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December 28, 2012 2:47 AM
I am a fitbit newby. Today I would really like to do an elliptical workout at the gym. Does fitbit read elliptical workouts accurately?
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December 28, 2012 3:27 AM
It would measure the strides but it would not recognise intensity so if you increase the resistance and put in more effort fitbit will not be able to detect this. If you plan to use high resistance on the elliptical you would be better off with an HRM for that workout. However if can detect speed so if you use low resistance but higher speed then it should give a better reading.
December 28, 2012 6:46 AM
I'm interested in what others say but I don't agree with KarenJanine... Fitbit does measure intensity.
December 28, 2012 6:53 AM
I personally use a HRM in addition to the Fitbit when I do workouts. The HRM will give me a better accurate reading in regards to calorie burn according to my exertion level based on heart rate. Any workouts I do I just make sure to log the calories from my HRM. When you log it Fitbit will overwrite their estimates to take into account your manual calculation. Personally I feel it is more accurate that way. It could be just a preference.
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December 28, 2012 7:53 AM
QUOTE:

I personally use a HRM in addition to the Fitbit when I do workouts. The HRM will give me a better accurate reading in regards to calorie burn according to my exertion level based on heart rate. Any workouts I do I just make sure to log the calories from my HRM. When you log it Fitbit will overwrite their estimates to take into account your manual calculation. Personally I feel it is more accurate that way. It could be just a preference.


THANK YOU!. This only works when you log the burned calories per HRM on MFP with a starting time and workout length, correct?
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December 28, 2012 8:19 AM
Would be awesome if someone from MFP could respond to this one (so we can get an accurate response). My primary source of cardio is the elliptical.
December 28, 2012 10:02 AM
QUOTE:

I personally use a HRM in addition to the Fitbit when I do workouts. The HRM will give me a better accurate reading in regards to calorie burn according to my exertion level based on heart rate. Any workouts I do I just make sure to log the calories from my HRM. When you log it Fitbit will overwrite their estimates to take into account your manual calculation. Personally I feel it is more accurate that way. It could be just a preference.


Where do you manually log your HRM results? On MFP or on the fitbit site? I want to use my HRM some days when I'm actually working out more, but I want to make sure I log it in the right place to overwrite fitbit's estimates. Thanks!!!
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December 28, 2012 10:31 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I personally use a HRM in addition to the Fitbit when I do workouts. The HRM will give me a better accurate reading in regards to calorie burn according to my exertion level based on heart rate. Any workouts I do I just make sure to log the calories from my HRM. When you log it Fitbit will overwrite their estimates to take into account your manual calculation. Personally I feel it is more accurate that way. It could be just a preference.


Where do you manually log your HRM results? On MFP or on the fitbit site? I want to use my HRM some days when I'm actually working out more, but I want to make sure I log it in the right place to overwrite fitbit's estimates. Thanks!!!



I log exercise activities(cycling, swimming, weight lifting, etc) in MFP. I don't think it matters whether you log on MFP or fitbit as long as you are consistent and only log in one place. As I log food in MFP it just makes sense to me to log exercise there too.
December 28, 2012 10:37 AM
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I'm interested in what others say but I don't agree with KarenJanine... Fitbit does measure intensity.


It does measure intensity in the form of speed, as it measures QUANTITY of motion (i.e. number of steps). However it cannot tell how much resistance you are working against. As another example it cannot determine whether a treadmill is flat or on an incline. Obviously it requires more energy to walk/run a treadmill incline but fitbit only measures steps so it would give you the same reading for 0 incline or 15 incline provided speed and distance were constant.

This is why using an HRM and logging activity records is recommended for such activities.

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