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How do activities convert to points in Count.It challenges?
How do activities convert to points in Count.It challenges?

All you need to know about points conversion in every Count.It challenge type!

Updated over a week ago

On Count.It, there are different types of challenges, involving different activities, i.e. step, exercise, meditation, etc. A challenge can include one of these activities, or different activities can be added together into "Combination" challenges.

In all challenges, one step is always equal to one point, but the number of points earned for other activities varies based on which other activities are included in the challenge. See below for the points conversions for all the different combinations of activities in Count.It challenges.

Pro Tip: For a simple explanation of how Count.It challenges work, including the basic mission, and what sets the "finish line," and the difference between "activity points" and "goal points" see: How do Count.It challenges work?


  • 1 step = 1 point!

In all challenges, one step equals one point:

Exercise Minutes

Exercise-Only Challenges

  • 1 min of exercise = 10 points

In exercise-only challenges, one minute of exercise generates 10 points.

Note: in "exercise minutes" challenges, all workout types generate points based on the number of minutes of the activity logged, and all exercise types generate the same number of points per minute.

That is: An hour of weight lifting, yoga, pilates, boxing, etc. (more than 140 activities!) will all generate the same number of points. In short, for the purposes of a general exercise challenge, a workout is a workout!

Exercise Minutes in Combo Challenges

  • 1 step = 1 point

  • 1 min of exercise = 167 points

In challenges that combine steps and exercise, one minute of exercise generates 167 points.

Step-Intensive Exercises in Combo Challenges

In challenges that combine steps and exercise goals, participants earn points for both exercise and steps. However, if the exercise is step-intensive, like running, then Count.It does not give users double credit. That is, we don't credit runners both for their minutes of running and for the steps they generate while running, as that would be "double counting," and unfair to people who do other workout types that don't involve steps, i.e. lifting weights or doing yoga, etc.

Instead, the points generated by running, and other step-intensive workout types such as hiking, elliptical, exercise walking, etc., simply show up in the points total for daily steps. Count.It still shows the workout on the user's daily logs timeline, but they will not see points next to it, as the points are showing up just above in the step count.

Important note on auto-tracked "Exercise Minutes" vs. Workouts

Your fitness tracker will attempt to automatically log the amount of time each day when you are being active. If your heart gets pumping walking up a long flight of stairs, for example, you will earn "exercise minutes" on the Apple Health app. On Google Fit, the same activity will generate "Heart Points." On Fitbit, these minutes are called "Active Zone Minutes" or "Active Minutes."

While this activity is great, it will NOT generate points on Count.It. To earn points for exercise on Count.It, you must log a specific exercise activity. Typically, fitness trackers refer to this as a "workout," and there are hundreds of different workout types, from aerobics to zumba. If you wear an Apple Watch or a Fitbit tracker, both will attempt to auto-detect certain common workout types, including biking, swimming, yoga, and more.

Bottom line: To get credit for your exercise on Count.It, make sure to log it as an actual exercise activity, or workout! For more information, please see:


Why does Count.It treat all minutes of exercise equally?

The first goal of a Count.It challenge is to help everyone become more active. For some, an intense Crossfit workout is normal. For others, a slow two mile jog might be equally terrifying. The challenge encourages each person to exercise in their own way. Also, most people do not yet have fitness trackers with heart rate monitors that can effectively and fairly monitor workout intensity. As the technology becomes more common, we will begin to offer challenges with point generation based on workout intensity and calorie burn for those that want them!

Why aren't all activities worth the same number of points?

If a minute of exercise got the same points as a single step, i.e. 1 point = 1 min exercise = 1 step, hour of exercise would be worth 60 points. If you walked for that same hour and covered 3 miles, you'd log 6,000 steps or 6,000 points. So the person who does yoga for an hour earns 60 points, and the person who goes for a walk earns 6,000. Not fair!

Meditation minutes

Meditation-Only Challenges

  • 1 min of meditation = 10 points

Meditation Minutes in Combo Challenges

  • 1 step = 1 point

  • 1 min of exercise = 167 points

Meditation minutes are generally credited very similarly to exercise minutes. In meditation-only challenges, one minute of meditation earns 10 points. In hybrid challenges, one minute of meditation earns 167 points.

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