How accurate are

fitness tracking devices?

March, 2019
The Master Responds

With new fitness trends emerging every new day, one that continues to dominantly stand out is the usage of fitness tracking devices to monitor calories burnt as well as track one's heart rate. Rapid technology development in motion sensors has further enriched the results of wearable tracking devices. Now-a-days, there are increasing demands for wearable tracking devices due to increased prevalence of lifestyle diseases. The question is how accurate are these devices?

The wrist worn heart rate monitors are well designed and well programmed; however, it is safe to say that it is not as accurate as the chest worn or strapped monitor.

With the advancements in technology, our physical instinct has decreased and we have conveniently forgotten about technique. The age old practice to track ones resting heart rate by placing a finger on a pulse point inside of the wrist; which helps count each pulse within a minute, defining the heart rate per minute or BPM has long been forgotten. Marketing of tech devices has skyrocketed and has also resulted in popularity amongst scores of fitness enthusiasts due to convenience and price factors. They offer a fun and interactive way to make one fit and active while being a cool fashion accessory too.

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