Are You Getting the Most out of Your Fitness Tracker?

Are You Getting the Most out of Your Fitness Tracker?

If you have a fitness tracker, you may not get the most accurate readings. Even the best fitness trackers require specific calibrations and setup to correctly identify activity types, steps taken and distance measured. Many of these devices are incredibly reliable when tracking steps through regular activities, but when estimating calorie burns and more rigorous workout schedules, these devices will likely struggle. This flaw is inherent in many devices, but with some changes to the device and your habits, you can make the most out of the information these devices collect.

Create Your Own Goals
Many fit bands come with a predefined goal for steps per day, stairs per day and so on. This goal may be too high because of your line of work. Start with the default goal of 10,000 steps and see how many you get in a regular day. Depending on this outcome, you should then adjust the goal accordingly so that it s something you can achieve without having to overwork yourself. However, if a goal is easy for you to achieve regularly, consider increasing it for a challenge. Your goals should be reasonable but also encourage you to become more active in your day-to-day routine.

Wear It on a Non-Dominant Wrist
As is indicated in many wrist fitness tracker reviews, these devices often have a setting for using it on a dominant wrist. Though this helps reduce incorrect readings on steps, it still may not be enough to overcome the differences in movement. The issue with wrist trackers is that they can misread movement as steps, and your non-dominant wrist typically moves less. This doesn t mean you can t wear it on your dominant wrist if you prefer, but this may still create incorrect activity readings over the long-term.

Measure Your Stride
If distance is a goal you wish to track, you need to have an accurate reading for your stride length. Typically, fitness trackers calibrate your stride length to your height and gender, though you can still set an actual stride length for even greater customization when running or walking. Measuring your stride accurately can greatly impact the distance the tracker measures that you ve gone in a day. To aid in measuring, you should consider visiting a local track that has measurements drawn on the track itself.

Tag Specific Activities
The best fitness trackers for 2015 should have the ability to differentiate between activities, like walking and running, though some may still require that you actively set them to a specific mode. This changes how the tracker reads steps, distance and calories burned so that you can achieve a more accurate reading. So when you begin running at the track or riding a bike, you can specify the change to your tracker and get credit for the movement.

Sync with Other Health Apps
Typical fitness tracker apps have the ability to track all aspects of your health and fitness goals. Some trackers are able to integrate with numerous other health apps so that you can better track things like food consumption. For example, some trackers integrate with Nest Thermostats so it will change the temperature.

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