Get Recent Activity Types
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Get Recent Activity Types

Retrieves a list of a user's recent activities types logged with some details of the last activity log of that type.

Scope: activity


GET /1/user/[user-id]/activities/recent.json

URI Arguments
user-id required The encoded ID of the user. Use "-" (dash) for current logged-in user.

Request Headers
authorization required Specify the token type and Fitbit user’s access token.
Token type: Bearer
accept optional The media type of the response content the client is expecting.
Supported: application/json
accept-language optional The measurement unit system to use for response values. See Localization.
accept-locale optional The locale to use for response values. See Localization.

curl -X GET "" \
-H "accept: application/json" \
-H "authorization: Bearer <access_token>"


Element Name Description
activityId The numerical ID for the activity or exercise.
calories Number of calories burned during the recorded activity.
description Information, if available, about the activity or exercise.
distance Distance traveled during the recorded activity.
duration Amount of time (milliseconds) to complete the recorded activity.
name The name of the activity or exercise.
    "activityId": 90013,
    "calories": -1,
    "description": "Walking less than 2 mph, strolling very slowly",
    "distance": 1.61,
    "duration": 1178000,
    "name": "Walk"
    "activityId": 1071,
    "calories": 0,
    "description": "",
    "distance": 0,
    "duration": 973000,
    "name": "Outdoor Bike"

Response Headers
content-type The media type of the response content being sent to the client.
Supported: application/json
fitbit-rate-limit-limit The quota number of calls.
fitbit-rate-limit-remaining The number of calls remaining before hitting the rate limit.
fitbit-rate-limit-reset The number of seconds until the rate limit resets.

Note: The rate limit headers are approximate and asynchronously updated. This means that there may be a minor delay in the decrementing of remaining requests. This could result in your application receiving an unexpected 429 response if you don't track the total number of requests you make yourself.

Response Type

HTTP Status Code HTTP response code. List of codes are found in the Troubleshooting Guide.
Status Message Description of the status code.
Response Body Contains the JSON response to the API call. When errors are returned by the API call, the errorType, fieldName and message text will provide more information to the cause of the failure.

Response Codes
200 A successful request.
400 The request had bad syntax or was inherently impossible to be satisfied.
401 The request requires user authentication.

Note: For a complete list of response codes, please refer to the Troubleshooting Guide.

Additional Information

The response if provided in the format requested using units in the unit system which corresponds to the Accept-Language header provided.

A recent activity record contains the distance and duration values recorded during the last time the activity was logged. The record retrieved can be used to log the activity via the Log Activity endpoint with the same or adjusted values for distance and duration.


Devices that support on-device or connected GPS will record distance when the exercise is initiated using the on-device Exercise application. For auto-detected exercises, we use steps and the stride length of the user to estimate distance. To determine how the exercise was recorded, see the Get Activity Log List response element "logType".