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Can digital fitness trackers get you moving?

August 27, 2015

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Heidi Godman, Executive Editor, Harvard Health Letter

Heidi Godman is the executive editor of the Harvard Health Letter. Before coming to the Health Letter, she was an award-winning television news anchor and medical reporter for 25 years. Heidi was named a journalism fellow … See Full Bio
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October 12, 2015

thanks for share this article , very helped for us

September 25, 2015

I think that these fitness devices can have a positive effect on your fitness but the main thing to remember is you have to actually do the exercise to make a difference – it is not enough to strap on a wristband and then sit on the couch eating chips. If you are motivated to work out, or walk, then a fitness band can be a powerful tool to keep your motivation and track how well you are doing. I like wearing mine because it shows how much I have progressed week to week.

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September 4, 2015

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September 1, 2015

As you already mentioned, tracking your fitness progress is a important when not the most important motivation factor when using a tracker or pedometer.
But I think the absolute accuracy of a fitness device is not too important.. In my opinion whenever a device is good enough to show any fitness progress it will be beneficial for the wearer!


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August 31, 2015

I am so pleasure read this articles. it is helpful for everybody. i hope more helpful info publish in this site. thanks for author

Rufina Tangert
August 31, 2015

I feel fitness cannot be standardized, every individual has different needs and their bodies respond differently during exercising. No two people are the same.

Such gadgets are good to have but I do not trust on their suggested capabilities. I would rather stick to old tried and tested methods.

Rufina Tangert – Manager HR

August 30, 2015

All of them count steps, then calculate calories burned with varying levels of success. An increasing number of fitness bands also keep an eye on your resting heart rate, pulse rate during exercise. And it’s also help your weight reduction.

Brett Hulsey
August 28, 2015

Interesting story on the Fitbit exercise improvements.

The challenges is it does not measure exercise quality by heart rate. You mention the 60-80% maximum goal, but new studies on high intensity interval training show better outcomes in less time at 80-90%.

As you have said, if exercise was a pill, everyone should take it. I try to make it that simples.


Brett Hulsey MNS

August 27, 2015

All pedometers required the user to establish an average of their own stride when walking and then to set the device accordingly. If that is not completed, this could explain the issue for some devices. I used many pedometers and found certain brands to be much more accurate than others. No surprise there. I finally got a FitBit and love it. It does motivate me to keep going. The newer tracker send messages to help encourage the person to give just a bit more.

August 27, 2015

I have used several pedometers over the years, including the fitness tracker on my phone, and have found them to be so inaccurate that they are essentially useless. I walk 6 miles per day, 5-7 days per week. I actually counted my steps during a couple of sessions, and found that it takes 10,800 steps for me to walk 6 miles. When I use the pedometer on my phone, I get anywhere from 12,000 to 14,000 steps even though I’m walking the same route every day. Probably most people who use pedometers are not taking as many steps as they think they are.

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