KMR, did you ever get an answer on your question? I have the same concern--I want to be able to choose what syncs and what doesn't, otherwise fitness minutes are grossly exaggerated. Also, the FB does not track time on the elliptical, so I enter than manually on SP, and that's okay.
Fitness Minutes: (22,110)
114 1/26/14 9:23 A
SP enters fitness minutes and calories burned from your total off your FB device. FB only enters actual fitness minutes. My fitness minutes on my FB dashboard will be what it should be, if I walked or did a walk/jog for an hour that is what I see, but SP does inflate that and so on SP it will show 140 minutes because I believe it is accumulating other moments of what it sees as "fitness minutes". I don't worry about it, but probably should take that FB entry out and re-enter the proper info. I pay attention to my fitness minutes in FB only and my calories in SP. I feel like there are a lot of discrepancies regarding fitness in SP and it's frustrating. I am part of the 5k training challenge and when I click the button to log my walk/jog it logs it as walking a 24 min mile LOL I have addressed this problem in the challenge with no answers.
SLDUTTON - I have no idea why SP tracked your FB info to 70 minutes unless you were on your feet more than you realize. I am guessing that every time you got up to go to the bathroom SP tracked that as fitness minutes and accumulated that to 70 minutes.
Food entry in FB - Someone mentioned food entries in FB including those deleted in SP. Food syncs to FB when entered, but when you edit or delete in SP it doesn't update. Apparently people complained it didn't work right and they took this update feature away. So, I go into FB and manually delete what shouldn't be there. I was told you could edit food entries in FB, but I don't have that feature. So I have learned that when I need to edit an entry in SP that I should remove the item and re-enter it correctly then go to FB and delete the wrong entry. It's a pain but otherwise I show too many calories eaten in FB.
I don't think they need to take away the syncing of all the info, but they need to fix how SP is pulling the info. If FB shows my actual fitness minutes and SP shows an inflated amount SP needs to fix that it shows the actual amounts.
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I just got a new fitbit One and on the same day..got the flu. So, basically, I've been walking from the couch to the bathroom. When SP synced my fitness with fitbit, it pulled over 331 calories from exercise. So...this is obviously inflated and I'm not sure how it calculted the 70 fitness minutes and 331 calories. I would think some of these calories are just BMR calories that SP already includes in our daily calorie calories burned. So...as I undestand it, I'll need to delete this entry And, as I get back to my daily workout routine..I'll have to edit those minutes every evening?
Is it in the works to allow us to choose what syncs? I'd love my steps but not my minutes to sync... I'd really like my minutes to be from a fitness activity so that my calories burned are not inflated. I love that I don't have to enter steps or sleep hours everyday, but the syncing really defeats my ability to set goals for fitness minutes. I need to get back on track in October!
Fitness Minutes: (19,935)
8/13/13 1:27 P
Hi! Bumping up this thread a little because I would also like the sync improved (it's great!).
There is a discussion about the way calories are tracked on fitbit and sparkpeople here that I think explains why the calories burned estimate is too high after the sync: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=6&imparent=30501849&strViewThisPage=2
I have two issues in particular with the sync:
1 - I don't mind editing my fitbit entry, but then when it syncs later, all my past entries are also updated, not just the current day, so all my edits are lost and all my fitness/calories burned/nutrition goals are then skewed retroactively. I am going to have to turn off synching, which is a shame! It would be much more convenient for me to be able to pick and choose what syncs (steps, sleep, calories burned, fitness minutes, etc.)
2 - when fitbit takes nutrition info from sparkpeople, it is including items that I had already deleted. I don't know if this is correctable on sparkpeople's end or fitbit's, but I thought I'd mention it here anyway.
I posted a question/concern involving this same issue. I got a lot of helpful responses but now I can't find the thread. But these postings are exactly my issue. I absolutely love my FB Zip but I wish it wouldn't make me Superwoman! 300 plus calories for walking a mile? I wish. I just delete the fitbit enty and go on with life. I think the issue is the "formulas" differ between SP and FB but 300 plus calories for walking a mile? I don't get that. Is this maybe adding previous walking when I was shopping earlier? Confusing
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Fitness Minutes: (3,948)
29 2/10/13 1:50 A
Great! I'm glad it's working right for you now. Also, I find that I have to recheck the day before and delete fitbit entries again. :-/ It's certainly not ideal right now, so I hope that SP and Fitbit eventually get it better set up.
NewMeToday2012, at the end of the day, before you go to bed, go into the fitness section on SP, and click the little button that says "sync your fitbit." After you do that, scroll down to the fitness log part, and it will say how many calories burned according to fitbit. Click the remove button on the right side.
I just got a fitbit, and I had been wondering about this. I knew that I wasn't really burning that many calories! I've decided to just manually log my active minutes from the fitbit site at the end of the day and then delete the automatic fitbit entry.
current weight: 154.5
Fitness Minutes: (114,187)
44,034 1/25/13 10:07 P
I work 1 full-time job and a 2nd almost full-time job(family business), which are both desk jobs and I have 3 kids. I don't always have time for a "formal" workout. So instead I park at the back of the parking lot rather than up front close to the door. I'll walk to a coworker's desk vs emailing them. I take the stairs instead of the elevator. When away from my desk, I'll walk an extra floor or use the restroom on a different floor. I've always been boggled at how to track the extra activity throughout my day. I love that the FitBit tracks for me! I realize my fitness minutes and calories burned may be inflated but I focus more on my number of steps. Watching my steps throughout the day causes me to want to move more.......gotta get that number to 10,000+!!! I've even had a couple of 20,000+ days!
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Thanks for looking into this. I would LOVE an option to not have my fitbit steps translate into fitness minutes. I, too, have been going back and deleting my fitbit entries, but love having my accounts connect... maybe a way to chose what syncs and where?
Fitness Minutes: (87,865)
10,653 1/16/13 5:02 P
I am glad that it isn't just me in regard to the fitness minutes between spark and fitbit. I am very motivated having my fitbit synced to spark and honestly, I see them as both necessary to my fitness journey. I would be lost without either one. I have just learned to live with the fact that my fitness minutes are way higher than I planned....and enjoy the sparkpoints that come with that. I am also glad to hear that will be fixed eventually too.
Glad to hear this info---I have not done any "real" exercise yet and FitBit has me down at 373 minutes so far---and no way has by activities all been exercise---steps, yes, but not real fitness minutes---that is the only drawback I see to using this.
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I set a 1000 minute fitness goal each month and don't really want all those fitbit minutes added in. I only want intentional fitness minutes going towards my goal. Is there any way to only sync my fitbit steps and not minutes?
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I have the same concern. I really like having the number of steps I take each day imported automatically, but I don't like the inflated fitness minutes or calories burned numbers. If I have to go back every day and delete an entry, that completely negates the convenience of automatic syncing - I'd be better off just to enter my steps each day manually as if it were a normal pedometer. I hope SP and Fitbit can create the option to sync just steps.
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Thanks for your patience with this! You are seeing that due to the way the fitbit tracks your activity and steps. The only suggestion I have at this point is that if you feel it isn't quite accurate, you can always remove the fitbit entry and manually enter your activity (which won't affect your steps in any way, just your calorie burn).
Fitness Minutes: (3,341)
5 11/30/12 1:56 P
Curious - this mornign I have 11 fitness minutes tracked for a total of 129 exercise calories and it's only 9:29 (and I work a desk job) - I'm afraid this is a little (ok a lot) overstated. I'd have to be practically sprinting to burn 129 calories in 11 minutes, wouldn't I??? I'm just wondering if anyone else has concerns about the amount of fitness being synced to SparkPeople with the fitbit?
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