What are hourly activity goals?

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Hourly activity goals help you cut back on your stationary time throughout the day. 

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Why do I have an hourly activity goal?

Research shows that prolonged sitting is associated with a significantly higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and depression, as well as muscle and joint problems (source). Even if you meet typical exercise guidelines, sitting for long periods of time can still compromise your health (source). Fortunately, moving even a few minutes every hour reduces the negative effects of sitting (source).

Stationary time can only be detected by devices that can automatically detect sleep. This means Fitbit One and Fitbit Zip customers don't have an hourly activity goal.

What is my goal?

Your goal is 250 steps per hour, equivalent to a few minutes of walking. By default, your goal is tracked from  9:00 am - 6:00 pm, seven days a week, but you can choose the consecutive hours per day you want to track your activity.

Where can I monitor my progress?

The Hourly Activity tile on your dashboard shows the number of hours you met your goal so far today.
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Open the tile to see a graph showing whether each hour tracked was active or stationary for the last week. Swipe to see a second graph showing your longest stationary period. Note that time asleep is not included in this graph, and you must be inactive for at least 10 consecutive minutes before that time is considered stationary.

Am I reminded about my goal?

At 10 minutes before the hour, your Fitbit device will vibrate and show a reminder if you haven’t met your hourly activity goal. Reminders aren't available for Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Charge HR, Fitbit Flex, Fitbit One, Fitbit Surge, and Fitbit Zip.

How do I change my goal?

The number of steps can't be changed, but if your Fitbit device has reminders to move you can adjust the number of hours per day you want to meet the goal. You can choose between five and 14 consecutive hours per day.

For more information about changing the hours and days you track your hourly activity, see What is a reminder to move?

Is my daily activity goal related to my hourly activity goal?

Your daily activity goal is independent of your hourly activity goal. For example if your daily goal is 10,000 steps per day, increasing or decreasing that amount doesn't affect the 250-step hourly goal.

If I miss my goal, can I make it up by doubling my steps the next hour?

Each hour has its own goal. While you can take extra steps in the next hour, they won’t count toward a previous or future hour.

Do all steps count toward my goal?

Only steps recorded by your Fitbit device are counted. If you manually log steps on your dashboard or use the MobileTrack feature, those steps aren't counted towards your hourly activity goal.

Last updated: March 8, 2019
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