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FitBit continued...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

If you had a chance to read my FitBit blog the other day, great. If not, here's a link to it, in case you are interested:

Now, I mentioned in there that I would probably take off the FitBit when I started my running program again in the spring.

Well, today I went for a light walk/run down to the bank & back, since it's unusually warm for January in New England, figured I'd take advantage of it.

I did NOT take off the FitBit, more because I wanted something to go off of -- I wouldn't really know how the FitBit tracks a run/walk if I didn't try it.

Interestingly enough, I "climbed" 12 floors on that run (2 of which were real floors, coming back up to my apartment) And it said I walked for 1.99 miles. This is pretty accurate since 1 way is 1mi and I didn't do a whole lot around the house before I left.
My original 'concern' I had regarding the FitBit not really tracking how long I did that exercise for is kind of accurate. I'm not sure how to explain this without showing a screen shot:

It says here under FitBit Tracker:
Minutes: 39 (is that for just my walk/run? I didn't time it...possibly since I walked most of it (lots of icy spots still) and I had to stop in the bank))
Calories Burned
Exercise: 285
Total: 869
??? So I burned an additional 600 calories today aside from my "exercise" as the FitBit called it.
And you see in my FitBit entry on bottom that it only recorded the 285 cals burned, not the full 869
Which makes me a little happier, knowing that it's not putting in every last calorie I burned from walking from the couch to fridge on my fitness page.

This is just something I wanted to share with people who have been asking about my use of FitBit trackers and Spark Trackers.
I will NOT be inputting the run/walk I did today, since I wore my FitBit during the workout. I intend to workout again in a little while and, if I remember, will remove FitBit then so I can record just the exercise I did.
Someone also asked the other day why I'm doing that.
It is my personal preference. I want to see how my typical day-to-day activity varies from when I purposely workout. I will probably do this for about a month to get some "data" and then, depending on how I feel, will probably STOP syncing FitBit to Spark (or at least erase the automatic entry) and just input my workouts.

Again, for anyone who may see my fitness page at any given time. If I have a FitBit entry AND another input, I am NOT double dipping on fitness minutes, it just means I took my FitBit off. If I ONLY have a FitBit entry, it means I either didnt workout or forgot to take off the fitbit.

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_JODI404 1/30/2013 10:22PM

    Don't you love these awesome warmer days we get to enjoy, even briefly, in the middle of winter?!

I can't make out the screen shot, but I think you are explaining it well. Hopefully the data is helpful -- it seems that most people who have one are quite happy with it.

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BLUE42DOWN 1/30/2013 5:06PM

    Haha, sounds like me and my HR monitor. I keep changing my mind on how to best use it because, like most everything else, it's including resting BMR which is pretty constant throughout the day in the exercise calories burned.

Very interesting look at how the Fitbit works.

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