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I work for a research center and they are big on promoting health for employees. for the past number of years they have promoted a Healthy Challenge program, people would form teams, track and log their activity levels, food intake, etc etc. it met with moderate success but many people reported BURN OUT on the constant logging. so this year they teamed up with FitBit and you simply have to wear the thing and let it log your steps, calories burned, etc. very cool, for either no cost for the kind you keep in your pocket or $30 for the wristband version.

I've been wearing mine for a few days now, just to get used to having it on all the time and make sure I have the software set up, etc. they preset your goal at 10,000 steps a day...I said, oh let's be serious and set me up for success here and started with a 5,000 steps per day goal. so far today, being sunday, just doing housework etc around the house and the grocery store run I've logged 2,871 steps, 1.29 miles!

just knowing the thing is on I find i'm more encouraged to keep moving, get those steps in! it's like the technology version of Catholic Guilt! LOL

my husband works in masonry construction, hod carrier, so last Friday we had HIM wear it to work for the day.....over 21,000 steps and over 9 miles!!! in a day! geezus, no wonder he's tired when he gets home!!!

one of the features of the One is the sleep tracker. I've had lousy sleep/moderate insomnia for years and knew already I didn't sleep well. but seeing the nightly results on the tracker is both confirming and depressing! while it cannot tell if one is actually asleep it measures levels of inactivity versus movement - which could be just rolling over. sleep is dark blue, restless is light blue and awake is red. last nite for example it registered 4 hr 50 minutes of "sleep" wit 261 minutes of restlessness and 8 minutes awake. the dark/light blue pattern is so intermittent it might as well be striped wallpaper!!! it doesn't seem possible that a person with that much broken sleep could even get UP in the morning!

tomorrow will be my official no messin' around kickoff day - back to work, my building is like a mini pentagon so I should have no problem meeting or exceeding my daily goals!
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more laundry, more steps! our washer/dryer are downstairs so every load is three trips! once to take down and put in the wash, once to switch to the dryer, once to fetch up! 3,572 steps now!
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Ha! My husband got me one of these for my birthday! I am also extra interested to learn more about my sleep patterns because I rarely feel rested. It was confusing trying to add my Zumba class this morning....these electronic things really make me feel like a knuckle head! I do feel more motivated and I actually logged 2.93 miles in my class so pretty excited about that! Have fun with it!!
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that's why I've spent a few days figuring stuff out - I added some activities like grocery shopping and laundry, added my nutriblast shakes as a fave food - all estimated to the best guess and whatever The Google says. LOL I bet your Zumba class made the FitBit go nuts!!!!

according to ehow the calories burned in an hour Zumba class are (sounds like the Oscars!):

Zumba workouts can vary in intensity, and calorie burn depends on an individual's weight, fitness level and muscle composition. During an hour long session you can burn anywhere from 500 to 800 calories. On average, a 150-lb. person can expect to burn 536 calories during an hour of Zumba. By comparison, the same person would burn 413 calories during an hour of moderate swimming, 477 for an hour of casual racquetball and 684 for an hour of running at a 10-minute-mile pace.

Read more: How Many Calories Do You Burn During One Hour of Zumba? | eHow
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I bought one of the fitbit Ones in mid January. I love it, wear it clipped to my bra and it tracks your sleep well....I have suffered from insomnia forever

it is not perfect, the wind will make it look like you have climbed stairs when you don't.

today is a quiet day, I've logged about 6,000 steps.

I set the app on my phone and log my food, water, sleep. it shows the carbs, sodium and protein, fats also. and it sends you the stats to your email weekly.
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I hit my 5000 step mark (couple laps around the living did the trick!). my "sleep" record for last nite says 3 hrs 20 mins of "sleep" with 196 minutes of restlessness - looks like a I got a solid hour from about 9-10pm and then a decent chunk from 2-3:30am. sigh.
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once you have it a month, you can really see the patterns.

I average about 6-7 hours a night with 20 restless periods sometimes 40.

if you need any replacement accessories, they carry these at Tarjay. However, the scale has terrible reviews, i would not try it.
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I just got back from Zumba and the results are similar to yesterday. You ready for this...2.93 miles. 420 calories (apparently I'm not shaking it hard enough!) (Oh and by "it" I mean my bum!) 6291 steps cha cha CHA! I do like seeing the results and I do appreciate the sleep feedback...looks like I have longer periods of deep sleep than I thought although I average about 7 restless periods per night. Good stuff! Good work girls!!
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i bow to anyone who survives a zumba class! nice work! i envy your sleep pattern tho! i had set my fitbit for sleep last nite and then somebody wanted to get, um, frisky, and we somehow banged it OUT of sleep mode, so it recorded my "sleep" as 33 restless minutes.
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it also logged a lot more "steps" even tho i was definitely NOT walking at the time! it's ACTIVITY we're after, right? or as Marshawn Lynch said it: JUST ABOUT THAT ACTION, BOSS!
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ahem, I have supposedly climbed 4 flights of stairs in my sleep...sometimes you need to restart it to get it back in sync.

6, 478 steps today and 5 flights of real stairs.
good sleep, 7 hours and 26 mins. with 15 restless episodes (and I sleep with the cats who are like rocks in the bed)
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Old 03-05-2014, 06:06 AM
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yeah, evidently you also have to CHARGE the battery from time to time!? man this thing is high maintenance! I tried the instructions on how to delete hank's one day of activity, but it's just not hearing me.

There is currently no way to delete steps and floors outright, but you can negate them using the following steps:
1.Go to your Activity Log.
2.Select the date or dates that you'd like to clear data from.
3.In the activity menu, type in "Automobile or light truck (not a semi) driving" and enter the duration and start time.
4.Click Log Activity. You will see your steps, floors, and calories burned decrease for the time period specified.
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i am a genius! because i have the fitbit software on my computer AND the app on my phone, i entered the above "trick" on my phone app to void hank's steps for last friday and..........WAH LAH!
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6,838 steps and 5 flights of stairs yesterday...ahem, I bought the light blue fitbit addict sweatshirt hoodie for those anticipated spring walks.
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I had 6,787 steps! I forgot to switch the sleep setting from sensitive to normal...but my "sleep" last nite was 4hr 15 min, 2 awakes, 174 restless minutes.

i'm going to up my step goal to 6 or 7k, now that I see that 5000 steps is pretty manageable and doable. I need to start doing a stroll outside around our building - it's a big building on a slope so I can get some uphill steps in!
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I am averaging about 6-7 thousand steps per day and -5-8 flights of stairs...I aim for 10k and 10 flights, I get up and move more at work. I am conscious of it.
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same here....I find reasons to take the longer way to get somewhere at work...with our big building and rabbit warren maze of hallways, it's easy to get an extra loop in! stairs are still an issue....my knees just kill me - so I make the compromise of going down stairs, and then if it's more than 3 floors, taking the elevator back up. i'm ok doing the flight of stairs here at home...altho I can still feel the stabbing pain mostly in my left knee going down the stairs. just it what it is!

I got 7487 steps in yesterday! today, not so much! it's STILL pouring down rain out, just screams race outside! not. we're losing lakefront and part of our dock is soon to get submerged. just a big squishy drippy mess out there. but im really ok with a slow Saturday!
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Yesterday I hit 5541 steps but got credited extra calorie burns because I spent an hour with trainerboy and we boxed, well I get to hit him. I burned almost, 4,000.
weather was 55 and sunny, but the grit from the snow is all over and the potholes.
no stairs at home so I need to get creative, I am aiming for 45 flights this week. I work in a huge hospital complex on the top floor and 7 story parking garage so work stairs is easy. I am less out of breath after climbing.
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