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What I'm learning from my Fitbit

Monday, December 31, 2012

I received a Fitbit Zip for Christmas. Now, almost after a week of using it, I have learned quite a bit about myself.

It is really really hard for me to reach 10,000 steps in one day!!! Yesterday, I actually got up to 11,846 and that is because I was at the mall all day. But on a regular day at home, I really had to work hard to get up to 10,000- just making extra trips to do things that could have been done in one shot or aimlessly walking around to bring the steps up. I've only done that once so far. A few other days I've gotten into the 8,000's and one day I was feeling a bit run down and I only got into the 2,000's. Again, it took a bit of making an effort to even get to 8,000 steps. I am very interested to see how I do on a work day, I'm sure it will be easier to get to the 10,000 steps.

On a positive note, I have found that it really motivates me to get moving! I want to get as close to 10,000 as possible, if not actually reach it. So when I find myself sitting around for a long period of time, I will start to think about the number of steps that I still need to take and I'll get up and move around a bit.

Here is something that confuses me about it though. My boyfriend also got a Fitbit. Yesterday he walked about half the number of steps I did and yet it said that he burned about 100 calories less than I did. So I'm confused as to how the Fitbit tracks calories because that really doesn't make sense to me. Especially since I actually worked out yesterday. We weigh about the same, but maybe men burn calories faster? It was a little bit frustrating to see that I moved so much more than he did and yet we burned almost the same amount of calories. I guess I need to do a little bit more research on this.

I am also confused as to how the Fitbit tracks exercise calories burned here on SparkPeople. I haven't done any exercise today, and yet 77 burned calories show up in my fitness tracker. I mean, I really have not moved much at all yet today. The other day, I logged on to find that my Fitbit put in 54 minutes of exercise into my tracker when I had yet to do a real workout again. So I have been removing these exercise minutes and manually putting them in as I do work out.

In the end though, I am really enjoying having my Fitbit. It's a really great way to keep me motivated to keep moving, even on a day when I'm at home and don't really have anything to do.
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    if she's only "burned" 77 calories today, it cannot be overall burn or BMR. It must just be activity.

    If overall burn or BMR were in there it would have been much much higher than 77, unless she's a yoga swami or Buddhist monk with the ability to put herself into suspended animation via mediation. LOL
    1902 days ago
    Got my Zip for Chrisrmas too. Have not reached 2000steps yet!
    1902 days ago
    I'm not certain what "burn" represents on a fitbit, but males burn more calories than women on average just staying alive. So are you talking about BMR + activity or just activity or what?
    1902 days ago
    I got the Zip for Christmas too and this is my second day using it. I am still a bit confused by its tracking. I am sure it will get better.
    1902 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your info on fitbit - I am ordering mine today - I cannot wait to use it!

    Best of luck in the Jan Challenge.
    1902 days ago
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