Accountability is the secret (for me) in getting an acceptable step count for the day. Through the Fitbit community, I have found a few wonderful friends that keep me honest, motivated and are sure to give me a cyber “thump on the head” when my step count seems lacking. Be sure to “friend me” on through the Fitbit site.
The Fitbit site has wonderful tools for tracking, but this page provides a quick look at my daily count.
How are these numbers calculated? Here’s a brief description of what my Fitbit One unit tracks. Other Fitbit devices may track differently. Want to get one for your self? Get a Fitbit One here or a wrist Fitbit here
Daily Steps: Fitbit measures daily steps via the Fitbit unit that I wear throughout the day.
Floors: My Fitbit tracker uses an altimeter to calculate how many floors I’ve climbed. An altimeter is a sensor that calculates altitude based on atmospheric pressure. Atmospheric pressure decreases with increasing elevation, so the tracker calculates elevation gain based on the reduction in atmospheric pressure. My tracker registers a floor when it detects continuous motion combined with an elevation gain of about 10 feet. 10 feet is an average between residential and commercial floor heights.
Distance: Fitbit measures the distance I travel based on my stride length.
Active Minutes: Fitbit tracks “active minutes” when I wear the unit while doing cardio workouts and high-intensity activities like jogging and running. The active minute count will be lower for activities that are not primarily step-based, such as weight lifting, cycling, and rowing. Fitbit tracks this by using metabolic equivalents (METs). MET is a unit used to represent the amount of oxygen used by a body during physical activity; therefore, MET can be used as an indicator for intensity of physical activities. For example, a MET of 1 indicates a body at rest. Active minutes are earned for all minutes above a certain MET value based on the thresholds Fitbit has established. Simply put, active minutes correlate to a greater amount of activity over the course of 60-second intervals.
I do notice that I can walk slowly all day and the Fitbit will not show any active minutes. I have to walk briskly for a period of time for it to show any active minutes for me.
(Portions of the above explanation, were borrowed from the Fitbit site)
My Fitbit Log:
|# Floors||Distance (miles)||Active Minute