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5 ways to get more mileage out of your fitness tracker
One-third of us will toss aside our wearable devices after six months. Here’s how to ensure that this accessory is always in style.
1. Don’t forget it. Instead of leaving it in a drawer, stash it near your cell, says tech expert Kieran Alger. “When was the last time you left the house without your phone?” Point taken.
2. Wear it on your non-dominant wrist. Research shows that this change-up yields more accurate results because we move our dominant arm more. (In our non-scientific opinion, you might mistake it for your watch and look at it more, which will remind you to get moving.)
3. Think small. It’s easy to roll your eyes at your tracker when it reminds you that you haven’t logged 10,000 steps. Set micro-goals, such as 3,000 steps at lunch, says Alger.
4. Try an app. Nike , Endomondo and Strava are compatible with most trackers. We also like MyFitnessPal, which records meals.
5. Sync up with friends. “If we rely only on willpower, it’s a tough battle,” says Dave Smith, a weight-loss coach based in Kitchener, Ont. “There’s nothing like getting a photo from a friend who has beaten a target that you set to get you going,” adds Alger.