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Pedometer can be more sensitive than fitbit

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Today I did upper body strength, went to the store, forgot my wallet, went back to the store, and walked a mile on my treadmill. I tried to get through the day without chewing, which only called for one slimfast shake. I also had hummus, applesauce, tomato soup and even some egg nog. I wasn't in great pain at any point, but I am on antibiotics and will get treated Thursday.

And I can report that for 11 minutes on the treadmill, the pedometer counted 1217 steps to the fitbit's 1203. Grocery shopping, it was 1745 for the pedometer and 2161 for the fitbit. Projected totals for the day:
Steps: 6022 / 7595
Distance: 2.2 mi / 3.36 mi
Calories: 117 / 455
Activity: pedo, 2616 steps, 23 min at moderate pace
fitbit, 76 min fairly active, 22 min very active.

So today it looks like "very active" on the fitbit is about the same as "moderate" pace on the pedometer, which makes sense. Total calories using the pedometer would come to 1895, and the fitbit will be 2050 (neither includes the strength training, which I haven't entered on sparkpeople yet.)

As my husband observed, it sounds like the pedometer works better for you if you're doing what you're supposed to, which is counting cardio as large muscle group activities lasting 10 minutes or more. But I got the fitbit to motivate me to be willing to take the stairs, and it has worked for that and also for parking farther away when I go shopping, walking to church and so forth. And now I will reset the pedometer and let my husband try it. He does a lot of cycling, so that will be interesting to see.
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    Very cool. I still don't think I'm going the fitbit route unless Santa puts it under the tree.
    1918 days ago
    Thanks for the comparison. I've only done casual comparisons before, so it's interesting to read how you are comparing the two devices in different activities.
    1918 days ago
  • ALICIA214
    I would be interested to know what readings your husband gets from the pedometer.
    I have one and it is very sensitive, I wear it from the time I hop out of bed in the morning until bed time... emoticon
    1918 days ago
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