I wear my fitbit all the time unless in water. For a lot of cardio, I leave the fitbit numbers alone, but if I log exercise directly to fitbit. When I do, most often the calorie burn comes from my heart rate monitor. I don't really log non-exercise like cleaning, shopping, etc, but I know moving is pretty strenuous. The fitbit database includes a lot of occupational and daily life activities and I am sure moving and even the weight range of the boxes/furniture is included. I find for active non-exerice activities, fitbit already credited me with enough activity from my steps so logging the activity actually can decrease the fitbit calorie burn.
Anyway, with what I do, my minutes in the various activity levels ends up pretty correct on fitbit--which is what I want. And my fitbit calorie burn and activity score is pretty appropriate as near as I can tell (I've been doing this for three years). Now with Spark, my fitness minutes are correct--Spark pulls our fairly active and very active minutes from fitbit. I think it may be excluding my logged calories, I can't quite work out how Spark is calculating the exercise calorie burn. But even though Spark may be leaving some of my fairly and very active minute calories behind, it is still assuming a higher calorie burn than fitbit is (when I compare the Spark calorie differential to my fitbit total calorie burn that day). So maybe it is a good thing if it is excluding some of my logged calories.
I use to use an idea I got from Rockman to fill in my tracker on spark, I would enter an activity as a 0 minute, 0 calorie burn strength exercise so I have it on my log. I decided that was a bit messy on days when I logged cardio, had a fitbit entry, and logged strength exercises. So now I just list the general activities in my notes section. Right now I am not logging the strength exercises only because I am doing an 8 week program and am finding it easier to keep track of the weights used for each exercise on a spreadsheet. I may return to using Spark for strength tracking after I finish though.
I do log some activities on Spark that I consider exercise but fitbit would rate as "lightly active" such as stretching. But otherwise I log to fitbit and let Spark pull the minutes from fitbit.
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