How Do Fitness Trackers Work And How To Properly Use Them


If you just purchased your first fitness tracker, then you are about to view your fitness level in an entirely new light! A fitness tracker will get you to know and understand the patterns and habits of your body in a way that only a few other devices will.

It guilts you into jogging, sprinting, walking, sweating, and casually thinking about the next move into achieving your fitness goals. If you are an outdoor person, you can use a tracker whenever you engage in hiking or camping games to determine the level of your activity. It is the genius companion you don’t want to leave behind during your active moments.

In this post, we are going to discuss how to use a fitness band properly so you can reap maximum benefits from it, but before then, a thing or two about this much-cherished device. Alright?

What Exactly Is A Fitness Tracker?

A fitness tracker is simply, a wrist monitor with detectors that tell you whether you have been working out right, running or jogging enough, how intense your activity has been, and a lot more to help you stay healthy.

Some call it an activity band. Others say it’s a running smartphone. But this simple device is more than that. You not only keep track of your activity but also get to know if you have been eating and sleeping enough.

Strap it on before grabbing your trekking pole for your hiking or backpacking trip, keep it next to your swimsuit for your next jump into the pool, and let it be the second thing you think of after the surfboard when going for a water ride. And guess what, if you want a fancy GPS for hiking, kayaking, or any outdoor activity, a tracker that can extract GPS information from your phone is all you need.

How Does Fitness Tracker Work?

In the simplest terms, fitness trackers work by gathering data about your body and its movement.  They use different tools and algorithms to collect and interpret this data into something meaningful.

The technology used to gather and interpret information varies from one manufacturer to another and even from one model to another. This simply means that two trackers from different companies may sometimes display different readings.

But exactly how do fitness trackers work to display these numbers from your body movements?

Sure, models and manufactures can vary but all trackers work by determining the degree of your motion. Some come with a three-axis accelerometer that measures motion in all directions. Others employ a gyroscope to measure orientation and rotation.

But most will also include an altimeter that measures altitude – if you are going mountaineering or just climbing stairs in your house, an altimeter will allow your tracker to determine how far you have hiked up the mountain and the number of stairs you have climbed, the same way an altimeter watch will.

Some models include sensors for heart rate and body temperature too. Others include sleep sensors to determine your sleeping patterns by keeping track of your wrist movement.

All these sensors give the measure of acceleration, frequency, duration pattern, and intensity of your movements. This data is then processed and interpreted using the specific algorithm installed in your tracker to give meaningful results and stats of your motion over time.

How do fitness trackers work and communicate with other devices? How do you get to use your band with your phone?

It’s true, almost all fitness bands in the market today communicate data to the user through a smartphone or other devices. But the tracker you choose will depend (to some extent) on what phone you are using and what apps can work with your specific device.

Most activity trackers will sync easily and automatically with Android phones and iPhones. They come with their own apps where you can view all the statistics from data that has been collected and interpreted by your tracker. Some manufacturers have gone a notch higher, however, and made their trackers compatible with other mobile apps, making it even easier for people who have the apps to use the device.

How To Properly Use A Fitness Tracker


To use your fitness tracker properly and get accurate readings, you must make sure that you have done your set upright. You want to be certain that those regular surf trips, daily strolls on the beach, and morning jogs in the woods are paying off, and an accurate device is the only way to be sure. To get started:

1. Create An Account

Some trackers will start working right after they are strapped on. Just move about a little bit and you will see numbers on your screen. But to get the maximum value of your newly purchased device, you will be required to set up an online account.

The account will have information about your sex, age, and weight. The whole idea behind collecting this data is to give a better estimate of the number of calories you break. This information will also be converted into charts and graphs over time so you can keep track of your progress.

2. Download The Mobile App

As stated earlier, most fitness trackers will come with a mobile app and you will need to install this for your device to function properly. If the phone you are using is not able to download apps, then make sure to get a tracker that can work with your PC.

3. Set Your Goals

Your fitness tracker will have a default goal set for you; could be something like 12000 steps per day. However, you can customize that to something that works for you the best, but it could be difficult if you are not sure of the number of steps you take in a day.

Stick to the default settings if you haven’t been so active and increase to 15000 or 18000 as your body gets used to the routine and becomes more flexible. You can add other goals like losing a specific amount of weight within a certain period.

4. Get Familiar With Syncing

To effectively meet your fitness goals, you must learn how your device syncs data to the online account or mobile device and how often that happens. In most instances, this information will be found in the user guide that came with your tracker.

As you start to use your device, you will find out how synchronizing practically works. For instance, you may find that your tracker syncs data periodically in the background of your mobile device when you leave the Bluetooth on. Well, this could really drain your battery but on the brighter side, your data will always stay up-to-date.

There are trackers, however, that will only sync when you turn on the app. You may turn on the app and wonder, “You kidding me? I just spent 30 minutes swimming in the pool, so how do fitness trackers work if I can’t see new stats!”

Give it some time. Your app may just need a few seconds to refresh and sync. Again, as you continue using the gadget, you will understand how its app works, so that next time you hit the pool, you will know how to track your swim workout.

5. Connect With People

There are apps that you may not feel comfortable granting access to your social media accounts but for activity trackers, connecting with friends could be the easiest way to meet your fitness goals. Allowing others to see, for instance, the amount of weight you have lost in a week will let them cheer you on to meet your goals and encourage you to keep working when you miss them.

You will also feel motivated to keep pushing harder when others hold you accountable. Plus seeing other people accomplish similar goals will be an eye-opener that you too can do it.

6. Learn How The Sleep Function Works

If you are planning on keeping track of your sleep, learn and practice how to activate sleep tracking before it is late in the night and you are too tired to do it. Some devices will allow you to enter these settings manually in the morning just in case you don’t get the time to do it at night.

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Fitness trackers have become a popular investment today, as they have proven themselves effective in helping many achieve their fitness goals. And though they are different in terms of design, data processing, and algorithm used, they all serve one purpose – keeping you healthy.

It is just so much you can measure with your tracker but this can only be achieved if you take the time to learn how yours works. So before you strap it for your hiking, watersports, or beach games, make sure to go through the user guide, as this will help you to properly use your device and keep track of your fitness progress.

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My name is David Hamburg. I am an avid water sports fan who enjoys paddle boarding, surfing, scuba diving, and kite surfing. Anything with a board or chance I can get in the water I love! I am such a big fan I decided to start this website to review all my favorite products and some others. Hope you enjoy!