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5/9/13 1:25 P

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Wow, that's crazy.

If they don't want people cranking up the numbers from "activity" rather than exercise then they should either remove those items or make them worth less.

I've always wondered why those activities were there. People do that stuff anyway. Counting it in their exercises is not going to get them closer to goal.

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JOELEVENACIOUS's Photo JOELEVENACIOUS Posts: 183
5/9/13 12:12 A

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got this response from the coaching email I signed up for:

You can enter your actual minutes on your tracker, and the tracker will record all of them and include them in your weekly tracking records, so you can see your actual totals even if you go over 120 minutes on any given day. The tracker will also estimate your calorie burn for any number of minutes you put in. The 120 minutes limit only applies to minutes that are counted towards earning Sparkpoints and Fitness Minutes for the geographic Sparkteam and individual Sparkpoint and Fitness Minute leaderboards. We set up the limitation on how many exercise minutes would count towards earning Sparkpoints and towards the Fitness Minute competitions because we didn't want people counting every minute of physical activity (including things like housework and walking around the house or office) as "exercise" just to earn more Sparkpoints or Fitness Minutes.

Not helpful - it screws up the reports and cuts off the upper limit in your personal report at 120 no matter what! I assume noone sees your personal report but it is corrupted by this goofy policy. I don't care if people count office work as a marathon. I am interested in comparing present personal performance to past and future personal performance. Spark points are meaningless if you get them by reading and spinning a wheel.

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STRONGERLEANER's Photo STRONGERLEANER SparkPoints: (118,808)
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5/6/13 5:45 P

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I found out the hard way about the limit as well. I went to a Zumbathon. They are usually about 4 hours long. I worked-out for 3 hours which is 180 minutes, plus some additional stuff done earlier in the day. I only got credit for 120.

I guess they do it to keep people from just clocking phony minutes but it can be frustrating for someone who is trying to use the site to its full potential.

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JOELEVENACIOUS's Photo JOELEVENACIOUS Posts: 183
5/6/13 3:19 A

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You were right but it is 120 minutes!

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JOELEVENACIOUS's Photo JOELEVENACIOUS Posts: 183
5/6/13 3:16 A

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I had an interchange with the tech people there is an artificial upper limit for exercise entry of 120 minutes. It is aggravating because it doesn't reflect reality if you go for a 140 min hike or walk you can't accurately keep track of it here. You can if you go to the trouble to go back and add your "excess" exercise to a day that you missed for instance. My retirement goal is to get to my correct weight in my first year of retirement, so I have the time to do this kind of thing, and I really like this SP site. I literally bought the "coaching package" and definitely bought into the comprehensiveness of the site, but this is pretty wacky.

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5/6/13 1:00 A

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The fitness tracker had a glitch where you would enter your minutes, it would tell you what your calorie burn was for the activity, but then on the daily total the number was lower. I suspect this is something similar...maybe the technical support people will have a solution for you.

Exercise should be about rewarding yourself with strength and endorphins, not punishing yourself for what you have eaten.
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JOELEVENACIOUS's Photo JOELEVENACIOUS Posts: 183
5/3/13 3:50 P

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sure Robert maybe I am screwing up somewhere. It wouldn't be that unique. I do it all the time.

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JOELEVENACIOUS's Photo JOELEVENACIOUS Posts: 183
5/3/13 8:42 A

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One of the things I like most about retirement is my new attitude. Perspective! Very little is a big deal, that can not be compensated for in some way.

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5/2/13 3:54 P

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JoeF2F, I wonder if there's a 100 limit?

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JOELEVENACIOUS's Photo JOELEVENACIOUS Posts: 183
5/2/13 7:58 A

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No fit bit yet I am waiting for the fitbit flex bands to come out promised this spring. If I reenter the missing minutes that would work, but do I have to be checking this out all the time? I guess so. I was impresssed with the formulas and how automatic it all is on these trackers. Nothing is perfect and what am I worried about anyway?

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5/1/13 9:18 A

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IDK either but try entering it as 3 walks 100,100 and 20 this might work.

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4/30/13 5:29 P

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Hi Joe, if you would like I can forward your question to tech support. I've never really had issues with the fitness tracker so I'm not 100% sure where to start...would you like me to forward this?

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4/30/13 5:20 P

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Are you synching any devices to the Spark site, such as a Fitbit?

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4/30/13 5:16 P

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I noticed I did a hike with a meetup group over the weekend and I posted 220 minutes of walking. Quite a long hike. I entered it on Sunday's fitness mintues fine, but only got an increase of 100 minutes on the cummulative tracker on the extreme right hand side of the overall tracker page. Any one have that experience? I really like the site because it is so comprehensive and I am still new so maybe I am screwing something up?

I am open to instruction? Any thoughts?

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