Wearable fitness trackers have become increasingly prevalent in the health and fitness world. It seems as though people have dove right into buying these trackers without knowing the science behind the device and how well they actually work. Since these fitness trackers have become a hit, skeptics have began questioning how accurate they are, and if it is worth your money to buy one.
In the daily mail article, we are presented with some shocking findings from researchers. It is seen that these fitness bands may be inaccurate up to 40%. Fitbit’s are just under 20% inaccurate which isn’t as bad, but the device isn’t quite hitting the nail on the head. In my opinion, I have to say that these numbers are a little too high for these devices to be so heavily used for on to self-quantify.
I personally own a fitbit that I received for free. In my own experience I have noticed the inaccuracy. For example, my step counter increases sometimes when I am moving my arms around and not even walking. I don’t think that I would go out of my way to buy one of these trackers due to the inaccuracy and because there are so many other options out that to self-quantify that are available to us.