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How do I manually log an activity or exercise?

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This article explains how and when to manually log an activity on your Fitbit dashboard.

My tracker supports automatic tracking. Why would I want to use manual tracking?

For trackers that support heart rate monitoring, you would probably only want to log an activity manually if you forgot to wear your tracker or forgot to track the exercise. These trackers take heart rate into account when calculating calories burned, so even if an activity doesn't count steps, you still get calorie count information. 

For other trackers, manually logging an activity works well when step count isn't the best indicator of the calories burned. If you are doing an activity that does not require steps (like cycling or using an elliptical machine), or an activity that requires more than just steps (like tennis or yoga), logging the activity manually improves the accuracy of this activity's contribution to your caloric burn. 

You can also use manual logging to add an activity if you leave your tracker at home. Note that when you manually log an activity, its step and calorie data override the data automatically detected by your tracker during the same time period. This ensures that your steps are not counted twice as long as the manually logged activity has the correct start time and duration.

How do I manually log an activity?

For instructions on how to manually log an activity, choose a section below.
  • Fitbit.com Dashboard
    1. Log into your fitbit.com dashboard.
    2. At the top of the page click Log > Activities.
    3. Click a common activity or search for one. If the activity is not in our system, create your own by clicking the Create custom activity text that appears below the search field.
    4. Enter the duration, distance (if applicable), and start time of your activity. You can enter the number of calories burned if you'd like to.
    5. Click Log. Your activity will now be visible and editable in the Activity History area.
  • Fitbit app for iOS
    1. On the Fitbit app dashboard tap the Exercise tile to open your exercise history. This is the tile that says "Track exercise" or shows how many days you've worked out this week.
    2. Tap the stopwatch icon in the top right corner.
    3. Tap Log.
    4. Tap a recent activity or search for an exercise type.
    5. Adjust the activity details and tap Add.

    If your iOS mobile device supports 3D Touch, you can also log an activity from the home screen with the Quick Action menu accessed by 3D Touch.

  • Fitbit app for Android
    1. On the Fitbit app dashboard tap the Exercise tile to open your exercise history. This is the tile that says "Track exercise" or shows how many days you've worked out this week.
    2. Tap the stopwatch icon in the top right corner.
    3. Tap Log Previous.
    4. Adjust the activity details and tap Log It.
  • Fitbit app for Windows 10
    1. On the Fitbit app dashboard tap the Exercise tile to open your exercise history. This is the tile that says "Track exercise" or shows how many days you've worked out this week.
    2. Tap or click the "+" icon on the bottom.
    3. Select a recent activity or search for an exercise type.
    4. Adjust the activity details and tap or click Log.

How do I edit or delete an activity?

For instructions on how to edit or delete an activity, see How do I change or delete an exercise or activity?
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Last updated: March 28, 2017
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