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Thanks be to God for a wonderful January

Friday, January 31, 2014

Hello Friends, I have used my spark activity tracker for a couple months now and it really motivates me. I have learned a few things along the way by practice and by listening to the coaches and those with more experience here. So here's a few tips. First of all it records movement particularly rhythmic movement so if you wear it on your bra you must move your torso like a Nordic walker as you stride for it to pick up steps, as mentioned the farther to the side the better.

An option for outside in the muck I have used is to put it under the tongue of my shoe, perhaps between double socks which I sometimes wear in the winter. This way it cannot be lost or damaged and gives good readings.

Remember movement must be continuous for ten minutes or more to record a workout. This tripped me up at first but I have learned to walk in circles or march in place back and forth if I need to stop to take care of business. with my hands.

Another option I have discovered that works great when doing manual work like chopping or sawing is to wear it on my wrist. I use a spring loaded ear muff wrapped around my wrist and the pocket secures the tracker very well. This can also be done if you use rowing machines or arm ergonometers or upright rows with dumbbells.

I have moved up to a twelve thousand step a day average and over two hours of activity workouts every day for now. It seemed impossible at first but I am really getting excited as the pounds melt away and I feel renewed vigor..

If you have read this far perhaps you can help me with one question. of mine. I have noticed that the activity tracker does not seem to credit me with any time past 120 minutes of workout activity on the leader boards in a day even though I have exceeded that on several occasions. Is there an adjustment I can make to track accurately?

If this old man can do it with God's Grace, I certainly know it is possible for many, many more.

Hope this helps Extending Love to all

Hopping along now

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  • no profile photo CD11848877
    Thanks for the tips, I never thought about putting on the wrist! emoticon
    2472 days ago
    Thanks Anne and Luann
    2488 days ago
  • 68ANNE
    Thank you for those tips. Excellent job at making sure you have your activity recorded. To answer your question: SP doesn't recommend over 120 minutes of activity and will not count any above that. You can record it on your fitness tracker but the activity tracker refuses too count it and if will not reflect in your points either
    2488 days ago
  • LUANN7
    thanks for the info on the activity tracker. keep up the good work!!!
    2488 days ago
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