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A New Level of Fitness - Making Great STrides

Saturday, April 11, 2015

I got an email from Fitbit indicating that they are changing how they count fitness minutes. Using the Heart Associations recommendations for at least 30 minutes of cardio for at least 5 days a week, Fitbit has decided they will only count steps that are strenuous and continuous for at least 10 minutes as Fitness Minutes. So even though I had 6000 steps, I had 0 Fitness Minutes. This did not make me a happy camper. I felt like I might as well just sit on the couch and watch TV, since my steps weren't going to count. I felt like at least I'm moving even though they might not be actual exercising. At least I'm getting up and moving around. But deep down I realize that this is for my own good. It is giving me a new level of fitness to strive for. I have to work harder and will see more and better improvement in my overall health and energy levels. Today I really concentrated on moving continuously for a least 30 minutes and I ended up with 11,142 steps and 40 fitness minutes. As I keep striving for this new level of fitness, it will soon become a part of my daily routine and I know I will make great strides!!!!
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    Even though you had some bad news (that totally would have made me upset and want to give up to) but you did it absolutely right! Use it as motivation to improve and reach new expectations. You are amazing and are doing great, keep it up!
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    1988 days ago
    Sounds like it's spurred you to more steps, even if it is disruptive for Fitbit to change the rules.
    1988 days ago
    I don't have that particular gadget, but I'm glad it helped you take things to a new level!
    1988 days ago
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    GOLDENRODFARM is right, your steps still count the same. It's just a change in how the count the active minutes. Some of us only pay attention to our steps so won't notice anything different with the change. And honestly, the old way, if I reached down to pick up something, it counted as a minute of activity, whether it was just to tie my shoe or to do something more strenuous so this may end up being a good change.
    1989 days ago
    The thing I didn't like about the notice is that they are now lumping highly active minutes with active minutes, it used to show just highly active minutes. I strive for 30 minutes a day of highly active time, and now it is muddied in with my normal active time which is often as high as 500 minutes. I am not sure what you mean about your steps don't count, they are still there and count as steps, I know the spark only counts an activity if you do it for 10 minutes at a time, so don't stop and tie your shoelace in the middle of your run or walk!
    1989 days ago
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    1989 days ago
    Sorry you got such a notice, but glad that you put a positive spin on it. I have the Spark Activity Tracker and I am able to count all my steps, but it will only use 10 min increments to count as fitness minutes. So I have had a few days where I get lots of steps, but no fitness minutes. I too have had to rethink some of my movement patterns to make sure I get enough fitness time. emoticon emoticon
    1989 days ago
    I got the same notice from Fitbit. I don't look at much except steps and stairs. I hope that you have a great weekend!
    1989 days ago
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