot of questions about the watch I’m wearing so … here it is! This is my first time uploading an image so I hope it works 🙂

    The watch is a Polar M400 Heart Rate Monitor. I’ve always worn Polar because I think they are the easiest to use, I’ve been a faithful Polar user for over 10 years.

    – I like the functionality of it, it is a way for me to hold myself accountable – it tracks sleep, steps and is very accurate as far as measuring your heart rate and with calories burned during exercise.

    – It also connects directly to MyFitnessPal so if you are using that to chart your calories and macros that is a great function.

    – If you’re sitting too long it tells you that you need to move.

    – I like the way it looks, I like big faces on my watches 🙂

    #5044

    Jeanine Tribley
    Participant

    Thank you Nicole for sharing this!

    I was wondering what watch you had on all of this time too! Fabulous that it connects to MFP – sounds like a watch I need to purchase soon!!

    xo

    #5050

    Thanks for sharing! I was always wondering what you have on your wrist 😉
    Found it on Amazon, $175 seems reasonable, compared to iWatch.
    http://www.amazon.com/Polar-Sports-Watch-Heart-Monitor/dp/B00NPZ7WNA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1444936200&sr=8-2&keywords=polar+m400

    #5055

    I am confused 🙁 Do you need to wear a chest strap with this watch all the time to get the heart rate reading?

    #5216
    Nicole
    Nicole
    Keymaster

    Yes you do need to wear a chest strap when exercising to get a heart rate reading. I don’t mind it and find it is the most accurate when you do

    #5809
    jaceymacy
    jaceymacy
    Participant

    Thank you Nicole! I have been wondering and I also use Polar which I find to be the best.

    #5818

    Lisa Snell
    Participant

    I bought that watch over the weekend and could never get it to sync with the heart rate band. When I took it back they told me it has been discontinued so I exchanged it for a Fitbit surge. Loving it so far.

    #6683
    Michelle
    Michelle
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    I purchased a Fitbit surge last November instead of a polar because I wasn’t sure I would like wearing a strap. Now I am regretting my choice because I don’t feel that the Fitbit surge is very accurate at all in tracking my heart rate especially during training or calories burned. And when I sweat it doesn’t pick up my heart rate at all. I have to take it off and dry my wrist and the watch. Now I am going to buy the polar and strap. I’m just not sure if I should go with the M400 or the A300? Any suggestions????
    I definitely want a watch with the best accuracy to help me stay on target and keep me motivated. I really regret not checking out this forum before my purchase.

    #6689

    Lisa Snell
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    I have heard that the ones with the strap are more accurate slightly. I actually bought the polar that Nicole wears (M400) and I had issues with it on day one. I noticed the box looked like it had been opened (possibly returned) so I took it back and got another one. Same thing-had issues with it not functioning properly so I went back to the store only to find out that it is discontinued. I bought the Fitbit Surge instead and have had no issues with it. However, I did buy a warranty on it which I think is smart when purchasing any of these since I have had a lot of problems with them in general in the past. Sounds like something seriously is wrong with your Fitbit. I have only had mine for a couple of months but so far so good. If it fails me, I will switch it out on my warranty plan for yet something else. I was told that even though the strap is more accurate, there is not that much difference in readings. Not sure if that is true, but that is was I was told by 3 different salesmen. I have had several polar strap based monitors in the past, none of which lasted over a year.

    #6690
    Michelle
    Michelle
    Participant

    Lisa, thank you for your input on your experience with both watches. I have decided to contact Fitbit customer service regarding my concerns before I make any decisions. I will update and let you know what I find out from them. Thank you again, I found your input to be very helpful.

    #6698

    Ranny
    Participant

    Hi
    but isn´t it included in POLAR M400 with heart rate monitor in the watch itself?

    #6706

    Lisa Snell
    Participant

    My recollection is that it does track heart rate but if you want more accurate readings during exercise, you can wear the strap.

    #6712

    Ranny
    Participant

    Thank you Lisa ☺

    #7052
    Michelle
    Michelle
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    Hey Lisa Snell, I wanted to thank you again for your input and let you know that I have given my Fitbit surge another chance and have really focused on how it works along with how the app works (since I had never had a fitness watch before). I was definitely premature in my judgement. I think my Fitbit surge is working just fine and I will say I love it and think that it is definitely more accurate than I was giving it credit for.

    #7054

    Lisa Snell
    Participant

    Hey Michelle: Well I am so glad to hear that it is working for you now. There is nothing more disappointing than getting all excited about a new fitness aid only to find out that it is failing you miserably. I wasn’t sure how much I would really get out of wearing something like this at first. but I have to say it is pretty cool. I really am liking mine. I only take it off to bath and charge. I have sort of become an addict and it seems to me like it is pretty dang accurate. I also know that it is deadly accurate with regard to my sleep patterns.

    So glad you are good to go now.

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