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Fitbit and the Treadmill

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Okay, so I do the same exercise every day. I walk on the treadmill for the same length of time, same speed, use the same incline intervals, and swing my arms for the same periods of time. Works for me.

And, most always, my fitbit registers 46-48 active minutes. Which puts me nicely into my green zone, and makes me happy.

But every once in a while, I get less. 22 minutes. 31 minutes.

At first, I would email fitbit Help in a huff, state the activity tracker was off, the sync to my phone was wrong, and I would get a polite answer that made no sense to me.

Until I started realizing that maybe the "difference" was me, that I was walking differently?

So, being the scientific type, I experimented. I had the same exact settings, but did not put quite so much "oomph" (if anyone can operationally define oomph, please let me know, but I think Sparkers know what I mean) into the workout.

And there you go, fewer active minutes.

Upon more reflection, I realized that if I an really engaged in whatever TV I have recorded to watch whilst I am treadmilling, the active minutes will be lower.

So today, I was watching the final episode in one of the summer shows I have been following while I treadmilled. Really engaging and good. But, I made a conscious effort to pump up my walk when I remembered. And, got 46 active minutes.

Fitbit, I promise I will no longer kvetch when I happen to get fewer active minutes than I expected. My bad.

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    Sounds like me and my saga. I wear my fitbit on the treadmill but it usually registers just what I want. I make sure I go at least 6000 steps because I know I will make up the rest during the day. Foot problem right now so I can't walk but you, don't stop! You're doing great!
    778 days ago
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