Health & Fitness
Being fit with fitness trackers
Being healthy has always been an important goal in life. Yet how do we really define being healthy and fit? Do we feel fit if we are thin or a little more blessed with muscles and fat? How fit do you perceive you think you are?
In the generation we have nowadays, most people feel good about them if they fit the norm of being fit which is being slim. So in order to achieve this kind of body, people exercise; they burn the unwanted fats and calories in their bodies. Most people today are so engrossed into getting their body toned and fit. And with the growing interest of the public in different activities for fitness, people have developed ways to make life a little better – by tracking their progress easily.
The dawn of Fitness trackers
The birth of various fitness trackers made it easier for people to track their fitness activities, their heart rates, the number of steps they had, the number of calories burned while running, even the quality of sleep and much more. They have encouraged people to get more involved hence making it more enjoyable and competitive. These gadgets are devised to be worn like a badge or like a watch or can be a computer or phone application.
However, no matter how many fitness trackers you wear, you can’t just leave the counting to this gadget. These things, however, are not invincible, they are still man-made, and they are imperfect which is why they also have a flaw.
The flaw behind
For quite some time now, there’s been an issue going around that these fitness trackers are not totally telling the truth about the calories being burned no matter how much you sweat off during your gym exercise or no matter how long you ran. Of course, errors exist because these gadgets are not calibrated likely and are not standardized.
Studies have been conducted on various kinds of fitness trackers from different companies to assess their quality and they have found out a few things.
Perhaps the ability of these trackers to measure heart rates can be precisely true however the results shown by these gadgets are not as accurate as we thought it was when it comes to measuring the energy expenditure of people who use them; they are either too high or too low. They have been found to have a margin of errors when counting burned calories.
It appears that various factors tend to affect the result this fitness trackers show. Factors like the quality of the run, or walk or any physical activity one does greatly impact the way the tracker reads and calculates the burned calories. Even the part of the body where you wear the gadgets has an impact on the counting. In a study using a single subject wearing four trackers, the results of burned energy varied from one device to another. Because of the very fact that devices are not created all to be the same, brings up the flaw that its results might be flawed too.
At the end of the day, people should stop basing almost everything in technology. It is not recommended to base your food choices in these gadgets because they mislead people into thinking they have burned so much already but in reality, they have not. You just can’t entrust everything in such devices, it is still up to you and the kind of lifestyle you choose that will lead you to the kind of wellness you want.