The problem with fitness trackers
I find that people tend to love or hate fitness trackers. I think they can be a useful tool but need to be used with caution. Here are 3 problems with fitness trackers:⠀ 1. Accuracy: Although fitness trackers have been shown to be between 80%-99% accurate for measuring steps, they are much less accurate for other types of activities or total calories. However, they are consistently inaccurate, which means they can be helpful if you want to identify trends over time.
2. Mood: Research has shown that fitness trackers can improve mood during exercise. However, studies have also found that people can feel anxious and guilty if they don’t think they’re getting in enough activity. I’ve found both responses amongst my clients so it’s important to be mindful about how using a tracker makes you feel.
3. Long term effects: Fitness trackers have been shown to boost both motivation and engagement in exercise in the short term. However, we don’t yet know if this effect is sustained. More research is needed to determine whether they work as effectively over the long term.