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January 7, 2013 9:02 AM
Hi everyone! Just a little question since I'm new to the fitbit and new to MFP. Saturday wasn't different from any other day, my fitbit said I went up 14 stairs. I thought back through my day and didn't do anything in that 24 hours that would have equaled walking 14 stairs. What could have happened? Glitch?
Edited by Jory2pointOh On January 7, 2013 9:02 AM
January 8, 2013 5:29 PM
Did you run outside/walk up or down hills? Fitbit uses an altimeter to figure out the "floors"
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January 10, 2013 7:31 AM
I can't answer your question, but I've been having a similar issue - and if I need to take the elevator or escalator somewhere, my One tracker thinks I've gone up the stairs and it throws off my data. If you figure out a solution, let me know!
January 10, 2013 8:32 AM
I've noticed mine calculating hills as stairs on my outdoor walks.
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January 10, 2013 8:35 AM
It classes any steep hills etc as steps!!!
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January 10, 2013 9:17 AM
mine once said I did 50 in a day, I was lucky if I did 5! Also never used elevator or walk outside so no reason why this would of happened. Go to your settings switch off "display floors" leave it for an hour, go back switch it on again and sync that seemed to work for me!
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January 10, 2013 9:39 AM
I have found that the Fitbit counts steps I have taken when I have been sat down all day !!!
January 10, 2013 9:54 AM
I've found that it will count a floor if I walk up a steep incline OR if I move around while in the elevator. It's weird I actually held it in my hand and walked around the elevator while going up and it counted.
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January 10, 2013 11:56 AM
It counts inclines as steps. Any elevation you do counts towards steps
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January 10, 2013 3:18 PM
I did more stairs today then I do every other day and it said I only did 1 flight. :( Usually I only make it to 6 or 7 but I really did a LOT more today. I hope I'm not defective!

I also did huge incline on a treadmill today (which I don't normally use) so if that would give me extra it didn't.

Think it subtracted my down-the-stairs from my up-the-stairs? If so, BOOOO.
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January 10, 2013 5:26 PM
QUOTE:

I did more stairs today then I do every other day and it said I only did 1 flight. :( Usually I only make it to 6 or 7 but I really did a LOT more today. I hope I'm not defective!

I also did huge incline on a treadmill today (which I don't normally use) so if that would give me extra it didn't.

Think it subtracted my down-the-stairs from my up-the-stairs? If so, BOOOO.


The treadmill won't give you stairs because you're not actually going up in elevation. Unless you're on the treadmills at my gym which are on a balcony that sometimes freaks the fitbit out. bigsmile
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January 10, 2013 5:56 PM
The fitbit uses a barometric air pressure sensor to determine elevation.

That means if there's an environmental change, like a storm or other weather related change that results in pressure change, it can affect your "stairs" count.

It should not count stairs if you are stationary (in a lift, on a plane or escalator) but if you walk around (like in the lift) it will count it as stairs. Walking in the spot on an escalator will do the same.

Also, a "flight" of stairs to the fitbit is a 10ft elevation change. Some household flights of stairs are less than that so you might find it does not register sometimes. As other people have also said, any elevation change registers, hills etc, not just stairs.

edit, also, it only counts upwards elevation, going down stairs does not count.
Edited by troy0 On January 10, 2013 5:57 PM
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January 10, 2013 6:23 PM
I work 3 flights up and usually go up 2x a day. I only mentioned the tread part because other people mentioned walking at an incline would count sometime. I made a point to go around the building a few times today, I went up a lot more than my typical day that usually counts as 6, so it only registering as 1 made me think there is something wrong. Thanks for your help.
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January 11, 2013 9:33 AM
The weather has been crazy here. Rain, snow, sunshine, yesterday we didn't even need a jacket. That could be why, but it was the first and only time it has ever done that. Otherwise, I have no idea what happened. I didn't use an elevator or escalator that day, so no clue. I'll try to reset the settings. Thanks so much everyone.
January 9, 2014 9:22 AM
My fitbit said I did 22 flights of stairs yesterday during one hour. During that hour I ran around a gym playing tag and walked around the block twice. There was lots of high stepping and some squatting and lots of getting down to floor and back up again. But 22 flights is crazy.

Also last week it registered 10 flights of stairs during a Zumba class. Really? Do squats and lunges count as stairs?
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January 9, 2014 9:52 AM
It will register the elevation of your wrist. So, if you even swing your arms high enough while walking, it will register that as stairs. Also note, it is flights of stairs measured, not individual stairs. So, while you are walking, if you even raise your wrist up to look at it, there is a chance it will register it as going up a step or two.
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January 10, 2014 10:04 AM
I am having these issues as well... I have a One and this is my second full day with it. I apparently climbed 38 floors yesterday(more like zero) and did not walk any hills. This morning I had apparently climbed a floor in my sleep, and had 8 accumulated before I left the house for work this morning.

Is this data affecting my calorie burn or just there for fun? How do I make it go away (if it is affecting my burn) as I'd this to be accurate, of course...

Any other "One" advice, tips tricks, or hints? I'm a newbie!

I am really frustrated! If it doesn't make sense I won't be able to deal... I don't understand. :/

It seems to be related to my active times? My morning elliptical (in my house) and my lunchtime walk (totally flat). These should not be counting from everything I've read...

About to take my Fitbit back and I don't want to, but it kinda seems like BS at this point. :/ Help!
January 10, 2014 10:26 AM
I'm having the opposite problem. I made at least 20 trips up to the attic (a full flight of stairs) and it didn't count a single time. Our gym has a big flight of stairs that's almost 2 stories and it didn't count that either. I do stairs A LOT and bought the Force just for this measurement. Frustrating...

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