I just let it do it's thing too. I know the fitness minutes are a little confusing. But as mentioned, it is all your fairly active and very active minutes. I think this is well in lines with the guidelines of 45 minutes a day activity or 90 minutes for weight control that some government agency had suggested (what they list as activity includes some activities that I would not personally log as exercise). On reflection and observation from having a fitbit for three years, I do not get "fitness minutes" for inactivity. Most of my intentional cardio workouts come out as fairly active or very active. My circuit training workouts are "fairly active" if I log my heart rate monitor calorie burn on fitbit, otherwise they would only be "lightly active" and excluded. The easiest thing that gives me fairly active minutes is walking while running errands (at a pace not quite high enough for me to be in my cardio heart rate zones). I think that is probably okay, so I mainly use it to see if I am getting enough "activity".
The calorie burned during fitness minutes, I think is a bit of an issue. Spark does assume we are sedentary outside exercise so including extra activity is probably not an issue. I am not sure how it comes up with the calories burned during the fitness minutes though since it isn't actually the calories we burn on fitbit in those times. I think it is somehow estimating a calorie burn from the number of fairly active and very active minutes. I've played around with the weekly "calorie burn goal" to get a number that seems to make my Spark range inline with my fitbit allowance and that seems to work fine for me. Spark gives quite a large range so I try to have the lower end being what my goal would be on a sedentary day on fitbit so on a day with good activity I would eat more in the middle of Spark's range and a very, very active day at the upper end.
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I just let it do its thing . . . I don't get too wrapped up in fitness minutes, in terms of planning my eating, etc. I find that my FB is pretty representative of the days I'm more active and less active, and the minutes aren't far off.
I let it do its own thing. I think that the biggest issue is calling the transferred data FITNESS MINUTES. Only FAIRLY ACTIVE and VERY ACTIVE minutes are transferred to SP and these, in my opinion, are "fitness" minutes because they get your heart rate up and beyond what are considered LIGHTLY ACTIVE minutes. Also I tend to ignore what SP advises me on my FITNESS TRACKER instead relying on the FOOD PLAN section on my FB page for my dietary needs.
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Fitness Minutes: (19,059) Posts: 21,333 4/9/13 10:10 P
Yay! I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels like I do. I finally realized when I paid closer attention to it all, I realized that I actually was much more active on some days than on others and it reflects in the fitness minutes. :)
Thanks everyone!! I'm feeling much better about my choice now.
I also let it do its own thing. I don't pay attention to the error messages regarding calaries in vs out. I already enter my maximum excerise minutes into SP. Most of the time I delete the entry on the tracker.
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I just let it do it's own thing. The fitness miuntes are high, but an article I read said you need 60-90 min. of exercise a day to maintain weight loss and that includes less acrive things too. My fitbit calorie burn seems to be right on since my weight stays the same and my calorie differencial is close to 0. There is a max number of points a day you can get from fitness so I don't feel guilty that some of those minutes are just walking down the hall. Pam
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Fitness Minutes: (19,059) Posts: 21,333 4/9/13 2:55 P
First of all, I messaged SP about the fitbit sync of "fitness minutes" which actually aren't fitness minutes. Kind of hit a wall there. So then someone said they delete the fitbit entry from the tracker each day. I did that for a while, but forgot a few times, and also each time my fitbit synced up it seemed to re-do the ones I deleted.... so i unsynced for a bit, just to see how I'd like that... and I didn't. I missed the auto syncing of the steps and sleep and other things. So now I'm re-synced and just gonna let the fitness minutes build up. If the fitbit thinks I'm active enough to call some of that time fitness minutes, I'm gonna let it. After all they say that you can get your exercise in 10 minute segments and it's still good, and I reckon that's basically what I'm doing when I go up and down the stairs a few extra times or "jog" to the bathroom, etc... LOL! :) yep, I do that. Anyhow... I was wondering how y'all handle the syncing.
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