October 21, 2015
Is Your Fitness Tracker Lying to You?
It's amazing how many people rely on fitness trackers to tell them how many calories they burned in their Yoga class, spinning session, or gym workout. They read the number on their tracker and just accept it at face value! Boy, howdy, are they wrong! A fitness tracker (especially the simpler kind, such as those found in sports watches) is a device that gives you a "somewhat" accurate estimate of the number of calories you burn. But according to Vox, the number may be off by as much as 20%. Think you've burned 500 calories? You may have burned as few as 400! The number of calories you burn are determined by your weight, your age, the type of exercise you are doing, and the length of that exercise. But calorie burn is also determined by your fitness level, your metabolic rate, your heart rate, your breathing, and many other incalculable factors. Let's say you're a fitness newbie who is just stepping into the gym for the first time. You run for 15 minutes and burn 150 calories. Awesome! But do you think that ultra-fit marathon runner beside you burns the same number of calories, even if you ran at the same speed? Absolutely not. You can't rely on fitness trackers to tell you how many calories you burned, as there are just too many metrics to calculate to get a PRECISE estimate. You can't cling to that number you see on your fitness tracker screen--it may be pretty far off! Of course, you can use the fitness tracker to get a rough idea of how many calories you've burned. Just remember to be on the conservative side of your estimate when calculating, as that will prevent you from eating more than you should. Source: A Healthier Michigan Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_114150" align="alignnone" width="100"] @BodyRockTV[/caption]