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1/13/16 9:31 P

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I found this to be the case as well . . . the info on my treadmill is different than the SPAT due to the incline . . . . so I made a separate manual entry to make the adjustment . . . . 1 minute of walking, and entered the difference in calories. cool

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11/13/14 9:30 P

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I do my best to stay in the calorie range anyway and just count what isn't counted as a bonus toward myself. I'm burning a bit more then it says, no biggie.

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11/8/14 12:07 P

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That is a downfall of the tracker, and I'm not sure if any tracker is capable of figuring out inclines or personal exertions. One's personal exertion is actually the only difference when using an incline(other than a bit more stretching of one's ankles and such). So with that in mind, we all have different levels of exertion due to our fitness, weight, etc. I am pretty fit and use mostly incline and up to level 8 on speeds when using my treadmill. When level and/or speed is lower than 4 mph on the treadmill, I don't even break a sweat or increase my breathing level. But I know many others that due to their fitness level and other factors, will exert much energy just walking on level ground and at low speeds. So, the SPAT is pretty much just a step counter, NOT a heart monitor or exertion monitor. It works great to just help us understand how active or inactive we are and how to increase our amount of steps we take in a day. I didn't realize how inactive I truly was until I got my SPAT. Now I consciously and easily keep above 10,000 steps per day.

BUT, if you are truly more interested in the amount of calories over the amount of steps, you can change the event manually to something that seems closer to the exertion level you performed. Like hiking or inclined walking / running. The only problem here is that it magically and inaccurately changes the steps you did. So it's up to the person what is more important to them, the steps or the calorie burn. Either way, just tracking what one is doing helps them to do better and get more fit. Keep on Tracking

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10/22/14 8:56 P

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The tracker seems to pick up when I go faster. My number of steps is increased for the same amount of time and the calories are different also.

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10/22/14 4:10 P

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Thank you for your responses ladies! I like the tip about adding in the difference manually.

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10/18/14 11:15 A

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I noticed that too, I am not on incline but it doesn't seem to pick up when I go faster. What I do is compare what my treadmill says I burned, time etc then add the differences manually then I have both. There are a lot of things I noticed it doesn't track, I was on my treadmill 20 minutes it didn't count warm up time. I make adjustments, I also keep my own records and like we know it is all a estimate. Have a great day, glad to know it isn't just my tracker.


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10/18/14 7:47 A

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The tracker has no way of knowing you used an incline.Some folks that live in the mountains have commented that the tracker reads the same if the walk on the straight flat road as when they walk up the mountain. Your calories aren't going to be right, but then you calories are an estaminet anyway. Mom is 82 and is use to walking 12 miles a day thou the mountains in the ozark. I'm only 61 and am use to walking 12 miles a day, but on the flat TX gulf coast. She is burning more calories then me, except when I go to her house. I'm exerting more energy and burning more calories. It is all 12 miles. Only a heart rate monitor can tell how much energy you used.

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10/18/14 12:32 A

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The activity tracker doesn't recognize that my treadmill is set at an incline of 4%... not sure how to get the calories burned to match up. I usually walk 2.5mph at 4%. I changed it from "walking activity" to "other exercise - medium intensity". The default settings don't seem accurate to me compared to what I manually enter. I use this calculator: http://42.195km.net/e/treadsim/

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