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« on: December 09, 2014, 11:36:52 AM »
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In this series of five posts, normal people with naturally active lifestyles will inject a fitness boost into their routines using the Fitbit, complete with exercises anyone can use to make every day a workout. To keep up, start here for the basics, then check back here in the coming weeks as more people and their custom, gym-free workouts are added.

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Re: Fitbit: Work Out like a ...
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2014, 08:02:10 AM »
I have one.  Workplace's wellness program had a major discount available (less than half price on the flex).  It's nice because it really does show how active you are outside your workouts, and it's been a great help in improving my sleep.

The flex at least doesn't pick up biking...  I spent two hours turning myself inside out at bike class on Saturday, and didn't meet my step goal for the day.  :)  I'm tempted to put it on my bike shoe for class and see how that goes.

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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2014, 12:40:02 PM »
I'll probably get the clip-on kind, as recommended by someone I work with who uses that model

I'd like to see how that performs clipped onto a cycling shoe/sock?

We're tied into the Virgin Pulse program here; linked with Aetna. We got these cheap pedometers to start with, but can upgrade from there. I got 31K steps somehow during our 45-mile MS ride last Fall, just by keeping it in the front pocket of my baggy cycling shorts

YMMV
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Re: Fitbit: Work Out like a ...
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2014, 12:18:07 PM »
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Re: Fitbit: Work Out like a ...
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2014, 06:53:33 AM »
I'll probably get the clip-on kind, as recommended by someone I work with who uses that model

I'd like to see how that performs clipped onto a cycling shoe/sock?

We're tied into the Virgin Pulse program here; linked with Aetna. We got these cheap pedometers to start with, but can upgrade from there. I got 31K steps somehow during our 45-mile MS ride last Fall, just by keeping it in the front pocket of my baggy cycling shorts

YMMV

I have the clip on zip, but have never cycled with it. I prefer the zip because I do not want the world to know that I am counting steps. I also do not care for things on my arm.
My experience in cycling, from my triathlon days, is that 31,000 steps are not the equivalent of a 31,000 step walk/run event.  It is far easier to cycle that distance than it is covering 31,000 steps on foot.

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Re: Fitbit: Work Out like a ...
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2014, 09:41:25 AM »
The device that I'm using now says 2000 steps walking = 1 mile; but when I run, it's only about 1500 per [longer strides]

From the results above, looks like FitBit is tracks you at about 2200/per mile

YMMV
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Re: Fitbit: Work Out like a ...
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2014, 10:01:33 AM »
How are these people getting so many very active minutes?  I can only get those when I'm jogging.  Even three sets (2 hrs+) of tennis will only earn me 15-20 very active minutes.

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« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2015, 08:20:38 PM »
On occasion, I've gotten Active Minutes when rushing through the Supermarket, but it's not sustainable
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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2015, 07:11:04 AM »
I have only had mine for a few days. Some women on a local moms group said pushing stroller does not register at all because their hands are stationary on the stroller. Interesting.
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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2015, 09:22:14 AM »
How are these people getting so many very active minutes?  I can only get those when I'm jogging.  Even three sets (2 hrs+) of tennis will only earn me 15-20 very active minutes.

There are some differences among the various models as to how active minutes are calculated, so that might be part of it.  I wear the Flex and it registers a goodly number of "very active minutes" when I walk vigorously and continuously.  The continuous part is important because the fitbit algorithm only counts minutes as active when you string together at least ten of them.  That's probably why the intensity of tennis is underrated.  Too much stop and go. 

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Re: Fitbit: Work Out like a ...
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2015, 05:08:18 PM »
Got my Fitbit Zip today [black on black, naturally]

I had already run this morning and D'Wife to a pass on the gym this afternoon [since she was working and D'Kid needed to be dropped off at a friends], so its first REAL workout will be tomorrow sometime

I'll keep you posted
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Re: Fitbit: Work Out like a ...
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2015, 08:43:03 AM »
There are some differences among the various models as to how active minutes are calculated, so that might be part of it.  I wear the Flex and it registers a goodly number of "very active minutes" when I walk vigorously and continuously.  The continuous part is important because the fitbit algorithm only counts minutes as active when you string together at least ten of them.

I dunno ... I had 3 active minutes on Saturday, but I don't remember doing anything particularly "vigorous"
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« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2015, 10:23:50 AM »
I dunno ... I had 3 active minutes on Saturday, but I don't remember doing anything particularly "vigorous"

Yeah, "vigorous" isn't a very precise word.  For fitbit purposes, "active minutes" involve activities ≥ 3 METs with anything ≥ 6 METs counting as "very active minutes." 

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« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2015, 11:09:16 AM »
Yeah, "vigorous" isn't a very precise word.  For fitbit purposes, "active minutes" involve activities ≥ 3 METs with anything ≥ 6 METs counting as "very active minutes." 

yeah, I'm pretty much discarding them now as a useful metric.  I can go on a 2 hour walk and earn 30+ very active minutes ...and barely break a sweat.....or play a 2 hour tennis match and earn only 8 ...and be pooped!

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« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2015, 02:12:45 PM »
Part Four: Chef [ok, technically, sous chef]


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Re: Fitbit: Work Out like a ...
« Reply #15 on: April 06, 2015, 01:00:08 PM »
A friend of mine has one, and apparently he wears it when he sleeps.  And every morning it posts to his FB something like "I only slept 2h 28m! Do not approach until coffee has been consumed! via Fitbit."  I take it the Fitbit does not think he sleeps restfully.
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Re: Fitbit: Work Out like a ...
« Reply #16 on: April 09, 2015, 08:29:48 AM »
There are some differences among the various models as to how active minutes are calculated, so that might be part of it.  I wear the Flex and it registers a goodly number of "very active minutes" when I walk vigorously and continuously.  The continuous part is important because the fitbit algorithm only counts minutes as active when you string together at least ten of them. 

Got this email overnite from the Fitbit folks

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We’ve made some changes to your active minutes!

We’ve made some improvements to active minutes that are changing how we calculate that stat and how you see it on your Fitbit dashboard.

One of the main changes we made was to only count active minutes when you do an activity for 10 minutes or more, because that’s the guideline suggested by organizations like the American Heart Association.

This 10-minute rule means that walking to refill your coffee might get you ahead in a step challenge, but it will no longer count toward your active minutes. It also means that from now on, your active minutes may sometimes appear lower than what you’re used to.

The other change you’ll see is that active minutes are now a sum of both your moderate and very active minutes, instead of just your very active minutes. This change will affect both your new active minutes and your historical data, and will give you more credit for exercises like brisk walks.

Remember, Fitbit automatically sets your goal at 30 active minutes a day, but if that goal feels too big or too small, you can change it on your dashboard or in the Fitbit app under Account > Goals.

For more information, click here.

Happy stepping,
The Fitbit Team
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« Reply #17 on: April 09, 2015, 09:39:31 AM »
I am probably buying a FitBit in the next few days...do you guys feel that you still use it? it still motivates you? This is my biggest reason as to why i have been holding off. I used to use a pedometer. That was fine for about a month...after that it did not motivate me anymore.

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« Reply #18 on: April 09, 2015, 10:11:54 AM »
I am probably buying a FitBit in the next few days...do you guys feel that you still use it? it still motivates you? This is my biggest reason as to why i have been holding off. I used to use a pedometer. That was fine for about a month...after that it did not motivate me anymore.
I do enjoy it. I have taken a break from logging my foods because i am pretty much eating the same thing every day.
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« Reply #19 on: April 09, 2015, 03:08:49 PM »
Got this email overnite from the Fitbit folks

I saw that.  Looks like they are finally getting around to making their gadgets do what they said they were already doing with respect to active minutes :)  I don't care one way or the other because I don't really pay much attention to the active minutes metric. 

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« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2015, 09:15:22 AM »
I ordered mine, will get it Tuesday.  Yea!

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Re: Fitbit: Work Out like a ...
« Reply #21 on: April 10, 2015, 10:19:33 AM »
I am probably buying a FitBit in the next few days...do you guys feel that you still use it? it still motivates you? This is my biggest reason as to why i have been holding off. I used to use a pedometer. That was fine for about a month...after that it did not motivate me anymore.

When you do, you can add friends [like me & Meri], and then it can get competitive [if that's what you're in to]
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« Reply #22 on: April 10, 2015, 12:57:49 PM »
Will do.  I will post when I get it. I received a notice that it shipped today, so maybe will get it tomorrow or Monday (not sure the delivery method, I didn't actually open the email.)

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« Reply #23 on: April 14, 2015, 08:14:58 AM »
I got my FitBit Charge. It is wildly inaccurate. I got over 500 steps driving. Now I would expect some since your wrist isn't typically completely still while driving...but 500 seems a bit excessive. It was normal freeway driving...not off-roading.  I emailed the company to see if there is anything that can be done. i am doubting. I will most likely be returning this.  It also did not track my sleep at all. It said all you have to do is sleep and it recognizes it.  NOPE.

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« Reply #24 on: April 14, 2015, 08:47:28 AM »
Here are DC Rainmaker's reviews of the Fitbit family of products [and others]

http://www.dcrainmaker.com/tag/fitbit

Maybe the Charge wasn't the right one for you?
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« Reply #25 on: April 14, 2015, 09:43:36 AM »
I don't see how any of the other fitbits would fix the problem of steps being counted while driving. I also wanted the watch. i am not wearing two things on my wrist.  The sleep mode thing did not work at all, either.  It said I was asleep from 8:30-9:30, which is when I was charging the stupid thing.  That being said, i will give that part another try tonight. but getting 500 steps in one driving session is a lot.  round trip I will most likely get 1000 steps. if I walk only 10K steps, that is 10%.  I expect a better accuracy than that.

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« Reply #26 on: April 14, 2015, 10:03:39 AM »
I have a Zip, which I keep in my pocket during the day, but clip on when I run; it's never counted steps in the car

Again, YMMV [literally]
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« Reply #27 on: April 14, 2015, 12:32:31 PM »
I have never had it count steps from driving either and i wore it when I drove from NC ----> PA a couple weeks ago.
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« Reply #28 on: April 14, 2015, 12:35:31 PM »
I wonder if there's some Wifi in the car messing with it?

Try taking it off & leaving it on the seat [totally immobile] and see if it still picks up steps
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« Reply #29 on: April 14, 2015, 02:32:29 PM »
I went out at lunch to run some errands it did not seem to pick up any steps while driving. The website that some steps will probably be picked up while driving...a few don't bother me, but 500 seems excessive. So I will see about going home today and again tomorrow morning.  I am not driving on a pot hole covered road. 

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« Reply #30 on: April 15, 2015, 01:43:50 PM »
Still getting a ton of steps driving in my car. This morning I got 400.  I think it might be the car.  a co-worker went out to lunch with me. She has the flex. She got extra steps while in my car but doesn't while in her car. I am going to have my DH try it for me on Friday since he will be taking the same route as me (and thus can give it back to me when we arrive) to see if he gets the extra steps while wearing it while in HIS car. 

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« Reply #31 on: April 15, 2015, 02:02:27 PM »
I think the universe is telling you to ditch the car and start walking to work.  :D

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« Reply #32 on: April 15, 2015, 02:10:11 PM »
In case you haven't tried this already, change the fitbit setting for handedness to "dominant."  That decreases the sensitivity of the accelerometer and should reduce the tendency to count activities like driving as involving steps. 

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« Reply #33 on: April 15, 2015, 02:15:25 PM »
I think the universe is telling you to ditch the car and start walking to work.  :D

Or start riding a bike
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« Reply #34 on: April 16, 2015, 02:39:23 PM »
Yea, walking and riding a bike will never work. 1. I live 20 miles from work and that is only 20 miles because I can take the freeway. It would be much longer on side streets. 2. I have to take my kids to daycare. I can see me now with the kids packed onto the bike with me. It is quite a funny picture in my head.

Customer support got back to me. They suggested that i go into activities and put down the time I am in the car, teh steps added during that time will automatically be taken off.  That seems like a PITA and I should not have to do that.  This morning I did nto wear it in teh car (as suggested above) and I only got 10 extra steps.  The weird thing is on teh way home I get hardly any extra steps. so not sure why i get so many more on the way to work...road conditions are similar. 

A co-worker and I just did two experiments with our fitbits.  She has the flex.  We went for a walk together.  I got significantly more steps than she did.  Not sure why.  Don't know if hers isn't sensitive enough or mine is too sensitive or if it is really just based on stride (she is much taller than me.)  So then we switched fitbits, I wore her, she wore mine.  I still got more steps than her while wearing hers. So I do think stride plays a part.  Then walking back to my desk I counted my steps.  My fitbit was only off by about 4, which makes sense since sometimes those first few don't always get counted.  So tomorrow we will test again...both walk the same route, counting the steps as we take them to see what we get.  We would do it today but we have already wasted enough time on this. I may round up otehrs in the office who have fitbits to compare.

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« Reply #35 on: April 16, 2015, 03:12:59 PM »
Did you try changing your settings so the fitbit thinks you are wearing it on your dominant hand?  Seriously, that might clear up your problem. 

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« Reply #36 on: April 17, 2015, 05:02:00 AM »
I measured my stride and adjusted my settings and it became much much more accurate.
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« Reply #37 on: April 27, 2015, 06:53:56 AM »
I am probably buying a FitBit in the next few days...do you guys feel that you still use it? it still motivates you? This is my biggest reason as to why i have been holding off. I used to use a pedometer. That was fine for about a month...after that it did not motivate me anymore.

so, did you get one?

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« Reply #38 on: April 27, 2015, 10:24:00 AM »
so, did you get one?

Yes...all of the above about the inaccuracy was bcz of my FitBit.  I guess I should have updated this.  I had my DH wear it to work one day (just in the car, he can't take it into work) and he only got 5 extra steps.  Based on this, and the fact that my car needed an oil change, I had the car people look at my suspension.  Everything was ok there, but my tires were totally overinflated.  At 50 PSIs, should be at 35 PSIs.  I think that happened at my last oil change (different place than where I just took it, too.)  That has made a world of difference in these extra steps I was getting. I forgot to actually measure it this morning (was going to), but my end steps wehN i got to work seemed more inline as to what they should be (I checked it after i walked into work and daycare...meant to look when I got to daycare.) 

 

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