FitBit Flex

posted 2 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
941 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

MrsHalpert:  I think it really only calculates based on “steps” and intensity. However, I think you input independent exercise into the FitBit app to try to calculate calorie burn. I don’t think it is going to be able to understand everything you did (ie lifting weights, etc)

Post # 4
342 posts
Helper bee

It has a place to manually put in your workouts, but I don’t exactly know how. BUT, I do know that you can get it to sync with My Fitness Pal and put your workouts into there. That’s what I use to enter my food for the day, because I think the food database on mfp is bigger than the fitbit one, and it just syncs automatically.

Post # 5
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

MrsHalpert:  I can’t speak to the Fitbit. I was going to get one, but I found for lifting weights and anything other than running/steps it wasn’t ideal. However, I got myself into a Polar FT7 HRM, and it works amazing. Just wanted to chime in on that aspect. If you’re looking for a good HRM. You wear a strap around your ribcage (below your bust) while you work out. You honestly wouls have no idea it is there. Just a thought!

Post # 7
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

It may be too late for you since you already have the fitbit, but I have a Garmin Vivofit which works great.  i bought it because I wanted a fitness tracker that would include my calorie burn from exercise and the vivofit does that as it has a heart rate strap you can wear while exercising.  It is pretty awesome because it runs on a regular watch battery and therefore doesn’t have to be charged regularly like the other fitness trackers do.  It is also compatible with MFP.

Post # 8
1082 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

MrsHalpert:  I completely agree with megz06:! I have the same HR monitor and love it. It fits comfortably under a sports bra and is the easiest, most direct way I’ve found to count calories burned. Of course, as with any style/brand, these things do have about a 10% margin of error, but at least they give a better idea of where we’re at hehe : )

Post # 9
129 posts
Blushing bee

It doesn’t track workouts. Only steps and if you move in your sleep. I’m not even sure the calories are right because it really only goes off the weight you put into the app, not really considering if your weight is all muscle (which means you’d burn more per hour resting) or not. I got one free for work and used it, but I lost it. And not to be a debbie downer, but wouldn’t spend my own money on it. I think what you’re looking for is more like Nike Fuel that kind of tracks everything. Can you return your fitbit for a nike fuel or something similar?

Post # 10
1007 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I wear a heart rate monitor while I work out and then input the exercise with the amount of calories I burn myself. I LOVE my fitbit. If you have any questions about it send me a PM. 

Post # 11
1409 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I have a Fitbit Flex, and I really like it. I sync it with MFP and check my food that way, and then it tracks my sleep and activity.

However, it doesn’t track activities in the gym as such, so you have to manually enter these, and they’re not always 100% correct. So I just use my calorie intake and output as a guidance, especially since all of the workouts don’t exist.

But you can use the Fitbit with several other apps and equipments, so if you want to be 100% certain, then buy another app or fitness tracker thing and connect them 🙂

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