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ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (177,198)
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8/24/13 4:19 P

I've used a fitbit and found that the steps seem pretty accurate for the distance I walk. BUT, not the actual distance it lists. I've mapped out my runs/walks. So, I know how long the distance is. My fitbit (as well as my Nike + app) seem to over estimate.

When you run, do you use long or short strides ? meaning, do you cover more distance with long strides or more distances with more steps (cadence) ? If you have a quick cadence instead of long strides, that might be the reason for the discrepancy.

What I need is a Garmin GPS, but those are too pricey. For now, I've been tracking time more than distance. the distance I take with a grain of salt.


ALLIBEAR77 SparkPoints: (24,916)
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8/24/13 3:35 P

Does anyone find their fitbit does not accurately reflect their distance? I wear my fitbit while running. I also wear a gps running watch. Today I ran 5 miles, but my fitbit only tracked around 3 miles. I double-checked by mapping my run, and confirmed it is the fitbit that is way off. It does seem to be tracking my steps accurately, but not distance. Maybe I just have a long stride?

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