Hi Jill, and welcome! Do you have a Bodybugg or a BodyMedia FIT device? I don't think Bodybugg differentiates between 'moderate' and 'vigorous' activity (mine did not, but it's an older model), while BodyMedia does (I just switched to the BodyMedia FIT Link). Here's some info from the BodyMedia site that might help you a bit:
What are METS and AVG. METS?
The energy cost of an activity can be measured in units called METs (metabolic equivalent). 1 MET is the energy expenditure for everyone "at rest." Two people resting will burn different amounts of calories, but they both burn 1 MET.
You can think of METS as a multiplier of calorie burn. You burn 1 MET when you are at rest. An activity that takes 3 METS burns approximately 3 times as many calories. Mild exercise (such as walking at a leisurely pace) increases energy expenditure to approximately 3 METs, while vigorous activity might require 6 METS.
The online Activity Manager shows you calorie burn and "AVG. METS", which stands for "Average METS". Calorie burn is individual to you, while METS can be compared between people.
I am having trouble recording Vigorous Activity.
The difference between moderate and vigorous activity is the METS of the activity. "METS" is a handy way to talk about the intensity of an activity. Activity Manager standard settings: Moderate activity is 3-6 METS, Vigorous is 6+ METS.
If you are exercising at the high end of the Moderate MET level (e.g. in the 5 to 6 range), you may feel like you are really working hard, but the Activity Manager will only count the time in which you actually cross the 6+ threshold as "vigorous" activity.
Some people choose to adjust the MET definitions downward slightly. You can adjust these activity level thresholds by setting your personal preferences. Under the Setting tab at the top right of the Activity Manager page, select Preferences and then use the slider under the Physical Activity Level section.
I hope that is a little help; I couldn't find anything equivalent on the Bodybugg site. These devices really do help get a handle on what our bodies are actually burning and what activity is most effective. I know I would not have had the success that I have so far without my Bodybugg and now my BMF Link. Good luck!
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