"Trust Me, I'm a Doctor" - the TV programme

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Sep 2016
2:56pm, 6 Sep 2016
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(Because I'm def. not a doctor!)

Did anyone else happen to see last nights's episode of "Trust Me, I'm a Doctor" on quite late - on BBC2 so easily missed!

They were reviewing wearable fitness monitors - most looked like fitbits to me! Seems the heart rate monitor readings (based mostly on wrist pulse) are pretty unreliable. And the step counters aren't a whole lot better!


I assume my Garmin Chest strap works on vibrations, since when I wear a flappy shirt or don't do it up tight enough I get Very Odd readings indeed!
Sep 2016
4:10pm, 6 Sep 2016
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Daz Love
I had read that the HR on fitbits can be out. I do use one and really just you as a gimmick. I don't get the impression they were designed for already active people! 10k steps a day, the amount I do playing golf and running each week is c17k per day on average!!

I always thoug the chest strap HR from Garmin (which I also use) picked up actual heartbeat it's not done on vibrations. I can tell you that when working hard eg interval training the HR between Garmin and Fitbit is out by a fair bit. When resting there is little difference.

From what I have read the HR straps are as accurate as you can get. Yes, if it slips you get a misread as is not in the right place!

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