Spark only counts the "very active" minutes; I don't see anything wrong with counting those as fitness minutes. They were minutes I was going harder than "everyday activity," in my opinion. I do track things like stairmaster or elliptical separately, but for only half the time, which I figure works out about even given the extra effort expended beyond walking...
I DO think that both Spark and FitBit FAR overestimate the number of calories burned during "very active" minutes, though, so I eat well below my low range on heavy workout days when I have the trackers communicating...
I wish there was a way to reflect the Fitbit data on SP, but not have it count in your fitness minutes and calorie burn number. I want to keep that number reflecting just my active fitness minutes, but I would still like to see the Fitbit data on this site, rather than having to switch back and forth. The hard part is connecting the two--you would think SP could create an option to keep those numbers out of the "active" count.
Fitbit data and exercise data are two very different things--it's apples to oranges and they shouldn't be reflected together. Fitbit measures only walking and running; it doesn't measure cycling, elliptical, strength training, yoga, etc. To count your normal daily activity as "fitness minutes' is actually kind of ridiculous. And I think it sends the wrong sort of message to people who are just starting to build exercise into their lives.
****I think the spark calories are just the calories we burn during fairly active and very active minutes and I think it may include some calories we would not want applied to our goal anyway (like bmr for that time period--not sure on that though).*****
Hi Amy, I also have mine connected to my fitness pal. They will give different calories even though both are using fitbit data because the exercise calorie burn is different on the two sites (as is the way they use exercise calories). MFP applies exercise to your food allowance, so the calories that show in your fitbit adjustment on mfp as the calories you burn in excess of the activity level you are set for on mfp, so if mfp expects you to burn 1600 and fitbit says you burned 1900 you would see a 300 calorie adjustment. (That is over simplifying it, but the general idea). Spark doesn't apply our exercise to our allowance, it does apply our weekly exercise calorie burn *goal*, but not the actual exercise calories. (If we set our goal saying we burn 2000 a week, it is the based on that 2,000 calories whether we burn 1,000, 2,000 or 5,000). I think the spark calories are just the calories we burn during fairly active and very active minutes and I think it may include some calories we would not want applied to our goal anyway (like bmr for that time period--not sure on that though).
I just did it, not for any negative reason but I don't track on spark and wanted to try it here and it worked fine. But I've tried it on an app/site where I do track and didn't like it on there, so disconnected there as well. For now I only want to track my minutes on the Fitbit site.
So to disconnect it from spark, I clicked the link where I had gone to connect. It was a read more about it type button with a green Zip. It looks like an ad so hope it was NOT an ad as I don't click on ads (could have bugs). But it was announcing fitbit had partnered with spark. I just followed the steps to connect and it took me to the same button I had connected with, which said "disconnect." I did that.
BUT it then said that page does not exist and I searched around a bit and closed the site, then opened it and did the same thing and when I went in again I seemed to be disconnected.
THAT IS ONLY ONE STEP! YOU HAVE TO GO TO THE FITBIT SITE AND DISALLOW ACCESS!
Sigh, I only found THIS page because I already know a link that had been posted on the other app I use to track. I clicked that link, which took me to APPLICATIONS on my Fitbit page and there I saw the button to disallow access to spark.
It should not be this hard and probably isn't but it did disconnect me on both sides.
*** I would like to stay on this team, though. I think it is fine that spark partners with Fitbit as I like mine a lot.
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how about going to fb and closing your account and see if that works
Or if you still want to keep it, change your information on your FB account so it does not connect with SP anymore
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