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    How Accurate are Wearable Fitness Trackers? (Infographic)

    Recording comprehensive stats about your runs and other workouts used to be the domain of pro athletes. But today, anyone can be their own personal health coach thanks to fitness wearables. You can track your daily steps, how much sleep you get at night, and even your average heart rate.

    But is all that data accurate? More specifically: how accurate is it when compared to actual medical equipment that doctors and scientists use?

    Exercise scientists take these questions very seriously. So over the past few years, they’ve put the most popular fitness trackers on the market to the test. The result? Trackers are highly accurate is some ways, and not so accurate in others. If you use your fitness tracker to count your steps, then you can probably trust it. On the other hand, they tend to be way off when estimating your calories burned.

    To help you understand the research on fitness tracker accuracy, WearableZone created this infographic that summarizes some of the more interesting studies on the subject. While modern fitness trackers are generally close enough for most people, they still have a way to go until they are just as accurate as the technology your doctor uses. That’s something to keep in mind the next time you check your fitness stats on your phone.

    Check it out….

    Wearable zone infographic

    David Novak
    David Novak
    For the last 20 years, David Novak has appeared in newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV around the world, reviewing the latest in consumer technology. His byline has appeared in Popular Science, PC Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Electronic House Magazine, GQ, Men’s Journal, National Geographic, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Forbes Technology, Readers Digest, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Glamour Magazine, T3 Technology Magazine, Stuff Magazine, Maxim Magazine, Wired Magazine, Laptop Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Indiana Business Journal, Better Homes and Garden, CNET, Engadget, InfoWorld, Information Week, Yahoo Technology and Mobile Magazine. He has also made radio appearances on the The Mark Levin Radio Show, The Laura Ingraham Talk Show, Bob & Tom Show, and the Paul Harvey RadioShow. He’s also made TV appearances on The Today Show and The CBS Morning Show. His nationally syndicated newspaper column called the GadgetGUY, appears in over 100 newspapers around the world each week, where Novak enjoys over 3 million in readership. David is also a contributing writer fro Men’s Journal, GQ, Popular Mechanics, T3 Magazine and Electronic House here in the U.S.

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