What happens when you exercise with 4 different fitness gadgets at the same time? CNET writer and search industry leader Danny Sullivan has been testing this out for a few weeks and the stats he’s been tweeting are pretty surprising.
For several weeks, Sullivan has been wearing a Nike FuelBand, Fitbit One, and Jawbone Up exercise/fitness band at the same time to track daily steps and calories along with burned calories for things like skating and paddleboarding. Part-way through, he added the BodyMedia FIT LINK.
So with 4 fitness trackers on at the same time, here are what the stats look like:
Highly Scientific Statistical Breakdown of Performance (AKA Gut Reaction)
Half of me is impressed that all of the bands are in a similar ballpark. Of course, these are all quality companies. But there are definite differences.
If you want to feel awesome about how many calories you’re burning (probably due to inflation), then BodyMedia appears to be your best friend. On the other hand, if you want to be performing better than what your fitness band is actually telling you, even though you’ll feel demoralized, then Fitbit is the band for you.
It’s hard to gauge where the true number of calories and steps falls, but it’s a cool test showing that there’s going to be some definite variability in performance.
You may also experience some other frustrations in the process…
After 50 minutes of paddleboarding, Fitbit thinks I haven’t moved (as expected) but Nike FuelBand registered the activity.
— Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) March 16, 2013
20 pushups = 0 fuel; brushing my teeth = 19. You’re killing me, Nike :) — Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) March 20, 2013
BodyMedia now joins Up & Nike on my arm, FitBit on my hip. I’m losing weight just lugging these trackers around :)
— Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) March 26, 2013
Fitbit just congratulated me on my big weight loss. Which didn’t happen. Aria confused me with my wife. — Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) March 26, 2013