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Fitness Trackers: 3 Ways to Help with Accuracy

By Virginia Laird

Not too long ago, fitness trackers were not on the market. When counting steps or keeping track of calories and workouts, people had to use pen and paper. Fitness trackers have proven to be a helpful tool to those who keep a close eye on progress. With a variety of trackers on the market, you are sure to find one that can meet your needs. There are a few things to know before making your purchase. Trackers can be less than accurate. There are a few tips to help your tracker accurately keep up with you.

Fitness Trackers are Designed to be Worn on the Non-Dominant Wrist

Trackers rely on arm movement to count steps. Because it is natural to walk while moving the arms this can work. However, this also means using your arms without walking or jogging will add to your step count. Wearing the tracker on the non-dominant wrist can make the count more accurate. We are all going to do more with our dominant arm (chores, cooking, etc.), thereby increasing the step count.

Begin with Correct Information

Fitness trackers come programmed with general information that can be altered to fit your needs. Be sure that you change the information according to your specifics. You may be taller or shorter than the pre-programmed information. Choosing to pass this by could cause the tracker to be incorrect. I am a shorty, therefore if I didn’t personalize my information it would most likely take two of my steps to equal one on the tracker. Inaccurate information that leads to wrong progress reports can cause frustration when trying to meet goals that you have set for yourself.

Use the Apps

Almost everything comes with an app these days. Using the app that accompanies the fitness tracker allows you to have the information at your fingertips. Most of the apps also allow one to input his or her food intake. Another great thing about the apps is (most of them) track your water consumption. In a world of on-the-go life, it can be easy to forget to drink enough water. Downloading the app is not enough. Be sure to put it to work. Remember, the tracker (and app) can only work if you use it. Enter your food and water as often as you eat, when possible.

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