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How does Count.It generate points for different activities?
How does Count.It generate points for different activities?

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

Updated over a week ago

On Count.It, challengers earn points for logging several different kinds of basic activity:

  • Daily steps

  • Exercise (workout) minutes

  • Meditation minutes

Different types of challenges include different combinations of these activities, and every challenge has its own "points conversion." To check what an activity is worth in any challenge, you can sImply tap the "i" icon on the main challenge screen to reveal the "challenge info" screen.

See below for full details on points conversions for the different activities in different challenges!

Important note on Exercise Minutes:

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!

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In all challenges, one step equals one point: 1 step = 1 point!

Exercise Minutes

On Count.It, with one exception, all exercise types (or "workouts") 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: weight lifting, yoga, pilates, and boxing (and hundreds of others) will all generate the same number of for the same amount of time logged.

In "Exercise" only challenges, one minute of exercise generates 10 points. However, in hybrid challenges, in which users can generate points for exercise as well as their daily steps, then one minute of exercise typically generates 166 points.

For example, in the "Big Mover" challenge, in which users earn points for both daily steps and exercise minutes, the points conversion is as follows:

  • 1 min of exercise = 166 points

  • 1 step = 1 point

Hybrid Challenges & Step-Instensive Exercises

As noted, there is on exception to the general case above. Count.It has a number of challenge types in which users earn points for their daily steps as well as for any exercise minutes that they log.

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. Note: 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.

To be super clear: When you log a workout that is not step-intensive, i.e. strength training or pilates, you will see points broken out on your daily log. If, however, you log a workout as "running" or "hiking," then those workouts will show up on your timeline, but you will see a "0" next to them.

Here's what a user's daily log might looks like in a hybrid challenge with step-intensive activities. Note the "0" scores next to the "Walking" workouts.

NB: Count.It treats all minutes of exercise equally, and does not account for different levels of workout intensity. Why? 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, it may simply be a hike. The challenge encourages each person to exercise in their own way. Equally important: 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!

Meditation minutes

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 166 points.

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