It’s that day and age that technology has almost taken over our lives; there’s countless brands that make various versions of the same piece of equipment/accessory. There are so many different choices that we forget what we actually need in what we are looking for. This applies to fitness trackers.
We have started off with a simple tracker a few years back able to count the number of steps you do a day and how well you sleep during the night to trackers that not only count your steps but also what sporting activity you are doing, your heart rate and calories, ones that are waterproof, others that can connect straight to your phone so you can receive calls and emails or else connect them to certain phone apps to maybe track your macros.
We have come to the point that it has become unpopular to wear a normal classic watch that is not digital. So, question is – is it worth buying a fitness tracker and what type of tracker do I need?
For starters, a fitness tracker claims to be able to track all your daily activities as well as your heart rate from you wearing it all day on your wrist. It usually measures steps depending on how many times you move your arms around and how well you sleep by how still you are at night. As with any other piece of equipment a fitness tracker has its pros and cons.
Some of the positives of a fitness tracker include: they are great to track overall general activity and movement during the day and you can also compare different days with each other. It is also great to remind you to move every hour or to make you realise how inactive you are if you have a sedentary job.
This should in turn make your more motivated to take up any kind of physical activity before or after work or to go out for a walk during your lunch break. Furthermore, fitness trackers are good to compare different types of sessions or to compare the same session done on different weeks. On the other hand, we need to keep in mind that a fitness tracker is not a heart rate monitor.
Therefore, one of the main disadvantages of a fitness tracker is that the heart rate is not very accurate. Yes, it is good to compare the different days with each other and why one day you might be feeling more tired than another but it will never give you an accurate heart rate measurement. For this reason calorie expenditure may be inaccurate as is distance; you might be washing the dishes in the same spot but the steps will be going up!
Keep in mind then, that if you do have a fitness tracker or if you are thinking of buying one, try and use it as a guide and as a comparison between different days. It’s understandable that technology is becoming more advanced and equipment more advanced but just because your tracker gives you certain data it doesn’t mean that it is 100% accurate – it is not you’re your be all and end all.