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11/18/13 11:08 P

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MIAJOEB - I responded to you about this in the other thread that you posted in.

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11/18/13 6:56 P

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Well reading this has answered many of my questions but how do I make the fitbit flex predominate over the sparkpeople tracker because I wear it 24/7

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11/13/13 7:08 P

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Thank you for this clarification. I will just track these sessions manually. It is a bit unfortunate that the tracker can't handle Interval training as that has been proven to give better fitness results.

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11/12/13 8:58 P

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Calibrating will help track distance more accurately. The Curves circuit is like interval training and the Spark is not designed for a lot of stop-start activity like that because it isn't able to pick up that you are constantly moving (especially if you are wearing it say on your shoe and you are only working your arms at that time or if you are sitting during any of those exercises). It needs to pick up constant movement for at least 10 minutes to be able to track steps for a workout.

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11/12/13 7:00 P

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Will calibration help the tracker to classify activity or duration? I have found my workouts on the Curves circuit (alternating hydraulic resistance stations with cardio stations) don't get counted as continuous activity. I do a half hour session and the tracker shows 2000+ steps but doesn't register even a ten minute workout.

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11/11/13 9:59 A

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If you were walking and if the tracker said you were cycling, I would reclassify it to walking. If you are getting that type of thing happening though, it is finding the motion that you are doing as something else, so you may want to try changing where you wear your Spark so it doesn't pick it up as a different motion.

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11/11/13 9:38 A

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My only issue with having to reclassify my workout is when it changed my steps, then I am not getting credit for all the steps I am doing. So my question is if it says I was cycling if I was walking, should I just leave it as what it says so my steps don't get changed?


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11/10/13 10:07 P

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DAWNWATERWOMAN - Thanks for the note! Glad you are enjoying your Spark!

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11/10/13 7:31 P

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Thanks Coach Denise..... I also would like to share that I am a water aerobic instructor. I took the advice found here on this team & have used PONYTAIL holders to secure the Tracker to my foot. Often times, my tracker classifies what I do as a walk/cycle event. Understandable because much of what I do imitates those motions. Thanks to the advice found on this team, I simply re-classify and off I go. Sometimes my steps show more, sometimes less. The only thing that frustrates me at times, is that if I pause and don't keep "water jogging" even when doing stretches, it "thinks" I am not still in workout mode. NO WORRIES. Nothing is perfect, I just manually enter the workout minutes that are missing (HEY, we ALL used our Spark Trackers manually before this little "wonder") and all is well. I TOTALLY LOVE my Tracker and am happy beyond words. WOOHOO!

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11/10/13 1:56 P

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FunFit- Thank you, I thought about that...that it would probably sense it as 'steps'.

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11/10/13 8:24 A

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It will probably do a better job of tracking a bicycle ride if it is attached to your shoe rather than on your hip. I would hazard a guess that our hips don't move much when we are riding a bike, therefore the tracker would not be able to know we are doing anything. Try it attached to your shoelaces and see if that solves your problem.

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11/9/13 11:44 A

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I am wondering if the Spark Tracker all track riding a regular bicycle? I went for a ride this am and put the tracker on my hip, when I got back and sync with Spark, np but it only registered what I had walked up until then...just curious if I did something wrong or if it won't register regular bicycle riding. I walk when the weather permits, and I like that it registers my daily activities. I will also be curious to see what it registers when I got to my aerobics class!


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11/9/13 12:36 A

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Thank you. I feel better about all that exercise now :-) It was showing an hour bike ride only burned 121 calories! Yikes.

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11/8/13 1:11 P

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Go to your Spark Activity Tracker page.
Click on the drop-down menu to the right of the Workout.
Select the type of workout from the list.
Click the "Add to Tracker" link, located just below the drop-down menu.

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11/8/13 12:18 A

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How do you 'reclassify' the exercise event? My cycling for the last 2 days is not correct.

Edited by: CATHYANN2 at: 11/8/2013 (00:19)
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11/7/13 10:09 P

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Cycling activity should only be tracked when the Spark tracker is worn on the shoe and tracks more than 10 minutes of continuous activity as circular or "orbital" motion. However, in certain use cases if the Spark is positioned incorrectly this could also track when worn on the upper body. This should be pretty rare, but if it is happening for you often, we would recommend trying to wear the Spark on the shoe location [Make sure it is flat on your laces and parallel to ground with the open end of the clip pointing towards the toe. Also make sure it is firmly clipped and not flopping around - we find its best to try to get it through at least 2-3 laces (which really snugs it down)] if possible for longer exercises or on the waistband/belt as closely to the side "hip" location. This should prevent cycling activity from being tracker incorrectly.

Some additional tips if wearing it in a different location:

-If wearing on your bra, try with clip to the skin and the tracker to the outside. If that doesnít work, try wearing it on the cross strap (not the shoulder strap) towards the side of the body near the underarm. We have seen this give better results for some body types as it helps to hold the tracker securely to the body. But we would still recommend trying it on the shoe or waist first if possible.

- If you wear on your waist, make sure the open end of the clip is pointing towards the ground. Also try to wear as close the outside of your hip as possible.


In regards to the step counts, generally, when you reclassify a workout event (walk, run, or unspecified) it takes the length of the workout and multiplies it by the pre-categorized amount of "steps per minute" for the activity type selected. This steps per minute value is derived from the Surgeon Generalís published figures for Steps per Minute of various activities. So if you are reclassifying an event, you may see higher or lower step values based on the activity.

Also, when you reclassify, it changes your steps/calories/etc. However, while this changes your display/results on the site, it doesnít update your light progress and totals on your Spark device. So for the day, your Spark and the site will show different step counts.

Hope that helps!

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11/7/13 6:29 P

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I had that happen once. We walked to the park with our daughter and while there I went on the swings twice. When I got home it marked it down as two cycling events, so I thought maybe the swings confused it. I changed it to walking and didn't notice a step count change but I wasn't really looking, either.

I wear the tracker on my hip, but I attach it to the waistband of my underwear. It's more secure there, in my opinion, and I think I get a pretty accurate count. I put it on as soon as I get up (I shower in the evenings - I'm a stay at home mom with a toddler) and leave it there until I get into the shower at night.

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11/6/13 9:56 P

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I don't know. I wear mine on bottom part of laces of shoe. When I ride my stationary bike, it is listed as a walking event. When I reclassified it as bicycle, the steps doubled. Now I don't reclassified until I go to bed so I try harder to meet goal. Although this week not doing to well. emoticon

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11/6/13 9:23 P

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Well I was wearing it on my bra but I don't think it was getting my steps as accurately as it does on my hip. I wear dress shoes at work so my only options are my waistband, so on my hip, or on my bra.

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11/6/13 8:11 P

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This is just a guess but I believe it is because of the location you wear it. Cycling deals with hip & knee movement, thus classification cycling.

I wear it flat on my shoestring & it classified it cycling. However when I wear it just a little higher on my crew sock it classifies it as walking even though I am cycling. I believe it is all in the location worn & maybe stride.

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I have had this happen also. It will classify a walk as a run/cycle event. Decreases my steps when I change it. I thought steps were steps! I wear my tracker on the inside of my bra since I can't have it on my shoes at work.

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11/6/13 7:46 P

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Also, I wear it on my hip not my shoe laces.

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So the other day I walked for 20 something minutes. When I came home and synced, it classified my walking as cycling. So I went to change it to walking and then it decreased the number of steps I had. I know that is wrong because my spark was lit all the way up but when it changed my steps it said I was under my goal. So I went back in and changed it to cycling. Why does it do this? Is there anyway to fix it? If it classifies my walking as something else should I just leave it as what it says so it doesn't change my steps?

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