Seemingly everywhere, these days, fitness trackers spit out a bunch of stats ranging from your heart rate and blood pressure to how many calories you burn. While such info is useful, your handy fitness tracker may be a bit misleading if you are solely relying on it to make lifestyle choices and adjustments to your fitness routine.
Fitness trackers, regardless of brand, will require some preparation and perspective on the part of the user. Take the time to enter your personal info (height, age, weight, etc.) so you’ll get more accurate estimates for how active you should be throughout your day. Maintain consistency with where you place your tracker. Putting it in different places when you take it with you could give you different results each time.
Calibrate your device. Even if it’s one that is already all set when you get it, you may need to adjust it again if you start to get significantly different results for no apparent reason. Use your tracker as a guide, but don’t assume it’s an accurate picture of your overall health, which is why it makes sense to get some input from your doctor.
When used properly, fitness trackers have many potential health benefits. For your own peace of mind and safety, however, you may be better off considering your fitness tracker as a health care tool rather than your primary guide for daily activities.
Consider sharing the stats you get from tracker with your doctor to see if there is general agreement with what’s being reported. If there are inconsistencies or inaccuracies, focus more on a common sense approach to fitness that works best for you, regardless of what your fitness band or watch is telling you.