Although fitness trackers offer a lot of benefits, they are not for everyone. Below, find some key considerations to consider before choosing one for yourself:
Accuracy of some metrics: Hare raises the issue of accuracy with respect to certain metrics, specifying that these devices are not always the most accurate at estimating calories burned during exercise. “For example, if you do a 30-pound descending workout versus doing a body weight lunge, your fitness tracker will log the same amount of calories burned because it reads it as the same amount of movement. However, lunges made with a Heavy weights will have a greater impact on your metabolic rate And the Keep burning calories after your workout because the muscles will need to recover.”
Some fitness trackers adjust these metrics based on the type of exercise you’re doing (such as light, medium, or heavy strength training), but it’s important to realize that this number won’t be entirely accurate. If you want a more accurate measure of how your body burns calories with specific exercises, it’s best to speak with a certified trainer or medical professional, rather than just relying on a fitness tracker.
Your specific activities: On a similar note, not many fitness trackers measure a variety of different activities. For example, if you’re a swimmer, you’ll probably want something with capabilities specific to your sport rather than just a waterproof device. Depending on the type of wearable and the activity you’re doing, safety is also a consideration. For a sport like boxing, wearing a device on your wrist or finger may be more intrusive than helpful.
How measurable are your goals: Some targets cannot be easily measured by the tracker. For example, our testers had some devices that alerted them to move after sitting for long periods during Pilates exercises or stretching classes.
Possible obsessive behavior: “The other problem with fitness trackers is that some people can get a little obsessed with keeping track of their stats and those numbers don’t show us the full picture of your health,” warns Hare. People who have experienced excessive exercise or Obsession with healthy eating You may find that the fitness tracker encourages these behaviors. Athanas adds that over-reliance on these devices can “distract us from our intuition”.
Existing physical disabilities or health conditions: Unfortunately, most fitness trackers are not designed with physical disabilities or health conditions in mind. If you have an existing condition, it is best to speak with your doctor before deciding to invest in a fitness tracker.
Consistency is essential: If you are not consistent with your tracker, there is not much point in buying one. These devices are designed to fit seamlessly into our routine, but if they’re only going to sit on your wardrobe, they’ll be just as useful as paying for a monthly gym membership without actually going to the gym.
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