One of the new-age things that people love right now is fitness trackers. They are basically watches for men and women that allow you track some important information about your health such as the number of steps you took that day, your sleeping patterns, your heart rate, as well as many other things.
In fact, some people cannot go on with their days without using a fitness tracker. A fitness tracker, for those of you who do not know, is like a smartwatch with functionalities that are meant to help active people track important information.
That being said, despite the fact that they’ve been around for so many years now and have been improved since its inception, there are some drawbacks to using them in your daily routine. Here are just some of them:
You Are Compelled to Wear It All the Time
As mentioned earlier in the article, a fitness tracker is a device that acts as a watch with many different add-on features. That being said, because some features are only accurate when you use the watch the vast majority of the time, you are actually compelled to wear that watch even when you sleep.
For some people, this is not a huge problem, especially since there are some that would love to track their sleeping habits, among many other things. But for people that are annoyed by this, that can actually be problematic.
They Can Be Inaccurate
Fitness trackers, despite the fact that they can track some important data about your health, are sometimes inaccurate.
You see, the first iterations of fitness trackers are quite accurate but the problem is that not a lot of people can afford it simply because of its price. That is why watch manufacturers slash the price of the device considerably to make it more affordable to most consumers.
However, that price cut comes at a cost and that usually translates to a fitness tracker’s inaccuracy. If you do not believe me, borrow two fitness trackers from your friends and colleagues and wear them at the same time. Take a 5-minute walk and look at the number of steps you took afterward. You will be surprised by the discrepancy that these devices can show.
They Are Not Great in a Fashion Sense
Although these devices do not take up too much space on your wrist, they may not be ideal as a timepiece on certain occasions.
For instance, wearing a fitness tracker in formal events may be deemed as inappropriate by many and a good automatic watch from Rolex might be a better choice.
They Can Provide a False Sense of Accomplishment
Although these special smartwatches allow you to track important health information, it can also give you a false sense of accomplishment as well that may lead to bad behaviors.
For instance, you are sure that you took more than 10,000 steps a day last week and you want to ‘reward’ yourself by binging on your favorite food. If fitness is your main goal, this can be detrimental to your progress.
They Might Provide Inaccurate Information
One of the basic features of a fitness tracker is how many calories you’ve lost as a result of your daily activity. Although it might seem like a good idea to look at such information as gospel, that data might actually be inaccurate.
You see, it is really hard to quantify how many calories you’ve burned because there are so many different factors at play here. First, you have to consider your age. Next is your activity level. Lastly, you also have to look at genetics and your metabolic levels too. If anything, the calorie that you’ve burned (at least, as reported by your device) may only be a slight suggestion to how much you’ve actually burnt.