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.
I leave my FB on my person for all activities. True, your FB may not give you full credit for the activity you are doing, i.e., strength training, but I figure these are "extra" burned calories that I use as a cushion in my goal to lose/maintain my weight. Also, as USMAWIFE states only FB syncs fitness data to SP, while only SP syncs food data to FB. And, manually entered activities on the FB are not synced to SP at all.
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you can do it on the fitbit site as it has more options for some of the things you are doing
when you are on your page, at the top click on add activity and there are lots of options there. find things like moving boxes click browse, then home activities and scroll down to moving boxes furniture. click on that and enter how long you did it, then start time, and it will calcualte for you in terms of calories burned
If you put in some activities manually in both places it is going to double credit you
any items manually entered on FB will not sync over to SP. So if you want them to count on SP you have to manually enter them on SP
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I've had my FitBit for a few months now, and I'm still not sure about the best way to track my activites that the FitBit can't count - lifting weights, cardio classes (where I remove the FitBit), etc.
For example, I'm in the process of moving right now, so I'm doing a lot of lifting and carrying heavy boxes, furniture, etc. up and down stairs. The FitBit on it's own can't really count that, so I tried logging the activity in FitBit first. I went and checked on SparkPeople, and my calories burned from the FitBit entry went down. I also didn't see my calories burned in FitBit increase, like on the dashboard page. Thinking I was imagining things, I removed the activity from FitBit and my calories burned in SparkPeople went up. Bizarre.
I then went and logged the same activity (moving boxes) into SparkPeople, and my calories burned there went up, but no change in FitBit. I guess it SparkPeople doesn't sync activities to FitBit?
So, what do you do to get non-walking activities logged in both SparkPeople and FitBit? Do I have to do it twice, once in each system?
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