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12/9/17 1:46 A

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Here is how I record my step counter...

For chores around the house, them steps add up mileage, so in my fitness tracker, I enter the miles racked up based on my counter. If I racked up one mile of steps, I enter 1 mile for distance, and 20 minutes for time because when I go walking, I average a 20 minute mile. However, I do not enter calories for that data. I do not expect it to be accurate (fitness tracker estimates it for me).

When I get on the treadmill, I trust the calories from my heart rate monitor and log that along with the distance because the treadmill is calibrated to record distance accurately. So, I enter the distance, time, and calories accordingly. I may speed up or slow down the treadmill, so I log what my heart rate monitor tells me for calories.

At end of day, I enter total steps in my step tracker.

It may sound complicated, but the fitness tracker keeps them separated. I know the workout session calories from my heart rate monitor, and the chore calories are estimated by the fitness tracker. Overall, a pretty good way to track my day's worth of calories and distance.

It's all an estimate (calories), but probably a pretty good estimate.

Edited by: I_ROBOT at: 12/9/2017 (01:47)
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SPARK_COACH_JEN's Photo SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 66,378
12/7/17 8:53 A

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The step and mileage tracker are two different things. If you enter something in the mileage tracker, it will also calculate your calories burned, so you wouldn't need to track your workouts. The step tracker just counts your steps, but doesn't add to the calories burned. So you'd need to also enter your workouts in the fitness tracker. Just depends which way you want to do it and what you want to keep track of- steps or mileage.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

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12/7/17 8:46 A

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I use a pedometer and enter my steps for the day manually. I have also added mileage tracker to my fitness page. How does that work? it shows 0 even though I enter the steps for the day. Does it work only with synced fitness trackers?



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