An activity tracker is a great way to help you keep your progress going. Whether you have a FitBit or another kind of tracker, there are a lot of things you can do with yours that you might not know about. By knowing everything yours can do, you will get the most out of it and use it to its best capacity. After all, you paid a good chunk of change for your activity tracker so you want it to do everything for you that it can. Here’s how to make yours work for you.
1. Customize the Goals on Your Tracker
Most activity trackers come with preset goals, like a daily step quota. Use that to help you gauge what might be a good goal for you. If you’re constantly failing to reach the daily goal, your job or physical health could be a determiner in the right goal for you. On the other hand, maybe you blow past the daily goal every single day. Either way, adjust the steps goal to match your needs.
2. Change the Mode Based on Your Activity
Some of the newer, fancier activity trackers do a better job of determining if you’re running versus walking. On the other hand, some of them aren’t very good at doing that. You can set the mode to different things, like swimming, jogging, spin class or biking so that you get the right props for your workouts. Make sure to return it to walking mode when you’re done.
3. Wear It on Your Non-Dominant Wrist
That means if you’re left-handed, wear your activity tracker on your right wrist and vice versa. Research shows that this gives you a more accurate picture of your movement since you move your non-dominant hand less than your dominant one. Some trackers allow you to choose which wrist you’re wearing it on and that can help make it more efficient as well.
4. Change the Stride Length
Like goals, your activity tracker comes pre-loaded with a certain stride length. However, your stride is probably smaller than your husband and might be longer than your best friend. Stride length is partially determined by height so make sure you set your activity tracker to your height so that it can accurately keep track of steps taken and other things pertaining to your activity.
5. Sync It with Fitness and Health Apps
There are a plethora of smartphone apps that can sync with your activity tracker so that you can get the absolute most out of it. Choose one or more and download it to your cell and then sync it with your device so that you can keep more careful track of your activity and fitness and get tips and help when you need it.
6. Don’t Expect Perfection
While most activity trackers, especially the newer ones, are pretty close to accurate, you can expect a bit of variation and some stuff may be a bit off now and then. Luckily, this isn’t too big of a deal because you can use the activity tracker as a pretty close estimation of your activity so that you can create a healthy lifestyle that your tracker can help you stick with.
7. Make Your Tracker Part of Your Social Life
Many activity trackers allow you to hook up with friends so that you can engage in some healthy competition or encourage each other to stay on track. Find some like-minded people and sync your trackers so that you can get even more out your goals and fitness routine.
What kind of activity tracker do you have? What other advice can you share?