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February 23, 2012 3:14 AM
I have not bought a fitbit yet (doing a little research first!!). My exercise regimen is spinning classes 3-4 days per week for 60 minutes. I also work night shift at a local hospital - 12 hour shifts and LOTS of walking! I'd love to have a better way to monitor my movement and calories burned.

I have a few questions:
1. Would the fitbit work well for spinning classes?
2. If I have to enter my spinning classes manually into My Fitness Pal, would the FitBit know how many calories I burned in spinning class or would I use the My Fitness Pal calorie estimator? How does the synching work with exercise that is manually entered?
3. If anyone else works night shift, how does the FitBit work with your schedule?

Thank You so much for any feedback. It's greatly appreciated.
February 24, 2012 12:54 PM
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I have a few questions:
1. Would the fitbit work well for spinning classes?
2. If I have to enter my spinning classes manually into My Fitness Pal, would the FitBit know how many calories I burned in spinning class or would I use the My Fitness Pal calorie estimator? How does the synching work with exercise that is manually entered?
3. If anyone else works night shift, how does the FitBit work with your schedule?


1. I don't think it would be that effective for spinning. I am not a cyclist though, but there has been much discussion on the fitbit site about how to get it most accurate for cycling. The movement pattern is just very different from walking/running. You can log activities here or on fitbit and you can log cycling. But the resistance settings in spinning might be a problem, I think a heart rate monitor might be best just for your workout. Some suers do things like attaching their fitbit to their sock while cycling and felt they had good success with that. You cold open a free account on fitbit, read the forums and look at the dashboard/tracking options if you are curious.
2. They both have estimators and I am not sure one is better than the other since I don't cycle. I guess whichever one covers your distance would be best. Ideally log it here on mfp though as that works better for the mfp program. If you log a workout here (or on fitbit) the calories from the logged workout would replace those the fitbit detected. Oh, both let you manually enter calories burned so you could enter them if your spinning bike gives you that information (though cardio machines often estimate high).
3. I don't think night shift should matter. I have traveled to places with up to an 8 hour time difference so my night/day activities were happening at unusual times (perhaps like a night shift worker) and it has never had a problem recognizing sleep (even if it happens in the day/afternoon by my time zone) and it logs activity whenever it happens if you are wearing the fitbit.

I think it may be really good for tracking your work/daily activity and the time zone thing is not a problem. The one thing is your chosen cardio may not be the best activity for fitbit to estimate burn from. I would think a heart rate monitor would be best for that. I tend to use both my fitbit and my heart rate monitor but I didn't buy both at the same time and realize buying two gadgets at the same tme can be too much for many people.
February 27, 2012 1:37 PM
That is great information. Thank you for your reply!!
February 27, 2012 2:53 PM
I ride a stationary bike with mine and wear it on the top of my thigh. If you wear riders shorts or other spandex material, the FitBit will stay put and it gets pretty accurate readings. You then just need to adjust the actual calories burned based on your size, your effort and the amount of time spent. There are some pretty good calculators out there on the net to get you pretty close.

I always have to increase my estimated calories burned by 18% because I ride while wearing a weighted exercise suit, The Reduxx TrimSuit. You burn about that much more than normal just by wearing it and it fits just like a spandex riding or running suit.

Either way, I recommend the FitBit. It will really help you see the value of all the walking you do at work.

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