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RODEONINJA Posts: 86
4/3/13 11:30 A

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Oh, I see... then I guess I can change my count for yesterday. The health coach I had for a while a few months back (from my insurance plan) told me to place it at my hip level area. That seemed like a much too bouncy area. So I placed it at my waist level area yesterday because that is where my pants waistband was anyway, right around my actual waistband.

So, I'll do an accuracy check several times this week. The meter brand is just marked with my Health Insurance company's name, so who knows who made it.
Thanks for the info. I'm going to go give myself more steps for yesterday then. I guess I really did earn them!

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4/3/13 3:28 A

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5000 steps is easily believable when out doing errands. Congrats!

You can check the accuracy of your step meter by counting how many steps you take and comparing it to what your meter reads. Note what it reads when you start your accuracy check and use that number to start with to count 10 or 20 more steps and then see if the meter reads about what it should. It can be surprising how many steps you take when out doing errands and how few when staying at home if you don't make an effort.

I have always used the hip intended counters. They will often work clipped on your bra, shoe, or some other spot that moves when you walk, as long as it doesn't bounce to cause a double count and as long as it is fairly level. I've used cheap ones and expensive ones and they all seem to be the luck of draw on how well they work. Just do the accuracy check periodically since they can drift in how well they count. I prefer the kind that can be adjusted or the kind that are cheap enough that I don't mind discarding them when they drift too much.

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RODEONINJA Posts: 86
4/3/13 3:03 A

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I'm not sure how accurate my step counter meter is. It was sent to me by my Health Plan. I wore it all day and I did do a lot of walking today/start and stop. I have another meter but I never felt like it was a good one. This newer one seemed more accurate to me. But when I went to log my minutes tonight the meter read over 5000 steps! I was out taking care of errands today while I had a ride to do so and then I was taking care of chores around the house but it sure didn't feel like 5000 steps. I only logged 2000 steps for my fitness steps today, just in case the meter was wrong.
I'm going to really pay attention throughout the day, over the next few days and see what it averages (of course I won't be out walking all over doing errands) but I've asked around a lot and have been told by many people most meters are like this. This is a small HIP worn meter. Does anyone wear an ankle meter? Do you find them more accurate? I think they are more expensive than these cheaper little bouncy hip meters but I don't want to pay more if it is the same level of 'hit and miss' counting.
What is everyone else's experience with step counters?

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4/2/13 9:51 A

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It looks like you are doing the main thing that SP says - taking small steps.
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And remember that you don't have to start anything whole hog. If you track breakfast every day, that is tracking some food. One step at a time.
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RODEONINJA Posts: 86
4/2/13 12:44 A

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Thanks both of you. I must not have checked this topic to receive notices. I kept waiting for mail! lol Anyway, I will look at both of these ways to record stuff. So, I will go sign up for the TEAM goal of 500 minutes for April now since I hope to work on making a real effort to record at least one thing every day this month, so I might as well make it my movement for starters.

I have too many restrictions going on with my food right now. Lots of doctor stuff so it is just way too crazy to even think about trying to track it and I would like to build a tracking habit for something besides water.

Glad to be back!

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4/1/13 11:46 P

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Glad to see you back, RODEONINJA! Life does get in the way of plans.

On the fitness tracker, if your activity isn't specifically listed for the SP fitness tracker, it has the ability for you to add your own activities and the associated minutes and calories. Those sometimes come from those body monitors or somewhere else. I've used www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.p
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To me, moving is moving and it's about being active, not going to a gym.
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4/1/13 9:14 P

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Check the browse feature under cardio and if you see the activity, you can enter the minutes and it would count toward any goals.

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RODEONINJA Posts: 86
4/1/13 1:47 P

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Hello Browncoats and our Leader STILLFLYIN,
I'm new and OLD... I'm back. I had to take a break from participating. Lots of health stuff going on.
My question is, I'd like to sign up for the TEAM challenge of 500 minutes of Fitness per month for April; A lot of my fitness comes from housework or very low impact/low exertion fitness like chair exercise. I have limited mobility currently for exercise, although it is improving as I strengthen my core around my spinal bone loss and other issues.

So, the question actually is: does the fitness tracker count my 'housework, if I log it' (movement) as fitness movement toward the 500 minutes for the team goal? If not, I doubt I'd be very helpful in this team goal this month. Does anyone know the answer to this?


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