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Do you walk in place to reach your step goal?

TolstolobikTolstolobik Posts: 78Member Member Posts: 78Member Member
I sometimes like to walk or jog in place. Will those steps be "legitimate" for my Fitbit step goal?
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  • dechowjdechowj Posts: 116Member Member Posts: 116Member Member
    I find that my fitbit doesn't up the step count when I walk in place. I have to actually move around a bit. So I do loser laps around my house or office or I pace in front of my computer.
  • deepwoodsladydeepwoodslady Posts: 1,986Member Member Posts: 1,986Member Member
    I do step in place or sometimes march but the others are right. I don't always get credit for all my steps on my fitbit so it does take more steps & longer to reach goal. Walking up & down my hallway in my house, or generally around my house gets them faster & more accurately. I think it moves more muscles around in the body so it probably actually burns more going around corners & doing general natural walking.
  • amusedmonkeyamusedmonkey Posts: 9,684Member Member Posts: 9,684Member Member
    Fitbit doesn't do well with stationary steps. The motion of walking involves more than stomping feet, so the algorithm doesn't always recognize walking in place. With that said, not I don't walk in place. When I used to do step challenges I used to walk around the kitchen or the garden to get reach steps, then it became a chore so I stopped doing challenges. I try to walk as often as I'm able, but I don't exactly force myself to achieve a certain step goal. It's dangerous for me because I'm a logical rebel, if I feel I have to do it without a good reason, I stop doing it and lose interest in walking more all together.
    edited April 1
  • MonkeyMel21MonkeyMel21 Posts: 2,381Member Member Posts: 2,381Member Member
    I do at work. I have a lot of downtime where I usually read (or MFP), so instead I will walk in place while reading. I try to get to 15 minutes because then it'll count it as a work out, lol. For me, is does count all the steps, as far as I can tell.

    ETA: when it does log it as a work out, it logs it as being on the elliptical, which makes since in my head :)
    edited April 1
  • TolstolobikTolstolobik Posts: 78Member Member Posts: 78Member Member
    Thank you so much for your insightful replies! I get excited when I discover another nugget of wisdom on the art of maintenance using technology.
    edited April 1
  • heybalesheybales Posts: 17,136Member Member Posts: 17,136Member Member
    I'll expand beyond the step goal aspect.

    There is also the aspect of what distance did it think you did from that impact - and resulting calories assigned.

    You probably could find exactly the sweet spot that would match so that it was accurate - if all the steps were seen.

    But the likely hood of that could be very iffy.

    Help a lady once who jogged in place the first 5 min of every hour the whole day.
    She had HR data too.
    So got on a treadmill and matched the turnover and got the HR to match.
    Her pace and distance happened to match almost exactly what Fitbit assigned to the in-place jogging.

    But it so easily could have been wrong, she very much lucked out.

    Higher knee raise and/or just more pounding could have given inflated values.
    Lower knee raise other direction.
  • Kimmotion5783Kimmotion5783 Posts: 410Member Member Posts: 410Member Member
    I sort of do that, but not in a single spot. It's more like pacing back and forth. I find that stepping in place doesn't seem to affect my Fitbit as much.
  • durhammfpdurhammfp Posts: 272Member Member Posts: 272Member Member
    dechowj wrote: »
    ...I do loser laps around my house...

    Loser laps! So that's what I've been doing around the dining table late at night to get in all my missed steps. lol

  • TolstolobikTolstolobik Posts: 78Member Member Posts: 78Member Member
    heybales wrote: »
    I'll expand beyond the step goal aspect.

    There is also the aspect of what distance did it think you did from that impact - and resulting calories assigned.

    You probably could find exactly the sweet spot that would match so that it was accurate - if all the steps were seen.

    But the likely hood of that could be very iffy.

    Help a lady once who jogged in place the first 5 min of every hour the whole day.
    She had HR data too.
    So got on a treadmill and matched the turnover and got the HR to match.
    Her pace and distance happened to match almost exactly what Fitbit assigned to the in-place jogging.

    But it so easily could have been wrong, she very much lucked out.

    Higher knee raise and/or just more pounding could have given inflated values.
    Lower knee raise other direction.

    Heybales! I've read numerous posts by you in regards to Fitbit....I learned so many good nuggets of wisdom. You have inspired me to check the length of my stride. Thank you!
    Do you know if there is a difference in accuracy in Fitbits that are ment to be worn on your wrist as opposed to the clip on ones? I am looking into upgrading mine in the near future. I am looking at the new Inspire that I can clip on my bra. My question is...will I get a more accurate reading from an Inspire HR(wrist only) if all I do is mainly walk for exercise(I also swim recreationally with my kids during summer months) and do occasional squats and push-ups?
    edited April 1
  • sammidelvecchiosammidelvecchio Posts: 663Member Member Posts: 663Member Member
    My Garmin definitely counts walking in place steps and so do I! I get great workouts from Leslie Sansone "walks" and a lot of those are walking in place. Some take you up and back, side to side, but a portion of it is in place :)
  • wenrobwenrob Posts: 119Member, Premium Member Posts: 119Member, Premium Member
    Laps around the island/dining room table while watching Days of Our Lives. :D Since I switched to an Apple Watch I now focus more on closing my exercise and activity rings. Makes me work harder and I’m no longer hyper focused on the step count.
  • lx1xlx1x Posts: 16,921Member Member Posts: 16,921Member Member
    Fitbit doesn't do well with stationary steps. The motion of walking involves more than stomping feet, so the algorithm doesn't always recognize walking in place. With that said, not I don't walk in place. When I used to do step challenges I used to walk around the kitchen or the garden to get reach steps, then it became a chore so I stopped doing challenges. I try to walk as often as I'm able, but I don't exactly force myself to achieve a certain step goal. It's dangerous for me because I'm a logical rebel, if I feel I have to do it without a good reason, I stop doing it and lose interest in walking more all together.

    You can walk in place.. just have to swing your arm like you walking..


  • heybalesheybales Posts: 17,136Member Member Posts: 17,136Member Member
    heybales wrote: »
    I'll expand beyond the step goal aspect.

    There is also the aspect of what distance did it think you did from that impact - and resulting calories assigned.

    You probably could find exactly the sweet spot that would match so that it was accurate - if all the steps were seen.

    But the likely hood of that could be very iffy.

    Help a lady once who jogged in place the first 5 min of every hour the whole day.
    She had HR data too.
    So got on a treadmill and matched the turnover and got the HR to match.
    Her pace and distance happened to match almost exactly what Fitbit assigned to the in-place jogging.

    But it so easily could have been wrong, she very much lucked out.

    Higher knee raise and/or just more pounding could have given inflated values.
    Lower knee raise other direction.

    Heybales! I've read numerous posts by you in regards to Fitbit....I learned so many good nuggets of wisdom. You have inspired me to check the length of my stride. Thank you!
    Do you know if there is a difference in accuracy in Fitbits that are ment to be worn on your wrist as opposed to the clip on ones? I am looking into upgrading mine in the near future. I am looking at the new Inspire that I can clip on my bra. My question is...will I get a more accurate reading from an Inspire HR(wrist only) if all I do is mainly walk for exercise(I also swim recreationally with my kids during summer months) and do occasional squats and push-ups?

    The devices are attempting to read impact of each step - when on the wrist attempting to do that despite the swing of the arm, so usually extra logic and settings to allow fine tuning that method for better accuracy.

    So either device in your example would work fine.
    Difference would be if you are curious enough about HR throughout the day and all the useful info that provides (/sarcasm).

    Body device is better if decent steps while with shopping cart. Though wrist device put on body then can work fine usually.

  • rhtexasgalrhtexasgal Posts: 544Member Member Posts: 544Member Member
    I march in place often, ensuring my knees are raised high with each step as well as exaggerated arm movements. I also step side to side (sort of a grapevine move for those who have done aerobic dancing) ... I allow my Fitbit to capture those steps but I don't log as a workout in MFP ... if your arms are swinging and those knees get raised, you can burn a few calories!
  • sammidelvecchiosammidelvecchio Posts: 663Member Member Posts: 663Member Member
    JennJ323 wrote: »
    My Garmin definitely counts walking in place steps and so do I! I get great workouts from Leslie Sansone "walks" and a lot of those are walking in place. Some take you up and back, side to side, but a portion of it is in place :)

    I recently tried some of her YouTube videos, I was shocked at the workout I got from a "walking video." Definitely gets me sweaty if I do the longer ones!

    Girl, my mom used to talk non-stop about these videos. But I never took them seriously until I tried one. I LOVE Leslie and the workouts are great. I told my sister I was doing them and she laughed, like I used to at my mom but now she's doing them too! Leslie for life.
  • dolliesdaughterdolliesdaughter Posts: 525Member Member Posts: 525Member Member
    Panini911 wrote: »
    i don't walk in place as that doesn't work well with the fitbit at raising count. i DO house walk. meaning i walk around the house back and forth when i'm a bit low on steps or i want to round up. especially if weather is bad or i can't leave the house (ex: something in the oven).

    i totally feel those are legit steps.

    I do this as well.
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