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2/21/13 2:40 P

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I was wondering if it included BMR in the calorie calculations. That explains how I'd burned so many after only wearing it an hour!

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2/15/13 9:09 A

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Thanks for answering my question about resetting the calories counter. so you think it is better to use the FB meal tracker then SP? I have never used it. I will check it out.




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2/15/13 8:25 A

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That makes sense now! Thanks :)

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2/15/13 8:13 A

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@ RDEFASSI:

Your FB is so much more than a pedometer. The minutes you are seeing are active minutes. Your body burns calories every minute of ever day. The minutes that are being logged onto your SP are your FAIRLY ACTIVE and VERY ACTIVE minutes. The calories you see are those "extra" calories that your body burned as a result of those "extra" activity minutes. Honestly I would not pay attention to SP telling you that you are logging too many minutes and not eating enough. Continue with what you are doing and you should be fine. Finally, and, in my opinion, the FOOD PLAN on your FB page is a better measure of calories in/calories out. You might consider checking it out.
Hope this helps. If not please post another message.

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2/14/13 9:04 P

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So I have been using my fitbit for I guess 3 full days now. I am trying to figure out how it is logging so many "fitness minutes" How does it estimate them? Should I continue doing more of my other exercises- even though it is logging 60 mins + and then telling me I have burned 800+ cals? It is throwing off my SP tracker saying I am over working out and eating not enough and need to adjust?! Help please!

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2/14/13 3:15 P

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Along the lines of recording strange behavior, on the day I lost mine in the car for half the day, including a 1.5 hr morning commute, somehow it managed to record 58 floors. It's going to be hard for me to outdo THAT record. :)

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2/14/13 8:33 A

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Unfortunately you cannot create a RECORDING on the Zip.

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2/14/13 7:58 A

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Can you start and stop the activity timer on the Zip like you can on the Fitbit one? If so, then that activity will show up in your activity tracker on your fitbit page and you can edit the activity with the activity type. For activities where you're not wearing the fitbit (aqua?) then entering the activity in the Fitbit Activity Tracker seems to work well.

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2/14/13 1:07 A

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What you are doing will work. You may consider adding those activities to your SP page, too. Personally I don't add any of these activities. I just allow the FB to do its thing. I figure if I am not getting full credit for calories burned that is a good thing in the long run as I am then building a burned calorie reserve.

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This blog really helped. Does anyone know about how to track things when doing Yoga/Body Pump/CXWorks/Aqua? In other words things the Zip don't really track?

What I am doing now is just logging it in the Fitbit Activity Tracker. I just don't want to be getting too many calories listed.

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Your FB takes into account ALL of the calories you burn in a day, so the number you are seeing when you wake up is the amount of calories that your body burned while sleeping. It resets to zero every day at midnight automatically.

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2/13/13 8:49 A

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How do you reset the calories counter? Every morning I start off with 425 calories burned.




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2/13/13 8:30 A

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Wow, it is nice that you can gain a floor in your apartment! Must be some incline at work here!
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2/12/13 7:53 P

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Thank Rockman & Tessler for the info on Stairs. I've had days where it went way over, but one of those I did a lot of walking downtown and the while it might have been "flat" it was over brick, etc, and there could have been inclines. And, we do get wind and a lot of rain here lately, so maybe that's why I've had days where my stair count was over.

However, in my apartment, I've had it give me credit for a flight of stairs and there are none....

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2/12/13 7:31 A

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Just to add a little bit more to the discussion on stairs. If you are walking outside and it is windy or the barometric pressure is fluctuating, you will get flights of stairs recorded. I frequently end up with several flights recorded when I've been walking outside on level ground but the wind has been blowing.

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2/11/13 2:19 P

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"So when you calibrated your stride you manually counted the steps? Or am I misunderstanding. If so, I would suggest using the fitbit counted steps. I calibrated mine running and walking on a track, for each lap I started the fitbit timer, walked the lap, stopped moving then stopped the timer. I did the same for running. I divided the fitbit counted steps by the actual distance. That way if it is missing or over counting steps, the stride is based on however fitbit is counting my steps."

Yes, I went through the process of counting my steps over a measured distance, then used the distance divided by the number of steps to calculate stride length. I then set the stride length in my profile. In my case however, stride length wasn't that far off. The problem was that the fitbit was missing (not recording) steps.

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2/11/13 1:41 P

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#Althatjavza

re: "I had a real problem with Accuracy during runs. I matched the results for my fitbit one with my GPS watch and the fitbit was always several miles off and missing steps. I went through the process of counting steps over a measured quarter mile and then calculating and setting my stride length but it didn't help. I recounted steps over a quarter mile again and recalculated my stride length just to be sure I hadn't made a mistake but came up with the same results. I contacted customer service but all they could suggest was to try resetting the device. I did that but it still didn't help. I was finally resigned to the fitbit being a nice toy but not a serious fitness tool. "

So when you calibrated your stride you manually counted the steps? Or am I misunderstanding. If so, I would suggest using the fitbit counted steps. I calibrated mine running and walking on a track, for each lap I started the fitbit timer, walked the lap, stopped moving then stopped the timer. I did the same for running. I divided the fitbit counted steps by the actual distance. That way if it is missing or over counting steps, the stride is based on however fitbit is counting my steps.

Wow, I've never noticed if wearing layers effects accuracy. I wear mine clipped to my bra so it is always under at least one layer--often more. I've not noticed a difference--though I do think it picks up a little less movement than if I wear it on my waistband so maybe that is why. I generally view that as a positive as I don't accumulate steps and floors riding in a car (usually) either. Still, my fitbit distance estimates are usually pretty accurate walking outside even wearing a coat. And it is pretty good for jogging or intervals of jogging and walking--I think it may under credit for sprinting though it only has two stride lengths to work with. (I am sure it is overestimating distance for indoor steps too, but I don't care about that so much).

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2/11/13 1:31 P

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#60love (sorry I don't recall you name--we need a quote function!),
RE: "so you are saying that whether its 4 steps or 10 that it counts the same??? we live in one level house and same at work.. there are no places locally for me to use stairs..
some weeks it records steps that i did not take/do
i wish i had access to some"

No! It isn't exactly that. The activity levels--sedentary, lightly active, fairly active and very active are based on how much and how fast you move each minute. So a minute with 4 steps will be sedentary as would a minute with 10 steps. But you do get more activity credit and calorie burn for minutes where you move more, maybe do bigger movements, do faster movements, etc.

I don't believe floors have much to do with calorie burn from what I observed anyway.

Steps and floors are entirely separate so it doesn't matter if you don't have access to stairs and hills. (Stairs are highly beneficial as activity but all the estimates work fine if you don't have any floors counted).

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2/10/13 6:31 P

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I have discovered the same thing. When, and if, I am wearing heavier clothing then I put the FB in my pant pocket.

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Sorry for the long post, but I promises there's a point at the end.

I had a real problem with Accuracy during runs. I matched the results for my fitbit one with my GPS watch and the fitbit was always several miles off and missing steps. I went through the process of counting steps over a measured quarter mile and then calculating and setting my stride length but it didn't help. I recounted steps over a quarter mile again and recalculated my stride length just to be sure I hadn't made a mistake but came up with the same results. I contacted customer service but all they could suggest was to try resetting the device. I did that but it still didn't help. I was finally resigned to the fitbit being a nice toy but not a serious fitness tool.

A few weeks ago, we had a real heatwave and for the first time in months I ran in shorts and a tee shirt with the fitbit one clipped to the waistband of my shorts. When I was checking stats later in the evening I notices that suddenly, my fitbit and my GPS were measuring within feet of each other instead of being miles different. At that point it dawned my me, I'd gotten the Fitbit one in November and the weather had been consistently cold so I was always running in multiple top layers with the fitbit clipped to the waistband of my shorts or tights. The multiple layers sitting on top of the fitbit was interfering with it's accuracy in some way. For the last several weeks, I always make sure the fitbit is in an outer pocket or clipped somehow to the outermost layer that I'm waring and I'm getting good accuracy.

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2/10/13 10:47 A

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Betsy, the 10' incline has to be continuous. Unfortunately your FB does not count a floor for two separate trips up a five step staircase.

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its inclines over 10 feet that count as a flight of steps

if you are out walking outdoors and there are hills or slight inclines they will count as a flight of stairs due to the incline level

Edited by: USMAWIFE at: 2/10/2013 (09:45)
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2/10/13 9:33 A

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so you are saying that whether its 4 steps or 10 that it counts the same??? we live in one level house and same at work.. there are no places locally for me to use stairs..
some weeks it records steps that i did not take/do
i wish i had access to some

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2/10/13 9:02 A

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@ 60NLOVINIT2:
You receive credit for a floor climbed when your FB senses that you have traveled 10 feet in altitude. On my run yesterday I climbed one set of stairs but the course was hilly so I received credit for 26 floors. This device is AWESOME!

@ BRUN0327:
Your FB takes into account your daily Basal Metabolic Rate which is basically the amount of calories you need daily in order to survive. It adds calories burned by ANY movement you perform during the day. SP captures the FAIRLY ACTIVE and VERY ACTIVE MINUTES only. Granted these may not be normal cardio minutes (as defined by you) but they are activity minutes which add to your daily calorie burn. This device is so much more than a pedometer!

Edited by: ROCKMAN6797 at: 2/10/2013 (09:06)
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the trophys are to motivate you into wanting to do more more motivation you get the more you want to forge ahead

Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


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i am glad to hear that from someone else... i have thought the same thing.. it records stair climbing and i don't have stairs.. 4 steps at back door... my watch records 3x as many steps as the fb does... makes me hesitint to keeping it

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I think it's based on how much you move. If you're moving, it counts it.

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Hi all, I have had my fitbit zip since the end of December. My concern is that the pedometer seems accurate, but the other readings seem to over estimate what I do. I keep getting trophies for my fitness minutes, but I do not think I am working out as much as the sync is telling spark people. Is this normal?

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