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Monday, January 28, 2013

So, as some of you know, the other day I received a FitBit One in the mail -- I did not order one. It turns out to be a promotional thing, kinda cool.

Anyways, I never really wanted one -- just didn't want to spend $60 on a high tech pedometer.
But, since it was free, I'm using it.

I *kinda* like how it synchs to SP, but not fully. See, I know we all burn calories throughout the day, but I only count calories I burn when I'm intentionally working out -- and, for me, that doesn't include basic walks anymore unless they are over 2miles AND my Hr is up, because, if the HE isn't up, it's not "really" cardio. Though, a walk is better than nothing....don't STOP going for walks just because your HR may not get up, it's still good for you, this is just something I follow.

Anyways. Today I went for a walk down to work and back to hand in some paperwork to get some of my missed hours from last week back. Obviously, my FitBit counted it. And synced it to SP. Fine. I'll let it stay, because I probably would e counted it anyways.

Now, here's the tricky part that some people I've seen discussed on message boards:
What about when I purposely workout?
DO NOT enter in the workout you did plus a FitBit entry. Essentially, that workout will be counted 2x. No good.

Here's my thing though. I'd like to see how many calories I'm burning just on a reg basis vs how many I burn when I purposely exercise.

So here's my plan
When I purposely exercise, except for walks, I will take my FitBit off.
I know my steps will be lower than what I actually produced for the day, but that doesn't really bother me.
This way, I can input what I did for a workout : ie a Wii game, running, etc. and still have the FitBit entry for what my overall day did.
I said above except for walks. I don't typically record walks on SP, but I think with the FitBit I'll let it and just know that.
I will most likely take off the FitBit when I restart my running program in the spring, My reasoning? The FitBit doesn't tell me how fast my run was. I worked on brining my timed 1mi run down to 10mins in the fall. I know I'll be slower when I restart, but I want to track (on SP) how it progresses. I want to record my run as a run. Plain and simple.

So, for anyone who may check out my fitness page know that some days, well, most days, you,l see a FitBit and my personal entry, but that doesn't mean I'm double dipping...it means I took off my FitBit for specific exercise. (If you only see a FitBit it means A I didn't workout or B I forgot to take my FitBit off)
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ANDREWMOM 1/29/2013 8:57AM

    How... I would LOVE something free!!! Pretty cool!!

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_JODI404 1/28/2013 9:21PM

    That is really awesome that you got it for free!!

I am like you... I already have a good pedometer, so I just can't justify the expense. But if they sent me a free one... I would be fine with it! :) I have a heart rate monitor that I wear only during my workouts to see my calorie burn. It motivates me to make sure it is high enough. That works best for me since my rowing and strength training don't have accurate measures otherwise.

I think you are very smart with your ideas of separating steps vs your "real" cardio exercise. It's interesting that even in Spark articles and a trivia question they state that normal daily movement like walking across a parking lot should not be counted as fitness minutes... yet that is what the synced Fitbit does on Spark. It's good you have workarounds to get the analysis you want to see.
I think it encourages movement and focus... and that can only be a good thing!

So glad you are feeling better!

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KATYDID412 1/28/2013 8:57PM

    How cool that you got it for free!

I bought mine and up til now I've been synching it to SP -- so my "fitness minutes" for the last couple of months have been through the roof. But I've been feeling a nagging cheating feeling. So i think I may stop synching it to SP.

Thanks for your blog!

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AUTUMNBRZ 1/28/2013 8:33PM

    I sync my fitbit and then remove the fitbit entry. I do consider walks exercise but same as you, I only count what I do intentionally for fitness.I only I sync it for the sake of the step/mileage counting. (this screws up my fitness minutes here (even though I remove it immediately)..so if you ever see me get to XXX and then a few days later I get XXX again..that is why lol)

2 more things~
1 totally awesome that you got it for free!!
and 2 I LOVE my fitbit. Love it!

Comment edited on: 1/28/2013 8:34:28 PM

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FIREFLY4407 1/28/2013 4:53PM

    I don't sync my fitbit and I also take it off during workouts so it gives my a good understanding of my "base" activity level during the day.

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SOLOMUA 1/28/2013 4:02PM

    You said what I was thinking, and you are correct. I have often wondered about that. Also, the Fitbit syncs a day ahead, I don't know how to reset it to the correct day, so its annoying.

Your blog post was very informative and useful!

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FIT4MEIN2013 1/28/2013 1:03PM

    I find that using NOOM app is enough for me. It automatically tracks my steps as soon as I wake up. I don't count these steps in my exercise, either, but still find myself striving to take just a few more steps every day. Such tools we have available to us!

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HDHAWK 1/28/2013 12:58PM

    Here's what I do. I wear my Fitbit all day, but don't sync it to Spark. I just input my workouts like I always have so I only get credit for actual workouts.

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HEALTHY156 1/28/2013 12:46PM

    I'm really wanting a fitbit. I can see your challenge though. It sounds like you have really thought it through.

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BRIDGIEEE 1/28/2013 11:05AM

    Sounds like a learning process! Still cool you got it for free though!

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