Fitbit calculating steps + calories while on the road?

FITBIT CALCULATING STEPS + CALORIES WHILE ON THE ROAD?
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August 2018 I got my Fitbit Versa. It took me a month to find the perfect fitness tracker for me. I wanted it to be stylish yet rugged. I swim, so water resistant was a big yes from my side.  After a lot of searching and scorching the internet to find the best fitness tracker/ Smart watch at a good price. Soon I realised that my demands weren’t going to be met by something very cheap but at a moderate cost for which I would have to empty my pockets a bit out of my comfort. 

I was adamant to buy the versa. It was the perfect match for all my needs. The day it came I legit skipped my morning class to update and set it up. Over the moon is an understatement.

Then the biggest rock hit me. The Fitbit Community awarded me loads of awards one day. I was shocked. How could I deserve something that I didn’t even achieve. I did not walk 10,000 steps.  I definitely was thousands of steps behind from reaching 20,000. My versa was counting steps while I was travelling by bus to my college. Without a doubt, I was the most upset fitness enthusiast at that time. It shattered me. I felt like I wasted my money. As a college student money is THE major factor for me. I couldn’t believe that I had spent my precious for something I can’t be proud to wear anymore.

Not only was it counting it all wrong but misbalancing my actual routine. I loved seeing the number at the steps I took at the gym. Now I had to subtract and math it all to actually find out. I did not sign up for the hassle.

That is too much of a rant. Let us get to the problem, solution and what others had to say about this.

The problem Specific :

Fitbit counts steps while in the car, bus etc. It misbalances the whole tracking of an Individual. It makes you wonder the worth of your money. Let us see some of the questions asked by many in the Fitbit Community. Later on we shall what Fitbit has to answer for this mishap.

Fitbit calculating steps + calories while on the road?
It seems this is a common problem
Fitbit calculating steps + calories while on the road?
Very common and frustrating


What is the Source of this Problem:

Well, someone was helpful enough to link the problem to WHERE THE PROBLEM ARISES FROM. This seems fair enough to first get to know the source of the problem and if we can manually Solve it. Here is the link and what it provides.

Fitbit devices use a 3-axis accelerometer to understand your motions. An accelerometer is a device that turns movement (acceleration) into digital measurements (data) when attached to the body. By analysing acceleration data, our devices provide detailed information about frequency, duration, intensity, and patterns of movement to determine your steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, and sleep quality.

The devices have a finely tuned algorithm for step counting. Algorithm is designed to look for motion patterns that are most indicative of people walking. It determines whether a motion’s size is large enough by setting a threshold. If the motion and its subsequent acceleration measurement meet the threshold, the motion will be counted as a step. If the threshold is not met, the motion won’t be counted as a step.

Other factors can create enough acceleration to meet our threshold and cause some over counting of steps, such as riding on a bumpy road. Fitbit engineers have worked diligently on your tracker’s algorithms to make sure that it does not pick up false steps or activity recordings while in a car. Unless you are driving in a car with a stiff transmission or on back country roads, your tracker should not give you credit for any work that you don’t do. 

How Accurate are the FITBIT Device actually ?

This question naturally arises as the price of Fitbit devices are nowhere near the lower side in the market. They ask for a good amount of money for which you expect to get a decent product that is accurate and does its own work. Since this is not head on related to the solution you are looking for I will just provide the link to the article here.

Solutions on the Fitbit Community :

 1. STEPS DELETION         

The help article recommends to delete steps that the device counts while you are on the drive. 

Log in to your fitbit.com dashboard

Click log activity.

You can now delete the steps, floors and calories for the time you specify.

It does not seem right. I did not buy to do the work manually. All I wanted was a device that could do that for me. Anyway here is the article that teaches how to delete your steps. I personally did not like this solution.

Most of the people agreed that this was not at all a feasible solution to a problem so grave. People had different reactions.

Fitbit calculating steps + calories while on the road?
1.  Problem
Fitbit calculating steps + calories while on the road?
2. Problematic and frustrating
Fitbit calculating steps + calories while on the road?
Woah

2. DriveBit App

One of the Fitbit Community member suggested to download DriveBit App, this app takes the hassle our of keeping your steps count while driving accurate.

Once you get into the car simply tap ‘START’ , this begins the trip. Once over, click ‘STOP’ to automatically log the car drive to your Fitbit account. The app takes care of keeping track of the length of your drive and syncs it as a new activity to your Fitbit account in the background. The activity overrides any erroneously counted steps and keeps your step-count accurate.

This solution seems to be working for a lot of people. It is more user friendly to just tap on and off then to set a fixed time for the time you’ll be driving. This seems more accurate than the later.

3. Shift to Dominant Wrist

Shifting to dominant wrist makes the Fitbit less senstive to small movements. However this is not the case for everybody and is too subjective to be regarded as a proper solution.

Other Communities

My Fitness Pal 

Most of the solutions were the same. The solution on DriveBit App seems to be the most popular here as well.

Fitbit calculating steps + calories while on the road?

Conclusion

I am a Fitbit Versa owner. I love it. This problem is a big concern for me. I would like to request to the Fitbit makers to look into this and get rid of it. If I knew this would happen it would have affected my decision. I am FITBIT fan and this is more of a concern then a complaint from my side.

Check out my One week review of the FITBIT VERSA

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How to start blogging

Have you seen bloggers building their own website, creating content, getting responses from people that love them. Making money through blogging has become second nature to the internet after Youtube. Even though blogging entered the market first. Youtube has been gaining a lot of attention. You need to start blogging or at least think about it.

But let’s be straight here and digest that fact that starting a youtube channel is not for everybody. It is either you are great in front of cameras or you have a talent that the world is waiting to see. Those are hard to find and you a simple person like me just needs a safe place in the internet.

Blogging is just the right stepping stone from you. It does not matter where you go from here. It is ok if you stay here for the longest time. You stay here only is fine by me. I will make this simpler for you by telling you exactly how you start. Just Start. 

Before I begin let me tell you what this blog is not about. It is not about the fact that you already have a blog and are looking for ways to promote it or where you went wrong when you started.

This is not about changing your niches because yours isn’t working. This blog is strictly about people who have had a just a teeny tiny thought of blogging and this in fact the first page they are reading.

Hello there!

Start thinking about Blogging :

1.You are doing the right thing

How to start blogging

This is a great step. Start Blogging : Blogging is a good thought. You want to write and here I present to you the best platform for it. It is a respectable and brave thing to do. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. It requires courage and a whole lot of confidence to put your thoughts out there. You might have heard this multiple times already. I know. 

Telling you this is so important that I don’t mind writing it once more even though I know you know. Most of the time people do want to start blogging but they shy away, their friends talk them out of it. They think it is a noob thing to do. People who have no other work do this. Untrue.

If you want to share your knowledge about anything. You have been working on it for so long that you now know the initial problems, steps to take and everything then it is a noble thought to spread it. AND that is what blogging is. It is in fact only for people who work. Through blogging what they are essentially doing is sharing their work. So that myth about workless people is going to the trash bin

2.  Write anything

How to start blogging

Anything at all. This is like the 9th grade friends party which you ruin by thinking about it too much and dreaming loads of it and then your parents don’t allow for it. Don’t think about it too much just get to it. Write whatever is on your mind. Just Start Blogging.

Think about the thing that you are best at. Or just write about something you learned. Internet maybe a scary place when it comes to making your own mark but the positive about it is that it accepts all the information. You never know what you might be thinking is useless information maybe helpful to a person living miles away from you.

Important thing here is to start and not worry. Atleast for the first few articles. You get ahead of thousands of people when you write your first article. Most of them don’t start it. Way to go blogger!

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3. Don’t be Afraid of the results

How to start blogging

Results must be the lease of your worries at this baby stage. They will start to matter when you are deep in your blogging journey and still haven’t heard any positives from anybody. At that time you might want to start thinking result oriented. 

At the beginning be Consistency orientated. Your prime focus is to keep up and keep writing and not give up. The one who masters consistency is already ahead of everybody. Not that this is a competition but is necessary for you to make your mark.

4. Be informative

How to start blogging

People love a good information filled article so that they do not have to go anywhere else. Fill your content with useful and most required information. This would come naturally if you have had hands on experience with the knowledge that you are sharing.

Don’t try to fool people by writing rubbish. People are smart and they will take no time in discarding you off the internet if you are using their interest to give them useless information.

Take time on your articles. Better them and publish only when you know you would want to read it. If you are not sure of it, other people will feel the same way about it. 

Start Blogging : Here is an example of a good and informative blog

5. Consistency

How to start blogging

Be thorough and consistent. Continue doing the thing. Intially you will have what 4-5 visitors but that’s okay and normal. Consistency is the mother tool for the whole of internet success.

Here I am linking a few articles about starting your blog that I read when I first started my blog. These people are professionals and have passed through the stage that we are struggling from. 

To Start blogging look at these for example :

Try to learn from them and do not copy. One thing that the internet hates are copy cats. Be original and natural. Let it flow. If it has to be it will be.

Good luck. Let me know how is the blogging going on.

How to Start Blogging | Step Zero

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