How many steps have you taken today? Is the figure you are about to mention accurate? If so, how do you know? If you have a smartwatch that you wear to track your daily steps, it is essential that the device accurately measures activity for the best results. Smartwatches perform this task using accelerometers, which register changes in orientation and acceleration. Because these sensors generate so much data, they are connected to a device controller that sifts the necessary data. During this process, results can be reported badly or misinterpreted. However, the good news is that you can do something for more accurate reports.
To ensure that your fitness wearable tracks your activity accurately, here are a few guidelines that you should follow.
Wear the Smartwatch Firmly on your Wrist
Your fitness wearable will have a tough time accurately recording activity if it’s moving from one end of your wrist to the other. Therefore, the watch must be strapped tightly on your arm so that it sits firmly without movement. However, do not overdo it because it can restrict blood flow or make you uncomfortable.
Avoid Wearing the Smartwatch on your Dominant Wrist
A smartwatch is capable of measuring activity by deciphering movement in the arm. Therefore, it is important to note that the device records the number of steps to match hand movement. This means that the watch will record an increase in steps even when sweeping, wiping the table or typing. To ensure that the watch does not record steps from ghost activities, it is important that you wear it non-dominant wrist. Moreover, your non-dominant wrist will move less frequently during ghost activities. However, during activities, it is best to wear the device on the active arm for increased accuracy.
Read and Follow the Manual
The easiest way of all is to ensure that you read and follow the manufacturer’s manual that is packaged with your smartwatch. After reading the manual, it is critical that you follow the guidelines when you are setting up the device and every time you use it. Using the smartwatch correctly is the first step to ensure that the device counts your steps accurately.
Use the Apps that Go with the Device
Another way to ensure that a smartwatch counts your steps accurately is by using the right app for your device. Upon reading the manual, you will find out which app matches your watch. These apps allow you to enter your information (you have to enter the correct information for accurate counts). The apps also give you a better picture of how you are doing and help you compare your daily records. The failure to use the right app may cause a mismatch in information.
When trying to keep up with your fitness goal, having a smartwatch that tracks and counts accurately is key. Several factors may hinder the accuracy of your fitness wearable. However, if you follow the above tips, you can always be assured of more accurate counts from your device.