One of the most popular additions to the average exercise regimen in recent years has been the fitness tracker. Although these devices have been available for some time, only in the last few years have they become more affordable—in some cases, around or even under $100. That has allowed more people than ever before to buy and use one.
The advantages of fitness trackers seem clear: they help you monitor the number of steps you take and, in some cases, can help track heartbeat, distance run, even the amount of quality sleep you get. But there are some significant drawbacks to wearing a fitness tracker and you should be aware of these issues…
For a long time fitness trackers were very expensive little devices, costing several hundred dollars. In an attempt to make these little machines more popular, electronics manufacturers have dropped the price to the circa $100 range. Unfortunately, this means some fitness trackers just aren’t all that reliable or effective.
What does this mean? Well, you may not be able to rely on the information fitness trackers tell you. It means you could be logging significantly more or less footsteps than the device says you have. You may be getting a lot more or less quality sleep than it says you have. And if that’s the case, then what, exactly, is the point of wearing one?