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ELLA2012 Posts: 153
3/21/09 8:36 P

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Thanks for the comments. I don't take myself too seriously. I absolutely know that "points" are not what really count. But the day I posted this I was thinking about it and I thought it might be a little funny.

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3/20/09 2:25 P

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Boy, I pay so little attention to all of that that I don't even know what a "fitness point" is, or a "digest". As long as I get credit for the calories burned, I'm happy. If it were me, I wouldn't spread it out over days, because I want an accurate picture of what I did, per day. If I spread 6 hours over 3 days, that doesn't give a true picture of my effort on a given day. I guess it depends on what you're using to measure your effort... I completely understand the desire to spread the points over several days if that's what you're using to measure your progress.

From an ethics standpoint, I can see it both ways:

1) As long as your honest about total hours spent, it shouldn't matter, however...

2) If you're competing against others, and Sparkpeople has implemented a "rule" to level the playing field, then going around that "rule" is unfair to those who abide by it. On the other hand...

3) Who knows how many others are going around the "rule" as well...

Sounds like the best course of action would be to contact sparkpeople about the limitation in fitness minutes, so it's fair for all involved.

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3/16/09 4:18 P

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Intresing I did not know this, not that it matters.

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3/16/09 9:07 A

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Thanks JHOLNAGEL, as long as I get credit for the time, I'm happy. If I got paid for earning points it might be different.

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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
3/16/09 8:04 A

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Although you may not get the total points for what you do for more than 2 hours, your fitness tracker does record the full time you exercised and the calories consumed. This way it will let you know if you have to adjust your caloric intake because of your increased minutes in exercising.

As far as the points go to be earned .... I agree that you should be able to get all of your points that you did in a single day and not be limited. I know some of my bike rides are longer than 2 hours and if I'm cross training than the combination is greater than 2 hours.

I'm not sure what their reasoning is but some of us do not blog or do the other items to earn points. If they want us active why would they require us to be in front of a computer for longer than recording our fitness and food consumption?

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3/15/09 10:55 P

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Oh a FWIW, I track my cycling on bikejournal.com. I also log things on activetrainer.com because it tracks my runs and my rides. But I like bikejournal because it keeps track of each of my bikes mileage, since I ride 4 different bikes. Like you, my rides are lengthier. Usually a bare minimum of 2 hrs, 5 or 6 isn't unusual.

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3/15/09 10:50 P

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I think that you need to use Sparkpeople in whatever way it best works for you. If you are trying to track your progress or your total hours, and the only way it shows up is if you spread the hours out over several days, then do it. Even though Sparkpeople publishes the "leaders" in points, the most important part is using the system to help you reach your objectives. You are measuring yourself against yourself, not others. The other people are here to support and motivate you--not compete against you for points!

I also often ride more than 2 hours, but since I track my cycling in a separate log, I don't worry about not getting credit for the extra time on this website, since I am able to appreciate my progress and mileage by reviewing my log.

Edited by: BIRDYGAYL at: 3/15/2009 (22:53)
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3/15/09 9:51 P

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I know you only get points for 2 hours a day, but do you get credit for the full time for your cardio? I never really understood that part either. Our rides are usually 2.5 hours during the week and more on weekends.

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3/15/09 9:06 P

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I don't think the points are important just from a "digest" standpoint. I don't really care how I stack up to others, but I like to see myself win trophies and stuff. It makes me feel good and see my progress in a concrete way. I think I read somewhere the reasoning for them limiting it to 2 hours daily, and it seemed reasonable, but unfortunately I can't remember what it said.

I say track it however it takes to give you the points you deserve. And, what if a person's goals are to ride more than 10 hours per week? There really is no way to track that, though it could be a goal for an endurance rider. That's something that should be addressed by spark people.

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3/15/09 6:14 P

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my thoughts are these points don't count for anything. i don't know of any prizes. if the site says the most you can earn is for 2 hours then that is the rule or else everyone else needs to spread thier time out over several days. i just look at my on info and meet personal goals. there are many days that i do more than 2 hours(today i swam and rode, totalling around 3 hours and yesterday was similair).
i have a goal to do so much in a week. if i do it i benefit by improved fitness.
i am suprised anyone even looks at those digests. i delete mine without opening it.
if people feel strongly about the points then i guess it would be wise to take it up with the spark people team, they seem to be responsive and are always improving the site.




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3/15/09 5:17 P

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I never realized that it limited the points to 2 hours. I'm horrid about logging my riding and running. Sometimes I ride, then run, then ride, and I get lazy and don't sit down that night and log every single thing. Why would SP limit it to 2 hours? I say log it however it takes, if you would like the points to reflect what you are doing. You aren't cheating!

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ELLA2012 Posts: 153
3/15/09 4:59 P

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I like earning points and I like to be honest. The web site only lets you have points for 2 hours of exercise per day. When I ride 6 hours in one day I'd like to assign the hours over 3 days so I would feel I got all the credit I deserve. I haven't done this and I think the idea is a little silly but it has crossed my mind.
What do you think?

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