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Information on FitBit active minutes

Thursday, April 09, 2015

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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    I think this is a good change. Now to just find my dang thing!
    2054 days ago
    Fitbit isn't that accurate when doing strength. I definitely count shoveling heavy snow as being active, but fitbit didn't even count it as moderate, since I wasn't moving my arms very fast. So I just manually enter my minutes of my intentional exercise instead of syncing the fitbit to my fitness tracker.
    2055 days ago
    That explains why I am still getting lots of steps but not as much exercise....much more accurate, but gee whiz! Now I appear to be much more of a coach potato!
    2055 days ago
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