We have different technology available to track our progress. The question is, is it really that good?
Some of them are cheap, others are expensive. The problem is that these trackers, should give you a baseline to orientate, but never should replace your own experience with different activities, sleep or even your calorie intake.
❌ The problems CALORIE INTAKE: Sure it would be awesome to just look at your watch and know how many calories you have burned. But actually it’s pretty inaccurate, as the tracker doesn’t distinguish the difference between different types of movement. Commonly trackers over or under estimate calories burned.
EASY TO CHEAT: For example shaking your hands, could boost your steps massively. INACCURATE SOFTWARE: Some trackers have had very little testing and very little software development.
✅ What Fitness Trackers should be used for: COUNTING STEPS: Especially if you are working in an inactive job, you don’t get as many steps as you should. It’ll help you get an overview. Even though the accuracy of how many steps you accomplished that day will be inaccurate, tracking your steps consistently each day will give you an accurate measure of how active you have been.
ACTIVITY REMINDER Many trackers notify you when you have been inactive, this is a great reminder to get of your butt, and start moving more. In turn increasing your NEAT, (None Exercise Activity Thermogenesis)
SLEEP MONITOR Getting good quality sleep is as important as getting the right amount of sleep. (7-9hours) Trackers monitor rises and falls in your heart rate, while you sleep. This enables the trackers to record what type of sleep you are in and for how long. Knocking the quality of your sleep, how many times you were disturbed during the night, can help you to understand what’s triggering a disturbance, and focus on increasing the quality of your sleep.