Is your fitness tracker lying to you?

With my New Year Challenge starting in a matter of days, I get lots of questions about getting started and setting yourself up for success. 🏆

I can’t stress enough: on your health and fitness journey, it’s oh-so-important to stay consistent with all the positive habits you work on developing.

With the latest technology available, it’s only natural to want to take it up a notch. From food intake to sleep habits, who wouldn’t want to get a full snapshot of such important aspects of your progress - and fitness trackers promise just that!

But is a small wearable device really capable of capturing all this intricate data, or should you ditch it for good? 😱 Let’s find out together!

3 reasons to get a fitness tracker

#1 If you enjoy tracking steps

Tracking steps can be a fun way to ensure you’re staying reasonably active throughout the day - especially if you have a sedentary job. And fortunately, it’s also something fitness trackers can be pretty good at! 💃

It’s worth noting that wearing something on your wrist is not technically the best way to track steps precisely. For example, certain arm movements can be counted as additional steps, or if your walking pattern is unusual, this may also influence the total.

But long-term, on average, a fitness tracker can give you a pretty good idea of your daily steps!

#2 For estimating your heart rate (but there’s a catch)

Measuring heart rate can provide a good snapshot of your heart health - and fitness trackers with in-built heart monitors can help with that! ❤️️

The catch is that while your device may work quite well at rest or when running everyday errands. However, high intensity activities - such as the killer circuit below 💦 - can throw the measurements right off

 

 

#3 Motivation to keep active

With lots of cute graphs and insights, as well as the ability to share on socials and run friendly competitions with friends, fitness trackers can provide additional motivation to stay active - so if using one brings you joy, nothing wrong with that, girl!

3 reasons to ditch a fitness tracker

#1 They are bad at estimating calories burned

Now, biggest 🐘 in the room - science says you cannot rely on fitness trackers to estimate how many calories we burn throughout the day, or during a workout. 

Fitness trackers simply cannot account for every complex factor playing into how much energy we burn - such as your body composition, fitness level, and much more. As a result, multiple errors occur at the same time - meaning you’re very unlikely to get consistent accurate measurements.

#2 Don’t rely on it for sleep patterns either

Along with energy expenditure, sleep patterns are not something that your fitness tracker can capture very well. 😴 While sleep stages, number of wakings and total sleep duration can be fun data to review, don’t rely on it entirely.

#3 Tracking so much health data can get obsessive

Something that’s not talked about that often is how obsessive using a fitness tracker can get! If you feel like your fitness tracker is making you stressed and miserable (e.g. you go to great lengths to meet your step count even when exhausted or sick) - it may be time to break up with your device for good. ❌

Bottom line

All in all, whether to use a fitness tracker is completely up to you!

I personally choose not to wear an activity tracker.

But if you do, nothing at all wrong with that! Just remember: it’s supposed to be a fun addition to your fitness routine, that can’t provide you with 100% accurate information. So, don’t let all the little numbers and graphs dictate how you feel about your progress!

And speaking of progress - looking to achieve new heights in 2021? 👀 Look no further than my NY Challenge! Places are strictly limited, so sign up today to avoid missing out!

Much love,

Rach and Team BBR xx