On Count.It you earn points for being active as reported by your fitness tracking app(s) and devices. PRO Groups can also turn on the Manual Entry feature, allowing users to input activity data directly into the Count.It website or app. The more active you are, the more points you earn, and the higher you move up on your group leaderboard.
Users in groups on the BASIC plan can earn points for steps and cycling. Those in PRO Groups can get credit for swimming, strength (or weight) training, yoga, and meditation — or choose any combination thereof. PRO Admins set this preference via their PRO Admin --> Group Profile page:
Activity progress is displayed in either points or steps equivalent on all leaderboards, with points as the default. To see more details on how we convert your tracked activities into Count.It points or "steps equivalent," please check this article.
With just a few exceptions, all of the supported fitness tracking apps can track all of the above activities. (Strava does not track meditation, and the Misfit app is being discontinued as of Q1 2021.)
Your phone and/or wearable device can "log" your activity in one of three ways:
- Motion detection
- Manual data entry
These are discussed in detail below, but the main point is that Count.It will accept activity data coming from your fitness tracking app regardless of how it's logged. All modern smartphones and wearables are designed to "auto-detect" your steps using motion detection, and you should never have to input your steps. For other activities, you will either need to select the activity (i.e. cycling, yoga) and then click a "start" and "stop" button to log your activity, OR you can enter the data entirely manually after the fact.
- Some apps will attempt to "auto-detect" certain other common activities beyond steps, such as cycling, though this logging is not always accurate. If you're going for a bike ride, we recommend explicitly logging it on your app by clicking "start" and "stop."
- Strength Training = Weight Training! Different apps use different terms for strength/weight training. Either "strength" or "weight" training will work.
- If you log an activity like "Gym Workout" or "HIIT," Count.It will not recognize the activity. To get credit for non-supported gym workouts, you may want to label your workout as "strength/weight training," or, if part of a PRO group with Manual Entry turned on, enter it into Count.It using "Bonus Points."
- You can absolutely have multiple trackers connected! Count.It simply takes the best score for a given activity for a given day from whichever data source supplies it.
- Count.It frequently upgrades its support for trackers and activities. If you have any questions about what is currently supported, please contact us!
More Details on How These Fitness Trackers Work!
As noted, your phone and/or wearable device can "log" your activity in one of three ways:
- Motion detection: With motion detection, the phone or wearable uses a hardware sensor to detect the pattern of your physical motion, and then logs the amount of time you are moving in this way, or the number of repetitions of the activity, i.e. running, walking, cycling, or swimming. All modern smartphones use motion detection to track your daily steps automatically, and this will show up in the default "health app" for your phone, i.e. Google Fit or Apple Health. It can also be shared with any other fitness tracking app on your phone.
- GPS: Some fitness tracking apps use a GPS sensors to track your activity based on the distance you cover, and how long it takes. A good example of this is Strava, which is a favorite among cyclists. When using GPS, your tracking app will typically require you to start your run or ride (or other activity) when you get going, and then stop it at the end -- it will then calculate the distance traveled, time, calorie burn, etc. GPS logging works primarily for outdoor activities, and isn't useful for treadmill running, or stationary biking, etc.
- Manual Entry: Virtually all fitness tracking apps will allow you to create a manual entry. In this case you simply select the activity, and input the time, distance, or other relevant data.