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June 2, 2012 12:46 PM
I just got back from the gym and did 20 minutes on the elliptical, along with 25 minutes at a 3.2 pace on the treadmill. I also did a few minutes of machines, which I know Fitbit doesn't really track. I hit the start/stop during my entire workout and it shows a calorie burn of 335 calories.

Does anyone know how accurate the Fitbit is when on the elliptical or a stationary bike? (I didn't bike today, but I often do.) MFP estimates my burn at 478 vs. the 335 from my Fitbit. Just wondering what I should be going by... any help would be greatly appreciated!

Also, looking for new friends who motivate and may use Fitbits as well! :)
Edited by mandalu292 On June 2, 2012 12:47 PM
June 2, 2012 3:08 PM
From my understanding fitbit is not very accurate with bikes and such. I usually use the calorie count from here or off of......
That site lets you input your weight and gives you a variety of exersizes.....
drinker love
June 2, 2012 3:28 PM
Hi - I use the start/stop as you have described but I input the calories from the elliptical or stationary bike into MFP together with the start time of the exercise and duration. The way I understand that it works is that the fitbit calories do not count - it takes the MFP calories burned for the time you designate. For the steps, when i'm using the bike or elliptical, I clip the fitbit on my shoe.

Hope this helps.
June 4, 2012 6:52 AM
I found that my fitbit is pretty accurate with the eliptical...but not with a stationary bike. When I do a spinning class, I take my fitbit off and record it in MFP. Everything else I have been letting it count and it seems to be right on for me.

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