Think your phone can replace your FitBit? Here’s why you’re wrong.

Written by Angela Atkinson

So a new study says that your phone is equally effective for counting your steps as a FitBit or other wearable fitness tracking technology. (Linked below)

There is of course a big flaw in that study, and that is that most people do put their phones down sometimes.

For me, the FiTBit also serves as a visual reminder – not only to my own desire to stay on track with diet and exercise, but also of the people I’m always competing against.

But those people, they live in the FitBit app on my phone, inside my challenge groups and friends. And just about the time I start to think I’m so much ahead on those steps, I will see someone blast ahead of me and past me.

So then I’ll get up and move again, getting in those steps that keep me competitive in a game that matters to no one and to which the prize is your own health.

It’s simple: FitBit is better than a phone alone because you can wear it almost all the time and because it auto tracks you even without your phone. What do you think?

02/11/2015 By Craig Lloyd

One of the biggest advantages of having a smartwatch is for the fitness-tracking capabilities, but according to a new study, your smartphone is actually better at tracking your fitness activities.

A new paper that was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that most fitness-focused smartphone apps are just as accurate (sometimes more so) than many wearable fitness trackers.

To find this out, researchers at thePerelman School of Medicine and the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics at the University of Pennsylvaniagathered up 14 participants and had them walk on a treadmill for two 500-1,500 step sessions. During that time, the participants wore various fitness tracking devices to track their steps. These includedthree waistband tracking devices, three fitness smartwatches and two smartphones running four different fitness apps each (the phones were placed in the participants’ pants pockets.

The devices in question? AGalaxy S4, iPhone 5s, Nike Fuelband, Jawbone UP24,Digi-Walker SW-200, Fitbit Flex, Fitbit One and the Fitbit Zip.

The researchers found that the two smartphones had a margin of error of 12.9%, and the margin of error for the various fitness wearables ranged up to 22.7%, with the Nike Fuelband having the worst 

Lead study author Meredith A. Case says:

In this study, we wanted to address one of the challenges with using wearable devices: they must be accurate. After all, if a device is going to be effective at monitoring and potentially changing behavior, individuals have to be able to trust the data…We found that smartphone apps are just as accurate as wearable devices for tracking physical activity.”

 

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