Last weekend, I went on a road trip through Eastern Kansas to gather information and prepare for an upcoming guest blog post.
I’ll tell you about that later…
What I want to talk about now is my Fitbit Charge, and how I’m really really glad I waited through the weekend (full of beer and food I didn’t want to calculate) before considering logging calories consumed and burned.
I put 502.9 miles on my car and racked up more than 41,000 steps in two days. Sounds great, doesn’t it? All those steps!
Unfortunately, my goal alarm buzzed on my wrist after I’d been driving for an hour both times. After the first 10,000 “steps,” getting 9,000 or 12,000 more wasn’t too hard, especially because I was driving for hours and hours and hours.
Fitbit Charge isn’t supposed to track steps when you’re not stepping, and it isn’t supposed to track floors climbed when you’re driving through the Flint Hills.
According to Fitbit Charge, I climbed 393 floors this weekend. Somehow, I’m still walking…
Your tracker is a smart device that has been designed not to pick up your steps in these activities. It has been tested against driving, buses, trains, and other public transportation and should not give you extra steps when you’re traveling. On bumpy roads you may get extra steps but these should not make a big difference in your overall stats.
I’m going to take a guess and say that more than 41,000 steps and nearly 400 floors has affected my overall stats substantially.
So I had to go delete everything, which wasn’t easy.
There’s no way to delete steps and floors. Instead, you have to negate them. Basically, I had to enter “driving” as an activity to remove the extra steps and floors my road trip earned me. Since I don’t exactly remember when I left each location — I was ahead of schedule most of the trip — I had to wing it in how long I was actually driving.
After a few attempts, I’ve settled on about 4,600 steps each day and 10-15 floors each day, which wouldn’t be inaccurate considering most of the locations I stopped at had second and third floors.
Unfortunately, I cannot delete the badges I’ve earned.
I haven’t reached 20,000 steps in a day. I don’t deserve this badge, but I can’t get rid of it.
I guess today is a lesson on how to fix steps and floors climbed and miles traveled on your Fitbit Charge.
Mostly, I’m just a little upset that the tracker didn’t figure out I wasn’t stepping.
Or moving my arms at all.