I don't quite understand why you are not getting points for your fitness minutes. You get 1 point for every five minutes of exercise (24 points per day is your maximum amount). So if your FB is importing 120 minutes then you should be getting the maximum 24 points per day. Here is a link to check on your points for the current day:
With regards to the calorie burn seeming low, I have noticed the same thing lately. However, I don't rely on SP for this information instead focusing on what FB is showing me. I love SP for the community involvement but, in my opinion, FB is the better site for tracking your fitness in conjunction with your calories.
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Fitness Minutes: (109,002) Posts: 1,474 1/29/13 4:12 P
Like I said, my minutes spent fairly active and very active, including manually logged are definitely coming over--which is great. Until today, I haven't noticed if the calorie burn is mismatched--it might be excluding the manually logged calorie burn. That might in a weird way be why I am not generally so bothered about having too high of an exercise calorie burn. Normally it only looks a little high compared to others concerns of it being "very high". Though maybe if I logged all my intentional exercise I might be disappointed.
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Fitness Minutes: (156,024) Posts: 21,749 1/29/13 3:16 P
Hi - Any activity that you manually enter on the Fitbit side does not get sent to SparkPeople at this time. So if your numbers are mismatched, that could be why.
Personally, I have Fitbit synch my steps info to SP; but any other exercise I only add manually to SP and not to Fitbit. For me, I like seeing my total fitness picture on SP so I don't add anything manually to other sites. So it all depends on what info you want to see where.
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I am pretty sure Spark is at least partially using data that is manually logged to fitbit. I manually log certain activities on fitbit regularly (though I leave most of my cardio alone so that is why I am not fully sure).
Yesterday I logged two activities, my one hour Flamenco dance class (in this class the posture is very bent knees and I am wearing heels and fitbit does not pick up many of the steps even though there are a lot of steps) and an hour of circuit training. My fitbit Fairly active and very active minutes come out to be 219, and that is what Spark counted as my fitness minutes. So manually logged minutes absolutely count. The calorie burn, I am not as sure about. I usually have a pretty significant calorie burn but have not figured out a way to compare it to the fitbit burn in that time. My Spark exercise calories were 577 calories--that is actually less than my heart rate monitor calorie burn for the 2 hours of logged exercise. That does make me wonder whether my manually logged calorie burn were excluded. This is the first time I ever noticed a exercise calorie burn that looked "too low" so I actually am wondering if Spark changed the formula they use to exclude BMR for those minutes (which would put me around 796). Has anyone noticed anything different in their exercise calorie burn? Usually I feel it is too high though and yesterday was the first time it seemed a little low compared to the involved activity.
But I should note that usually I don't log step based cardio--really just this dance class since the steps are not counted by fitbit. I usually only log non-step oriented activities so often have a mix of not manually logged and logged. So maybe this is the only day when I would have noticed the manually logged calories being excluded (if they are). actually just let fitbit track Zumba because in my case it gave me a pretty similar calorie burn as my heart rate monitor did (usually the database calorie burn estimates are high for me compared to my HRM).
July Minutes: 379
Fitness Minutes: (75,271) Posts: 4,578 1/29/13 1:49 P
I also just let FB send actvity to SP. I am not concerned about what sort of points I'm earning from that. I know I "should" do a specific activity exercise at least 3 times/wk and preferably daily , but I'm not willing to spend time tracking.
I don't think you get any points for manually logged activities on FB. Personally, points don't matter to me, and I'm not the best to answer questions about SP. I don't manually log anything other than my yoga class on FB (and nothing here.) . The problem with Fitbit.. it is wonderful for tracking steps, but its not a Heart Rate Monitor and doesn't get effort.
Edited by: NHRUNNER at: 1/29/2013 (10:47)
Fitness Minutes: (77,688) Posts: 936 1/29/13 10:35 A
I've read a lot of posts, and read about entry of activing in SP, syncing to FB...and I'm still confused.
On my fitness tracker, I see the fitbit is sending into and it's counted in my daily/weekly totals.
But I don't get points for it. For example, to day I did 20 min of Zumba 2 for Wii. If I try to add it in SP - it hikes my calories/time - which FB has already sent to SP. I added it in FB, but that doesn't change my points in SP.
Are points important to me? Eh, not a big deal, but I noticed I wasn't getting any.
So, do I just let FB send all the activy info and let tracking fitness in SP go? Would that be the easiest AND most accurate way to go?
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