Fitbit is clever when it comes to presenting your health information. The Google-owned American smartwatch manufacturer has its style of doing things. One such feature of Fitbit watches is Active Minutes. It is an advanced measurement feature offered by Fitbit. Many think of it as an exclusive reward for the steps we walk every day.
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But Active Minutes in Fitbit watches is more than just counting steps. In this guide, we’ll discuss what Active Minutes on Fitbit watches are. We’ll also discuss the benefits of getting Active Minutes from your Fitbit watch. Also, we’ll compare Active Minutes with Active Zone Minutes on Fitbit watches.
What are Active Minutes on Fitbit, and how much do you need
When a person is at rest, their metabolic equivalents (MET) are equal to 1. When your Fitbit wearable detects 3 MET or higher, it assumes you’re on a moderate-intensity exercise. The Active Minutes literally alerts you when you have spent at least 10 minutes in an activity that consumes three times as many calories as you do in an idle state. For a reference point of view, at the 3 MET level, you would be in a brisk walk or indulged in other moderate to heavy exercises. These exercises will raise your heart rate, and you’ll be breathing at a higher rate than normal. Fitbit also uses the 6 MET level as a cut-off to indicate heavy/intense exercise.
According to Fitbit, a person should earn at least 30 Active Minutes per day. However, you could tune it the way you seem fit. Fitbit has set its goal based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC. CDC recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise per week.
How Active Minutes are measured?
Fitbit watches are capable of measuring more than just the steps you’ve walked. Many Fitbit models feature heart rate detection. Fitbit uses the data from such sensors to determine whether you are on a moderate-to-vigorous intensity exercise.
This data will be more accurate than just counting steps. For example, if you’re walking downhill, it’ll be easy for you to achieve 100 steps/min. But that might not be an actual exercise. It is in these scenarios the biometric sensors used in your smartwatch will come in handy. The SmartTrack feature from Fitbit can distinguish between walking, running, outdoor biking, elliptical, and swimming. The smart tracker will take it as a workout in those categories when you’re involved in any of these activities.
You can also use the Track Exercise function on the Fitbit app or online dashboard to log an exercise session manually. If it meets the requirements, your Active Minutes will rise. You could use it while you’re cycling or on an elliptical trainer. So in case if you’re wondering why your daily 10,000 steps walking isn’t enough to raise the Active Minutes, we highly recommend you bump up your speed a bit.
Difference between Active Minutes and Active Zone minutes
The difference between these two is simple. To get Active Minute, you need to moderately workout for at least 10 minutes. In the case of Active Zone Minutes, you won’t have to reach this 10-minute mark. You could get some Active Zone Minutes here and there for short exercises. Yes, you could earn Active Zone Minutes even if you run up some stairs for five minutes.
The benefits of getting Active Minutes
A logical question that many of you would have. No, Fitbit won’t declare you an Olympian. But there are actual benefits for your health for earning Active Minutes. We humans, as living beings, tend to crave more. Rewards are a great way of pushing us ahead. PUBG is a great example to prove our statement. Earning Active Minutes will likely make you work for more. This way you’ll be able to improve your health. Here are some of the most important benefits of getting Active Minutes.
- Improve moods, reduce the risk of depression.
- Get a better sleep better.
- Lower the risk of colon cancer and breast cancer. Research also suggests you might also be able to lower your risk of endometrial and lung cancer. Also, exercises will help cancer survivors have a better quality of life.
- Reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Additionally, you might be able to improve your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
- Reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome and developing type 2 diabetes. If type 2 diabetes is part of your life, you might be able to keep your blood sugar at the optimum with routine exercise.
- Moderately intense workouts will help maintain function and manage pain if you have arthritis in your joints.
- Lastly and most importantly, increase your chances of living longer.
Tips for getting the most out of your workouts
There are no magical blue pills to keep ourselves healthy. The best thing we could do to stay healthy involves a combination of a healthy diet and a regular workout. However, there are many things you could do right during an exercise to achieve better results. Ensure to keep the correct posture during each workout. Reduce breaks between each exercise and always try to stretch it about your comfortable limits. Also, be sure to get instructions from a certified trainer.
- Is 1000 intensity minutes good?
Yes, 1000 intensity minutes is good. Being in an “Active” or “Exercise” state for 1000 minutes can help you get the full benefits of exercising. The average person could work out for 2-3 hours per week to hit this number, but there are lots of ways to exercise other than working out.
- How does Fitbit register active minutes?
The Fitbit app can distinguish between walking, running, outdoor biking, elliptical, and swimming. The smart tracker will take it as a workout in those categories when you're involved in any of these activities. You can also use the Track Exercise function on the Fitbit app or online dashboard to log an exercise session manually. If it meets the requirements, your Active Minutes will rise. You could use it while you're cycling or on an elliptical trainer.
- What is the difference between active zone minutes and active minutes?
Active minutes are earned by “moderately-intense exercises” but do not have to be sustained for 10 minutes so you can start and stop an exercise. Active zone minutes are earned when one has been active in an active, or exercise state for at least 10 consecutive minutes.
- Do active minutes count as exercise?
All of the time that you've spent on the computer(sitting or resting) so far counts as sedentary. It's important to get up and move around at least once an hour. What you do during this time is completely up to you. You can do 10 minutes of brisk walking, take a 5-minute stretch break, or do some other activity that gets your heart rate up for at least 10 consecutive minutes.
To wrap things up
Active Minutes by Fitbit is an excellent idea from the smartwatch maker. Even though most new tracking and workout activities on smartwatches might feel like gimmicks to sell their products, this one looks to be a genuine one. Yeah, there might not be a bonus from Fitbit for earning these Active Minutes. But they sure do lead to you doing more to stay healthy. There is no doubt that smartphones and other electronic gadgets are harming our life. Active Minutes by Fitbit is a feature that feels relevant in these times.
As we said, we humans love rewards and do anything to get them. Active Minutes is the reward for playing a game that could have a positive impact on your health. Earning them is not hard, but also not easy if you’re sitting on your couch. Even if you’re not interested in your health, you could still earn them to showcase on Facebook or Instagram.
I’m Saneesh VS. I’m a Registered Nurse by Profession, but my passion lies in Gadgets like smartwatches, fitness trackers and fitness. Nothing makes me happier than being able to share my knowledge to help people make informed decisions on what they need to buy or use in their everyday lives.