I walked today recording my walk as an activity using my Fitbit. I had posted recently that Weight Watchers had apparently fixed the problem they were having in double tracking steps. To recap, previously when using an activity monitor and recording walking (or running) as an activity, Weight Watchers would double count the steps from the walk with your steps for the whole day. During the time that I wasn’t exercising (due to surgery), this got fixed and Weight Watchers now tracks the activity and then deducts those steps from the daily total. So, you get extra FitPoints for the steps that are in excess of those for the tracked walk. I was glad to see that since it meant I could now tracking walking as an activity on Fitbit and not worry that the steps would get double counted.
Today, though, I noticed another great change. One of the negatives on walking (and reportedly running) when activity was synced using an activity monitor was that Weight Watchers awarded FitPoints solely based upon steps. The intensity of the walk or run didn’t matter. If you walked 5000 steps at a slow pace you got the same FitPoints as if you ran 5000 steps at a fast pace. Of course, the latter would take much less time. But, it was the same FitPoints.
This contrasts with how it is when you manually record walking or running (that is, you don’t use an activity monitor). In that situation, you give the length of time and intensity and the FitPoints vary based upon both time and intensity.
It bothered me that intensity wasn’t a part of how activity points are given. I happen to live in a hilly neighborhood. When I go for a walk there isn’t much that is truly flat. So, I burn a lot more calories than I burn if I walk the same number of steps when I go to a shopping mall.
But, that wasn’t reflected in my FitPoints. But, good news. I noticed today that it is now reflected. This what Weight Watchers showed after my walk.
I went and checked on Fitbit and found that I walked 3825 steps during the walk. If Weight Watchers was still going solely by steps, I would have earned 3 FitPoints for the walk. But, I earned 4 FitPoints which is what I would earn for 37 minutes of walking at moderate intensity. So, it appears that Weight Watchers is now using the information it gets from Fitbit to determine the intensity of the activity and awarding FitPoints accordingly.
I don’t know if this applies to all activity monitors or all activities. But, this was really good news for me since I feel this gives me much better results on my activity.
To anyone using an activity monitor: Are you seeing intensity being a part of how FitPoints are being awarded?