Sunday, September 29, 2013
This is what I have recorded in my fitness minute notes this week regarding my first week using the Spark Activity Tracker. I am an avid HRM (Polar RS200) user and I do a variety of fitness activities.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
On Friday I received the new Spark Activity Tracker. Yesterday and today I've just worn the tracker to get used to it and see how it syncs and offloads data. I've mainly worn in on my bra strap since it is the weekend and I am not wearing shoes. The tracker was easy to set up and the offload happens any time I am near my lap top. The tracker only records data when I move. It records nothing when I am just sitting or standing, or when I am sleeping. We all know that calories are always burning, even at rest. I thought the tracker would give me calorie credit for just being...but I guess not. I don't own a Fitbit, but I have always assumed that device recording information for when you are "at rest" since it tracks sleep patterns. Maybe not.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Today I tracked my first workout using the Spark Tracker. I walked at 3 mph for 60 minutes on a treadmill with a 30% incline. My Polar tracked 379 calories burned, but the Tracker only gave me credit for 205. I expected this, and I am disappointed that the SP site will not allow me to edit fitness minutes or calories burned for workouts recorded by the Spark Tracker.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Today's workout is something I do often, and I must say, I don't like the way the Tracker recorded it. The workout is intervals of running on my treadmill 4 MPH at a 1% incline for 1-2 minutes mixed with lifting heavy weights for 1 minute. The total workout was 35 minutes, but because the Tracker was on my shoe, and none of my foot motion was 10 minutes or longer, the tracker did not recognize the activity as fitness minutes. The tracker gave me credit for 316 calories burned for the entire day, so far. My Polar recorded 331 calories burned for the 35 minute workout alone.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
I am wearing the Tracker 24 hours per day, except when I shower. I'm not sure why, other than to track steps. Tracking steps is not something I generally do...and this is a pretty expensive pedometer.
Today's workout was an interval run/walk through the streets of downtown. I am pleased that the Tracker picked up exactly that. The Tracker gave me 407 calories burned, 432 according to my cardio trainer app, and a whopping 860 according to my Polar. It was HOT out there! The Spark Tracker recorded 4.6 miles, and the cardio trainer app tracked 4.1 miles. This discrepancy is likely because I sometimes have to wait to cross streets. I keep my feet moving, but I'm not moving in terms of distance. I will have to do a distance comparison again on a run where there aren't a lot of starts and stops.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Today's workout was 60 minutes of RIPPED. This workout covers it all, Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance and Abs. The Tracker called this a run/walk/cycle event and gave me credit for 45 minutes and a measly 75 calories. My Polar ticked off 558 calories in that 60 minutes. The Tracker was on my shoe, and in some segments of this workout, the feet are firmly planted and the arms are doing all the work, so the tracker didn't know I was still moving.
Oh boy...just went back and looked at today's Tracker stats again. The Tracker did not track my RIPPED class as a workout at all. It just counted extra steps during that hour. Each segment of the workout runs 7-8 minutes...not enough constant moving for the Tracker to call it a workout. The run/walk/cycle event was tracked while I was sitting on my butt in a meeting doing nothing but shaking my foot or tapping my toe. I was doing it on purpose just to see what the Tracker would do. LOL! Now I know!
Friday, September 26, 2013
No workout today.
I wore the tracker on my bra strap or waist band all day instead of on my shoe. Appears it tracked steps just as accurately as wearing it on my shoe.
Saturday, September 27, 2013
Zumba today, 60 minutes, and 717 calories burned according to my Polar. I just saw the option to "reclassify" a workout on the Tracker page, but Zumba is not one of the options. The Tracker gave me credit for only 23 minutes and 30 calories.
Sunday, September 28, 2013
I didn't work out today, but we took a long nature trail walk with our grandkids. The Tracker is awesome at tracking steps, and it was nice to get credit for activity when I didn't really intend to.
Honestly...I'm just not sure if this gadget is for me. I suppose I could benefit from it just by using it when I am NOT doing an actual workout. It would be a good tool for helping me to set goals for increasing my activity outside of when I work out. Since 10 minutes of solid movement is required to get workout credit, and so many of my workouts are in intervals, I think it will bring me more frustration than motivation. Only being able to edit the type of activity and not the minutes and calories burned is a problem for me.
So whether or not I will keep or return the Spark Activity Tracker is undetermined at this point. I suppose I should give it a little more time to see what additional enhancements turn up, and I would also like to know what the phone app that is coming out will do.
What else ya got out there to win me over, SparkPeople?