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Stairs & FitBit

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Just walked up 10 flights of steps - up and downstairs on the stairs to my Mom's basement. Was just under 10 minutes under FitBit activity timer. But in SparkPeople activity tracker on my Iphone app, there is no listing for "climbing stairs" Mom's staircase has a slightly shallower "rise" for their steps (my step-dad built it to his specs and he had Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome and he couldn't lift his feet that high - so their staircase has 16 steps, not the usual 13-14 steps.). There is a listing for "StairMaster" machine but only for minutes - nothing to indicate how many flights I went. Was breathing hard tho - got distracted so not sure what my heart rate was, but was at least 130+, pretty sure of that!! Pant pant!

Any case, I don't believe I am racking up the minutes of exercise that FitBit claims I am. Flattering to think that, but the bottom line doesn't match my bottom end...
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    We forget that everything we do burns calories not just exercise. I hope to get some tracking device but I have to get two One for me and One for my husband as we both are active. I have a sit down job 2 afternoons a week and if he is not working on a project he is working around the house.

    I am not sure which device I should get? Any ideas. I cannot do a lot of walking or strength exercises due to injuries, but I do a lot of stationary work. I have been working on upping my bike riding to 45 minutes a day for about 700+ calorie burn just it is boring. I plan on riding my manual bike to and from work when I can which gives me 20 minutes 2 ties a week. As we only have 1 bike we need to get another one so we can bike together.
    1801 days ago
    Well whatever your fitbit says, that sounds like a good burst of exercise to me! Way to go! :)

    1855 days ago
    That is a problem.

    HUGS though . . . at least you DID it!
    1856 days ago
    I don't own a FitBit so I don't know what to share about that. But I do know that, ultimately, your exercise will start to show and you will feel great. Keep up the great work. emoticon
    Love, Chelsea emoticon emoticon
    1856 days ago
  • JESSIKA_56
    I think my FitBit over-estimates my "exercise" too, because it counts a lot of the walking I do at work as exercise, but I don't really consider it to be so. But all in all, I still think it's a pretty handy tool!
    1856 days ago
    still is matter how you count it.
    1856 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    I don't have a Fitbit. So I really can't comment on how they work for people. It Sounds like You are Doing Great. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1857 days ago
  • 123456789100
    I've noticed that it counts all the background activity that you and I would normally not include on activity logs (like unloading groceries and walking to and from places) it is a little frustrating to have it over-report but I like that it counts everything I do.. so its a little damned if you do damned if you dont sort of scenario.. other trackers I've had only measure if you are over a certain amount of movement but are typically really hard to get them to record what I do, even when I'm exercising, so I'm rather glad that the bar is lower with the fitbit.

    One thing I did do is up my calories burned goals to over 700 a week. I know if I'm under that, that something has to change.
    1857 days ago
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