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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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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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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
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.
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
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.
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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