Welcome to the Help Center

Please look through the information and frequently asked questions listed below, many useful topics and questions are covered. If you are still unable to find the answer, send us your question via the Contact Us link at the bottom of the page and our Customer Support team will be happy to help you!

If you have specific questions about your device, visit our device-specific FAQ pages:

Fitbit
Fitbug Air
Fitbug Welcome Guide
Jawbone UP/UP24


LEAP4LIFE Website Overview

Community Page
Home Page
My Performance
Other's Performance
Striving Goal
Primary Goal
Secondary Goal
My Events
My Challenges
Experiences
Friends Feed
My Info
Blogs
Fitness Zones
Status and FitWell Points
Latest Activity
Trophies
Achievements
My Competition
My Groups
Members
My Activity
Performance
Health
Activities
Health Data
Blood Pressure
BMI
Cholesterol-HDL
Cholesterol-LDL
Cholesterol-Total
Measurement-Hip
Measurement-Waist
Measurement-Waist/Hip Ratio
Triglyceride Level
Device Activity
Non-Device Activity
My Activity (display)
Data Summary
Events
Performance Events
Get In Shape Events
Results/Leaderboard
Profile
My Scoreboard
Toolkit
To Do List
Posting to Facebook and Twitter
Disabling Helper Icons
Data Validity


BMR

What is a BMR?
What is a good BMR - should I be increasing or decreasing my BMR number?
What are the benefits of knowing my BMR?
How do I calculate my BMR?
What is the difference between BMR and BMI? 
How does LEAP4LIFE use the BMR formula for individual and team events?
Will my BMR be displayed on my profile?
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Community Page

When you initially log in to LEAP4LIFE, the first page you’ll see is our Community Page.  Here you will be able to see the most upto date activity we have going on within the LEAP4LIFE community.  You can see, upcoming events, blogs, motivating member success stories and much more!  Please click here to see what going on today.

Home Page

When visiting your home page, you’ll find a variety of ways to track your progress towards your fitness goals. Importantly your 2 immediate goals will be displayed so you can regularly observe your progress toward successful completion of your goals. Your Home page also displays some of the latest news and updates from the LEAP4LIFE community, including experiences submitted by other LEAP4LIFE members and social comments shared by your LEAP4LIFE friends. The Community Status widget displays statistics about the LEAP4LIFE community as a whole: the number of registered members, the number currently online, the points they’ve earned, the distance they've logged and calories they've burned.

On the home page you’ll see the LEAP4LIFE leaderboard – a listing of your most recent activity and event performance as well as event and performance listings for your friends in the LEAP4LIFE community. You’ll also see featured events and personal challenges from your friends. Sign up to participate, and you can start earning points of your own. The home page friends feed features recent comments from your LEAP4LIFE friends.

My Performance

The Performance Section displays your recent fitness activity, as recorded by your biometric device, posting experiences/comments, updating weight, adding achievements. As soon as your data has been offloaded, your activity will be reflected here (you may need to click the refresh button). This feed also displays your recent event activity including events entered and event placement.

Others Performance

The Others Performance Section displays your friend’s recent fitness activity, as recorded by their biometric device, posting experiences/comments, updating weight, adding achievements. As soon as their data has been offloaded, their activity will be reflected here (you may need to click the refresh button). This feed also displays their recent event activity including events entered and event placement.

Striving Goal

The Striving Goal is a high-level goal which will require a significant effort for you to attain. It can be a dream accomplishment like running a marathon or running a local 10k. You should use your primary and secondary process goals as steps to successfully meet your Striving Goal.

Primary Goal

An important component of changing your behavior and improving your health and fitness is setting goals. Your primary goal is displayed to allow you to track your progress toward successful completion of this goal. Daily Goals reset at the beginning of each day and Weekly Goals run Monday to Sunday. Goals always display as a result of you completing the goal setting process on the LEAP4LIFE web site.

Secondary Goal

Most people have both primary and secondary goals as they try to optimize their lives. This display shows progress toward your secondary goal and allows you to better understand the relationship between your actions and your health. Daily Goals reset at the beginning of each day and Weekly Goals run Monday to Sunday.

My Events

The My Events section displays a list of the events in which you’re participating or which you are planning to participate, and those you’ve completed. Each time you RSVP to an event, it will be added to the list on this page, making your upcoming events easy to track. Basic information about each event – including the name and date- are listed here for each event. More event detail can be displayed by clicking on the + symbol. You can track your progress in each event via the leaderboards as well as the participant list. Please note that this activity is updated several times per hour, so there may be a slight delay for activity data to be reflected in the leaderboard. Please click here to see our current Events.

My Challenges

The My Challenges section displays a list of the challenges you’ve created or are participating in, and those you’ve completed. Each time you create or RSVP to a challenge, it will be added to the list on this page, making your upcoming challenges easy to track. Basic information about each challenge – including the name and date- are listed here for each challenge. More challenge detail can be displayed by clicking on the + symbol. You can track your progress in each challenge via the leaderboards as well as the participant list. Please note that this activity is updated several times per hour, so there may be a slight delay for activity data to be reflected in the leaderboard. For more information, click the challenge name.

Experiences

The Experiences section of LEAP4LIFE allows you to create a public journal of your health and fitness activities via blog postings, photos, and videos, and to share the experiences of other LEAP4LIFE members. To create a new Experience click on the + button next to Experiences, go to the Experiences tab and click "Add Blog Experience." Give your post a title and a brief introduction, and then use the "Body" area to write about your experience in detail. The "tags" section allows you to give your post a little context – add some key words that other LEAP4LIFE members might use when searching for experiences, like "Marathon" or "Hawaii". Make sure to use commas to separate the tags you add to your post. To upload an Experience photo, go to the Experiences tab and click "Add Photo Experience." Give your photo a title, then click the "Browse" button and locate the image on your hard drive. You can add more than one photo at a time if you like. Give your photo(s) a description, then add tags. Make sure to use commas to separate the tags you add to your post – for example: marathon, Hawaii. Please make sure your photos are under 100MB and in one of the following formats: JPEG, PNG, BMP, and GIF. Then click "Submit." To upload an Experience video, go to the Experiences tab and click "Add Video Experience." Enter the video title, then click the "Browse" button and locate the video on your hard drive and click "Upload". Then enter a description and appropriate tags. Make sure to use commas to separate the tags you add to your post – for example: marathon, Hawaii. Please make sure your video is under 100MB and in one of the following formats: .WMV, .ASF, .MOV, .3GP, .MPG, .MPEG, and .FLV. Then click "Submit."

Friends Feed

The Friends Feed section displays a list of all the comments and postings LEAP4LIFE users you’ve identified as your friends have made. This feed is limited to people who you have identified and connected to as friends in LEAP4LIFE.

My Info

On the My Info page you will see all of your most relevant LEAP4LIFE information. Your profile information which includes your current registered location, your current weight and BMI (your weight and BMI are always private and can only be viewed by you), goals, fitness zone, and LEAP4LIFE points are displayed. The My Info page displays a snapshot of your activity, awards, achievements, and community activities which include experiences, groups, LEAP4LIFE members and my closest competitive friends.

Blogs

Our blogs page is a place where LEAP4LIFE users can find tips on exercise, injury care and prevention, motivation and nurtrition!  Please click here to see our most recent LEAP4LIFE blogs. 

Fitness Zones

The LEAP4LIFE program has been created to allow people of all fitness levels to compete against each other in LEAP4LIFE events by equalizing an event’s performance metric(s) to be relative to the individual member’s fitness zone. LEAP4LIFE classifies each member into one of six Fitness Zones (Red=Level 1; Yellow=Level 2; Blue=Level 3; Green=Level 4; Black=Level 5; and Platinum=Level 6) based on demographic information provided by the member during registration and subsequently revised (as applicable) by the member within their account profile under the mySettings tab. This baseline calculation is then further calibrated on an ongoing basis using a 28-day rolling average of a member’s number of steps per day as tracked by the personal biometric device. An individual's Fitness Zone provides a basic indication of their recorded physical activity levels within the LEAP4LIFE program. Members are assigned to a Fitness Zone after a standardized period post registration and activation. A members’ Fitness Zone can adjust to either higher or lower levels of classification based on the members step activity and Body Mass Index (BMI) as shown:

Fitness Zone Chart

Members who have an insufficient number of steps tracked (e.g. new members, members who have become inactive, etc.) and/or incomplete or errant height or weight measures will see an “Insufficient Activity Data” designation for their Fitness Zone and will be assigned at temporary Red: Level 1 fitness zone when competing in events.

Status Points and FitWell Points

Status Levels reflect a LEAP4LIFE member's overall level of activity and participation within the LEAP4LIFE community. A member's Status Level increases as the member earns Status Points for every action they take in the LEAP4LIFE community - things like participating in featured events, reporting other fitness- related activities like raking the lawn or lifting weights, and from social activities within the LEAP4LIFE community such as posting comments, sharing experiences, and more. From a base starting point there are four Status Levels a member can progress through as their Status Points balance grows: Bronze (100,000 - 249,999 points); Silver (250,000 - 499,999 points); Gold (500,000 - 999,999 points); and Diamond (1million+ points). Status Level is based on the cumulative Status Points earned during the 12 months up to the date of calculation. Status Points earned 1 year or more ago will be deducted from the Status Point balance, and points earned since the previous calculation day will be added in to the Status Point balance. Additionally, your Lifetime Status Point total can be viewed from the My Scorecard tab (lifetime total column).

Status points do not convert to FitWell points. However, your status points do influence your status level. And, your status level does increase your FitWell points earning potential. A member's progress toward achieving new Status Levels is displayed on the member's profile under the Wall tab. As the overall goal of the LEAP4LIFE program is aimed at helping the member improve their health, Status Levels are aligned closely to this goal with emphasis being placed on step-related behaviors. A member's ability to progress to a higher level of Status is dependent upon achieving a minimum of 85% of their accumulated Status Points from objective behaviours (ie earned from device-monitored behaviors), with the remainder being any combination of Status Points earned from device-related behaviors, self-reported behaviors, and social activities within the LEAP4LIFE community. A member's Status Level is visually depicted on a linear bar graph showing both current Status Level and progress towards the next level. Members can view their current Status Point balance and the amount of Status Points required to achieve the next highest level by expanding the "plus" button located to the right of their Status Point Balance. Satisfactory achievement of the necessary point total will be indicated by a green checkmark. Additionally, the current Objective Point balance (ie the subset of total Status Points associated with objective behaviors) is displayed, as well as the total Objective Points needed to be compliant with the 85% minimum objective behaviour requirement.

FitWell points are more challenging to earn. While status points are available through most, if not all events and challenges, among others, FitWell points are only available for select events and challenges, including Great Race events and social challenges, just to name a few. These points can then be exchanged for a cash gift card. Visit the FitWell section of our site to learn more about how you can earn the rewards. 

Latest Activity

LEAP4LIFE empowers you to record a wide variety of your physical activities. The latest activity displays the prior 7 days of steps activity.

Trophies

Trophies are special awards that may be awarded in certain events, either for completing the event or for meeting specific criteria in the event. The requirements to earn a trophy are explained on an event-by-event basis.

Achievements

Achievements are special awards that may be awarded for meeting your goals or meeting other specific criteria related to your LEAP4LIFE experience. The requirements to earn achievements are explained on an event-by-event basis.

My Competition

You can follow up to 5 of your current friends and compare each person’s daily activity. This list will be created by you and will only be visible to you. Each time one of your 5 competitors updates their activity or enters an event you will be notified.

My Groups

The "My Groups" section displays all of the groups of which you’re a member, including any you created. You can sort the list by group name or by the number of members. For each group on the list, you’ll see the group’s name, photo, member count and a brief description. For more information on each group, click on the group name and you’ll be taken to that group’s page. If you’d like to leave the group or post a message for other members, you can do so from the group page.

Groups allow LEAP4LIFE members to get together with other members that have interests, geography, goals – or anything else - in common. To create a new group, click on the + and then click "Add a Group". Give your new group a name. Add a brief description; explain what your group is all about. Then select whether your group will be public or private. Public groups are open to anyone that wishes to join. Joining a private group requires an invitation or the approval of the group’s creator. Finally, select a logo for your group – click the "Browse" button to select an image from your computer.

Joining a group is easy. First, find a group you’d like to join – select one from the list on the Groups page, or use the search function to find a group that’s right for you. Once you’ve found a group, simply click the "Join" button in the top left corner of the Groups page. If the group you’re joining is public, that’s it – you’re a member. If you’re joining a private group, the group’s administrator will need to approve your application.

You can leave a group the same way you join. Simply navigate to the Groups page – the easiest way is via the My Groups tab of your profile, which shows all the groups of which you’re a member. In the top left corner, where the "Join" button appeared when you signed up, you’ll see a "Leave" button. Click that, and you’re out. The difference between groups and teams: Groups are social, allowing members to connect and share messages, but you cannot participate in an event as a group. If you’d like to participate in a LEAP4LIFE event with others, you’ll need to create or join a team.

Members

The Members section is the place to find other LEAP4LIFE members with similar interests and find support as you work towards your fitness goals. The Members page allows you to search for other LEAP4LIFE members via a wide range of parameters:

  • Use the text box to search by a specific keyword, like "yoga" or "running".
  • Use the check box to limit your search to members that have uploaded photos.
  • Use the pull-down menu to limit your search to members that have logged in to LEAP4LIFE within a certain period of time.
  • Use the location option to search for members in a certain region.

You can also sort the list of members displayed on the page by different criteria. Click the links at the top of the center column of the page to re-sort the list of members by name, location, registration date, or last login.

To become friends with another LEAP4LIFE member, click the "Add as a Friend" link below that member’s profile photo. To remove a friend, click the "Remove as Friend" link below that member’s profile photo. Friend requests sent to you will appear on the "My Friends" tab in your profile. Simply click "Accept" to confirm the friend request, and your new friend will appear in your friends list. You can send messages to friends by clicking the "Send a Message" link below every user’s profile photo.

MY Activity

On the My Activity page you will see your recent activity uploaded from your device, your fitness zone, and your BMI. The My Activity page allows you to navigate your performance related activity or to your health data. Choose performance or health to review and/or update your data.

Performance

Activity is a valuable factor in managing health and fitness. By tracking your activity and being aware of the relationship between all of your recorded activity, whether device measured or self-reported, you will become better educated on the best activity level for you to improve your health and well-being.

Health

A key component to good health is knowledge of your health numbers and understanding how activity influences each of these health factors. The health section allows you to regularly update your health indicators and to track your progress through time. Update this information regularly will enhance your LEAP4LIFE experience.

Activities

LEAP4LIFE empowers you to record a wide variety of your physical activities. In addition to those that are recorded by your device, you can report additional activities, including weight lifting, paddling, swimming and other activities. You will also earn Status Points for these activities. Select the category and subcategory of activity. Then enter the duration or distance. The LEAP4LIFE system will assist you by calculating your calories burned, and you will receive Status Points for entering the information.

Health Data

The Health Data section allows you to record key health indicators including Weight and will soon include Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and other key health indicators. Track this data over time to best understand how to reduce your risk and improve your life.

Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the measure of force of blood as it travels through blood vessels. There are two numbers associated with blood pressure. Systolic is the top number and indicates the pressure of the blood in the vessel when the heart is contracting. Diastolic is the bottom number and indicates the pressure of the blood in the vessel when the heart is resting in between beats (contractions). The information below indicates health risk associated with health risk.

Blood Pressure (Systolic)
110-120 mm/hg Optimal
121-139 mm/hg Prehypertension
140-159 mm/hg Stage 1 Hypertension
160-179 mm/hg Stage 2 Hypertension
>180 mm/hg Hypertensive Crisis
Blood Pressure (Diastolic)
75-80 mm/hg Optimal
80-89 mm/hg Prehypertension
90-99 mm/hg Stage 1 Hypertension
100-109 mm/hg Stage 2 Hypertension
>110 mm/hg Hypertensive Crisis

BMI

Body Mass Index is one method used to estimate your body composition and specifically your total body fat. This helps to identify risk factors associated with overweight and obesity. For people who are considered overweight (BMI of 25 to 29.9) and have two or more risk factors, it is recommended that you lose weight. Even a small weight loss (between 5 and 10 percent of your current weight) will help lower your risk of developing diseases associated with obesity. For people who are considered obese (BMI greater than or equal to 30) and have two or more risk factors, it is recommended that you lose weight. Even a small weight loss (between 5 and 10 percent of your current weight) will help lower your risk of developing diseases associated with obesity.

Cholesterol-HDL

HDL Cholesterol is identified as good cholesterol. As this type of cholesterol travels through the blood stream it acts to remove LDL “bad” cholesterol. Higher levels of HDL cholesterol are indicative of better health and lower levels of HDL are indicative of greater health risk. The below information indicates health risk associated with HDL Cholesterol for Men and Women.

HDL Cholesterol (Men)
<40 mg/dl High Risk
40-59 mg/dl At Risk
>60 mg/dl Optimal
Total Range (limits)
HDL Cholesterol (Women)
<50 mg/dl High Risk
50-59 mg/dl At Risk
>60 mg/dl Optimal

Cholesterol-LDL

LDL Cholesterol is identified as bad cholesterol. As this type of cholesterol travels through the blood stream it collects in the walls of blood vessels which results in blockages. These blockages lead to a greater risk for heart attack. Higher levels of LDL cholesterol are indicative of bad health and greater health risk. The below information indicates health risk associated with LDL Cholesterol.

LDL Cholesterol (Bad)
<100 mg/dl Optimal
100-129 mg/dl Near Optimal
130-159 mg/dl Borderline High
160-189 mg/dl High
>190 mg/dl Very High

Cholesterol-Total

Cholesterol is essential for normal body function as cholesterol helps build new cells, insulate nerves and produce hormones. The correct level of total cholesterol is essential, however, if cholesterol levels get too high there is an increased likelihood of adverse cardiac events associated with blocked or hardened arteries The below information indicates health risk associated with Total Cholesterol.

Total Cholesterol
<200 mg/dl Optimal
200-239 mg/dl Borderline High (At Risk)
>240 mg/dl High Risk

Measurement-Hip

Hip circumference has been widely associated with health. Individuals with increased hip circumference, notably in relation to increased waist circumference, are at greater risk to have health related problems associated with blood pressure, blood glucose, cardiovascular disease and all-cause cardiovascular mortality. There are noted benefits for understanding the relationship between hip and waist circumference.

How to measure Hip circumference: Use a flexible measuring tape and place it around the widest diameter of your buttocks while keeping the tape parallel to the floor.

Measurement-Waist

Waist circumference has been widely associated with health. Individuals with increased waist circumference, alone or in relation to increased hip circumference, are at greater risk to have health related problems associated with blood pressure, blood glucose, cardiovascular disease and all-cause cardiovascular mortality. The below information helps identify risky waist circumferences.

How to measure waist circumference: Use a flexible measuring tape and wrap it around the narrowest point of your midsection between your lowest rib and the top of your hip bone.

Waist Circumference
>40 in (102 cm) Men
>35 in (88 cm) Women

Measurement-Waist/Hip Ratio

Waist –to-hip ratio is a health indicator based on the storage of fat in your body. Higher waist-to-hip ratios are associated with greater risk for health problems and certain diseases. A higher value is associated with all-cause and cardiovascular mortality. The below information displays the ratios which have been identified to be related to increased health risk.

How to measure Waist-to-hip ratio: The value measured for waist circumference divided by the value measured for hip circumference

Waist
>.90 Men
>.85 Women

Triglyceride Level

Triglycerides are the main type of fat in the human body and provide energy to the human body. Unhealthy High triglyceride levels combined with low HDL cholesterol and high LDL cholesterol indicates greater risk of heart disease. The information below displays the triglyceride level and associated risk with these measured levels.

OptimalNear Optimal

Triglyceride Level
<100 mg/dl  
101-149 mg/dl  
150-199 mg/dl Borderline High
200-499 mg/dl High
>500 mg/dl Very High

Device Activity

Device Activity allows you to upload data and track your activity recorded by the devices you’ve connected to your LEAP4LIFE account, and to add new devices as needed. To connect a device to your account select the appropriate manufacturer from the drop- down menu and then enter the device serial number. Your device is now connected to your LEAP4LIFE account. Repeat this process for all additional devices or sync points if necessary. We recommend that you have only one data recording device per activity type registered at a time. Your information will be distorted and inaccurate if you have more than one device in your account.

Non-device Activity

LEAP4LIFE empowers you to record a wide variety of your physical activities. In addition to those that are recorded by your device, you can report additional activities, including weight lifting, paddling, swimming and other activities. You will also earn Status Points for these activities. Select the category and subcategory of activity. Then enter the duration or distance. The LEAP4LIFE system will assist you by calculating your calories burned, and you will receive Status Points for entering the information.

My Activity (Display)

LEAP4LIFE empowers you to record a wide variety of your physical activities. In addition to those that are recorded by your device, you can report additional activities, including weight lifting, paddling, swimming and other activities. This display will show either 7 or 30 days of your activity. Clicking the + will bring the user to their My Activity page.

Data Summary

The Data Summary displays your recent physical activity, as recorded by your biometric device or as entered by you. The summary of all your activity will be reflected here (you may need to click the refresh button) and will be identified as the recorded by a device or self-reported. In addition the date of the activity as well as the total activity time and the calories burned will display here.

EVENTS

Whether you’re going to walk with friends, play some cricket, go for a jog, or anything else, registering for an event is simple. Find an event you’d like to join – use the search box to narrow the list by date or click on one of the events featured throughout the LEAP4LIFE web site, and click the "RSVP" button. Note: Registering for an event on LEAP4LIFE makes it possible for you to earn Status Points for completing the event.

Performance Events

If you want to challenge yourself and push to achieve new personal bests the performance events are for you. Registering for an event is simple. Find an event you’d like to join – use the search box to narrow the list by date or click on one of the events featured throughout the LEAP4LIFE web site, and click the "RSVP" button. Note: Registering for an event on LEAP4LIFE makes it possible for you to earn Status Points for completing the event.

Get in Shape Events

If you want to better understand your current abilities and make a solid start toward a new you these events will help. Registering for an event is simple. Find an event you’d like to join – use the search box to narrow the list by date or click on one of the events featured throughout the LEAP4LIFE web site, and click the "RSVP" button. Note: Registering for an event on LEAP4LIFE makes it possible for you to earn Status Points for completing the event.

Results/Leaderboard

The results displayed will show as leaderboard. These leaderboards will display specific to each event. By clicking on the + you can see the entire event or challenge leaderboard. All event results are final following the final upload date and time.

Profile

To get to the Profile page click on your Username near the top right of any web page. From there you can navigate to manage your entire LEAP4LIFE experience. In this location at the top right of the page you can view the number of unread messages you have and the number of unread notifications you have.

My Scorecard

The My Scorecard page keeps a running tally of the points you’ve earned as a LEAP4LIFE member. There are two tabs: one for Reward Points and one for Status Points. Reward points are earned by participating in sponsored events or completing certain tasks, and can be redeemed for different rewards. The points you "spend" on rewards will be reflected on your Scorecard as well, just like a debit from a bank account. Status points can be earned by participating in a wide variety of events. Your Status Point total shows the LEAP4LIFE community how hard you’ve been working towards your fitness goals. Status points cannot be redeemed for rewards.

Toolkit

The Toolkit allows you to edit information connected with your LEAP4LIFE account, including setting new goals, managing your devices, adding other activity and managing or updating your profile photo, name, address, and birthdate. The "Privacy" tab under the "My Settings" section allows you to edit your privacy settings. LEAP4LIFE takes your privacy seriously. Click here for our Privacy Policy. When you comment on various items throughout the site, those comments will be shown on your Wall and in Dashboards belonging to your friends. If you comment on a post or comment of a friend, this will be visible to their friends. The "Other information" tab under the "My Settings" section allows you to change your address, phone number and other information associated with your LEAP4LIFE account. The "Change Your Password" tab under the "My Settings" section allows you to create a new password for your LEAP4LIFE account. In order to change your password, simply enter the new password you’d like to use, then type it again to verify, and click update.

TO DO List

The To Do list displays items which need to be completed for you to optimize your LEAP4LIFE experience. This lst will update to ensure your profile is complete and that you are making progress toward a better you.

Posting to Facebook and Twitter

Want to share your progress or experiences on LEAP4LIFE with friends and followers on other social networks? Throughout the LEAP4LIFE site, you’ll see icons with the Facebook and Twitter logos. Click on any of them to share links to LEAP4LIFE. You will need to log in to your Facebook or Twitter account to share links via those networks.

Disabling Helper Icons

  1. Login, click the down arrow next to your name at the top of the screen, then click My Settings
  2. Click the Other Information button
  3. At the bottom of this section (below height/weight), click Helper Icons = No, then Click Update
  4. Logout and then log back in, and the helper icons should disappear.

What is a BMR?

Each person expends energy by breathing, regulating body temperature, and any additional basic bodily functions. Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) represents the daily calories expended by a person to maintain these basic functions. BMR can be estimated using the height, weight, age, and sex of an individual. There are a number of equations which have been created to estimate BMR. LEAP4LIFE is using the original Harris Benedict equation to estimate BMR of participants. BMR has been demonstrated to decrease as people age, although this is thought to relate to a loss in lean body mass. It has been demonstrated that increases in lean body mass, independent of age, will result in an increase in BMR.

What is a good BMR - should I be increasing or decreasing my BMR number?

There are no established values for BMR that are identified as either good or bad. More important is the understanding of the factors which influence BMR. A greater BMR has been demonstrated to result in greater longevity for many different species. However, there is not an established ideal BMR because of the large amount of individual variation observed when measuring or estimating BMR. Activities which result in an increase in lean body mass will have a positive influence on BMR. It is important to continue these activities throughout the lifespan.

What are the benefits of knowing my BMR?

An individual who knows their BMR should have greater awareness of their health. Of more importance is an understanding of factors which influence BMR and can result in an increased healthy lifespan. There are many identified factors which influence BMR, these include lean body mass, activity, stress, illness, and menopause. A basic understanding of these factors and the influence on BMR allows an individual to make activity and health choices, which should lead to an increased quality of life and an increased lifespan.

How do I calculate my BMR?

An individual can calculate their BMR using the original Harris Benedict equation.

MALE BMR = (13.7516 * (weight in KG) + 5.0033 * (height in CM) – 6.7550 * (age in years) + 66.4730)

FEMALE BMR = (9.5634 * (weight in KG) + 1.8496 * (height in CM) -4.6756 * (age in years) + 655.0955)


There are many other estimation equations that can also be used to calculate a person BMR such as; the revised Harris Benedict equation or the Katch-McArdle formula (this formula requires an individual to know the weight in kilograms of their lean body mass).

What is the difference between BMR and BMI?

Body Mass Index (BMI) is an estimation of the distribution of body fatness using your height and weight as indicators. BMI is used primarily as a screening tool to indicate potential health problems associated with an unhealthy weight. BMI is used as an initial screening tool and if the values indicate an increased risk for negative health outcomes additional screening is necessary. Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is an estimation of the amount of energy expended by a person’s vital organs to maintain life. A certain level of energy is necessary to ensure that organs like the brain, kidneys, heart and liver continue normal functioning. This estimation is known to be influenced by four factors which include height, weight, age, and sex. The value that BMR represents is the number of calories necessary to expend per day to maintain life. BMI and BMR are two separate measures which are used by health professionals to understand the impact of activity and behaviors on health outcomes.

How does LEAP4LIFE use the BMR formula for individual and team events?

LEAP4LIFE utilizes BMR in some events using caloric expenditure as the metric to determine individual or team performance and recognition. In both individual and team events the mean BMR of event participants is calculated to determine an adjustment which results in all participants starting at the same level of caloric expenditure independent of the four factors which are known to influence BMR. By utilizing this adjustment factor LEAP4LIFE allows participants of all ages, heights, weights, and sexes to compete on an equal basis. For team events using the BMR adjustment the mean team BMR is calculated and each team’s caloric expenditure is adjusted accordingly. For example, this adjustment allows a team of 10 female participants to compete on an equal basis with a team of 10 male participants. It is important to remember this BMR adjustment is part of the event structure and does not represent the actual calories expended by individuals or teams.

Will my BMR be displayed on my profile?

LEAP4LIFE member’s BMR will not be displayed in their public profile.

Data Validity

LEAP4LIFE proactively monitors all device activity data used in the Great Race and other events to ensure that all device reported data is reasonably likely to be valid. From time to time, we do see data that exceeds our limits, due to device errors or other reasons. In this scenario, we will take action to attempt validate the data and/or eliminate the data from our Events until the situation is rectified to our satisfaction.

Fitbit Data

Fibit GPS Functionality:  Currently, with the Fitbit GPS functionality, we have found that it is far too easy to submit fake (non-workout data) as the device solely tracks movement (such as movement in a car), and does not account for a reasonable walking/running pace or any sort of other means to ensure the user actually walked or ran.  As such, at this time, the data from the manual workouts and GPS are not included in the LEAP4LIFE totals.

Fitbit "Calories Burned" vs. LEAP4LIFE "Calories Burned":  When viewing your "Calories Burned" on your Fitbit Dashboard, you willl notice the total number of calories burned will be higher than the "Calories Burned" displayed on LEAP4LIFE.  The reason for the difference is, Fitbit includes calories burned during resting periods (BMR) in addition to calories burned as a result of daily activity.  LEAP4LIFE displays the calories burned related to your daily activity and does not include your calories burned related to your personal BMR, thus generating a lower number.

Fitbit Active Minutes - Historically, the Active Minutes number for Fitbit was a combination of “Very Active”, “Moderately Active” and “Lightly Active”. To align with CDC recommendations, recent changes to the Fitbit App, and other devices, we’re no longer going to include the Lightly Active minutes.

Jawbone Calories "Active Burn"

Jawbone Calories "Active Burn". Jawbone displays an Active Burn of which includes three contributions:

1) Calories burned as a result of the activity recorded by the device itself (device driven activity).

2) Calories burned as a result of a manually added workout.

3) Calories burned related to your BMR (resting burn).

LEAP4LIFE only includes the calories burned above the resting BMR rate, using only device driven activity (#1). Thus resulting in a lower number compared to the Active Burn displayed on the Jawbone App.

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